What? I hear you say.. your club has never been to Italy or the Province of
Abruzzo, well what are you waiting for, look no further as our representatives will work with the organiser to make sure the tour runs smoothly, as we all know how stressful organising tours can be. In fact, make sure you get a group of 8 or more people to take advantage of the free place we’re currently offering.
We are not like other cycle tours who charge a supplement for single rooms we will refund you £45 per person when you share a two or three person room.
Special Price for group bookings – Book now a group of 8 or more & receive one free place.
Welcome to Abruzzo.
Transfer from Pescara Airport (or Rome or Ancona). You will be met at the airport and transported to your hotel where you will meet the owners and some of more of the team. That evening a local authentic restaurant will welcome you with local produce and award winning wines. During the meal meet the team that will be there to help you have a fantastic memorable holiday.
After the meal it is back to the hotel to prepare for the next morning in your own way.
This is an example but we can bespoke for the client to suit their cycling holiday needs.
07:30 – Breakfast Take your time and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
09:00 – briefing for all cyclists and meet your guides, mechanic and support again.
09:30 – those who have their own bikes (which you can keep in your room) they will cycle from the hotel and meet those picking up their hire bikes from ex. Giro D’Italia mechanic Paride.
We have a number of routes and these will be discussed with you to make your cycle holiday special. Coffee and lunch stops on the way.
Evening meal at the hotel.
Breakfast from 07:30. Briefing will be held at 0830 then we will all travel to The Gran Sasso which is visible from the hotel.
Today we will take you to a beautiful part of Abruzzo which hosted The Giro D’Italia in 2018 – The Gran Sasso. Starting from the stunning village of Santo Stefano Di Sessanio you will cycle where the Professionals cycled and enjoy the fantastic scenery. This route will allow you appreciate the area, a camera is a must.
Lunch will be taken along the way.
After lunch we will continue to Castel del Monte and Rocco Calascio which has been used in numerous films over the years. You will have time for a visit or just rest with a coffee or cold drink.
From here it is nearly all downhill via a few undulations, nearly 20kms. So if your legs are tired this is the time to rest them.
Then it is back to the hotel for a rest before the evening meal.
07:30 – Breakfast.
08:30 – Briefing.
Today you will cycle to Guardiagrele then Bocca Di Valle. You will stop for lunch at a local brewery in Pretoro. Drinking the beer is not compulsory as there will be samples in your rooms on your return to the hotel. After lunch we will continue on the route stopping along the way for a coffee before finally arriving back at the hotel.
Tonight will be wine tasting with the local vineyard owners and complementary local food.
07:30 – Breakfast.
08:30 – Briefing.
Today you will travel down to the sea and travel along the Trabocchi Coast where you will see Trabucco – fishing huts on piles out in the Adriatic. Very unusual!!
From here we cycle inland stopping for coffee and lunch. Then it is back to hotel via beautiful scenery and sleepy villages.
Evening meal tonight will be at a local restaurant for the last night.
For some transfers will take place to link with your flights in the morning. The transfer times will be discussed and organised at time of booking.
The Ryanair flight on most days leaves late so there is an opportunity to cycle again.
Will it be a challenge day on your last day, do want to try the Blockhaus the scene of the infamous Sky team hitting the police motorcyclists in 2017 or a nice relaxing cycle, you can choose.
The day is yours and we can use our local knowledge to make the most of the time, there is plenty more to do and see in Abruzzo.
Canosa Sannita is a comune and town in the province of Chieti, Abruzzo, central Italy. Economy is mostly based on agriculture, located at 231 meters of altitude. In 18th century Italy Canosa belonged to the Abruzzo Citra province of the Kingdom of Naples and compiled the “Catasto Onciario” in 1742.
Canosa Sannita was also part of the WW2 German defences preventing the Allied advance called The Gustav Line. It suffered as did many towns and villages in the area. The church was blown up as the Germans withdrew leaving only rubble and bells which were saved and still used today in the new church. (At the Adriatic end of the line was the town on the coast called Ortona. The battle that raged around the town has been called “Italy’s Stalingrad”).
Now, it is a very friendly town which boasts a number of local shops for your convenience. They have their own football team and stadium. There is also has a large gym, which also runs fitnesses classes.
Canosa is classed as “Central Italy” so we are spoilt for choice of where to go and what to do. Towards the east is the coast line with sandy beaches and a warm Adriatic Sea to swim or partake in water activities only 12.5km away and airport only 27km away. Towards the west is of course the mountains about 17km away and the beautiful city of Rome is only a 2 hour drive away.
Debs, you have been absolutely amazing to me in Italy. I can’t thank you enough. You are such a kind, genuine person. After being involved in a crash while racing last year and not wanting to get back on my bike, within 3 days, you gave me the confidence to ride, climb and descend more efficiently and I loved our importune simulating racing. Kevins support was well received also.
Since returning to the UK, I have been out riding and feel confident to ride in solo, in groups, sitting on the front and even had complements and even thinking of racing again. I would definitely recommend you. Thank you and I’ll see you for my next trip in Spain – Jacky, London UK (Rehab camp, Italy)
Thank you so much Debbie for everything. I really enjoyed my time in Italy where you helped my overcome some of my anxiety from a recent split and gave me the confidence to cycle solo and most of all I climb and descend the famous Gran Sasso. Without you all of which I did not think was possible, until I rode with you.
In the UK, I now feel a lot better and riding a lot more. Thank you and I’ll see again you in Spain or Italy – Lisa – Essex
It was the best Giro d’Italia trip and experience I’ve ever had and this was my 8th trip.
I will be planning on returning and booking with Giro d’Abruzzo in 2020. Thank you Kevin and Debbie
Thank you, Kevin and Debbie at Giro d’Abruzzo for giving me a very professional rehab camp in Italy. Being a pro-cyclist from Belgium, I broke my collarbone, in training, just before race season and needed somewhere to train with altitude and mountains. I was treated as if I was on a pro training camp with my team, with mental support, rehab support, vehicle support, food tailored to my diet, time to relax and good advice on training routes, including our spontaneous ride to Rome. After 10 days I’d improved, my coach and manager were both happy and I could race again. I would definitely recommend rehab camps in Italy.
Kevin – Pro-Rider, Belgium
Abruzzo may well be my new favourite cycling destination.
I’m not sure where else you can cycle by the sea, ride through rolling vineyards and then be up in the clouds over 2000m all in one day.
Cycling highlights for me include the amazing ever changing scenery (and barbeque shack at 1,500m!) on the Gran Sasso, crawling up the brutal 25% + “Wall” of Guardiagrele (easier routes up to this medieval town are available!) and the wooded climb and views from the very top of the Blockhaus.
The local food and drink is perfect for cyclists, hearty pasta, pizza and fresh fish dishes washed down by the local white (Pecorino) or red (Montepulciano D’Abruzzo).
Thanks to team at Giro D’Abruzzo’s extensive local knowledge, we managed to roll into a local craft brewery for much needed post ride refreshment, ate the freshest fish lunch ever on a Trabocci and cycled to the Sunday market at Guardiagrele for “Nuns Nipples” (a cake) and Porchetta.
Great trip … will be booking again for next year(2020)
Thank you to the team at Giro d’Abruzzo for the most amazing week cycling in Italy. Kevin joined us and provided some amazing rides and routes across the beautiful Abruzzo region. Some of the most amazing scenery that I have ever had the luck of cycling in. Combined with great food, coffee, wine and organisation it was the best week cycling we have ever had. We will 100% be rebooking for the 2020 and 2021 season as a club, with our target of climbing to the top of the Blockhaus.
Great trip and we couldn’t recommend it any more.
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