Let’s face it, this is as tough a gran fondo as you will find anywhere in the world. La Fausto Coppi has in it’s 30 years become one of the bucket list cycling experiences for the international cyclist. There is no gran fondo quiet like it in Italy. The mixture of fabulous hospitality, food and scenery has to be experienced to be believed. The 2 routes to chose from offer challenge that the cycling nutter will love! The Gran Fondo Fausto Coppi is as mighty as the great champion himself and regardless of your choice of route, you will climb the magnificent Colle Fauniera and on the way to back to Cuneo encounter the last climb of the Madonna del Colleto.
Our official package is, as one might expect full of highlights and benefits from travelling with Italy Bike tours. With the hallmarks of all our gran fondo packages you can look forward to great planning, attention to detail and staff with unparralled knowledge of the Italian gran fondo scene. Read on to find out a little more about this once in a cycling lifetime weekend of incredible cycling.
Welcome to Italy! On arrival at the hotel you will be met by your Italy Bike Tours team. They will happily assist you with your bags and bike boxes before transferring you the short distance from Cuneo or Torino airports. Franca and the team will be waiting for you at Cuneo Hotel and after a swift check-in we will meet in the bike room before a late afternoon ride. A chance to spin the legs and for those hiring bikes a chance to get used to a new bike for the weekend.
Before dinner in a our favourite local restaurant your tour manager will give you a briefing on the following day. With over 3000 cyclists taking part in La Fausto Coppi it is important that everybody in the group understands the itinerary.
After a super breakfast we will head out on the bike towards the La Fausto Coppi expo. On arrival you will have a chance to explore, take photos and soak up the atmosphere. Our team will be on hand to assist you with the registration process and after a coffee your guide will lead you on a tour that will include Fauniera of La Fausto Coppi. This is a great way to learn a little more about the challenge ahead.
Safely back in the hotel our mechanic will be on hand to do last minute checks on your bike. The hotel offers the perfect base to explore Cuneo town centre. Your tour manager will once again give you a briefing of tomorrows itinerary including an early start! Dinner will once again be served in a city centre restaurant the staff will have prepared pre gran fondo menu for it’s many cycling customers.
An early start as your guide will ride with you to the start of the gran fondo. This can often by a tricky moment for International riders but with your experienced guide and Italy Bike Tours staff on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly you have only to concentrate on pedalling!
Non – riders will be transferred to a part of the course where they will have a chance to see loved ones. This service is included in the price of the trip. On arrival at the finish line you can look forward to a wonderful pasta party! A carnival atmosphere if ever there was one. On arrival back at the hotel staff will be on hand to assist with bikes.
All good things must come to an end and our staff will transfer you to the airport in the late morning. Please ensure flights leave early afternoon or late morning.
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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.
With a fantastic spa boasting everything you could wish for and superb restaurant we rate this as one the best hotels in the whole of the region.
A place to relax and rewind after a hard day in the saddle.
*Based on twin room sharing
With stunning views over Lake Iseo and magnificent mountains, it is no wonder that La Pieve is considered to be the top hotel on the northern tip of Lake Iseo.
The hotel offers riders the very best in Italian welcomes. A fantastic spa, outdoor pool and award winning restaurant are just a few highlights to be enjoyed. Situated in the ancient town of Pisogne it is offer clients the perfect opportunity to sample a warm Italian evening, drinking wine (maybe!?!) and overlooking the lake.
Situated near the start of the final stage in the prestigious multipurpose center of Torri Bianche Vimercate.. The hotel offers original and comfortable rooms, where guests can feel like at home.Monza Hotel Cosmo offers a touch of luxury away from Milan city centre. The perfect place to relax after an epic week of viewing the Giro d’Italia’s 100th edition.
Located in the popular ski resort of Presolana, Hotel Milano offers riders the perfect place to rest after the final stage of the Grande Tour Italia. With spectacular views and rooms with more than a touch of luxury, you are sure to enjoy your last evening in Italy.
The final evening meal will be spent in the hotel’s magnificent basement dining room, which provides an authentic dining experience to celebrate the week’s achievements and gives riders a great chance to recount stories from an epic 6 days in the saddle.
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.
You’ll stay in at least a 3 star hotel in Bergamo.
We’re finalising details at the moment to ensure you get a great night at a comfortable and friendly hotel.
Hotel Tentuta Colle Piajo is conveniently positioned on the outskirts of Bergamo it is the choice of many professional teams and a favourite of Alberto Contador when staying in the region for Giro Lombardia. With beautiful views and great food Hotel Tentuta Colle Piajo is the perfect place to start your cycling trip of a lifetime.
Hotel Asolo is steeped in history and offers our clients the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the beautiful region of Veneto. The hotel offers different kind of rooms, all furnished with color and designed to make every room a small autonomous universeSplendid views of Monte Grappa and a traditional Italian welcome can be looked forward to.
* Bike Hire £250- $300
** Single Supplement £330 – $450
Suite Santa Chiara is a 4-star boutique hotel located in Lecce’s historical centre, 100 metres from the cathedral. The roof garden on the 4th floor has a bar, outdoor seating and views of the historic centre. The perfect place to relax, unwind on your first evening on our Puglia Discovery week.
We love this hotel and our friends at Relais Valle dell’ Idro love our clients! The hotel is located 5 minutes walking from Otranto old town and from local beaches, it is an exclusive hotel where you can appreciate design and details attention. Its convenient location allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view of Valle dell’Idro, old town and Adriatic Sea.
We are delighted to be working with Alex and his team at the Montirò Hotel. Less than two years old the accommodation offers clients the chance to enjoy a truly unique oasis. Each of the 6 buildings has been built with the highest levels of expertise and clients can look forward to a authentic Puglia welcome from staff. The pool area, bar and restaurant are sure to be popular with clients wanting to ‘sample’ local products!
Our friends at Relais once again are our hosts in their beautiful Corte Palmieri hotel. The hotel is a wonderful historical house dating back to 1700 situated in the dense maze of alleys, streets and squares of the famous fishing village of Gallipoli.
Characterized by sunny terraces and walls covered by colorful bougainvillea, this beautiful unique building, evocates a Moroccan Riad. Prickly pear, Jupiter’s beard and citrus trees paint the terraces in the warmer months, where every morning a good morning is given with a buffet breakfast characterized by a wide range of products.
This really is something very very special. At Italy Bike Tours we pride ourselves on giving our clients the opportunity to discover real Italy. There is nothing that says Puglia more than Trulli’s! The Trulli e Puglia Resort offers a unique accommodation in the traditional stone buildings typical of Alberobello. The beautifully restored houses include a kitchenette and air conditioning. .
Our final destination of the week and what a treat. Hotel Como dei Saraceni is 1 minute walk from the beach. Set in Polignano a Mare, Covo dei Saraceni boasts a panoramic cliff-top location above a pebble beach. This 4-star hotel features a traditional restaurant and air-conditioned rooms and suites.
In this beautiful, history-rich region, the Masseria Genovese stands out as one of the oldest farmhouses in the area. The structure dates back to 1500 when Ceglie was ruled by the Count Don Ferdinando Sanseverino. Thanks to recent renovations made by its young owner, the property’s original dry-stone structure has escaped deterioration and abandonment, and its original soul still emanates through the beautiful stone buildings.
**Bike Hire £199
*Bike Hire £150
** Single Supplement £99