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Varese Gran fondo Tour (Italy)

Varese, Como, Lugano, Ponte Tresa, Luino, Laveno

Description

If you want to qualify for UCI Gran fondo world championships or you just want to see what you really can achieve in your age group then our Varese Gran fondo tour will give you the performance edge that you have been looking for. Before you arrive, you will receive a professional training plan with full support from our pro coach to ensure you can get the most our of living and training with the pros, on the course in Varese.

The Varese Gran fondo is a qualifier for the 2018 UCI Gran fondo world champs which will also be held in Varese, so get in early as we only have 10 spaces available. Oh, did we mention that you will be staying in a 18th century villa, with an in-house chef and masseur and all meals are provided?

 2017 Dates

Gran fondo tour
September 21st – October 2nd | 11 nights

Gran fondo tour plus Tre Valli Varesine race tour
September 21st – October 4th | 13 nights

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More Information

Rider type* Advanced

Average time on the bike per day 3 hours

Total time on the bike 35 hours

Accommodation Style* Villa

Gran fondo Tour Price €4,500 p.p. twin share

Gran fondo plus Tre Valli Varesine race Tour Price €5,300 p.p. twin share

Contact Us for Group (3 or more persons) booking information

Maximum guests – 10

Start | Finish
Milan | Milan

 Amazing 18th century villa accommodation

All meals prepared and cooked by our In-house Chef

Specially selected wines from the best that Italy has to offer

In house masseur

Training designed by Australian National champion and former professional, William Walker

3 months training plan. Start training now with our fully supported training program. Your coach, Alder Martz is a professional cyclist with Attaque Team Gusto and coaches masters level athletes all around the world

Professional assessment including Bike position, Biometrics (Lactate, VO2 max), FTP assessment

 Train with local and international pro riders to help you achieve your personal best

 Fully supported rides with team car

 Wi Fi access in common areas only

 Granfondo entry fee included

Go to Itinerary Tab for complete tour details

Day 1

Today’s ride
Varese to Varese
1 pm departure
Post travel recovery ride of 25 km with 150 metres climbing (1:00)
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

We have a nice 25 km loop mapped out with slightly rolling terrain. Perfect to shake off the travel cobwebs and get you ready for tomorrows challenges.

Off-bike schedule

The trip of a lifetime begins today.

We will collect you from your pre-arranged time and collection point at Malpensa. (TRAVEL NOTE: It is important to try to arrive early so that we can have time to transfer you to your accommodation, build your bike and start your training experience). Travel will be in team bus to our beautiful accommodation in Varese area and our support team will unpack and build your bike while you settle into your accommodation.

As part of our daily ritual, after your ride and recovery, we will meet as a group before dinner and our hosts William and Alder will provide a run down on the itinerary for the following day over pre-dinner drinks, better known in Italy as Aperitivo. Once the briefing is complete we will all sit down for a sumptuous dinner prepared by our in-house Chef using only the best local and regional produce.

Day 2

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Endurance: Approximately 3-4 hours
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

The objective for today’s ride is to open the legs ahead of tomorrow’s threshold test; get the blood flowing and have your first look at sections of the Gran fondo course. We will use some of the less challenging sections of the Gran fondo course and we will showcase some of the amazing terrain and scenery on offer in this amazing region. Regardless of where you live and ride you are sure to be enchanted by this very special region of the globe.

Off-bike schedule

After 3 hours solid training you will be ready for a nice meal and a bit of rest and relaxation. There is plenty to do at the Villa with extensive gardens, pool table, table tennis table and plenty of nooks and crannies to read a good book. If you are feeling up for a bit more activity, Varese centre is only a few minutes away.

Lunch and Dinner are in the Villa today, prepared and cooked for you by our in-house Chef.

Day 3

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Testing: Approximately 3-4 hours
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

Every day is outstanding when you ride in this part of Italy and today is no different despite the fact that we are going to test your limits!! VO2 max and Lactate testing may not make you a better cyclist but it will tell you what you can aspire to. It is all part of the long term plan to ensure that you get the most out of yourself at the UCI Granfondo world championships in Varese in August 2018.

Off-bike schedule

After today’s tough session you are going to need a rest and some serious recovery. Take in a massage from our in-house masseur and use the facilities of the Villa but we highly recommend a nap as sleep is the big healer.

Lunch and Dinner are in the Villa today, prepared and cooked for you by our in-house Chef. Don’t worry about variety as the menus have been designed by Valerie Panayiotou. If you have not heard of Val, she is quite famous in certain cycling circles for her amazing variety and standard of healthy cuisine as she has been cooking for team members on a regular basis for the past 9 years.

Day 4

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Recovery: Approximately 1 hour recovery and coffee ride.
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

You worked very, very, hard yesterday and you will probably be feeling the effects of the testing so today is all about recovery. You will be amazed how many great cafe’s are in the region and Alder and William have visited them all in the past few months to make sure that the standard is up to scratch!

Off-bike schedule

The right food, recovery ride, massage and hydration are critical for recovery and our expert team is on hand to ensure you get the best of everything.

Lunch will be in-house and before you know it, it will be time for debrief, Aperitivo and Dinner which will be in-house again. By now you will have formed some firm friendships so the pool table and table tennis table will be in good use. Perhaps one of our guests may even be able to provide some entertainment with the baby grand piano.

Day 5

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Strength efforts: Blocks of 5 minutes efforts as part of a 3-4 hour course recon ride.
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

We are back into the training zone again today so you will be fuelled up with an amazing breakfast that will ensure that your energy system is operating at peak performance. We will cover more of the Gran fondo course as part of our ride and take you into some cool training areas on the West side of Lake Maggiore with some famous Giro d’Italia routes.

Off-bike schedule

Lunch will be at the Villa and you will have time for a bit of a rest or a massage before our daily briefing and Aperitivo. Once the briefing is complete we will head out for Dinner at the iconic Bologna restaurant. The Bologna is a bit hard to describe; suffice to say that you will never see better or more copious quantities of appetizers anywhere in Italy but beware, you will need to leave room for main course, dessert and the obligatory Limoncello.

Day 6

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Endurance: Approximately 4 hours with zone 4 efforts
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

Again, we will cover more of the Granfondo course as part of our ride today and we will take you into some beautiful parts of Switzerland because….. well just because we can. This is the more challenging section of the Gran Fondo course so perfect place for efforts. Never tried zone 4 (lactate threshold) efforts? Well you are in for a real treat today!

Off-bike schedule

No question; you are going to be tired so it is time to rest and recover.

Lunch and Dinner are in the Villa today, prepared and cooked for you by our in-house Chef.

Day 7

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Endurance: 2 x 10 minute 30/30’s as part of a 2 hour ride
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

Again, we will cover more of the Gran fondo course as part of our ride today and we will take you into some beautiful parts of the border region between Italy and Switzerland. Unforgettable scenery will soften the impact of the 30/30s.

Off-bike schedule

More recovery required today to cope with the accumulated load. You will have time for a massage and a nap before briefing and Aperitivo. Lunch and Dinner are in the Villa today, prepared and cooked for you by our in-house Chef.

Day 8

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Full Granfondo route: 135km , 2147 metres climbing – Approximately 5 hours
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

Today we ride the full Gran fondo course at close to race pace. Our pros will be with you all the way providing tips and insights which will prove invaluable for you when it comes to race day.

Off-bike schedule

Lunch and Dinner are in the Villa today, prepared and cooked for you by our in-house Chef. We start the carb loading process today which is a good thing because you will be ravenous after 5 hours on the bike. And don’t worry about variety as we will slip a few cypriot dishes into the menu to keep the taste buds tantalised.

Day 9

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Recovery: Approximately 1 hour recovery and coffee ride.
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

You have worked hard for days now so today is all about recovery…. and coffee of course. By now you will have your local favourite cafe’ and you will suffer the usual dilemma of the pro cyclist; how can I resist all those cakes!!

Off-bike schedule

The right food, recovery ride, massage and hydration are critical for recovery and our expert team is on hand to ensure you get the best of everything. Lunch and Dinner are in the Villa today, prepared and cooked for you by our in-house Chef. We continue the carb-loading process today so plenty of speciality pasta will be on the menu.

Day 10

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Pre Road Race race preparation: 2 hours with 5 x 5 minute efforts
UCI Gran fondo Time Trial – 25km, 297 metres climbing
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

On the day before a big event, it is important to keep the body moving and also prepare for the shock to the system that comes from race pace. The pros go through this process all the time so they will guide you through it to make sure you are ready for the big day.

If you are racing the Time Trial then you will be well prepared to perform at your peak today as you will have had a slightly different preparation for the past couple of days.

Off-bike schedule

Lunch and Dinner are in the Villa today, prepared and cooked for you by our in-house Chef. You will still be carb-loading so enjoy the fact that you just can’t eat too much food today… Off to bed early because you have a big day out tomorrow.

Day 11

Today’s Ride
Varese to Varese
Race day, 135km, 2,147 metres climbing – full gas
Accommodation
Villa Nonaro, Varese

 

Included Meals 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

The big day is here, you have done all the work. You will be at your best!! GO HARD

Off-bike schedule

We give our Chef the night off tonight and hit the town to celebrate what will hopefully be your best ever result and qualification for the 2018 World Championships. We have a couple of places in mind but we will decide closer to the time once we get to know you all a little better so that we can be sure you have a special final night in Varese.

Day 12

Todays Ride
No planned rides today
Included meals
Breakfast
Outline

Today is about getting ready for your journey on to your next adventure. Hopefully you will be heading on to other beautiful European destinations but if you have to head home we are certain that you will be leaving with beautiful memories of an outstanding adventure with new found friends from this beautiful corner of Italy.

Our team will pack your bike bags and assist you get underway with transfers to Malpensa airport or train stations.

Gran fondo Tour Price per person: € 4,500 twin share

Gran fondo plus Tre Valli Varesine race Tour Price per person: € 5,300 twin share

Contact Us for Group (3 or more persons) booking information

Booking: € 1,000 deposit per person

Balance due: 45 days prior to the tour commencement date

You may also pay in full at the time of booking

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • 11 nights twin share* accommodation in Villa* style accommodation
  • We safely deliver your bags to your room on arrival and if and when we change accommodation

Transport

  • All transport from your designated pick up and drop off points with bike and one other bag
  • Transportation to and from planned tour activities

Support

  • Throughout your tour there will be a minimum of 2 hosts looking after you
  • Support vehicle and mechanical breakdown support on each ride
  • Experienced mechanics will ensure your bike is ready to ride upon arrival

Tour Activities

  • Entrance fees into planned tour activities 

Meals

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included in the price of this tour however please refer to the daily itinerary for exact details.

Other

  • 2 sets of  Search Travel Cycling Kit made by Marcello Bergamo (2 x knicks, 2 x jerseys)
  • Massages as required
  • Prepare for your tour like a pro. We include a 3 month Todays Plan Training Plan in the cost of your tour. 

What’s not Included

  • Airfares to and from the tour
  • Transportation to pickup/drop off locations other than Milan
  • Accommodation before and after the tour
  • Activities that are not organised and scheduled by SEARCHTRAVEL
  • Bikes/Helmets/Wheels
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Laundry services

Follow the link below to book your tour!