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.
In 2009 we participated in this Granfondo for the first time: it was a spectacular event. The 2018 edition of the GF Prosecco featured a unique route that has been successfully tested over the last few years. The route was 96.4 kilometers and had a total altitude of 1550 meters.
Join us and participate in this marvelous experience!
This is a 5-night minimum stay package: we’ll stay 2 nights stay in Treviso, at the Ca’ del Poggio Hotel, owned by Alberto, another hotelier, also very passionate about cycling. This hotel, at the top of a hill, will be our home from Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September 29th. And then…just book your stay in Lake Garda as you wish! You might want to stay with us before the Gran Fondo Prosecco to warm up. Or you might consider coming here after the Gran Fondo, to relax by riding along the lake, or through our beautiful vineyards. It’s totally up to you, we can personalize your holiday anyway you like!
This is a sample of the program for your stay in Treviso.
September 27th, Friday.
In the morning, after breakfast, transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Treviso. We’ll check into our rooms at Ca’ del Poggio and get ready for a short ride along the Prosecco vineyards stopping along the way to do some tasting too! That night we’ll have a group dinner and relax.
September 28th , Saturday.
We’ll take another beautiful ride! Have fun and relax. In the afternoon we will ride from our hotel to pick up our Gran Fondo welcome pack (the goodie bag and number). And, we’ll have dinner at the hotel and then get ready for our big day.
September 29th , Sunday – Gran Fondo Prosecco 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. After completing the ride, enjoy the party and prosecco while you share your ride anecdotes and experiences.
In the evening, transfer back to Garda Bike Hotel
- this portion of the trip cannot be modified.
- if you are landing in Italy on the 27th, you must arrive in Peschiera del Garda before 8 am, in order to join the group transfer from Garda Bike Hotel to the Prosecco region
Hotel Cà del Poggio**** in TREVISO District, in the middle of the Prosecco land
• 2 nights’ accommodation in double rooms
• Buffet breakfast every morning
• Dinner featuring the best local produce and cuisine,
• laundry service for your cycling kit
• Secure bike storage room
• Support of our Van and driver / mechanic who will look after your bike
• Our professional guides will ride with you
• GUARANTEED VIP ENTRY TO GRAN FONDO
• Late check out after the Granfondo
At Lake Garda
Minimum 3 nights of accommodation at our four star Garda Bike Hotel in Peschiera del Garda.
• Accommodation in our hotel rooms or apartments
• our "Bici Love - ALL INCLUSIVE cycling package" including:
• Full board (breakfast, post ride buffet, dinner a la carte)
• Daily guided group rides (7 days per week), with van support on long rides
• Daily laundry service (bike clothing)
• Transfers from/to Verona with prior arrangement
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• Full Cycling Kit by Alè
• Group transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Treviso (27th September in the morning)
• Group transfer from Treviso to Peschiera del Garda (29th September in the afternoon)
• FREE BIKE RENTAL
PRICE: coming soon..
Contact us for a custom offer, for individual cyclists as well as for teams and clubs.
The following services are available at an additional cost:
• Overnight in single room
• Airport transfers to Garda Bike Hotel from most major northern Italian airports by prior arrangement. (except the transfer Verona "Valerio Catullo" - Garda Bike Hotel or Garda Bike Hotel - Verona "Valerio Catullo" that is already included in the package)
The following will not be included in the quoted price of the package:
• Personal expenses and purchases, such as alcoholic drinks unless specifically mentioned in the program above
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.