Giro d’Italia road camp

 

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.

6 DAYS

Guided Tour - € 825 

Self-guided Tour - € 699 

4 DAYS

Guided Tour - € 635

Self-guided Tour - € 525 

Another number of days is possible

Please contact us

 

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TESTIMONIALS

*****

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.

Kirstie Speciale
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!

Christian Johnsen
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.

Thomas Hoi-Hansen
Chief  Physician


 


 

WHO IS IT FOR?

For all people of all ages passionated for cycling. Who loves to discover new challenging mountain roads. Who like to cycle 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

  • 6 nights at Terra Rossa or similar. incl. Breakfast.
  • 6 dinners at a local Sicilian restaurant. 
  • Expert planning and guiding every day.
  • 1 guide for every 6 people.
  • Airport transfers - including bikes.
  • Min. 4 people.

SELF GUIDED-TOUR INCLUDE

  • 6 nights at Terra Rossa or similar. Incl. Breakfast.
  • 6 dinners at a local Sicilian restaurant. 
  • Personal webpage with GPX route files and description.
  • Phone assistance during your stay.
  • Airport transfers - including your bikes.
  • Min. 2 people.

NOT INCLUDED

  • 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

  • Support car with tools during daily bike rides. 
  • Extra Airport transfer if your group arrive on different planes.
  • Massage.
  • Single occupancy on request. 


 

How to book a trip


 

RESIDENCE TERRA ROSSA

Our Friends Constanza & Giovanni Zingali bid you welcome at the Terra Rossa in Taormina and make you feel at home in these beautiful settings. Here you can relax after a day on the bike - take a swim in the pool and enjoy the magical view over the Mediterranean sea, Isola Bella and all the way to the Calabrian coast of mainland Italy. 


 

THE ROUTES

DAY 1 - SAVOCA HINTERLAND

DISTANCE             CLIMBING
 61 KM           1906 M

We ride from Taormina along the beautiful coastline with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean all the way to mainland Italy. After 10 km. we 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 Taormina.

 


 

DAY 1 - ETNA NORTH

DISTANCE             CLIMBING
94,5 KM        2646 M

We ride from Taormina up to Linguaglossa a little 10 km. warm up climb before the main menu. Maybe we grab a quick coffee here before we continue to the North side climb of Etna. It was here the Giro d'Italia rode the first passage of Etna in 2011. The road winds it's way through the beautiful pine forest. The last 4 kilometers is really tuff around 9-10% on average. You arrive at the top in 1850 meters. We grab a cola before we descend on the other side of the north peak on the spectacular road in the lava fields that brings us to the villages of Milo and Zafferana where we will enjoy some local specialties and observe life on the square. From Zafferana it is mostly down to the coast through orange and olive groves and back to the hotel.

 

 


 

DAY 3 - MONTE KALFA

DISTANCE             CLIMBING
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.

 


 

DAY 4 - THE GHOST TOWN OF BORGO MORFIA

DISTANCE             CLIMBING
110 KM         2561 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 Franco di Sicilia. from the base of the town, we continue along the Alcantara river valley back to Taormina.

 

 


 

DAY 5 - ETNA SOUTH PEAK

DISTANCE             CLIMBING
123 KM         3255 M

The hardest day on the bike but also the last! 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.

 

 

 


 

PRACTICAL - HOW DO I BOOK THE TRIP?

  • Find the right dates for you.
  • Pay the deposit.
  • Book your flights.
  • Pay the balance 4 weeks before the trip starts.
  • Pack your bags and go to the airport.

 

IN DETAIL

First, you request a callback or contact us directly on phone or mail. Then you tell us the dates you want to go and how many people you are. If you have special needs or wish to customize the distance and difficulties of the routes or other things for that matter. 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.

When you know the dates of your stay you book your flights to Catania, Fontanarossa and inform us when you arrive. We will be ready 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 can arrange them to be delivered to your hotel. You arrive at the hotel and will be welcomed and checked in by the Zingali family. The same day or more likely the following days we arrive at 9:00 in the morning to guide you through the days riding experience - the rides will normally depart at 9:30 from the hotel. When we return to the hotel from the ride you have time for yourself and your group to relax and later in the evening, you go to a nice dinner in Taormina. At the end of the trip, we will arrange the transfer for you and your group + bikes and baggage back to the airport in time to catch your flight home. We will not say goodbye but 'arrivederci a presto' because most people are coming back.

 

FAQ

Am I strong enough for this trip?
All rides in Sicily is of course demanding but you can always decide with your group to customize the routes length and height meters so it fits your level. We help you with all our expertize to customize the routes to your like and demand.

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. Also see: (Link to page with a direct flight from several destinations)

I want to organize a custom trip. Is this possible?
Absolutely, we help you to get the cycling trip that you dream of. Just contact us and tell us what you like.

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.

 


 

CONTACT SICILY CYCLING CLUB

Email: inquiries@sicilycyclingclub.com

Telephone: +39 349 5947679