Best Time of Year: March - September
Tuscan Giro Cycle Challenge
Join us on a truly wonderful journey through the very best of rural and untouched Italy. Experience historic cities, stunning river valleys, winding roads through the scenic Tuscan Hills, and visiting and staying in some of Europe's most famous hilltop towns! Oh and of course - don't forget the wonderful Italian food, wine and hospitality!
Our ride will take us from the famous world tourist spot of Pisa and its amazing leaning tower, on a wonderful voyage across the cornfields and rolling majesty of Tuscany.
Our ride takes in the famous hill top towns of San Gimingnano, San Quirico and Montepulciano, before returning via the incredible city of Siena to Florence for one last night of culture before we head for home
On our final day we will transfer to Pisa airport for a return flight home. This ride combines incredible scenery, awesome riding, and delicious food, all in one very memorable package.
Day 1 - Travel from UK - into Pisa Airport - or meet early evening directly in Pisa - you will be collected from the airport, and transferred to your hotel. Assemble / collect bikes, and attend challenge event briefing. Evening dinner + early night!
Day 2 - Pisa > San Gimignano (125km) - Breakfast 07:15 - depart by 08:30 - expected arriving mid to late afternoon - total distance - approx 120km (around 6-7 hours).
Day 3 - San Gimignano > Montepulciano (120km) - Breakfast 07:30 - depart by 09:00 - descend stunning hill top road - then ride to first stop for coffee, then begin to ride through the undulating scenic cornfields en route to Montepulciano, returning to our hotel for the evening. Total Distance - approx 120km - around 7-8 hours
Day 4 - Montepulciano > Siena (120km) - Breakfast 07:30 - depart by 09:00 - expected afternoon arrival by 17:00 latest
Day 5 - Siena > Florence (110km) - One more epic day in the Tuscan Countryside. Before a final celebratory dinner in the most famous city in Tuscany.
Day 6 - Return to UK - Easy breakfast. Short transfer to Pisa Airport for return to UK.
We shall use good quality middle range hotels, with shower and toilet facilities each evening (en-suite) - but always clean, comfortable and full of character. The itinerary is organised on a B&B basis.
What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?
These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Typically evening meals are taken together (not included). Lunches may be organised as picnic, or taken in cafes, subject to weather, and group preferences.
Visas / Redtape
None required for this trip (if you are an EU citizen). If from further afield you will need to check requirements.
Included In Trip
Leader (experienced with first aid qualification), Support Vehicle back-up with driver/mechanic, Transfers for bikes to and from airport. Accommodation, Breakfasts.
Excluded From Trip
Flights, Lunches & Dinners, Transport to and from UK airport
Packed Lunches and Dinners are not included - but may be arranged in advance if required.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
Full cycling safety guidelines will be issued, as well as regular advice being issued from your cycling leaders.
This itinerary is normally run in either late spring or early summer, or late summer early autumn. At these times the temperatures will be warm without being too sweltering! But, as ever, we should be prepared for the full range of weathers - both hot and sunny and (less likely) cool and showery - be prepared!
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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