There are many reasons to choose a cycling holiday abroad. Good food, spectacular scenery, great riding and of course fabulous company are the ingredients of the most memorable cycling breaks. Read on to find out why you should make our Women’s Week your cycling break in 2017.
Cycling maybe more than any sport has an inclusive nature about. Everybody, be it old or young, male or female, good and not so good can ride together. However our Women’s week is specifically designed at the ever-growing band of female riders who are either just getting in to cycling or further down the road of efficiency.
We are delighted to be collaborating with Rule 5 Coaching in offering a week of cycling with a coaching focus. The week as been designed by Ian and his team to help with all aspects of riding. A daily focus outlined in the previous evenings briefing will frame your daily rides. These include climbing, riding in a group, fuelling in a bike and cornering.
The week is aimed at cyclists of all abilities with Rule 5 Coaching staff on hand to give feedback both during and after the rides. There professional yet ‘light touch’ approach make them the perfect coaching team to help beginner and intermediate riders who are striving to improve or learn a little more about cycling technique.
Set in Pisogne on Lake Iseo in the region of Lombardy all riders can look forward to some spectacular riding. The area has dramatic changes in terrain from endless flats around beautiful lakes to rolling hills of the Franciacorte wine region. Of course there is also plenty of challenge in the low Alps for those looking for challenge.
There are three airports within close proximity that make the holiday accessible from all corners of Europe and beyond. The closet being Milan Bergamo followed equal distance by Verona and Milan Linate. Your private transfer will be arranged for you on booking and a member of the team will meet you at the airport.
We will once again be using La Pieve 4* Hotel as our base for the week. Allesandro and his family run hotel offer the perfect Italian welcome and with a beautiful wellness centre, outside swimming pool and outdoor seating area in which to relax post ride. It is the perfect location for non-cycling activities also and those interested in a boat ride, beautiful ice cream, a glass of wine or maybe a stroll along one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes can find everything on their door step.
As standard with all Italy Bike Tours holidays on booking you can be sure that the team in Italy looking after you on arrival are the best in the industry. Unlike other operators Italy Bike Tours operates permanently in Italy and all staff importantly speak both English and Italian. Your tour director, mechanics, guides and the team at Rule 5 Coaching look forward to welcoming you on your arrival to bella Italia in July.
“Don’t fear moving slowly forward, fear standing still….”
The week coaching is designed to help improve your cycling but how will you be assessed and how what will the coaches use to help me learn and understand how I can improve.
In truth coaching takes many different forms and comes in many shapes and sizes. We do not offer ‘Team Sky’ but a simple and effective approach to coaching. During the week Ian and his team will use data from your Garmin and Strava (don’t worry if you haven’t got these) plus video and a system known by many called Training Peaks.
Whether this is your first time on a cycling coaching week or have an existing coach back home we offer insight and knowledge in a fun, relaxed and beautiful environment.
On arrival at Milan Linate or Milan Bergamo airports you will be meet by one of our team who will assist and direct you to the waiting private transfer. Your short transfer will pass some spectacular views before arriving at the hotel in Pisogne.
You will have plenty of time to unwind and relax while the Italy Bike Tours team prepare your bike for you. Some clients may wish to sample the wellness centre of take a stroll along Lake Iseo.
Before dinner the Italy Bike Tours team and Rule 5 Cycling coaching well give a short presentation about the week of riding ahead and things to look forward to.
Ride Focus – Riding abroad & riding in a group
Distance – 75km
Terrain – Flat
Each day after breakfast we will head for a ride together. Today will be an ‘easy’ day with a relaxing and steady ride around Lake Iseo. During the ride the Rule 5 Cycling Coaching team will be in place to give tips and advance on today’s riding focus (Riding abroad and riding in a group).
With time to stop for coffee and take photos today is about getting to know each other and each other abilities. Ian and the team in the evening will give a debrief to riders on a individual basis.
Ride Focus – Climbing technique
Distance – 55km
Terrain – Flat and Hilly
After yesterday’s easy introduction to the week today you will have a chance to experience the mountains the dominant this beautiful part of Italy. For some riders this will be the first time to experience a proper climb. But you have nothing to fear. Our expert tem will be in place to ensure that you ride, learn and enjoy the ride in a safe and controlled environment. The climb will take around 30 minutes.
On reaching the summit you will have time to rest the legs and take on some refreshments. What comes up must come down and a steady descent of Vigolo will follow before the final flat 20km back to the hotel.
Once again the evening will be spent with Ian and the team leading a debrief of the day and highlighting to the group areas in which they collectively should focus. Individual feedback will also be given before an outline of the following day’s riding focus.
Ride Focus – Descending technique
Distance – 55km
Terrain – Flat and Hilly
After a relaxing morning the group will head out on a steady ride before using the techniques learnt yesterday to climb an easy ascent approximately 20km from La Pieve. The day’s focus is descending and we have picked the perfect place for you to learn. It has hardly any traffic, varying degrees of difficulty and plenty of places to stop and receive feedback from the coaching staff.
Descending for many people is the most difficult aspect of riding and the day will be spent unpicking bad technique and giving helpful tips on how to descent effectively, speedily and above all safely.
In the evening Ian and the team will spend time with the group and you overviewing the day. Giving you the chance to give feedback on how you feel you are progressing and which areas you want to focus on specifically over the coming days.
Ride Focus – Fuelling on a bike
Distance – 80km
Terrain – Flat and rolling hills
Any good coaching team are aware that information overload is counterproductive and after 4 days of having a specific focus today you will have a chance to have a longer rider. This incorporates the beauty of this spectacular part of Italy. Rider past stunning lakes, through ancient villages and over cobbled bridges never becomes tiresome.
The day’s primary focus will be based on the previous evenings briefing. Often overlooked and not understood the process of refuelling on the bike will be explained in simple terms by the team. Today you will have a chance to put this knowledge in to action.
The longer ride allows for an opportunity to put in to action knowledge learnt and skills gained through the week. By now with a greater understanding of the bike you will be feeling more confident in your ability and notice a difference in the ‘ease’ of which you are finding riding.
Ride Focus – Nutrition, weight management and recovery
Distance – 80km
Terrain – Flat and rolling hills
The last time you will be riding gives everybody the chance to put in to action the skills they have learnt in the previous 5 days. Today we will head out towards the wine region of Franciacorte. An area famed for its sparkling white wine and sumptuous cheeses. It is apt that today we will focus on nutrition, weight management and recovery!
The last evening will be spent with other riders and the team. A time to reflect on a fabulous week of riding, sunshine, learning and great hospitality.
All good things must come to an end this morning the team will pack your bike back in the box for you (if you haven’t hired a bike) and we will accompany you to the airport ensuring that there are no problems at the airport.
With over 25 years’ experience of cycling at competitive level in Road and TT, club, sportive and International events Ian has an unparalleled passion and enthusiasm for his sport. Ian fully understands how difficult it can be to progress without the knowledge, guidance and expertise of someone that can assist you to reach your goals. Ian will help you overcome weak spots in your riding, regardless of experience or ability. If you’ve a nagging urge or desperate desire to achieve something in cycling, Rule 5 Cycling can help, no matter how big or how small the challenge.
Ian and Rule 5 Cycling Coaching will help you develop more effective training, help you spot your mistakes and finding ways to develop a better technique, and will help to fast track you to a point that would have taken years on your own through trial and error.
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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.