Its just 3 months until commencement of our first Croydon Cycleworks overseas tour for 2017. Our tourists are getting very excited as they prepare to tackle some of northern Italy’s famed climbs of the Dolomites and Stelvio National Park. Its the Centenary Giro d’Italia, so expect some amazing racing, to go with some amazing riding for the crew. Don’t forget the amazing food too!
Before I tell you more and whet your appetite – We are taking interest for 2018 now, so get your name down. Pop into the shop or give us a call on 97235164 and speak to Nick or David, this years guides for the tour.
We can not begin to tell you how amazing this Italian region is for cycling. The crew will tackle the Dolomite’s famous Selle Ronde and Marmolada loops, plus other classic Giro climbs that have set up winners past and will do so again in 2017. Photos can not do this road cycling playground justice. This year we have a surprise route for the tourists that will blow their mind. The scenery is just stunning.
In 2016, our tourists were roadside when Orica BikeExchange’s adopted Aussie (Colombian) Estaban Chaves, led all riders home to victory over a profile that included 7 mountain passes. A fantastic day and a true privilege to watch.
Our tourists will then head to the town of Bormio at the foot of both the Passo Gavia & the Cima Coppi for 2017, the Passo Stelvio. The Stelvio is one of those near the top of a bucket list riding experiences. Starting out in Bormio, the climb is on from the word go. We travel through snow tunnels along the mountain side before reaching some of the famed switchbacks, that symbolise this climb. Rising to over 2750m above sea level, this is a true monster of a climb and one that provides the ultimate in satisfaction. Our tourists will get an amazing day, as the Giro will pass through Bormio when they are in town, tackling the Stelvio Pass, not once but twice, before a flying descent to the finish back in Bormio. This is just one of those days that will sit in the memory of those by the roadside forever.
Our last destination is Valdobbiadene, back in the southern Dolomites region. Again some amazing riding in store plus access to the races on climbs such as Piancavallo, where Marco Pantani decimated most of the peloton to secure part one of his 1998 Giro – Tour double. We also have access to the Hors Categorie climb of Monte Grappa, where our tourists saw an amazing mountain time trial victory by Columbian Nairo Quintana, to secure his maiden Giro d’Italia overall win.