• Dates: 23/06/2019 - 30/06/2019
  • Tour length: 8 Days, 7 Nghts
  • Start / End: Milano Malpensa to Milano Malpensa
  • Terrain: Mountains, steep climbing, historic and iconic mountain passes.
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This tour will take us on Italy’s most epic climbs located in the alps around Bormio and the Dolomites . The first 3 days we will be at the Hotel Funivia  in Bormio. The next 4 days we will be at the Hotel Melodia del Bosco in the heart of the Dolomites. You will experience some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world that will certainly leave an indelible memory in your minds, hearts and souls. In addition to fantastic cycling we will enjoy delicious meals and wines of the region at our dinners.

Marco Saligari, Daniele Righi, Beatrice ToniniWillie Joffroy and Massimo Boglia will be your guides. Their knowledge of the roads and their charm will make your cycling experience a very memorable one.

Our guests will enjoy beautiful accommodations, local cuisine and wine a well as the personalized service that Willie’s World Cycling has become so well known for.

Food & Wine

Our meals will be the regional cuisine and we will enjoy the wines of the Valtellina, Trentino and Adige. We consider our tours to be a fine balance of the art of cycling, food and wine.

Guides

Marco Saligari

Marco Saligari

Former Professional Cyclist

Marco has an impressive resume including stage victories in the 1992, 1993, and 1994 Giro d’Italia and overall winner of the 1993 Tour de Suisse. He has also been Directeur Sportif of Team Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and Team Crelan-Euphony from 2002 to 2013. Marco has been race commentator of the Giro d’Italia for Gazzetta Dello Sport Radio, Eurosport Television, and has his own show, The Coach, on the Bike Channel. Marco is currently a commentator for the Italian network RAI Sports for several races including the Giro d’Italia where makes his commentary on the back of a motorcycle following the lead group. He is affectionately know as Il Commissario. In addition to all of his accomplishments in the world of professional cycling, Marco is a great guy with a beautiful family. We are honored to collaborate with Marco. He brings a slice of cycling history to share with our guests.

Marco is married to Lela and they have two children, Martina and Giacomo.

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Daniele Righi

Daniele Righi

Cycling Guide

Daniele started bicycle racing at 8 years old and turned professional at age 24. He competed in the Junior category for various teams and secured several victories. His professional cycling career started with Alexia and after 3 years he participated in his first Giro d’Italia where his teammate Paolo Savoldelli won the tour. For the next 10 years, he rode with Lampre and was part of the team that participated in Michele Scarponi’s victory of the 2011 Giro d’Italia.

He has always played a support role for Lampre and participated in five Giro d’Italia, five Tour de France, four La Vuelta a Espana, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold, Coppi e Bartali, and the Tour of Poland. In the 2004 Giro d’Italia, he won the Piaggio Trophy for the most miles cycled by any participant that year. Literally, he has cycled almost all over the world in most of the races of the World Tour. In 2013, he retired from Lampre as a rider and is a Director Sportive with with UAE Team Emirates.

Daniele is married to Francesca and they have two children, Chiara and Alessandro.

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Beatrice Tonini

Beatrice Tonini

Beatrice lives in Verona and spends much of her time helping manage four family hotels.

She has been riding bicycles since the age of 10 and had a professional career with Northern Italian teams. She continues to race as an amateur and loves races with climbs. Fortunately, we have plenty of climbs on our tours.

Bea also collaborates with 2002 and 2005 winner of the Giro d’Italia Paolo Savoldelli, Alessandro Ballan and Marco Saligari on the Sky Network Bike Channel. She loves being around nice people and sharing her passion for cycling and life. That sounds like a perfect fit for Willie’s World Cycling, doesn’t it?

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Massimo Boglia

Massimo Boglia

Cycling Guide

Massimo had a short career as a professional cyclist then joined his father, Mario, at the Cicli Boglia bike shop near Milano. He also appears regularly on the Bike Channel with two time Giro d’Italia winner, Paolo Savoldelli. Massimo brings with him great experience as a cyclist along with his perpetual smile.

Massimo is married to Francesca and they have a daughter, Olimpia.

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Willie Joffroy

Willie Joffroy

Founder & President

I combine nearly 30 years of experience in international logistics planning with a quarter-century of cycling experience in Italy. My expertise allows Willie’s World Cycling to offer some of the finest cycling tour experiences in Italy. From the choice of simple elegance and intimacy in accommodations, to the delectable regional cuisine of carefully chosen local chefs, (we) my wife Margarita and I impart international style and pay careful attention to detail.

I accompany every Willie’s World Cycling tour, sharing the extensive knowledge I have gleaned from 25 years of cycling in Italy. This storehouse of information includes: Italy’s premier cycling regions, scenic wine-growing regions and small wineries, unique and private accommodations, and fine regional cuisine.

Prior to establishing Willie’s World Cycling, I spent 29 years in cross-border logistics services along the U.S.-Mexico border. Throughout my business career, I have focused on providing my clients with the very best in professional and personalized service. I have instilled this commitment to the client into the values of Willie’s World Cycling.

I have been an avid cyclist for more than 35 years and regularly start my day cycling up and down Mount Lemmon, a 6,800-foot climb from my home in Tucson, Arizona. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, I have a great passion for the cycling, food, and wine unique to Italy, and take great pleasure in sharing that passion. I am a believer in the health benefits that flow from regular exercise such as cycling, fresh and wholesome local food, and fine wine. A consummate host, I make certain that each of my cycling tours inspires treasured memories.

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Accommodations

Hotel Funivia

We of the Hotel Funivia have a great love for cyclists, and for that matter we are cyclists ourselves, and so we have prepared a complete set of free services that you might be interested to know about, and when you`re with us, to use.

Washing of technical clothing. A zone equipped for storing and washing bikes.

 

Hotel Melodia del Bosco

The Hotel Melodia del Bosco is located in the very heart of the Alta Badia region, surrounded by the stunning Dolomites. You can be sure of a warm welcome from the Irsara family in the renovated hotel where design is combined with natural materials for maximum comfort. You cannot help but fall in love with the uncontaminated countryside around Badia twelve months a year; inducing you to relax, make the most of the peace and quiet and enjoy the wide range of sports on offer.

Epic cycling!

Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Sunday, June 23

    Pick up group at Sheraton Malpensa at 9:00am and travel to Bormio, approximately 3.5 hours.
    Check into Hotel Funivia, have a light lunch and make final adjustments to bikes.

    Bormio to Torri Di Fraele- Short, but steep climb. Total distance 46km, 1,140m elevation gain, average gradient 5%, maximum gradient 10%. Dinner at hotel.

  • Day 2:

    Monday, June 24

    After breakfast depart at 9:30 Hotel Funivia, Passo dello Stelvio, Umbrail Pass, Passo dello Stelvio, Bormio Hotel Funivia. Total distance 100km, 3,160m elevation gain, average gradient 7.6%, maximum gradient 14%. Lunch on the road and dinner at restaurant in Bormio.

  • Day 3:

    Tuesday, June 25

    Bormio-Santa Caterina-Passo Gavia-Bormio.. Total distance 50 Km, 1,400m elevation gain, average gradient 5.5%, maximum gradient 15%. Lunch at Rifugio Bonetta . Dinner will be at Hotel Funivia Mountain Cabin.

  • Day 4:

    Wednesday, June 26

    Transfer/rest day to Hotel Melodia del Bosco in Badia, Dolomites. Optional short hike on Monte Santa Croce. Lunch on the road. Dinner at Hotel Melodia del Bosco.

  • Day 5:

    Thursday, June 27

    Melodia del Bosco, Passo Campolongo, Arabba, Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella and Val Gardena. Total distance 67km, 2,104m elevation gain, average gradient 6% , maximum gradient 12% . Lunch on the road. Dinner at a restaurant

  • Day 6:

    Friday, June 28

    Melodia del Bosco, Val Parola Espresso ride, 33km, 800m elevation gain, average gradient 5.3%, máximum gradient 13%. Lunch on the road. Dinner at Melodia del Bosco

  • Day 7:

    Saturday, June 29

    Melodia del Bosco, Val Parola Espresso ride, 33km, 800m elevation gain, average gradient 5.3%, máximum gradient 13%. Lunch on the road. Dinner at Melodia del Bosco

  • Day 8:

    Sunday, June 30

    Transfer to Sheraton Malpensa. **Please do not make return flight plans for June 30. The transfer from the Dolomites is about 5 hours or longer because it is a Sunday. **

Pricing

  • Full itinerary and pricing coming soon.

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