Giro D'Italia Week
10 - 15 May 2019
The 2019 Giro d'Italia will begin with a short but sharp time trial in the city of Bologna as the region of Emilia-Romagna is awarded the 102nd Giro Grand Partenza.
Stage 1 will only be 8.2km in length but will finish at the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, a basilica church that sits almost 300m above the rest of the city, providing a 2.1km uphill test, at an average of 9.7%, for all those competing for the first pink jersey of the race.
To mark the occasion we will be taking the journey North to take in the opening stage and follow with a week of our classic Tuscan flagship tour. This has been years in the making and we think you’ll love it. Tuscany is one of the best places to ride a bike in the world. That’s why it’s the region where many pro cyclists live and train. It has everything going for it – from short, sharp climbs, to long ascents, and from fast descents, to the technical Strade Bianche, Chianti has it all. What’s more, Chianti offers some of the best food and wine in the world. All of this, combined with excellent service from our dedicated team, creates the LA CORSA Chianti experience.
Whether you’re looking to light up the climbs or take in the sights and smells at a more moderate tempo, we’ll ride the same beautiful roads used in races like L’Eroica and the World Championships. Along the way, we’ll show you all the little things that make Tuscany the base of choice for so many of the peloton’s top professionals.
You’ll be staying in a spacious, self-contained apartment in Borgo Sicelle, an authentic Tuscan villa in a tiny hamlet in the heart of Chianti. The villa is comprised of self-contained apartments with kitchenettes and en suite bathrooms for each guest. Set around a relaxing pool, each suite offers stunning vistas over the entire valley.
All meals are included in the price of the tour. You’ll be savouring incredible local wines while dining in excellent trattoria, handpicked by Tour Director Andy. LA CORSA guarantee incredible food and wine and the warmest local hospitality1
5 nights stay in Villa Sicelle, double occupancy and swimming pool
Use of De Rosa Idol with Full Campagnolo Chorus/Shamal wheels
All breakfasts, lunch and evening meals
Florence pick up and drop offs
Full van support
Mechanic to take care of all mechanical needs
Guided rides around local area.
All sports hydration
Wine Tasting at local winery
All kit washed and laundered for each days ride
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Extra Alcoholic Drinks.
Entry to Gran Fondo Firenze
*Please note tour deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore please ensure you have the
appropriate travel insurance in place should you have to cancel at the last minute.
To find out more about La Corsa Cycle Tours please email: email@example.com or call us on:
+44 773 906 0400
Trip at a Glance
8 - 12
DE ROSA IDOL-LA CORSA
CAMPAGNOLO Chorus 11spd
CAAMPAGNOLO Shamal Mille
CONTINENTAL Grand Prix 25mm
Day by Day Breakdown - Taster
MONDAY, 10TH MAY 2019
DISTANCE: 30.6KM ELEVATION: 799M
Today’s ride is very much an introduction to the roads of Chianti and a chance to get you acquainted with your new De Rosa Idol. We will leave the villa and coast down a 2km descent before a short climb up towards the beautiful town of Panzano. Another quick descent from Panzano will start us on a 10km drag of 2% which will take us to Radda in Chianti, the starting point of the 2016 Giro D’Italia ITT. From here we follow the Giro TT around 20km back to the villa with the first 8km being a mange e beve (up and down) before a 10km descent to the beautiful town of San Donato in Poggio where we turn down towards the villa. This will be a little taste of what cycling with La Corsa in Chianti has to offer.
GIRO BOLOGNA ITT
MONDAY, 11TH MAY 2019
DISTANCE: N/A ELEVATION: N/A
After our group ride initiation we will be taking a quick flying visit 1 hour north of Tuscany to Bologna to view the opening uphill TT on the streets of Bologna. This promises to be a pivotal stage even at this early stage. After we will return to our base in Tuscany where time permitting we will be able to squeeze another loop of the countryside before settling down to some fine Tuscan cuisine.
MONDAY, 12TH MAY 2019
DISTANCE: 90KM ELEVATION: 1493M
As with most of the rides in this part of the world we are going to climb a lot of vertical meters, although this ride south, in the direction of Siena is as tame as it gets. Several gradual climbs will take us down towards one of the most beautiful areas of Chianti and will give many of you the first taste of the all famous Strade Bianche (gravel or white roads). A coffee stop in Castelnuovo Berardenga and then we loop back round in the direction of the villa. 90km in Chianti never felt so pleasant.