This is Nicola’s favorite event of the year, because it combines cycling with a gourmet experience! And, it’s a unique gran fondo in several ways: you are only timed on select climbing portions of the course, and not the entire route, so you can ride hard when it counts, and enjoy yourself during the rest of the ride; the roads are completely closed to traffic, and…instead of bananas at the rest stops, we eat Shrimp Scampi and drink Prosecco!
Join over 2000 cyclists for one of the highlights of the Gran Fondo cycling scene in north-east Italy. This is a brilliant Italian Gran Fondo cycling event celebrating the end of season Prosecco harvest. The start line for the Prosecco Cycling Gran Fondo is in the centre of Valdobbiadene where you will be sent off to the sound of the Nessun Dorma Aria from Turandot, with waiters waving bottles of wine at the peloton. After this dramatic departure, it’s a short climb before setting off for a fast, winding descent through the hills and Prosecco vineyards of North-Eastern Italy. Very much an end of season celebration of riding and wine and food.
We initially attended this Granfondo in 2009, and it was a spectacular event. The Prosecco Cycling features a unique route that has been successfully tested over the last few years. Last year, the route was 98.4 kilometers and had a total altitude of 1680 meters.
Join us and participate in this marvelous experience!
We have built this package for you with flexibility in mind. Stay at Garda Bike Hotel before Treviso, to warm up for the big event, or head to Garda after you have participated to the Prosecco Cycling event, 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! If you started your trip with the first three nights in Treviso, we will drive you to Lake Garda for the next four nights.
This is a 4 night (minimum) package, which includes:
• 3 nights in Prosecco land - from 25.09 to 28.09.20
• a minimum 1 night stay at Lake Garda, which can be extended further to suit your needs.
• GUARANTEED ENTRY TO THE PROSECCO CYCLING EVENT
• PINARELLO DOGMA F12 DISK BIKE RENTAL INCLUDED
• Daily group ride both on Lake Garda and in Prosecco land
• Professional Garda Bike Hotel guides both on Lake Garda and in Prosecco land
• 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
• Full Garda Bike Hotel Cycling Kit by famous italian brand Alè
• Insurance for Assistance - Medical Expense Reimbursement - Luggage Insurance - Cancellation. Click here to have more info.
During this Tour you will ride a Pinarello Dogma F12 disk, and the rental price is inclusded in the offer.
We are an official Pinarello rental centre with more than 50 bikes available in different sizes. In 2020, our top of the line bike rental is the new Pinarello Dogma F12 with di2 and disk brakes. The bike of the team Ineos and Chris Froome.
The Pinarello Grevil is a true all day road bike that ticks all the boxes. The Pinarello Nytro is the first e-road bike that guarantees the maximum riding pleasure downhill and a seamless and effective support uphill. The Pinarello Prince & Gan are our standard level bikes for beginner or casual riders and suits the needs of everybody.
ENJOY GARDA HOTEL **** / Garda Bike Hotel (Peschiera del Garda)
• Accommodation in double rooms with full board
• Buffet breakfast every morning
• Lunch buffet
• Dinner a la carte
Villa Abbazia - RELAIS & CHATEAUX ***** - Treviso - PARTNER HOTEL
Hotel Dei Chiostri **** - Treviso - PARTNER HOTEL
• Accommodation in double rooms with full board
• Buffet breakfast every morning
• Lunch in local Restaurants
• Dinner a la carte
• Transfers from/to Verona with prior arrangement (driver available from 8 am to 8 pm)
• Collective transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Prosecco land (on September the 25th in the morning)
• Collective transfer from Prosecco land to Peschiera del Garda (on September the 28th in the morning)
Villa Abbazia - RELAIS & CHATEAUX 5* Hotel is an hotel that emerges from within an eighteenth century complex annexed to a Venetian villa and garden in the historic center of the picturesque town of Follina in the province of Treviso, and trails onto the Venetian countryside along the famous wine and food itinerary known as La Strada del Prosecco (The Prosecco Road).
The luxuriant lifestyle of the Venetian nobility whose summer exodus to this area provided them an escape from Venice’s smoldering heat, is echoed throughout the culture and art.
This is a sample of the program:
September 21st Monday
Arrive and check-in at Garda Bike Hotel in Peschiera del Garda.
Welcome drinks while our staff sets up your bike for your first ride. Easy ride in the afternoon as a warm up!
September 22nd, Tuesday
Our first ride will be the famous epic ride - “Tremosine, James Bond” ride. 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.
September 23rd, Wednesday
Easy ride in the Valpolicella area and lunch-stop for a wine and typical food tasting at the winery "Santa Maria Valverde.”
In the afternoon, a cooking class with Mama Elvira.
September 24th, Thursday
Epic ride: Monte Baldo. This is the highest peak around Lake Garda. We will take you to the plateau of Lessini, over 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) containing a surprising variety of natural species as well as historical and archaeological sites of inestimable value, at an an altitude of 1000m.
In the evening you will attend a special tasting at the winery “Corte Quaiara.”
September 25th, Friday
After breakfast, we will leave for Treviso. Once we arrive there, after the check-in at the hotel in Follina (Valdobbiadene area), we'll visit the Pinarello factory and from there we’ll take a long ride along the Prosecco vineyards stopping along the way to do some tasting too! We will have a snack-lunch at the winery with the opportunity to taste some local wines. In the evening we will have a group dinner in a typical restaurant in the area.
September 26th, Saturday
Today we will join the Prosecco cycling event: after breakfast we will leave to ride 70 km, in the direction of Possagno – Asolo. Lunch & Apertif in the vineyards, where you will taste some local wine, will be one of the highlights of the day. After the tasting you will ride to pick up your Gran Fondo welcome pack (the goodie bag and number). Dinner at the hotel or in a typical restaurant.
September 27th, Sunday – Prosecco Cycling Granfondo Day
This is the day of the Gran Fondo Ride!
Wake up to a super energy breakfast. Roll down to the start line and be ready to ride the event of your life.
You will benefit from the GOLD treatment: personalized race package, departure from the first line at the PC, access to the hospitality area where you will find a buffet-lunch with typical Italian products matched with the Prosecco "Villa Sandi". After completing the ride, enjoy the party and Prosecco while you share your ride anecdotes and experiences. In the evening you will attend a special delicious dinner at the “Villa Sandi”.
September 28th, Monday
After breakfast, transfer from Treviso to Peschiera del Garda: time to say goodbye to your new cycling friends or to continue your cycling holiday at Garda Bike Hotel! For those who are going to stay at the hotel after the Treviso weekend, we'll have an easy recovery ride along the lake with a boat experience!
- this is only a sample program, some of the details above may be modified due to organizational reasons
- if you are landing in Italy on the 25th, you must arrive in Peschiera del Garda in the morning, in order to join the group transfer from Garda Bike Hotel to the Prosecco region
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 and all the RCC members (Rapha Cycling Club)
Ask us for an offer for this amazing event here: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would prefer to stay in a single room, please let us know.
Transfer from/to Milano, Venezia, or the other major airport of norterhn italy to Lake Garda or Dolomites on requests. (not included)
The cycling tours from Nicola and the staff at Enjoy Bike Hotel are always fantastic and this year’s Gran Fondo Prosecco package was all top shelf. Hospitality at the Enjoy Bike Hotel is unparalleled, the passion for cycling is intense, and all the arrangements for our time in Valdobiaddene and nearby locales were carefully arranged and perfectly executed. We sampled fantastic Prosecco and cheese at local wineries, toured the Pinarello factory in Treviso, and stayed at the magnificent Ca’del Poggio hotel at the top of the toughest climb in the Gran Fondo. The Gran Fondo Prosecco ride through the wine country of northern Italy is absolutely gorgeous. And of course there are the new friends and camaraderie that quickly forms with the riding group who were all delightful people. Bravo Nicola and the gang for a superb Gran Fondo Prosecco 2018 package! I highly recommend the experience to all cycling enthusiasts and will definitely be back for more.
Our Prosecco packaged started with a trip to the Pinerello factory which, for any cycling enthusiast, is a mecca of all things fabulous! In the afternoon we were treated to a tour around a typical prosecco vineyard – seeing the whole process from grape through to packaging was really interesting & brought a deeper appreciation for the area & what was to come.The hotel we stayed at provided the most amazing views over the prosecco region & a preview into what we could expect during Sunday's Granfondo (spoiler alert: it's NOT flat..)Picking up a race pack ahead of any event is not usually a highlight but with lots of prosecco being served within the beautiful grounds of Villa Sandi vineyard this was by far the best "expo" I have ever been to!The Granfondo route took us through rolling hills & vineyards which might be typical for the region but provided a beautiful backdrop to the event itself. And of course, with a Prosecco feed stop, what is not to love?!The package was well thought out & very enjoyable. The thought, passion & detail that Nicola & team put into creating this package was exceptional – the result being we were treated to a fun, interesting & cultural experience which I would highly recommend. Just make sure you take a bag big enough to bring home the spoils of your labour
The Gran Fondo Prosecco was a marvelous experience. I arrived on the eve of the event, and everything was already organized for me, including my bicycle set up. We stayed in a designer hotel, Ca’del Poggio, which was super comfortable and had an accommodating staff. The next morning, we had a delicious breakfast before heading to the start line close by. Once the ride started we crossed over vineyard hills with lovely scenery, and a few good inclines from time to time, for incentive! Nicola organized this trip to perfection! He was extremely thoughtful and knowledgeable about the course, waited for me when I was getting tired and pulled strongly when I recovered. There were toasts of prosecco, which created a party atmosphere and the buffet that we had at the end of the ride (because we had a VIP package from Garda Bike Hotel) was a sophisticated mix of oysters, ceviche, gnocchi and more. The presentation was also lovely with sofas to sit on, flowers, fruit and many other delicious items, while being surrounded by wonderful people. It really was a party and an incomparable event that I can’t want to do again….and bring my friends.