We are delighted to offer clients the chance to take part in the 2017 Gran Fondo Stelvio Santani. We have a limited amount of reserved places on this trip (including entry). The Stelvio Santani needs no introduction to cycling enthusiasts, indeed last year over 50 different nationalities took part in an event that once again took in the beauty and the beast of the Italian Alps.
With 3 routes to choose from, you are sure to find challenge and exhilaration to suit your riding ability. The longer route includes the Mortirolo and the Stelvio which are two of the most brutal yet beautiful climbs in the world: they echo with the feats of Fausto Coppi, Marco Pantani and many more. Now for the fifth year, the Gran Fondo Stelvio Santini will allow you to test yourself against these legendary tough climbs and follow in the pedal strokes of some of the greatest icons cycling has ever known.
Our packages allow you to focus on your riding and enjoying yourself. With hassle free transfers, entry, mechanics and expert race tactics this package is for the rider who wants to get the most of their weekend in Italy.
You will be picked up from either Milan Linate or Milan Bergamo airport and privately transferred to your hotel in Bormio by the Italy Bike Tours team. A quick stop for coffee by Lake Iseo will break up the journey and give you a chance to take a few pics of this beautiful lake.
On arrival you will be met by the hotel staff and are sure to have a traditional Italian welcome. The evening will be spent sorting the bikes and eating a fantastic dinner prepared by the excellent kitchen staff.
After breakfast we will take you on a short guided ride to get the legs stretched and check out some of the route. This is always worth doing and popular with guests. Led by our expert guides we will be sure to stop on route to have a coffee and a brioche.
In the afternoon one of the team will take you to the registration area to collect your bibs, race number and race pack. We like to do this on Friday, as Saturday can be a little hectic.
The evening will be spent relaxing in the hotel and enjoying local food and maybe a few beers?
A day to relax and put your feet up. The team will be in place to check the bikes and make any adjustments if needed. We like to keep the day before the GF flexible. Some clients may wish to visit the Expo others may like to have a sport’s massage or visit the spa.
We do recommend however that all clients attend the race briefing in the main piazza at 17:30. The information given at the briefing will help maximize your enjoyment of the event.
Whatever you wish to do, the Italy Bike Tours team will be in place to help assist you and make it happen.
After an early breakfast (including everything you need to fuel up for the big event), we will guide you to the start line and ensure there are no last minute problems.
The team will be in place around the course to hand out water bottles, gels and anything else you may like to drop off or collect.
On arrival at the finish you will have time to relax before descending to Bormio and the hotel. The evening will be spent relaxing, having a celebratory drink or three and reminiscing about what is sure to be an epic weekend of riding and cycling fellowship.
All good things must come to an end. Your private transfer will be arranged for you and your bike.
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Reservation & payment details:
To reserve your place on a Italy Bike Tours holiday please visit our website www.italybiketours.co.uk. On choosing the package you wish please contact us using the form located on the contact us page. Your reservation is only confirmed upon receipt of your deposit.
Final and full payment is due no later than 60 days prior to trip start date. Direct bank transfer or cheque or PayPal (fees may apply) payments are accepted.
Italy Bike Tours will not be liable if any additional expenses are incurred through delay, accident or disruptions of planned itineraries beyond our control, e.g, terrorist activity, strikes, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire, technical problems of transport, closure of ports or airports, cancellation or changes of schedule by scheduled airlines, or similar events beyond our control. Such expenses are the responsibility of the customer.
Instructions for bicycle use is assumed and not provided, and all customers assume all risks associated with the activity they have booked. Customers affirm they are familiar with the operation of a multi speed bicycle. By booking a package with Italy Bike Tours you affirm that you are in good health and are physically capable of engaging in the activity you are booking. Helmet use is essential and not optional.
Italy Bike Tours are not liable for personal injury, death, damage to property or other loss whether arising from accident, cancellations, delays or any other situation that may arise. Italy Bike Tours clients should insure against all such possibilities.
All clients travelling with Italy Bike Tours must have adequate travel insurance which must include cover for medical expenses arising from accident or personal injury, cycling abroad, loss of luggage and cancellation. A copy of your insurance certificate must be sent to Italy Bike Tours no later than one week prior to your tour commencing. Italy Bike Tours reserve the right at any time to substitute alternative accommodation or to make any other alteration to the tours which become necessary due to circumstances beyond their control and undertake to inform participants as soon as possible.
90+ days prior to trip start date: full refund, less 100% of deposit
61-90 days: 50% refund of trip cost, less 100% of deposit
31-60 days: 25% refund of trip cost, less 100% of deposit
0-30 days: no refund
Italy Bike Tours is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled trips, such as airline tickets. we recommend confirming your trip with Italy Bike Tours before making rail/air arrangements that might be non-refundable. Italy Bike Tours reserves the right to make route and hotel modifications as needed.Italy Bike Tours reserves the right to cancel any private custom trip at any time if there are fewer participants than originally specified.
On the rare occasions when Italy Bike Tours must cancel a trip due to unforeseen circumstances, natural disaster or civil unrest, all payments received to date will be refunded, less the deposit, which constitutes full settlement.
A valid passport is required to gain entry to Countries outside your country of residence. Clients are responsible for ensuring that their passport is valid and also for ensuring they have the correct visa required to enter the country of the trip. Foreign nationals are advised to contact their local embassy to check their visa requirements.
Very rarely Italy Bike Tours may be forced to cancel a trip. We reserve the right to cancel a trip for any reason up to 30 days prior to the date of departure. In these circumstances, you will be entitled to either book any other available tour from our website. If the cost is less, you will be refunded the difference, but where the cost is more, you will be expected to pay the additional cost, or alternatively, Italy Bike Tours will provide a full refund of money already paid.
In the event that it is necessary for Italy Bike Tours to cancel a specific tour, Italy Bike Tours will not be liable for any flight costs incurred. Refunds are paid by direct bank transfer.
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.