THE ITALIAN EXPRESS

THE ITALIAN EXPRESS

Veneto

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ITALY

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01 - 09 Jul 2023

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Challenging

Approx. AU$4,269

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GBP£2,405

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USD$3,004

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€2,750.00

START LOCATION

PONZANO

END LOCATION

BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

DAYS

8

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

65-85KM | 40-53MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1100-1650M | 3600-5400FT

The wait is over! Join the 'A4D Cycle Challenge 2022: The Italian Express' for an adventure in the iconic hills of Northern Italy and help provide life-saving medical care to some of South-East Asia’s most vulnerable children.

We will be going to one of the world's great cycling locations with routes designed for everyone. Each day we will have a gentler 'Peloton’ option (daily av. 65KM & 1100M), alongside a tougher 'Sportif’ route (daily av. 85+KM & 1650+M).

The two routes mean those who want to clock lots of KMs and do Giro d'Italia climbs can, while there is also the option to have more time enjoying the gorgeous vine-clad landscape and medieval towns of the Veneto region. Electric bikes are also available!

Taking in hilly terrain to the west of Venice, the Italian Express will begin a few miles from the cycling-mad city of Treviso in Ponzano. From there, the ride takes us north into the heart of Italy's sparkling prosecco region and onwards to Bassano on the doorstep of the Alps.

We also have plans for a unique cycling challenge during the week - so some big days for Sportif riders! - and wine tasting and other cultural moments for those who want to spend more time on two feet. More details on this to come!

€450 of your tour payment will go towards A4D, which is sufficient to provide life-saving medication to a disadvantaged young person with Type 1 Diabetes for a whole year. A4D also encourages riders to fundraise €1 per KM they cover.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Northern Italy for a stunning ride, alongside delicious cuisine and warm hospitality.

Andiamo! Let’s go.

ROAD BIKE HIRE €360/TOUR
E-BIKE ROAD BIKE HRIE €400/TOUR

*** DATES TO BE CONFIRMED ***

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES | DINNERS | FULL GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING KIT | DAYPACK | BIDONS | KIT LAUNDRY SERVICE | GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE SAT 1 JUL | TRAVEL DAY | ARRIVAL DAY TWO SUN 2 JUL | PROLOGUE | WELCOME AND SHAKE-OUT RIDE DAY THREE MON 3 JUL | PONZANO TO FOLLINA DAY FOUR TUE 4 JUL | FOLLINA LOOP DAY FIVE WED 5 JUL | FOLLINA TO BASSANO DEL GRAPPA DAY SIX THU 6 JUL | LOOP TO ASOLO AND MAROSTICA DAY SEVEN FRI 7 JUL | LOOP TO MONTEGRAPPA DAY EIGHT SAT 8 JUL | GOODBYE

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ARRIVAL VENICE DEPARTURE VENICE

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €2,750.00 | SINGLE ROOM €3,150.00 | NON-RIDER €2,475.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE SAT 1 JUL | TRAVEL DAY | ARRIVAL

Arrive Marco Polo Airport, Venice. 3 shuttle services through the day (times TBC) from airport to Ponzano. Settle in and relax. Dinner provided for those arrived by then.

DAY TWO SUN 2 JUL | PROLOGUE | WELCOME AND SHAKE-OUT RIDE

Welcome Breakfast and Tour Briefing. Finalise prep of the bikes and do an easy morning ride into the famous cycling park, Il Montello, to stretch the legs. Afternoon excursion to Treviso, only 10 mins away, and dinner & back to hotel.
DISTANCE | 57KM | 35MI
ELEVATION | 700M | 2300FT

DAY THREE MON 3 JUL | PONZANO TO FOLLINA

Our introduction to the picturesque, undulating hills of prosecco territory, through the charming town of Vittorio Veneto. Includes an optional out and back up the well-known San Boldo pass of Giro fame. Short cuts available for those who would like to finish earlier - or an extra eye-watering challenge up and over the 10KM climb to Praderadego for those up for it.
PEOLOTON DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
PELOTON ELEVATION | 1250M | 4100FT
SPORTIF DISTANCE | 100KM | 62MI
SPORTIF ELEVATION | 1850M | 6050FT
BONUS CHALLENGE | 30KM | 850M | MAX 20%

DAY FOUR TUE 4 JUL | FOLLINA LOOP

Today we all start together winding our way through lush vineyards, heading east of Vittorio Veneto. The group will part ways around the 30km mark after a coffee stop, with the Peloton route taking in Osigo, while the Sportif route tackles Passo Crosetta.
PELOTON DISTANCE | 65KM | 40MI |
PELOTON ELEVATION | 1400M | 4600FT
SPORTIF DISTANCE | 90KM | 56MI
SPORTIF ELEVATION | 2000M | 6550FT

DAY FIVE WED 5 JUL | FOLLINA TO BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

One of the most beautiful rides along the high road overlooking the vineyards around Valdobbiadene. Our destination is the historic town of Bassano del Grappa. Time in the afternoon Sportif rider challenge – up to 150KM
PELOTON DISTANCE | 57 | 35MI
PELOTON ELEVATION | 825M | 2700FT
SPORTIF DISTANCE | 75+KM | 47+MI
SPORTIF ELEVATION | 1550+M | 5050+FT

DAY SIX THU 6 JUL | LOOP TO ASOLO AND MAROSTICA

Delightfully level morning ride altogether through the farmlands to the south of Bassano. In the afternoon, the Sportif route ventures into the pre-Alpine hills to Asiago, of cheese fame. Time for up to 150KM! Afternoon activity for those resting up for tomorrow.
GROUP DISTANCE | 65KM | 40MI
GROUP ELEVATION | 600KM | 2000FT
SPORTIF DISTANCE | 75+K | 47+MI
SPORTIF ELEVATION | 1450+M | 4750+FT

DAY SEVEN FRI 7 JUL | LOOP TO MONTEGRAPPA

Your Queen stage! Today we all visit Montegrappa, a site that gives pause for thought. Celebratory dinner and presentations in the evening.
PELOTON DISTANCE | 57KM | 35MI
ELEVATION | 1750M | 5700FT
SPORTIF DISTANCE | 115KM | 70MI
ELEVATION | 2500M | 8200FT
SUPER SPORTIF OPTION | 135KM | 3700M

DAY EIGHT SAT 8 JUL | GOODBYE

Group transfer to Venice, a drive of 1.5 hours. We recommend to schedule departing flights from early afternoon onwards.
Time to say farewell, until next time!

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

DO YOU REWARD REGULAR GUESTS?

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HOW MUCH RIDING DO I HAVE TO DO?

As much or as little as you want. It’s your holiday.  You determine how much you want to ride. You can, on any day, choose to cut a ride short, miss a climb, only do the downhills, have a rest day or ask for more!  The van is always handy if you choose not to ride, and a guide is always willing to do some extra distance if you wish. You just need to ask.

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