10 - 16 MAY 2020
Giro d'Italia 2020 Cycling Camp is the main event of Sicily Cycling Club season. 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. We will watch 2 Stages of Giro d'Italia 2020 including the arrival on ETNA.
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.
The hotel is situated in the heart of the Alcantara River Park, surrounded by a large Mediterranean garden, just 15 km from Taormina.
The property is the result of the renovation of a eighteen century lava stones "Palmento". This was the building where farmers pressed their olives to produce extra virgin olive oil.
After the ride you will have the chance to jump inside the swimming pool and have the most beautiful view of the Alcantara River Park.
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.
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.
10 May // 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.
11 May // 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.
12 May // 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 the Hotel.
13 May // We will climb up to the Linguaglossa on the Giro 2020 climb to Etna on the North Side (Piano Provenzana). We will watch the stage arriaval and 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 the Hotel.
14 May // This will be a "rest day". We will ride towards Catania to watch the start of the Giro d'Italia 2020 stage. We will also visit the city center, the fish market and then return to the hotel on the scenic beach road. On the way we will also give a look at the Villa that was used to film some scenes from the Godfather movie.
15 May // Today we will ride up to Randazzo and then, with one of the most amazing landscapes on Nebrodi, we will reach the old town of Montalbano Elicona with its castel.
16 May // 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!
AIRPORT We recommend that you fly to Catania airport from there we arrange transfer to/ from.
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. The pickup will be every 2nd hour starting from 8.00AM. In case you arrive one day before the first day we can arrange the pickup for free and you can add an extra day at the hotel.
SCC will be responsible for the daily bike rides. All Customers will ride with SCC every day. SCC guides 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. You must be able to ride around 70/80km a day with 1500hm.
BIKE RENTAL SCC If you don’t care to bring your bike you can rent, for €180, a full Carbon bike delivered directly to the Hotel.
PRICE FOR THE GIRO 2020 CYCLING CAMP PER PERSON IS
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel T/R.
- 6 nights in hotel (luxury country resort) in double room. (Single room is possible for €250 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 will split the group into smaller ones with different fitness level. At least 1 guide every 6 guests.
- Special Edition Scc Giro Gadget.
- "Aperitivo" after each ride with local food.
- Cafe and snacks during the rides.
- Wine, Beer, and other alcoholic drinks.
- It is possible to have a single room for extra payment of € 250