We're not the only tour company offering to show you the Giro d'Italia 2014. Why choose us instead of any of the fine alternatives? Below are a few reasons: Small group. Pretty much everybody in the tour biz these days claims to have "small groups" but they rarely define the size of theirs. Ours will be no more than 7 guests + Heather and Larry, meaning 9 in total. One nine-passenger van with our bikes on the roof. That's all. What does this small group offer to you? Personal service of course with a staff to client ratio that's tough-to-beat. Flexibility too. With a group this size we can react to changes in weather or other situations quickly. It also offers an up-close relationship to the race. For example, we've found a tiny lodging within riding distance of the base of the Zoncolan climb, a place with just 5 rooms total and we've reserved most of them! Nobody can offer lodging closer than this, especially operations with large groups who will likely be forced to say in large towns many kilometers from the action. Real meals featuring the specialties of the region including local wines. The chefs in the kitchens of our lodging partners delight in showing off their favorite local dishes and with a group of no more than 9 diners, they can do special things large groups simply prevent. Campagnolo factory-tour. As you can see above, we recently visited Campagnolo in Vicenza, trying to confirm a factory tour on our way to Levico Terme. International press wizard Joshua Riddle met with us, and indicated they would love to show us around, but can not commit until early next year. If they can host us, we'll be there. If not we'll just have more time to ride on the Altopiano Asiago on our way to Levico. Our lodging here is, like with Zoncolan, as close as possible to the finish line atop Panarotto, giving you the option of merely walking outside to see the race pass if you choose. HQ in the gorgeous Monferrato wine country. We could set things up with a hotel closer to the race, but anyone who has been there knows Hotel Ariotto is a great place to start and end a CycleItalia tour. And in the end, the difference in driving time is rather small, probably less than the time you'd take making an airline connection from a larger international airport to a place like Verona or Venezia. Unlike some of our larger competitors, we won't be having viewing tents set up along the course with TV coverage or special credentials to get you past barriers to the general public - but you WILL get our 25 years of experience following the Giro and Tour, getting as close to the action as possible so you can experience first-hand the atmosphere of La Corsa Rosa, all at a very reasonable price of $3495. Don't forget all you need is a roundtrip airplane ticket to Milan's Malpensa airport. We'll cover the distance to meet up with the race in our support van, bringing you back to the same place you started so you can leave anything not needed at our HQ hotel and avoid any complicated air itineraries due to flying into one airport and out of another. No matter how you arrange it, following a race of this magnitude, one that covers these distances each day, requires some van transfer time, so plan to see the race up-close and personal while fitting in some cycling on the course when the situation allows it. Those who joined us in 2013 enjoyed the experience and can always say, "I was there". Why not make 2014 YOUR year?
We're in Italy working on La Corsa Rosa 2014. Our vacation will be May 26-June 2, 2014 and like most of our other tours, will be based out of Hotel Ariotto. It's a beautiful place even in November as you can see here in the photo above. Here's the itinerary - May 26 - Overnight flight to Milan's Malpensa (MXP) airport. May 27 - Arrive in Italy where our private shuttle will take you to our HQ hotel in the Monferrato wine country. Assemble and fine-tune your bike (with our help) or get fitted for one of our Campagnolo-equipped fleet. Enjoy TV coverage of the Giro before our orientation meeting and welcome dinner of Piemontese specialities. May 28 - We're off to Vicenza (where we hope to visit famed Campagnolo) before unloading the bikes and riding through the Altopiano Asiago with a wild descent to our lodging in Levico Terme. We'll enjoy another sumptuous dinner with local specialties. May 29 - Il Giro comes to us today with a finish atop the Panarotta. Challenge the climb yourself or simply walk out to the road and await the Corsa Rosa. Open night for dinner in the lively spa town. May 30 - Morning transfer to watch (and ride?) the chrono stage up Monte Grappa. We'll transfer to our lodging near the infamous Zoncolan afterwards.
May 31 - The Giro d'Italia 2014 champion should be crowned here, after the spectacularly tough climb of Monte Zoncolan. Challenge the climb yourself with a warmup to the tiny village of Ovaro or simply walk out to the road and watch the Carovana Rosa go past. Our small group will let us be as close as possible to the action on this decisive stage and you can linger as long as you like as it's mostly downhill to our night's lodging where Friulian specialties await.
June 1 - The Giro's off to Trieste to crown the winner, but we'll have a leisurely morning before a transfer back to our HQ to pack our bikes and pop some bubbly of our own before our farewell dinner.
June 2 - Morning airport transfers or stay on for Vineyards to the Sea!
More details will be HERE soon, but we're accepting reservations now. Our group will be limited to just six fortunate fans so don't hesitate of you want to see La Corsa Rosa 2014 in our "pedala forte, mangia bene" style. We've seen the hotels, made the reservations, driven the routes, and just like the folks in Ovaro, we're waiting for YOU!
Just in time for holiday giving, our new t-shirts have arrived. First-quality, GILDAN Ultra-Cotton, preshrunk and available in both men's and women's style. Any color you like, as long as it's classic Italian azzurro (blue). The top photo is the back of the shirt.
While the front looks like this. $20 covers the cost and shipping in the 48 US states, contact us (email@example.com) to order yours. Don't hesitate if you want one, it'll likely be 2014 before we can re-order, once these are gone.
Che fortuna! The individual time-trial Stage 12 of the 2014 Giro d'Italia just happens to fall right in the middle of our More Monferrato 1 vacation. How can we NOT go there and see it live? We'll make a day-trip to the heart of Piemonte wine country and maybe even ride a bit on the course and sample a bit of the local vino on May 22, 2014. Join us for this and perhaps stay on for more of La Corsa Rosa...perche no?
Getting new shoes is always a treat, especially when they are as cool and comfortable as THESE. Perfect for those bici d'epoca events we're planning to take part in starting next year. The nice folks at Vittoria (grazie Kim, Edoardo & Co) provided these for use with the old-time, clip & strap pedals required on these pre-1987 vintage bicycles. Now all we need to do is find some wool shorts!