Cycle approximately 250 miles through the exquisite country of Italy from the beautiful canals of Venice, built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic sea; to the busy suburbs of Milan and the famous gothic cathedral, the Duomo di Milano. Experience the breathtaking views as our exciting event takes us west on flat roads as we leave the canals, crossing farmland, wetlands and waterways, to the rolling hills near San Bonifacio, and onwards to, arguably, the most beautiful lakes in Italy before finishing in the stunning city of Milan. All promises to provide some of the most tranquil and beautiful settings in this “not to be missed” event.
Dates and Prices
Date of Event
24-29 June 2020
6 Days (4 cycling)
Day 1 – Venice to San Bonifacio
Approximate cycling distance 109km (68 miles)
Your event begins after breakfast, as we head west along this flat tranquil terrain and leave the beautiful canals behind, continuing towards the arcaded streets and stylish cafes of Padua, passing the Basillica di Sant Antonio Padova. Heading west, we cycle towards San Bonifacio our home for the night, famous for the Abbey of St Peter founded in the 7th century.
Day 2 – San Bonifacio to Polpenazze Del Garda
Approximate cycling distance 92km (57 miles)
After a hearty breakfast we set off for day 2 which promises a beautiful undulating terrain through the quirky and beautiful quaint towns Italy has to offer. Our mission is Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy where Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last ice age. Taking in this tranquil place, we continue as we cycle along the lakes edge, crossing small bridges and riding down quirky cobbled streets; before cycling to our final town on the Western side of the lake, Popenaazze Del Gardia and our stop for the evening.
Day 3 – Polpenazze Del Garda to Sulzano
Approximate cycling distance 92km (57 miles)
After a good night’s sleep we begin our cycling through yet more undulating beautiful scenery heading towards the stunning Lake d’Iseo. We will take in the eastern side of the lake following the magnificent views all the way before resting in Sulzano, a picturesque and medieval village situated on the eastern shore of arguably one of the most beautiful lakes Italy has to offer.
Day 4 – Sulzano to Milan
Approximate cycling distance 99km (62 miles)
After a good night’s sleep we begin our final days cycling heading southwest as we continue our journey through beautiful Italian towns of Far Gera d’Adda and Gorgonzola, famous for its cheese. Passing some interesting key places linked to Leonardo Da Vinci, we cycle onto our final goal. With plenty of time to take it all in, we make our way to the busy suburbs of Milan and our finish at the famous Duomo di Milano, the gothic catholic cathedral, which took nearly 6 centuries to complete! Marking a stunning end to a sublime cycle, our hotel awaits as we head out to celebrate our achievement…Chapeau!
Day 5 – In Milan
After a leisurely breakfast, the event comes to an end. Your bikes and any hire bikes will be safely transported back to the UK leaving you hassle free to explore the famous cathedral and town of Milan or continue with your onward arrangements.
Chapeau Events reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
• Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
• All hotel accommodation based on twin share for 5 nights. Single accommodation is available at a supplement of £55 per night (£275 in total).
• Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride.
• Breakfast, lunch and evening meals during the event; starting from breakfast on ride day one to breakfast on departure day. Lunches will be provided by Chapeau caterers on all ride days. Lunches will be a generous buffet-style selection with plenty of energy food included.
• Two water stops per cycling day including snacks.
• Route information with detailed itinerary and points of interest cards will be issued during the event.
• Full bike transport from the UK to Venice and from Milan back to UK
• Flights and transfers, both inbound and outbound. Participants are responsible for their own travel to Venice at the start and from Milan at the finish.
• A bicycle, however bike hire is available on request for the duration of the event at an additional charge (£75).
• Personal travel insurance in which Chapeau Events will require proof of cover.
• Drinks, personal items or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit.
What can I expect from your accommodation?
Accommodation is in 3-4* hotels, picked for their proximity to our route. All the hotels we choose are excellent with en-suite facilities, offering exceptional value for money; standards however may vary between the hotels. The price of this trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own don’t worry, we will pair you up with somebody in a similar position. You can also opt for a single room, but this will incur a supplementary charge (£275 for 5 nights).
What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
Evening meals and breakfasts will be provided at the hotels, apart from the evening of day 1 as specified in the itinerary above. Lunches are provided by Chapeau Catering and are a generous buffet-style (cold) with plenty of energy food to keep you going! In addition, we will provide refreshments at each cycle checkpoint of which there will be 2 each day, in addition to lunch of course and consisting of water, juices and high-energy snacks – 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Chapeau can cater for all special dietary requirements provided you let us know well in advance of the trip; however, if you have unique dietary requirements its is advised that you bring some of your favourite snacks with you for riding, as choice can be limited across European countries.
What’s unique about Chapeau…why should I choose you?
Our events are tailored to you…our team have physically driven and assessed every mile of the route to ensure the safest and best possible route for your challenge, so rest assured you are in the safest hands.
How fit do I need to be?
Chapeau events attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 55 miles a day for 4 consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum that you are comfortable riding a 45 mile day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. Whilst the profile for this event is mainly flat there will be undulating terrain on occasions, so you should include some easy hilly rides in your training. Chapeau has rated this event 2/8 difficulty – Relatively easy – slightly longer descents/ascents with occasional steeper spurts. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace; this is not a race. For further information regarding how we rate our challenges click here
Who will be there to support me during the event?
Your trip will be led by experienced Chapeau Events crew. Our crew are selected for their experience in cycling events around the world, their friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Our crew leaders are also trained in expedition first-aid. You are in very safe hands with the Chapeau Events crew.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, sorting out any mechanical problems or giving you a lift in our back vehicle – our “Love bus”. At Chapeau Events we pride ourselves on our high crew: cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Will I be safe?
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with emergency mobile phones, first-aid kits and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.
What happens to my luggage each day?
Our support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in them as we travel to each destination. On reaching our hotels, at the end of each day, you will hand over your bike for safe overnight keeping and collect your luggage. Each morning, you will hand over your luggage and collect your bike. Obviously space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag of mo more than 15kgs.
What insurance will I require?
It is a requirement of entry that you have adequate travel insurance to cover your participation on the event. We will require a copy of valid insurance before travel. We also recommend that you apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), for those cyclists based in the UK. The NHS will cover most medical care when travelling in Europe. You can apply for an EHIC at your local post office or on line.
Are flights and transfers to and from destination included?
No…we do not arrange any flights for this challenge, enabling you to take advantage of the many competitive fares between Italy the UK. Chapeau will, however ensure your bike is safely transported to and from the event if required, allowing you the freedom for free time in Milan. Chapeau Events will of course provide advice on best travel options and further accommodation requirements should you require.
Will I receive further information?
Yes…once registered you will be issued with a welcome email containing details on what to expect next. A full detailed event information pack will be also issued no later than 4 weeks before the event start.