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Alps Tour e Granfondo Charly Gaul

 

An excellent tour for cyclists wanting to experience some of the great climbs in Switzerland and Italy.  We start this tour in the wonderful and world famous ski resort of St. Moritz.  After a couple of days here, we head back to Italy and tackle the Passo Stelvio with it’s “torturous” 48 hair-pin bends… SPECTACULAR!! We then stop in Merano and Bolzano with their incredible mix of Italian, German and Austrian cultural influences! The tour ends in Trento, famous for the spumante Wine, where we’ll  take part in our bike sponsor’s event, the Wilier GF Charly Gaull.  There’s two race distances to choose from, but after 10days in the mountains, you’ll obviously want to do the long one!

A great mix of Cycling, great food, wine and culture…unique, just like Wilier Triestina!

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Program

 

Day One 
Saint Moritz, Warm-up Ride

Main Route: 40 km

Total Ascent: 600m

Lovely flat ride along the lakes of St Moritz.  This is a chance to ease out any jet lag and become accustomed to being at a higher altitude.

Day Two 
Saint Moritz, loop to Albula Pass
Main Route: 65km; Long Route: 100 km 

Total Ascent: Main 1200m; Long 2,000m
 
A great loop from St Mortiz to Berguen from where you have the option tocatch the red Bernina Express back to St Moritz or  ride back to our hotel via the Albula Pass, through Samedan. The first big day!

Day Three 
Saint Moritz to Bormio
Main Route: 80 km; Long Route: 110 km 

Total Ascent: Main 1600m; Long 2,500m

Today we ride the Bernina Pass to Livigno for lunch and excellent duty-free shopping.  Then onto the historically picturesque town of Bormio, along the way climbing the Passo d’Eira followed by the long descent down the Foscagno Pass.  Great fun! For those with a bit more energy to burn, there is the option for the out and back climb to Bormio 2000.  This a lovely winding climb through pine forest just up to the ski station that sits overlooking the town.

Day Four 
Bormio, loop to Passo Gavia or optional rest day
Short Route: 53km; 
Total Ascent: 1,400m
Today there is the climb to Passo Gavia, famous for its incredible scenery!  For those who would like to rest, Nice relaxing day in the beautiful ski-resort of Bormio.  There will be time for enjoying the town, doing a little shopping and enjoying the Roman hotsprings at the Bagni Vecchi.  Depending on the day, there may also be a trip to the WW1 bunkers at Oga.

Day Five 
Bormo to Prato allo Stelvio
Main Route: 65km; Long Route: 105 km 
Total Ascent: Main 1,500m; Long 2,100m
                                                                                     …and here we are: the king of the Alps! Climbing the Stelvio from the easier Bormio side, to the Umbrail pass and descending Santa Maria, we venture back into Switzerland.  After a short sojourn along Swiss roads, we head back into Italy, arriving at our destination for the next 2 days, Prato allo Stelvio.

Day Six 
Prato allo Stelvio, loop to Passo Stelvio
Main Route: 65km; 
Total Ascent: Main 1,800m; 
24 km, 48 hairpins, 1750 mt of elevation gain…the BIG Challenge! This is an out and back ride, riding up the challenging and legendary side of the Passo Stelvio from Prato dello Stelvio.  After a gentle start riding beside a bubbling stream and through alpine pastures, the Stelvio urges you on as you count down the 48 hair-pin bends, enjoying the slight rest at every turn and the truly amazing views.  After a well earned rest at the summit and lots of photos, it’s back down those bends, taking your time, to Prato.

Day Seven 
Prato allo Stelvio to Merano
Main Route: 60km; Long Route: 100 km 
Total Ascent: Main 1,000m; Long 1,700m

After the Passo dello Stelvio an easy flat ride along beautiful tranquil cycling paths that for the most part, follow the river and take in many small alpine towns.  Lunch will be most likely be at the famous Forst brewery, before we finish in the charming town of Merano.

Day Eight 
Merano, loop to Santa Caterina
Main Route: 80km; Long Route: 110 km 

Total Ascent: Main 1,700m; Long 2,500m

Today we work harder at the start, and cruise in at the end.  With the climb to Santa Caterina behind us we set an undulating course until lunch time, followed by a welcome flat stretch back to Merano.

Day Nine
Merano to Bolzano
Main Route: 75 km 
Total Ascent: 1,700m

Those legs are so used to climbing, today we take you over the Passo Palade and Passo Mendola, arriving in the beautiful city of Bolzano, our final stop of this fantastic trip! Congratulation..time to celebrate with a Forst Beer!

Day Ten
Bolzano to Trento
Main Route: 50 km 
Total Ascent: 500m

Today we take it very easy!We transfer to Trento along a quiet cycling path following the Adige river. a couple of hours on the saddle and then time to get ready for the race the following day: race pack, bike maintenance and rest!

Day Eleven
Trento, Granfondo Charlie Gaulle – Wilier
Main Route: 58km or 142km; 36mi or 88mi
Total Ascent: 2000m or 3960m; 6500ft or 13000ft
Are you ready?? today’s route has the Monte Bondone on two different sides with a top finish! a spectacular ride with great views of the Trento where we’ll spend our last night celebrating the end of a great adventure!

Day Twelve
Arrivederci!
Optional Morning shuttle to Venice Airport (not included).

 

Included / not included in the tour cost

 

Included in tour cost:

  • Internal transfer on luxury minivan
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • 1 welcome lunch
  • 8 dinners
  • 2 bilingual guides
  • Garmin 800 navigation on the bikes
  • Mechanical assistance on the road
  • Sport food and snacks during the ride
  • WilierWays cycling kit
  • Full informative book of the tour
  • Wine tasting
  • Granfondo La Leggendaria Charlie Gaulle registration

Not included in tour cost:

  • Flights
  • Wine, lunch, extras
  • Transfers from / to airport
  • All what is not specified in the program details
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Organization

 




travel details

 

Dates:  9 July – 20 July 2015 (12 days/11 nights)
Terrain: Hilly – Mountainous
Daily Distance: Approx 70-120km; 50-75mi
Daily Ascent: Approx 1000-2000m; 3300-6500ft
Main Route: Approx 700km – 435mi ; Long Route 900km – 620mi

Total Ascent: Approx 15000m; 49000ft
Hotels: 4 stars in twin room (single supplement 600 €)
Hire bikes: Wilier GranTurismo a 300 €
Recommended Arrival Airport: Milano Malpensa
Recommended Departure Airport: Venice Marco Polo
(Airport transfers not included)
Places: min 7 max 12
Cost: € 3800

* If you recruit some friends or motivate a group to join you on tour, not only could you be with your best mates on the trip of your lives, but you can also save on the cost of your tour:

·  If you bring 4 or 5 people on tour, you as Group Leader, get a 20% discount.
·  If you bring 6 or 7 people on tour, you as Group Leader, get a 50% discount.
·  If you bring 8 or 9 people on tour, you as Group Leader, get a 75% discount.
·  If you bring 10 or more people on tour, you as Group Leader, go on tour Free!

 





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