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Best Time of Year: March - September
Italian Coast To Coast
Riding out from the most beautiful city built by man - 'The Floating City', Venice, we can expect sensory overload as we ride from one great city to another, Lucca. From Veneto to Tuscany we will be experiencing the great roads, finest cuisine, stunning scenery aswell the charismatic personalities this exciting stretch of Italy has to offer …What more could you want…?
We will depart Venice Ferry hoping to the town of Chioggia, and from here we ride onto our overnight accomodation in Ferrara. Day 2 will see us riding across flat(ish) countryside to the City of Bologna. From here we begin to head uphill towards Pavullo Nel Frignano. Day 3 takes us right into the Tuscan Hills with stunning views at each turn until we reach our accomodation in Fornovolasco. Our Final days ride will see us head out of Fornovolasco, climbing once again before beginning our decent to the Coast. Once we have arrived at the coastal town of Massa, we will head back inland to our overnight destination of Lucca.
Pre event day/evening - Fly to Venice - overnight accommodation included
Day 1 - Venice To Farrara - 88 mi
Day 2 - Farrara To Pavullo Nel Frignano - 87 mi
Day 3 - Pavullo Nel Frignano To Fornovolasco - 67 mi
Day 4 - Fornovolasco To Lucca - 77 mi
Day 5 - Return to UK
Will be in simple but comfortable hotels throughout the event (including buffet breakfasts). The standard of accommodation will fluctuate throughout the trip - but is designed to be functional - and to enable us to get a good night's sleep - and continue with the challenge. You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable). Upgrades are also available for an extra charge if required.
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!)
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.
On day one we will be catching several ferries coming out of Venice. The cost of this is not included in the trip price. You should allocate £30 for these crossings.
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 us at Adventure Cafe.
Included In Trip
Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic, Baggage Transfer, Challenge Pack, Hotel accommodation (5 nights) inc Breakfast,
Excluded From Trip
Flights to and from start and end of the ride, Transfers to airport on final day (taxi ride required!), Lunches and Evening meals. Ferry Crossing in from Venice to Choggia
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
Mild warm and sunny weather. Be prepared for hot and sunny conditions - so be prepared to protect against the sun. Equally however, we could get unlucky! So pack rain jackets and warmer clothes too! Just in case!
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!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
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