06th June 2021, Granfondo Alè la Merckx: Since 2009 this event has been an unmissable appointment for us at Garda Bike Hotel, and it has particular meaning as we consider it the most important Granfondo of the year. Located in our beautiful Verona, it is organized by ALE’, who we are proud partner with for our bike kit. It will be an unforgettable weekend, where you will have the opportunity to spend time with Mario Cipollini, aka Super Mario, regarded as the best sprinter of his generation. And, it ,won’t be just about cycling, it will be a true “Dolce Vita Experience.” We”ll take you to enjoy the local cuisine and to taste some wine in local wineries!
The departure of this Granfondo once again takes place in one of the “pearls” of Verona, the magnificent Piazza Bra where, with the Arena and the palaces of the historical Verona families as a backdrop, the participants will begin their fantastic adventure of the Alé La Merckx Granfondo race. From the regal stage of Piazza Bra, the Mediofondo (82km, 1,450m vertical) and Granfondo (129km, 2,600m vertical) routes will depart to awaken the cycling lovers of Verona, the homeland of Shakespeare’s inspiration.
We have built this package for you with flexibility in mind. Stay at Garda Bike Hotel before the Alè la Merckx, to warm up for the big event, or after to relax with rides along the lake, or through our beautiful vineyards. It is totally up to you, and we will personalise your holiday to your liking!
This is a 4 night (minimum) package
• VIP Entry to the Granfondo Alé la Merckx (limited places available).
• Collective Transfer from / to Verona (the Granfondo place) the day of the race.
• Technical recovery service during the Granfondo
• Full Garda Bike Hotel Cycling Kit by famous italian brand Alè
• Daily group ride
• Professional Garda Bike Hotel guides
• Support of our Van and driver / mechanic who will look after your bike
• Daily laundry service for bike clothing
• Bike room with alarm, workshop and washing area
• Insurance for Assistance - Medical Expense Reimbursement - Luggage Insurance. CLICK HERE for more info.
ENJOY GARDA HOTEL **** / Garda Bike Hotel (Peschiera del Garda)
• Accommodation in double rooms with full board board,
• Buffet breakfast every morning,
• Lunch buffet
• Dinner a la carte
PLUS ONLY FOR THIS "VIP" PACKAGE
• Special Dinner in "1 Michelin Star Restaurant “La Speranzina” in Sirmione on Thursday night. - Transfer to Sirmione by private boat.
• Special Dinner in a local winery on Friday evening
Exclusive private transfer with private driver with our Mercedes minivan from and to Verona “Valerio Catullo” airport (available from 8 am to 8 pm) with prior arrangement. This is the nearest airport to Enjoy Garda Hotel.
We can also arrange transfer service from and to the main airports of Northern Italy, such as Milano (Linate - Malpensa), Milano Bergamo, Venice, and Bologna. Let us know, and we’ll organize it. All you need to think about is having fun riding your bike!
The following is a sample of a weekly program that will give you all the highlights of the Lake Garda region and prepare you for the Granfondo.
The ride program is subject to change depending on the weather, the mix of abilities and local conditions.
Monday, 31st May
Arrive and transfer to Garda Bike Hotel in Peschiera del Garda. Welcome drinks while our staff sets up your bike for your first ride.
Tuesday, 01st June
Our first ride will be along the Riviera degli Olivi. You will discover a corner of the Mediterranean in the south of the lake that is flat and embraced by the gentle slopes of the Riviera degli Olivi. This ride will cater to all abilities.
Wednesday, 02nd June
Epic James Bond ride: this is Nicola’s favourite ride! Your will ride to the other side of the lake, to Tremosine. Defined by Winston Churchill as the eighth wonder of the world, we’ll ride the road of the Forra: it is a real jewel set in the mountains and background of a pursuit of the most famous agent in the world, James Bond in Quantum of Solace.
Thursday, 03rd June
This day will be dedicated to riding the Morenic Hills. We think of this area as Little Tuscany, an area that tends to be flatter, but also marked with rolling hills and winding roads. In the evening we’ll go by private boat (weather permitting) for a gourmet dinner in Sirmione at the Michelin Starred Restaurant “LA SPERANZINA” with a beautiful terrace on the lake.
Friday, 04th June
We will ride the main climb of the Granfondo, from Fumane Valpolicella to Lessinia. We will take you to the plateau of Lessini, with over 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) containing a surprising variety of natural species as well as historical and archaeological sites of inestimable value.In the evening we take you for dinner in a local winery.
Saturday, 05th June
This will be the highlight of our week! We will leave from the hotel either by van or by bike to the starting point of the race (VERONA) to participate in the VIP Ride with the Champions. After cycling with current champions and other cycling friends, we will return by bike or van.
Sunday, 06th June- This is the day of GRANFONDO.
After breakfast we will depart for VERONA where you will participate in one of the most beautiful Italian Granfondos, crowning an unforgettable week of passion and cycling. You will be entered into the race as a VIP! After the race we’ll go back to the Hotel and in the evening we'll have a "Galà dinner" all together at the hotel.
Monday, 07th June
Recovery day with an easy ride to Borghetto, our “Little Venice,” a nearby romantic village. The trip ends, and you’ll check out and transfer to the airport.
Because this package has so many variables and options available, please contact us, with the form below, and we will quickly supply you with your own custom package and prices.
10% discount is provided to all our Garda Bike Hotel mutual guests, Alè guests, and all the RCC members (Rapha Cycling Club)
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PINARELLO BIKE RENTAL
We have Pinarello bikes for rent including the new Pinarello Dogma F12 super bikes. We also have Pinarello Grevil and Mercurio (hybrid) or Nytro for leisurely cyclists.
If you would prefer to stay in a single room, please let us know.
The transfer Verona-Garda Bike Hotel is already included in the package. We can also arrange transfer service from and to the main airports of Northern Italy, such as Milano (Linate - Malpensa), Milano Bergamo, Venice, and Bologna. Let us know, and we’ll organize it. All you need to think about is having fun riding your bike!
Flights, Insurances, Personal expenses and purchases, Alcoholic drinks unless mentioned in the programme above
This was definitely the highlight of our stay at Garda. We would thoroughly recommend the package for cyclists wanting to experience the unbelievable exhilaration of a Granfondo with thousands of mad keen Italian cyclists of all ages charging off at the start with music, fanfare and cheering of supporters making this a memory that will last for a long time. The pre race dinner and winery tour with the group was the greatest night and an opportunity to get to know the others who were also riding. The beautiful streets of Verona are the perfect place to start and end the race but riding with the legends of cycling Eddie Merckx and Mario Cipollini through Verona the day before was surreal. The race day preparation, and support from the hotel team during and after the race was excellent. The Ale race clothing was awesome.
The Garda Bike Hotel is a perfect location for cycling in this beautiful part of Italy. Whilst there I took part in the Granfondo Eddy Merckx. The staff at the hotel took care of everything, all I had to do was eat, drink, breathe and turn the pedals. Excellent hotel, wonderful staff and great riding. If you're looking to ride in an area you don't know and want to ride with likeminded people and have the support of a back-up vehicle and great staff who ride with you, I can't recommend this place highly enough.