Sicily Lap of Etna Challenge Picture 1
Sicily Lap of Etna Challenge Picture 1

Next departure:  25/04/2018

Best Time of Year: March - September

Max alt:  956mm

Dist:  220km

Min age:  18

Duration:  5

Sicily - Lap of Etna Challenge

Bike Adventure

Join us on a truly wonderful journey through the rugged volcanic hillsides of Eastern Sicily. Experience historic cities, stunning views across the Mediterranean , winding roads through the scenic Forest of Malabotta nature reserve, and of course breath taking sights of Mount Etna - get ready for an awesome adventure! Oh and of course - don't forget the wonderful Sicilian food, wine and hospitality!


Our ride will begin from the Historical town of Catania, here we shall spend our first night making preparations for the journey ahead with the evening available to experience the stunning Piazza del Duomo and Catania cathedral. We shall then depart northbound skirting the eastern foothills of Mount Etna; Taormina marks the first important stop with a tricky 1km into the cliffside town for a well deserved lunch. We'll then head up the coast taking in some of the sights of the Mediterranean and Southern Italy before stopping in the city of Messina. Our 2nd day of riding see's an 95km day with nearly 2300m of climbing so eat a good breakfast! We head West heading through the northern most hills of Sicily and onto the north coast. You've then got to really earn your coffee with a stunning climb to the hilltop village of Rometta. The views are not to be missed so savour them before the quick desent back to the coast. After a long flat aftenoon, we climb up more beautiful mountains to our hotel in Montalbano Elicona. Our final day's ride will return us via Bronte and Adrano back to Catania, starting in the hills means a day of decending back to sea level and plenty of time to enjoy to scenery along the way; we do have the option to tackle one last hill up the southern face of Mt Etna before heading back to the sea at Catania for a quick dip!

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel from UK - meet early evening in Catania - 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 - Catania > Messina (100km) - Breakfast 07:15 - depart by 09:00 - expected lunch at Taormina- and ride to Messina arriving mid to late afternoon - total distance - approx 100km (around 6 hours). 

Day 3 - Messina> Montalbano Elicona(95km) - Breakfast 07:30 - depart by 09:00 - Climb the first 12km across to the North Coast, then up uphill to the hilltop town of Rometta for an early lunch. We then head back to the coast for a short an easy afternoon before heading up to the hotel in Montalbano Elicona.

Day 4 - Montalbano Elicona> Catania (78km) - Breakfast 07:30 - depart by 09:00 - Almost an entire day of decending having started in the hills heading south for the coast at Catania. This is the day for seeing Etna as we skirt close to it all the way back to Catania.

Day 5 - Easy breakfast. Short transfer to Catania Airport for return to UK.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

We shall use simple hotels, with shower and toilet facilities each evening (sometimes shared, sometimes en-suite) - but always clean, comfortable and full of character. The itinerary is organised on a full board basis.

 

What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?

These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in 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!)

 

Medical Issues

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.

 

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.

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
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)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Washkit

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

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in

Other
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

Important
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

 

Weather

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 swealtering! 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! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag.

 

Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


 

 

Guide price

£779

Difficulty
Info

 

Trip dates


Start Date
End Date
Duration
25/04/2018
29/04/2018
4

 

Event Location


Sicily Lap of Etna Challenge Picture 2
Sicily Lap of Etna Challenge Picture 2

Sicily Lap of Etna Challenge Picture 3
Sicily Lap of Etna Challenge Picture 3