To be more precise: Ciclando Contra la Fame – Italia and the travel dates are May 31 – June 14 with riding dates of June 2 – 12.
We are taking the cause and the ride overseas and where would be a better place to start than Italy? (Rhetorical question.) People don’t often think of hunger in Italy and in my trips I was far from being hungry – but that’s the same situation for me here and I’m thankful for that. However, just because we don’t know about something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Below are the route cities and yes, it is AWESOME and there are two sections that were part of recent Giro d’Italia. Each morning during our stretch point we will enjoy meat, cheese and bread from the local region. Each night we will stay at either a hotel or an agritourismo (a B&B a little out of the cities…one may or may not be a castle from 750 AD). We have a couple of rest days, one in Cinque Terre which is a beautiful beach with mountain backdrop and one in Firenze (Florence) to allow rest and tour time.
We will fly out of the US on May 31, 2015 to land in Bologna on June 1, 2015 and return from Rome to the US on June 14, 2015.
May 31 – Depart DFW
June 1 – Bologna (fly into Bologna, Italia)
June 2 – Pavullo Nel Frignano
June 3 – Lucca
June 4 – La Spezia (extra day to rest in the Mediterranean Sea)
June 6 – Altopascio
June 7 – Florence (extra rest day to see all Firenze has to offer)
June 9 – Arezzo
June 10 – Grotte di Castro
June 11 – Viterbo
June 12 – Rome (tour Rome stretch legs for flight)
June 14 – Depart Rome in mid morning
I’m expecting the price to be around $4,000 – $4,500 per person to include in-country bike transport, double-occupancy hotel, breakfasts and most (if not all) suppers, stretch point snacks of local meats, cheeses and breads. We will have a final total price in the weeks to come. Since there is light SAG, every rider needs to be prepared for riding the terrain and be able to do minor bike repair. Having stated that, you won’t be left alone to fend for yourself, I promise.
We will take up to 12 people from the States and meet up with 5-7 Italian cyclists, some semi-pro and some former-pro. In addition to helping feed the hungry, we are going to join with Italian riders who are involved in ministry around the country to help encourage them and build up their efforts. Centuries ago in Italy the church took care of people in their time of need and over the years that has diminished. A recent movement has more and more church members becoming involved in their communities and cycling to help people in need brings action and proof to their ideals.
If you are still pondering review this to push you over the edge:
Riding day 1
Riding day 2
Riding day 3 option 1 (back to back cat 2 climb)
Riding day 3 option 2 (single cat 2 climb)
Riding day 4
Riding day 5
Riding day 6
Riding day 7
Riding day 8
To reserve your spot, an $2,000 deposit is required. Trust me, the sooner you register, the better.
For questions and reservations, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some pix I thought you’d like…