The fifth annual Monte Grappa Bike Day on May 26th, 2018
Monte Grappa Bike Day sponsors a free, non-competitive, 25 kilometer climb to the mile-high summit of Monte Grappa in the Venetian Pre-Alps. There is no fee or medical certificate required to participate in this event. Registration is optional for Monte Grappa Bike Day and the €8 fee grants admission to the pasta party and a souvenir at the end of the ride. The road to the summit will be closed to motor vehicles starting at 9 a.m.
As this is not a competitive event, it is not necessary to participate in the official start. The riders assemble at 7:30 in Bassano and the ride starts at 8:40. The group will be escorted as far as the start of the climb. We are 4.3 km from the start of the climb in the other direction from Bassano. You can save eight flat kilometers and sleep a little later by starting from our hotel rather than by going to Bassano for the official start.
The third annual Monte Grappa Bike Night on July 21st, 2018
“Have you ever tried to do an evening climb of a great mountain, experience the sunset pedaling unhurriedly and arriving at the summit under the stars? That’s what Monte Grappa Night is!” That is how the organizers describe this ride. They also point out “The descent in the heart of the night is an unforgettable experience for bicycle romantics and for those who love unique thrills”. From the photographs, everyone seems to be having a good time. This ride is the same as the one above only it is done at night with a few differences.
Registration and the group start at 8 p.m. in Bassano are obligatory. The fee is €10 and includes a supper at the summit and transportation of personal rucksacks with dry clothes to the summit. Adequate lights front and rear and a helmet are required. The road will be closed to motor vehicles. Registration closes on July 17, 2018, and will be limited to 600 riders. View the map and pictures.
Join us for the 101st Giro d’Italia starting on May 4 in Jerusalem for its 13th start beyond Italy’s borders and the first start outside Europe. It then transfers to Sicily, and from there works its way up the Italian peninsula to do a stage near us, the last stage before the serious mountain stages. After seven stages and a rest day in the north, the Giro flies to Rome for a flat criterium and the finish. We will see the finish of the 13th stage of the Giro on May 18 when it does a 180 km flat ride across the Po Valley from Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia. At Nervesa della Battaglia the course does a 30 km loop with some climbs on Montello and returns to Nervesa della Battaglia for the finish. If you have ever ridden with us, chances are that you have had coffee in Nervesa della Battaglia. It is the town where we have our refueling break when we do the Montello ride. Montello, which on the map looks like a potato, means a big hill or small mountain. It is a very popular place to ride and usually has more bicycles than cars on its roads. It was the site of the World Cycling Championships in 1985. It was a great race to watch. Greg Lemond and Moreno Argentin were the two contenders most likely to win. As they neared the finish they watched each other very closely and neither would take the lead because they knew that whoever took the lead would lose. As it turned out they both lost. Joop Zoetemelk, a thirty-nine-year-old Dutchman, whipped around them, and as neither wanted to be the first to chase, they were slow to react. By the time they made a move, it was too late and the Dutchman won. Ironically, Zoetemelk could not defend his title the next year because by then he was forty and that was too old to be eligible to compete in the Worlds.
The Italian Cycling Center offers an inexpensive and flexible European bicycling vacation for tourists and fitness riders. Our daily rides, at different ability levels, accommodate couples and groups who cycle at different paces, or who have different expectations from cycling.
A different concept- Rather than travel from town to town, with the inconvenience of daily packing and moving, we operate from a base located in an area with exceptional cycling. We don’t concentrate on wine tasting, expensive epicurean meals, and luxurious lodgings, rather we focus on providing cycling that is appropriate for each rider’s abilities and interests. Our cycling is challenging and our prices are moderate, not the other way around. By keeping marketing expenses minimal and locating away from crowded tourist destinations, we are able to provide comfortable accommodations and outstanding meals at a lower cost than most European cycling tours.
Climate- Unlike in regions further south, the nearby Alps keep the summers from being uncomfortably hot. Daytime temperatures range from 60° to 85° (15º to 29º C). There is little rainfall from mid-June to mid-September. July and August have the best conditions for cycling, with clear blue skies and the least traffic on the roads.
Non-cycling companions are welcome and can have a fulfilling vacation enjoying various activities. By participating in the daily rides as a passenger on the camp scooter, a non-cyclist can see and enjoy the spectacular countryside, challenging climbs, and works of art that the cyclists enjoy.
A popular afternoon activity with both cyclists and non-cyclists is an afternoon hands-on working session in the kitchen with Angela, our chef, learning to make gnocchi and other Italian specialties.
The new spa and wellness center is a wonderful way to relax after a demanding ride and is located nearby. More information.
Flexibility- Schedule any length of stay, for whatever dates you prefer, May through September. Out of season stays can often be accommodated on request. Trip insurance is not necessary since prepayment is not required and no dates are ever canceled. If you wish to do additional travel, during or after your stay, you may store your bicycle and extra luggage at our facilities.
The daily rate per person is €130 for double occupancy, and €145 for single occupancy at the Residence. Add €15 to stay at our hotel. The fee includes the ride, lodging, and three exceptional meals (including wine and bottled water) at our hotel’s restaurant. There are no “wine kitties” or hidden charges.
Rental bikes- Good quality road bikes with aluminum, carbon fiber, or chrome-moly tubing frames, and mountain bikes are available for rent for €25 a day (€30 for carbon fiber). Triple or compact cranksets provide low gears for the climbs. To arrange to have a rental bike waiting for you in the bike room when you arrive, contact Patricia at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get there-Venice, Treviso, and Verona have the closest airports to the Italian Cycling Center. Direct flights to Venice are offered from JFK and Atlanta by Delta, from Philadelphia by American Airlines, and from Toronto and Montreal by Air Canada. Ryanair offers inexpensive flights from England to Treviso. We can arrange transportation to and from these airports (and almost anywhere else) at any time of day.
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Read about the Blayleys' adventure to the ICC and beyond. Also, enjoy Jeff Paine's account of his visit to the Italian Cycling Center. From Bart Delfiner: Read the story of the Levico-Terme Ride. Read Maurice Schwartz's story of his L'Eroica
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