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Best Time of Year: May - October
Zurich Milan Cycle Event
Get ready for a classic European Bike Adventure - crossing borders, enjoying the best continental cuisine, and riding through some historic towns and cities, as well as through beautiful countryside - Lake Zurich, Urnersee, San Gottard Pass, Neufenen Pass, Brig, Simplon Pass (one of the Alps most historic and oldest), Locarno and Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como and into Milan
a ride of 3 days. This is a classic voyage crossing the Alps from Switzerland to Italy.
Our route starts out from beside Lake Zurich and once we leave the lake behind we head for the Alps and some serious climbing with (10000mtrs in total) Gotthard Pass (2109m), Nufenen Pass (2478m) and the Simplon Pass (2005m) await over days 1 and 2. Day 3 we ride into Milan having covered around 450km, not a bad pedal! Well done team!
Day 1 - Fly from UK to Zurich - build bikes up and transfer to hotel for overnight, and evening briefing on the challenge ahead.
Day 2 - Zurich to Airolo (Cycle 140km) - Depart from Zurich, we follow the lake before winding our way up our first climb, the infamous Gotthard Pass (altitude 2109m)
Day 3 - Airolo to Locarno (Cycle 170km) - We really get stuck in to the meat of the ride here. We climb to our maximum altitude on the trip Nufenen Pass (2478m) before we tackle the Simplon Pass (2005m).
Day 4 - Loacarno to Milan (Cycle 140km) - Today is a much flatter (and easier!) day - we ride past the stunning Lake Como before taking the ferry accross the lake to visit the Madonna del Ghisallo declared the patroness of cyclists, here we take a breath to visit the small cycling museum with photos and artifacts from the sport. There also burns an eternal flame for cyclists who have died. One particularly notable artifact is the crumpled bicycle that Fabio Casartelli, a native of the region, rode on the day that he died in a crash in the Tour de France.
From here we head to our final destination Milan Hopefully we shall arrive in good time for a little R&R and to enjoy fine Italian cuisine and a well earned celebration on completion of our challenge!
Day 5 - Return flight from Milan to the UK - well done team!
Each evening we shall use accommodation as we are able to find it, in each location at the end of our day's ride. Sometimes this may be small gite style accommodation, other times a more normal small hotel.
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, and experienced mechanic), Support Vehicle with driver, 4 nights accommodation B&B basis.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches, Dinners. Bike Hire.
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
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
We normally run this challenge during summer - and have 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….
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