|Come Join Us for the Giro d'Ialia 2020|
This year the Giro d’Italia has its first three stages in Hungary. From there it flies to Sicily and then works its way up the Italian peninsula. On May 23, we will be able to ride to see the 14th stage, a 20-mile long time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene. The route goes through the hilly Prosecco wine county (a Unesco World Heritage Site). The stage offers a challenging initial climb with gradients of 19%. http://www.giroditalia.it/eng/route-2020/ https://www.prosecco.it/en/ The 17th stage, on May 27, begins in nearby Bassano del Grappa. We will ride to the start area to watch the preparations and the ceremonial sign-in. Each team has an area where the mechanics have the bicycles on display and ready for the start. The mechanics often will engage in conversation and answer questions. Unlike the fast starts with which we are familiar from the criteriums races in the U.S., professional road races have a slow rolling start while some riders still drinking coffee and talking on their cell phones.
6th Annual Monte Grappa Bike Day, May 30th, 2020 sponsors a free, non-competitive, 25-kilometer traffic-free climb to the mile-high summit of Monte Grappa in the Venetian Pre-Alps. There is no fee or medical certificate required to participate in this event. There is an optional €10 registration fee that offers a souvenir and grants admission to the pasta party at the end of the ride. The road to the summit will be closed to motor vehicles starting at 9 a.m. As this is not a competitive event, it is not necessary to participate in the official start. The riders assemble at 7:30 in Bassano and the ride starts at 8:40. The group will be escorted as far as the start of the climb. We are 4.3 km from the start of the climb in the other direction from Bassano. You can sleep a little later and shorten your ride by a few flat kilometers by starting from our hotel rather than by going to Bassano for the official start. The annual Monte Grappa Bike Night has been canceled. http://www.montegrappabikeday.it/
The Italian Cycling Center offers an inexpensive and flexible European bicycling vacation for tourists and fitness riders. Our daily rides, at different ability levels, accommodate couples and groups who cycle at different paces, or who have different expectations from cycling.
A different concept- Rather than travel from town to town, with the inconvenience of daily packing and moving, we operate from a base located in an area with exceptional cycling. We don’t concentrate on wine tasting, expensive epicurean meals, and luxurious lodgings, rather we focus on providing cycling that is appropriate for each rider’s abilities and interests. Our cycling is challenging and our prices are moderate, not the other way around. By keeping marketing expenses minimal and locating away from crowded tourist destinations, we are able to provide comfortable accommodations and outstanding meals at a lower cost than most European cycling tours.
Climate- Unlike in regions further south, the nearby Alps keep the summers from being uncomfortably hot. Daytime temperatures range from 60° to 85° (15º to 29º C). There is little rainfall from mid-June to mid-September. July and August have the best conditions for cycling, with clear blue skies and the least traffic on the roads.
Non-cycling companions are welcome and can have a fulfilling vacation enjoying various activities. By participating in the daily rides as a passenger on the camp scooter, a non-cyclist can see and enjoy the spectacular countryside, challenging climbs, and works of art that the cyclists enjoy.
Other non-cycling activities include touring the historic cities of Venice and Padua (both an hour away by train), swimming, hiking in the mountains, rock climbing, tandem parasailing with an expert pilot, golf, horseback riding, viewing great art in its original location, or just reading and relaxing in the clean mountain air. The rides usually finish at lunchtime, so the afternoons are free for shared activities.
A popular afternoon activity with both cyclists and non-cyclists is an afternoon hands-on working session in the kitchen with Angela, our chef, learning to make gnocchi and other Italian specialties.
The new spa and wellness center is a wonderful way to relax after a demanding ride and is located nearby. More information.
Flexibility- Schedule any length of stay, for whatever dates you prefer, May through September. Out of season stays can often be accommodated on request. Trip insurance is not necessary since prepayment is not required and no dates are ever canceled. If you wish to do additional travel, during or after your stay, you may store your bicycle and extra luggage at our facilities.
The daily rate per person is €140 for double occupancy, and €155 for single occupancy at the Residence. Add €15 to stay at our hotel. The fee includes the ride, lodging, and three exceptional meals (including wine and bottled water) at our hotel’s restaurant. There are no “wine kitties” or hidden charges.
Rental bikes- Good quality road bikes with aluminum, carbon fiber, or chrome-moly tubing frames, and mountain bikes are available for rent for €25 a day (€30 for carbon fiber). Triple or compact cranksets provide low gears for the climbs. To arrange to have a rental bike waiting for you in the bike room when you arrive, contact Patricia at: email@example.com
How to get there-Venice, Treviso, and Verona have the closest airports to the Italian Cycling Center. Direct flights to Venice are offered from JFK and Atlanta by Delta, from Philadelphia by American Airlines, and from Toronto and Montreal by Air Canada. Ryanair offers inexpensive flights from England to Treviso. We can arrange transportation to and from these airports (and almost anywhere else) at any time of day.
Read about the Blayleys' adventure to the ICC and beyond. Also, enjoy Jeff Paine's account of his visit to the Italian Cycling Center. From Bart Delfiner: Read the story of the Levico-Terme Ride. Read Maurice Schwartz's story of his L'Eroica
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