ROUTE TUSCANY (VENICE TO FLORENCE)
Route de Tuscany
(Venice to Florence)
A few tough Giro d'Italia climbs combined with rolling hills, beautiful countryside and stunning stopovers make this a ride that will stay long in the memory.
6 days of riding, 437 miles with 7,027m of climbing and descent. Average of 73 miles per day. We start the week with an evening in Venice so it's a good idea to arrive early on Saturday to absorb the atmosphere of this great city. A fairly flat first day of 79 miles finishing at the University town of Ferrara before heading into the Apennines. The 35km climb Passo della Raticosa with a maximum gradient of 9% is the undoubted highlight of these mountains (average gradient 4%) although the views from the top and the steep descent afterwards are pretty special. We then visit a string of celebrated mediavel Tuscan cities as we breeze our way across this beautiful land before a fairly quiet final day following the river into the majestic city of Florence to celebrate the week.
Sat 19th Sept to Sat 25th Sept
Other dates available for groups of 4 or more
Extras package available
6 days cycling, 7 nights B&B.
Total of 703km, 6 cols, 7,027m
of climbing and descending.
Average of 117km per day.
Personally led on the road plus support vehicle providing regular assistance.
Good stops for coffee and
lunch on route.
No day planned to start earlier than 9am or finish later than 5pm.
Fitness guide: comfortable with 60 miles within 4 hours on UK roads.
Small group sizes : maximum
of 8 cyclists per tour.
Upon arrival at Venice airport you will be met by the Blue Sky Team.
Afternoon/evening excursion into the famous city.
A full tour briefing takes place after the welcome meal in readyness for the grand depart the following morning.
The day starts with a relaxed breakfast.
Coffee and Lunch stops taken each day.
Every evening there will be a briefing of the next day's ride
We plan to celebrate your arrival in Florence with a cold beer (other beverages will be available)
Celebrations continue into the evening before the short transfer to Florence airport the following day or stay longer if you wish to visit the museums, cafes and other tourist attractions.
Hand picked, Tried and Tested.
Emphasis on quality.
Character locations, bars and restaurants
Plentiful Buffet Breakfasts.
Secure overnight garage for the bikes.
Can be summoned to bring forward:
Extra clothing if cold.
Reduce clothing if warm.
Snacks from your snack bag.
Carries spare free issue inner tubes (700 by 23 mm Presta standard valve only).
Carries some spare brake blocks (issued free if they fit) - some long descents!
Carries basic tool kit, track pump, bike stand.
Can hop in at any time (subject to availability of seats).