• Dates: 04/06/2019 - 11/06/2018
  • Tour length: 8 Days, 7 Nghts
  • Start / End: Milano Malpensa Airport
  • Terrain: Valleys, steep hills, and steep mountains.
  • Price Per Guest:

    $5,500 per person double occupancy

    $800 Single Occupancy Supplemental Fee

    10% Discount for returning guests

     

  • Non-Cycling Guest: $ 4,500
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The Piemonte Alps tour will be the first of our 10-year anniversary celebration! This region of Italy is relatively untouched by major development.
The roads are quiet and the climbing is epic!
The Piemonte Alps comprise the Cottian and Maritime Alps among others bordering Italy and France . This is a spectacular mountain region that includes climbs that have appeared in the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.

The first 3 days of the tour will be in the Cottian Alps that include Colle dell’Agnello and  Colle di Sampeyre. The Giro d’Italia has been through both of these iconic passes  We will be staying at, Il Castello Rosso, a 1400 manor nestled in the hills near the Marquisate of Saluzzo and at the foot of the Varaita Valley, with history and fairytale behind it, a centuries-old forest that with its own grandeur envelops and protects. Welcome to the Red Castle of Costigliole Saluzzo.

Day 4 will be a rest and transfer day to our second hotel, Occitan Charme. Here at Occitan Charme, the mountain chalets – whose details have been paid with great attention, passion and love – are very old houses, which have been restored in compliance with the typical materials of the area and refurbished with authentic, antique pieces of furniture. Every object tells a story, every room opens our guests to a magical place where time has stopped.  The next 3 days the tour will take us through the Colle della Lombarda, Colle della Fauniera and the Colle della Maddalena into France.

 

Food & Wine

We will enjoy the typical cuisine of Piemonte paired with wines from the Langhe region. Piemonte is world famous for its cuisine and fine wines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 subsequently was 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

Il Castello Rosso

Il Castello Rosso, a 1400 manor nestled in the hills near the Marquisate of Saluzzo and at the foot of the Varaita Valley, with history and fairytale behind it, a centuries-old wood that with its own grandeur envelops and protects. Welcome to the Red Castle of Costigliole Saluzzo. The restoration works, completed in 1997, have tried to gently glide between the very different eras that separate the original construction from the present day, obtaining the desired result, an ancient castle with modern amenities.

Today the structure includes the Hotel, the Restaurant, the Meeting Center and the Wellness Center.

Occitan Charme.

At Occitan Charme, the mountain chalets, whose details have been paid with great attention, passion and love, are very old houses, which have been restored in compliance with the typical materials of the area and refurbished with authentic, antique pieces of furniture. Every object tells a story, every room opens our guests to a magical place where time has stopped.

Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Tuesday, June 4- We will pick everyone up at the Milano Malpensa Sheraton Hotel. Final bike fit adjustments and a warmup ride through Colle di Valmala and Santuario di Valmala. Distance 60km, average gradient 8.8% and 915m elevation gain. Dinner at hotel.

  • Day 2:

    Wednesday, June 5- Colle di Sampeyre is a 16.3km climb, average gradient 8%, maximum gradient 13%, 1,311m elevation gain. Total distance 90km. Lunch on the road and dinner at a restaurant.

  • Day 3:

    Thursday, June 6- Colle dell’Agnello is a 22.4km climb, average gradient 6.5%, maximum gradient 14%, 1,464m elevation gain. Total distance 120km. Lunch on the road and dinner at hotel or restaurant.

  • Day 4:

    Friday, June 7- Transfer and rest day to Hotel Occitan Charme. Lunch on the road and dinner at hotel.

  • Day 5:

    Saturday, June 8- Colle della Fauniera is a 22.3km climb, average gradient 7.6%, maximum gradient 14%, 1,689m elevation gain. Total distance 62km. Lunch on the road and dinner at restaurant.

  • Day 6:

    Sunday, June 9- Colle della Maddalena is a 30.9km climb, average gradient 3.6%, maximum gradient 10%, 1,106m elevation gain. Total distance 116km. Lunch on the road and dinner at hotel.

  • Day 7:

    Monday, June 10- Colle della Lombarda is a 21km climb, average gradient 7%, maximum gradient 13%, 1,460m elevation gain. Total distance 96km. Lunch on the road and dinner at hotel.

  • Day 8:

    Tuesday, June 11- Transfer to Sheraton Milano Malpensa. Please do not plan to fly out on June 11 as we will not be able to get you to the airport for any morning flights.

Pricing

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    • Included:
      4 cycling guides and van support
      Lodging 7 nights
      All breakfasts
      All lunches
      All dinners
      Wine pairings with dinners
      Wine tastings as part of the tour
      Colnago Bicycle (Guests are responsible for any damages)
      Cycling kit (jersey and shorts)
      Snacks and water on bike rides
      Cycling guide, driver, and mechanic services
      Tips for cycling guides

       

      Not included:
      Airfare
      Any rental car or train service you may use outside of tour activities.
      Any purchases of a personal nature including bar and hotel mini-bar and purchases at the hotel bar.
      Any incidental expenses associated with non-cycling activities, such as cost of guide, museum entry fees, spa services, archaeological site entry fees, etc. Guides for non-cycling guests will be charged based on the activities the guests desire and are paid directly to the guides. Guide fees range between 200 and 300 euros plus tips per day.

       

      A *non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person must be paid in order to assure availability of hotel rooms. At the time of deposit please advise Willie of the type of room you desire to determine the total cost of the tour. The balance is to be paid in full 60 days before the start date of the tour. Tour prices are based on double occupancy per cyclist or non-cyclist. A single occupancy supplement applies to those traveling alone and requesting their own room. If your party includes a non-cyclist, please notify us when you submit your deposit so we can put you in contact with our tour guide to plan stimulating and rewarding activities while cyclists are on the road.

       

      Please note that a check or wire transfer is preferred. If you choose to pay via PayPal there will be an additional fee of 3% on the deposit and final payment.

       

      Payment Instructions:

      Willie’s World Cycling prefers payment by check payable to:

      Willie’s World Cycling LLC

      4231 E. Pontatoc Canyon Dr.

      Tucson, Arizona 85718

      Or

      Wire transfers please contact us.

      Our prices are in U.S. Dollars and are based on exchange rates in effect at the time of publication. While we make every effort to avoid adding surcharges, Willie’s World Cycling reserves the right to do so should the U.S. Dollar lose substantial value against the Euro.

       

      After your deposit is received, you will be sent more information regarding the sizing for your bicycle, liability waiver, and general information that will be helpful for your visit to Italy.

       

      We recommend obtaining travel or trip cancellation insurance. Please speak to your travel agent for further assistance.

       

      Willie’s World Cycling reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason. We will refund any payment received by Willie’s World Cycling which will constitute full settlement.

      Although we make every effort to contract the very best in outside services, we do not guarantee services provided by third parties.

       

      Preparation
      Please make sure you have a valid passport.

       

      We count on our clients to ensure they are healthy and adequately fit for this tour. This tour is rated Activity Level C – Challenging.

       

      *Cancellation Policy:
      Deposits are non-refundable if a guest cancels. If the guest signs up for a tour during the year of the cancelled tour or the following year then the deposit will be credited to the tour. After 1 full year the deposit is forfeited to Willie’s World Cycling. Final payments are not refundable. Exceptions to this policy will be considered in cases of illness or family emergency.

       

      45 Days or less: Cancellation charge of 100% of the total cost of the tour.

     

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