Autumn Basic Camp 2018

 

IN SICILY  15 - 20 OCTOBER 2018

We will take you to some of the most beautiful places and roads in Sicily from the Sea to the Mountains to the magical volcano Etna. You will be riding the same road as the Giro d’Italia and the roads that many professionals use for training. 

Sicily cycling club basic - the simple way for you who just want to ride

"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything."

J.W. Goethe

BIKE PARADISE

For the cyclist, Sicily is known for the volcano Etna but there are so many attractive places to ride. Besides taking you to Etna we will show you many beautiful places with exiting climbs, breathtaking views, and charming villages.

HOTEL

Antico Borgo Etneo is located in Calatabiano, in the heart of the Alcantara River Park, surrounded by a large Mediterranean garden, just 15 km from Taormina.

the house is the result of the careful renovation of a 1800s farm Perfectly preserved the lava stone millstone which houses the breakfast room and the restaurant, the ancient cistern still functioning collection and the impressive staircase in lava stone.

CULTURE

There are riches and mysteries galore in the Sicilian history from the ancient Greeks to the Normans. This migration of different cultures has given Sicily its own special character. Riding here you will experience all these different historical and cultural layers that Sicily consists of, from the beaches to the beautiful Baroc cities to the churches and castles and the distinct kind of warmth and humor of the Sicilian people.

FOOD

Sicilian food is contradictory, just like Sicilian culture. It is an odd mixture of Italian, Greek, Arab, French, Spanish, and North African. Its dinner plates are living odes to the number of peoples that have conquered, colonized, settled, ruled, and emigrated here. The vegetables and fruit grown here are known as some of the best in all of Europe and the fish from the ocean is a story of its own. Food is very important to Sicilians and they always talk about it.

CAMP PROGRAM

15 October 2018 // Pickup from the Airport every second hour from 8.00 to 13.00 and transfer to Hotel.

Bike unpacking, "Aperitivo", Presentation of the Camp and First Ride. We will start the ride at 15 sharp and it will be an easy 3 hours one just to evaluate the level of the guests in the group and to know each other. Dinner at 20.00.

16 October // We will climb up to Savoca, a small town famous for the Godfather movie (of course a stop at the Bar Vitelli Cafe is a must!), we continue up to the Nebrodi Mountains where we reach Limina and then up to Roccafiorita where we will have a light lunch. Finally, we ride down to Letojanni. 

17 October // We will climb up to the Linguaglossa and the to the Giro 2011 first climb to Etna on the North Side (Piano Provenzana). Then we go down on the beautiful road in the lava fields that brings us to Milo and Zafferana where we will enjoy some local specialties and observe life on the square. From Zafferana it is mostly down to Calatabiano.

18 October // We go up we go to one of our favorite rides along the "Secret Roads" between Etna and Peloritani. We will ride the Alcantara river and Graniti. After this small town there is a brutal but short 18% climb and then we continue along one of Nibali's favorite training routes. After the climb from Graniti, we ride into the secret roads build by the allied soldiers under second World War from where they attacked the German Army. This road offers the most amazing view to Etna and the Church on top of Monte Kalfa where we will take a short break and take in the breathtaking views before we decent for a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, we descend to the coast and ride along the coastal road to Calatabiano. 

19 October // Today we want you to experience the same stage (Last part) ridden by the Giro d'Italia in 2018. So we will climb Etna from Nicolosi and up the the beautiful road of Strada Milia and then Up to Rifugio Sapienza where Contador soloed in 2011 and Jan Polanc in 2018. Almost 30 km of climbing to the top of Etna. Then we will fly down to the hotel where we will have the chance to drink all the beer and wine we like because cycling is over!

20 October // Ciao e Arrivederci!!! Today we bring you back to the Airport. Tell us what time is your flight or if you want to stay some extra day with or without your bike. We will try to arrange everything for you all!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

AIRPORT We recommend that you fly to Catania airport from there we arrange transfer to/ from. Alternatively, you can fly to Palermo but you will have a longer transfer on your own account.

To and from Catania airport there are several connections from airlines like Norwegian, Alitalia, SAS, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair etc. If you have questions regarding the booking of tickets please contact us. We are ready to help you. IT IS IMPORTANT to have minimum 2 hours between connections if you are flying with stopover so the handling people have time to put your bike on the plane. In the unlikely event that your bike is not delivered to the airport on the same flight as you and first arrive the day after. We will give you one of our bikes (if size is available) so you can ride as planned with the rest of the group. We suggest you bring your pedals, shoes, helmet and one cycling kit in your handbag.

TRANSFER We will arrange your transfer to and from Catania Airport and the hotel. When you arrive we are ready to receive you and bring you and your bike to the hotel.

SCC will be responsible for the daily bike rides. All Customers will ride with SCC every day. You will also have the two owners of SCC Thomas & Tommaso as guides. They will give insight into the special location and the history of the different towns and places we pass through.

LEVEL OF FITNESS This trip is suited for all people who ride the bike 2 times a week or more. SCC is the guarantor that clients of all level will succeed this cycling journey. If necessary, we will divide people into groups by fitness level.

BIKE RENTAL SCC If you don’t care to bring your bike you can rent, for €160, a full Carbon bike delivered directly to the Hotel.

PRICE FOR THE AUTUMN CAMP PER PERSON IS €699

€659 (if you register before 31/08)

INCLUDED

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel T/R.
  • 5 nights in hotel in double room. (Single room is possible for €200 extra)
  • Half board (Breakfast and dinner).
  • Secure Bike room.
  • Route program of 80/100 km a day and 1500/2500 hm. (adapted to the participants)
  • Guides will ride with you every day and we will split the group into smaller ones with different fitness level.
  • Pictures from the rides.

EXCLUDED

  • Cafe and snacks during the rides.
  • Wine, Beer, and other alcoholic drinks.
  • It is possible to have a single room for extra payment of € 200