5 - 10 OCTOBER 2019
From the top of Etna to the peaks of the mountains and into the blue sea Sicily is one the most alluring destination for you as a cyclist. We celebrate sections of the Giro D'Italia and routes pioneered by Sicily Cycling Club. We take you to the roads of Etna and into the unknown interior of Sicily. Riding mile after mile in this setting you have deserved our dinner of local Sicilian cousin celebrated with a glass of a local Etna Rosso.
ETNA - THE NEW SUPERSTAR CLIMB OF THE GIRO D'ITALIA
17 times has this magical race been visiting Sicily. The first time in 1930. 5 times has the Giro d'Italia raced on Etna. The first time was in 1967. In recent years this amazing Vulcano has been an extremely popular Stage finish. And that is obvious Etna has 6 different routes to two summits. Contador soloed to victory in 2011 at the top of Etna riding from the south side. In 2017 the Giro tackled a new road - Salto del Cane - and in 2018 the Giro again used a new road from the south through the forest where Chavez won. An average ascent to the top of Etna is 18 km. in length with 7,2%. But the Vulcano is just a fraction of Sicily's beauty. In Sicily Cycling Club we know all the climbs and roads of the Giro d'Italia, the secret roads, the small villages, and the 'trattoria' and coffee stops and not least where to find the water fountains where crystal clear water runs.
Guided Tour - € 735
As a woman in the group, I was a little nervous if I could actually succeed with this bike camp. But Thomas & Tommaso exceeded my expectations. When I was emptied of energy They were always there for me. They made me reach a higher level. An Experience for life and Sicily will always be in my heart.
Proprietor, Glitter Arty
The ascents, the descents, the scenery – the Giro d'Italia, the gear nerding and the camaraderie… What a fun, cool and utterly transcending experience it is to ride with Thomas and Tommaso on the slopes of Etna. With the underlying powerful feel of that immense volcano and the very relaxed Sicilian way of doing things - you get a unique contrast that is energizing in a way that I have not experienced anywhere else. I’ll be back for more of that!
Communication & Graphic designer
The Sicily Cycling Club was great at planning cycling routes and guiding us to beautiful places we would never have found on our own. They arranged a beautiful hotel for us so when we were not riding bikes we could really relax and the restaurant served us well (too well) every night.
WHO IS IT FOR?
For all people of all ages passionated for cycling. Who loves to discover new challenging mountain roads. Who likes to meet new people and share the same passion of cycling with and together ride the road less traveled through stunning landscape scenery. The Sicily Cycling Club Team is experienced riders with a hand on local knowledge and is always there to boost your moral so you can succeed. In the evening all you have to is relax and enjoy the local Sicilian Cuisine.
GUIDED TOUR INCLUDE
- 5 nights at Borgo Etnea or similar. incl. Breakfast.
- 5 dinners at a local Sicilian restaurant.
- Expert planning and guiding every day.
- 1 guide for every 6 people.
- Airport transfers - including bikes.
- Photos from the rides
- Flight tickets or other means of transport to Sicily.
- Travel insurance
- Extra in the hotel - Alcohol, drinks, foods etc.
- Bike rental
EXTRA SERVICE POSSIBLE ON REQUEST
- Single occupancy on request.
ANTICO BORGO ETNEO
Our Friend Maria Azzurra and her staff bid you welcome at the Antico Borgo Etneo and make you feel at home in these beautiful settings. Here you can relax after a day on the bike and enjoy the magical view of Etna.
The hotel is situated 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.
5 OCTOBER - ARRIVING
Pickup from the Airport and transfer to the 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 2.5-3 hours one just to evaluate the level of the guests in the group and to know each other. Dinner at 20.00.
6 OCTOBER - SAVOCA HINTERLAND
61 KM 1606 M
We ride along the beautiful coastline with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean all the way to mainland Italy. We then start the climb to Savoca. 4 kilometers of beautiful hairpins road with 8% on average. In Savoca, we do a stop at the square to see the famous Bar Vitelli from the Coppola's Godfather Trilogy and the church where Michael Corleone was married to Apolonia. Even if you are not a Godfather fan Savoca is an idyllic place. From Savoca, we ride into the Peloritani mountains where we first climb 7 km. - 6% average to the small mountain village of Limina and right after 2 km. climb to Roccafiorita where we will eat lunch. From here we ride down the beautiful hairpin roads to Letojanni and back to the hotel.
7 OCTOBER - MONTE KALFA
58,5 KM 1668 M
This is one of our favorite rides along the "Secret Roads" between Etna and Peloritani Mountains. After the small town of Graniti, there is a 6 km. climb 7% to the water fountain under the big tree. It starts brutally with a short 18% section. We have made km. markings on the road so if you like you can test yourself in a 6 km. mountain TT. After the climb, it is time to get your breath and refill your bottles with crystal clear mountain water. we continue along one of Nibali's favorite training routes; the secret roads build by the allied soldiers under second World War from where they attacked the German Army. This historic road offers the most amazing view to Etna and the Church on top of Monte Kalfa where we will take a short break to hear the fantastic story about the church and take in the scenic views before we decent for a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, we descend to the coast and ride back to Taormina. A historical ride.
8 OCTOBER - ETNA SOUTH PEAK
105 KM 2800 M
The hardest day on the bike! The first 20 km is almost flat but after that, the roads go up until you reach the top of Etna at kilometer 70. You will reach the base of the climb to Etna in the town of Nicolosi. Here we take a coffee and refill our bottles at the water fountain. At the start of the climb, the Sicilians has built a little sanctuary to honor the Saint of Catania - Sant'Agata. For us it is time to do the sign of the cross. 18 km. 7,3% average road up through the spectacular Vulcanic landscape awaits you. The same road the Giro d'Italia rode on stage 4 in 2017. All the way up you will read the tifosi's greetings on the pave to the best riders in the world, but most importantly the local hero - Lo Squalo - Vincenzo Nibali.
9 OCTOBER - THE GHOST TOWN OF BORGO MORFIA
95 KM 2161 M
Today we go up from Fiumefreddo and then we ride up the climb to Venna - 15 km. with 6% average. From the to we descent into Lunguaglossa. A few kilometers outside the town we start a short climb. At the top, we get the most beautiful panorama of the historic village of Castiglione di Sicilia. We ride through the historic center and out on the other side. 5 km outside the town the climb into the Nebrodi Mountain range starts. We will climb 9 km. with 7% average all the way to the Ghost Town of Borgo Morfia which was abandoned in the 60s. On our way back we descent into the most beautiful valley and grab some deserved lunch in the village of Francovilla di Sicilia. from the base of the town, we continue along the Alcantara river valley back to Taormina.
10 OCTOBER - CIAO E ARRVEDERCI
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!
PRACTICAL - HOW DO I BOOK THE TRIP?
- Pay the deposit.
- Book your flights.
- Pay the balance 4 weeks before the trip starts.
- Pack your bags and go to the airport.
Hit the "book now" button on this page. Then fill out the form and send it to us online by hitting "send now button" Then you will receive a mail with payment instructions; To confirm the trip first you will have to pay a deposit of € 200,00. Secondly, you must pay the balance at the latest 4 weeks before the trip starts.
If you at the time of booking did not know your flights to Catania, Fontanarossa please let us know your arrival and departure by email or telephone asap. We will then be ready to bid you welcome at the airport and transfer you and optionally also your bike to the hotel. If you have chosen to rent bikes through us we will arrange it to be delivered to the hotel.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. You find our contact information further down on this page.
Am I strong enough for this trip?
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.
Can I rent a bike?
Yes we have a fleet of carbon racing bikes with Campagnolo for rent - reserve your rental bike online here: https://www.sicilycyclingclub.com/bike-rental/
How does payment works?
We ask all clients to pay a deposit of € 200,00 a person when they book, which confirms their reservation. The balance is due 5 weeks before departure – we’ll get in touch to remind you when it’s time. If you book less than 5 weeks before departure, we will ask you to pay the full price upfront.
Can Sicily Cycling Club help out with travel arrangements?
Yes, we can recommend the best flight from many different destinations.
Which airport should I fly to?
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, Easyjet, 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 1.5-2 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.
What should I pack?
Once you’re confirmed on a trip, we will send you Travel Notes with specific advice taking account of the season you’re riding in. However, on every trip, you will need – a road bike (hire bikes are available) – cycling kit for all conditions – a helmet – your shoes and pedals – travel insurance.
How many guides are there?
We will be responsible for the daily bike rides. There will be 1 guide for every 6 clients. The guides will give you insight into the special location and the history of the different towns and places we pass through.
Do I need travel insurance?
It is highly recommended to have travel insurance. Also if you bring your own bike check how this is insured. Sicily Cycling Club has no insurance cover for clients.
CONTACT SICILY CYCLING CLUB
Telephone: +39 349 5947679