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Best Time of Year: March - September
Giro di Sicilia Cycle Challenge
Come for a short break to the Volcanic Italian Gem of Sicily. Take 3 wonderful days of cycling to cover about 290km around this sparkling Mediterranean treasure. Our route takes in both the beautiful coastline and the amazing inland landscapes of Sicily. Almost guaranteed warm weather this is a dream cycling destination!
Starting from our arrival airport of Catania, we shall take the quiet smaller roads, and make a stunning tour of the towering and active volcano – Mount Etna. Covering both beautiful inland back roads, through simple Sicilian Villages, and also visiting the winding coastal roads along the Northern and Eastern Coastlines of the island of Sicily. In October, we are comfortably out of season – which will suit us for cycling, making the temperatures perfect, and the roads quieter. We will be cycling approx. 100km a day, but with some big climbs thrown in for good measure, so be prepared! This event is designed to be challenging, memorable, but manageable for riders with some previous cycling, and a bit of training
Day 1 - London > Catania - and overnight in Catania - preparing bicycle for 3 big days of riding!
Day 2 - Catania > Marina di Catonia - Approx 110km - with over 1500m of climbing
Day 3 - Marina di Catonia > Randazzo - Approx 90km via Coastal Road, and then over Col at 1350m),before descent to Randazzo :-)
Day 4 - Randazzo to Catania - Approx 80km - inland around the foot of Mount Etna before hugging the coast from Taormina down to Catania, with a predominantly easy and downhill profile. We shall be back in Catania once more for a last evening in Sicily
Day 5 - Easy morning and return to airport for return to UK.
We shall be using simple Hotel – B&B style – but with a certain Sicilian charm. Simple, clean, and with good food and wine always just around the corner!
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
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.
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Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Guiding, Mechanical Back Up, First Aid Cover, Accommodation on B&B Basis, Airport Transfers.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches & Dinners, International Flights
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
You must stay in contact with your leader at each stage of the ride. Briefings will be made each day. You must always wear your helmet. Your leader is First Aid Qualified - and will carry a full expedition first aid kit. There will also be a support vehicle available in case of emergency - but this is only useful if you are in contact with the vehicle / leader.
Average daily high – 20 C (early October), Average Daily Low – 10C. Precipitation – 85mm for the month (London – approx 65mm)
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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