The Champion of Champions (La Campionissimo) ticks all the boxes for clients who are looking for a weekend Gran Fondo package that tackles some of the most iconic climbs in Europe.
La Campionissimo is superbly run with riders having the choice of 3 spectacular routes (all on closed roads) that take in some of the best scenery that Italy has to offer. Mortirolo, Passo Gavia and San Cristiana are three of the highlights of the course for those choosing to tackle the longer route. (See below for more details of the options available.)
La Campionissimo takes over the stylish Alpine town of Aprica for the whole weekend, starting with the build-up on Saturday, which includes exhibitions, shows and pasta parties. It is great fun and a good opportunity to meet fellow cyclists from all over the world who come to the race to experience the thrill of riding in Italy.
Aprica hosted the finish of a Giro d’Italia stage in 2015 and so is well accustomed to hosting large-scale cycling events. It is a vibrant town with plenty or bars and restaurants for those looking for some nightlife.
Our Italy Bike Tours team will assist you with your registration and make sure that you get to the starting line on time. Your guide will also take you on a recce the day before the Gran Fondo to look at certain key points of the course, and offer you advice on both tactics and strategy. Read on for more details about the itinerary and what will be included in your package.
Our team will meet you at the arrival gates of Milan Bergamo before transferring you to your hotel in Aprica. Here, our professional team of mechanics will assemble your bikes or assist you with any hired bikes. Having a professional on hand, who has spare parts and an eye for detail, will be a great help with any problems you may have further down the road! In the evening, we will head out for a pizza in a local pizzeria and maybe the odd glass of wine.
After breakfast, we will head out for a short walk to register for the race and sort out all the bits and bobs that need to be done prior to taking part in a Gran Fondo. You will also receive our ‘race jersey’ here, which we ask you to wear during the La Campionissimo. After registration is completed, we will head over to the Expo to have a look round and maybe make a purchase or two!
After lunch, we will head out on the bike to take a look at the course, particularly the first and last 10km. This is a good opportunity for you to stretch your legs and check the bike to make sure it is just how you want it. Our mechanics will be with you in case you need any alterations. We will also carry plenty of spares should you need any.
We will have a quick shower on our return, before heading over to the evening ‘race briefing’. This will only be short and we will head back to the hotel afterwards to eat as much pasta at dinner as we can manage!
Race day! After breakfast, you will ride the short distance to the start line. We will be on hand to make any last minute alterations to your bike and support you in any way you need. Last year’s race was started by the five-time Tour winner Miguel Indurain and there is always a frantic pace as the riders compete to get a good position.
Once we know you are off and underway, we will meet you on the course to hand out drinks, gels and bars, should you need them. We will also be on hand to make adjustments to the bike, if necessary, and meet you on your arrival at the finish. Here, we will look after your bike, give you a well-deserved drink and provide you with a place to relax and watch the rest of the riders come rolling in. The presentations for the winners start in the afternoon and there is always a great, festive atmosphere.
In the evening, we will head out into Aprica along with many of the other riders for a post-race celebratory meal and drinks!
Sadly, this is the day of your departure. Your bike will be packed up ready for your flight home and we will transfer you to Milan Bergamo, wishing you a safe trip back after a great weekend that we are sure will provide you with many lasting memories of Italy to take home with you.
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No cycling holiday can be enjoyed without the right amount of challenge and the right amount of coffee breaks. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients and have a range of different packages that cater for all levels of ability and cycling aspirations. Of course one rider’s ‘easy’ is another rider’s ‘medium’ but we hope with the information we have given in our itineraries and support and advice we give before booking, that everybody finds what they are looking for.
Below is how we categorise our cycling breaks. If you are unsure about anything then we will be delighted to answer your questions.
Barbaro – Packages designed by people who enjoy pain! If you are a rider that gets a thrill from hours in the saddle and riding uphill on a regular basis then these trips are for you. An excellent level of fitness is needed as the demands placed on you and the bike from riding one of these packages is savage!
Difficile – It is too easy to say that these packages are for club cyclists. However they are for club cyclists along with riders who take cycling and training seriously. An appetite for long distances and riding uphill are needed as the rides will be long, challenging and at times fast.
Medio – Designed with the average cyclists in mind these packages offer the rider the chance to experience flats, rolling hills and the odd mountain top finish. If you have realised your days in the pro peleton are over but you still love cycling, then these holidays are for you.
Facile – If you are booking on one of our ‘Easy’ packages then prepare yourself for plenty of flat riding and flat white coffees. These steady paced and enjoyable weeks are designed to appeal to those looking for a holiday with cycling.
The Hotel Larice Bianco is situated only 200 metres from the start line of La Campionissimo. Within easy walking distance of bars, cafes and cycling shops, the Larice Bianco is popular with cyclists looking for a great stay in Aprica.
The hotel boasts a great restaurant and the menu is designed with cycling specific needs in mind. The breakfast is legendary and much needed with plenty of climbing to do over the weekend. The bar and garden are popular with riders looking to relax when off the bike. What can be better than a cold beer whilst overlooking the Alps.