LA CORSA is heading north for this exclusive tour, a brand new offering for the 2018 season. This new 5-night tour takes place near Milan and we will be cycling in the stunning surroundings of Lakes Como and Garda. The highlight of this tour is a visit to the historic De Rosa factory, and the opportunity to meet founder Ugo De Rosa and other members of the family.
22 – 27 September 2018
£2300 double £2500 single
LA CORSA is heading north for this exclusive tour, a brand new offering for the 2018 season. This new 5-night tour takes place near Milan and we will be cycling in the stunning surroundings of Lakes Como and Garda. The highlight of this tour is a visit to the historic De Rosa factory, and the opportunity to meet founder Ugo De Rosa and other members of the family. Find out about the fascinating history of the iconic bike that you’ll be riding, and the passion that made a 13-year-old Ugo De Rosa’s dream of building his own bike a reality. Discover how he built one of the most desirable and successful cycling brands in the world.
Like the flagship Tuscany tour, this tour has been years in the making and everything will be to the high standard you expect from a LA CORSA tour. As well as exclusive access to the De Rosa factory the tour features the famous Maddona del Ghisallo climb used in the famous Giro di Lobardia race.
You’ll be staying in fantastic self-catering accommodation, with all meals included in the price of the tour. And you will savour incredible local wines while dining in excellent trattoria, handpicked by Tour Director Andy. LA CORSA guarantee incredible food and wine and the warmest local hospitality.
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 hospitality.
• 5 nights accomodation
• All breakfasts, lunch and evening meals
• Use of De Rosa Idol with Full Campagnolo Chorus/Shamal wheels
• All airport pick up and drop offs
• Masseuse for post ride leg massage
• Full van support
• Mechanic to take care of all mechanical needs
• Guided rides around local area including coffee stops
• All sports nutrition and hydration
• Wine Tasting at local winery
• All kit washed and laundered for each days ride
• Travel Insurance
• Alcoholic Drinks/Minibar
• La Corsa cycling kit
• Entry to Gran Fondo
*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.
CONTINENTAL Grand Prix 25mm
Saturday, 22nd September 2018
Distance: 40.6km 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.
Sunday, 23rd September 2018
Distance: 85km Elevation: 1,875m
With the introduction to Chianti out the way and a new best friend in your De Rosa Idol we set off to fry bigger fish. The Route Strava has become a huge thing for both amateur and professional cyclists all over the world and today we give you a chance to take on one of Strava’s most legendary segments, L’ora Del Chianti (the Chianti hour). We do intend to stop for a coffee in Greve in Chianti, which is around halfway, making it very hard to break any records. With 5 taxing climbs in 56km many people will choose to crawl back to the villa, but for those not satisfied, we have an extending loop which takes in another 2 killer climbs and pushes it out to 90km.
Monday, 24th September 2018
Distance: 90km Elevation: 1,493m
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.
Tuesday, 25th September 2018
Distance: 51km Elevation: 1,440m
The La Corsa Queens Stage is never going to be an easy day in the saddle.
The first climb to Panzano will act as a leg warmer and then a fast 6km descent into Greve will take us to the bottom of a testing 5km climb called Sugame. Climb number three of the day is Lucolena which is one of the highest points in Chianti at 757 metres above sea level. This grueling 7km ascent is also one of the longest climbs that Chianti will throw at us and will have everyone craving for some well deserved downhill. For the scalatori (climbers) amongst us who are searching for more pain a 48km additional loop can be added in. Short loop is 56km and long loop extension is 90km.
Wednesday, 26th September 2018
Distance: 92km Elevation: 1,940m
We will start with a climb up towards San Donato in Poggio and then descend down the Sambuca hill which leads us towards San Casciano in Val di Pesa Firenze and back. We don’t stop at the Cantinetta del Nonno Ristorante, we continue on in the direction of Firenze. We will then pass the little village of Chiesanuova before descending down into the city with stunning switchbacks to test even the best bike handlers. A little traffic will be endured to get us to the iconic photo-stop above Firenze called Piazzale Michelangelo. The way back to the villa is definitely the scenic way but maybe not the most pleasant. After a short descent its 10km of climbing towards the town of Imprunetta where we will stop in the square for a coffee. From Imprunetta it will be decision time. Hilly or flatish will be the choices. We will pass by Greve in Chianti and Panzano. This is always going to be a tough day but the views over Firenze and the sense of achievement will keep the pedals turning.