2019 Sardinia, September 21 to September 28
- Dates: 21/09/2019 - 28/09/2019
- Tour length: 8 Days, 7 Nghts
- Start / End: Olbia Airport
- Terrain: Coastal, rolling and mountainous.
- Price Per Guest:
$5,500 per person double occupancy
$800 Single Occupancy Supplemental Fee
10% Discount for returning guests
- Non-Cycling Guest: $ 4,600
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Sardinia is one of those magical places that we only dream of. Now you can make your dream come true! This 7 day tour will take us along the famous Costa Smeralda and inland roads of this beautiful Mediterranean island. The landscape is stunning and the cycling spectacular.
We will spend 7 nights at the Relais & Chateaux Petra Segreta Resort in the hills of San Pantaleo. Beautifully tucked among the rocky outcrops with views to the sea that will give you a sense of relaxation from the moment you awake. Nearby San Pantaleo is a quaint village comprised of restaurants, stores and bars surrounding the main piazza.
We will enjoy the local cuisine from the bounties of the sea to the foods produced on the inland farms paired with the fine wines of the island.
Our tour will be led by our incredible team of expert guides, all residents of Italy. Marco Saligari a former World Tour pro has competed on these roads against some of the most famous cyclists in the world of his time. Marco completed 12 Giro d’Italia with 3 stage victories, 5 Tour de France and overall victory at the Tour de Suisse among many other World Tour races.
Daniele Righi a former World Tour pro rode with Lampre for 12 years, completed 5 Giro d’Italia, 5 Tour de France, four Vuelta a Espana and most of the Spring Classics. He owns a pizzeria in Poggibonsi in Tuscany and worked as a sports director for UAE Emirates world tour team.
Beatrice Tonini lives in Verona and works full time in the family hotel business. She was also a pro racing for Northern Italian teams and now races as an amateur. Most of all, Beatrice loves meeting new people and sharing her passion for cycling with our guests.
Driving the van will be Massimo Boglia a pro for a few years and now has a bike shop with his father Mario. Massimo appears regularly on Bike Channel.
Willie Joffroy will be your host.
You will be immersed in Italian life as cyclists and lovers of food and wine in every way. The people you meet and the places you visit will make you feel as if you are at home with family.
We welcome our guests’ non-cycling partners and ensure that they too experience the joyful immersion into Italian life and culture. We organize activities for the non-cyclists based on their requests while the cyclists are out on the road.
We look forward to your company in Sardinia!
Food & Wine
Each day and evening we will taste the delicious cuisine of Sardinia from the seafood of the Mediterranean Sea to the natural products from the inland farms. All of our meals will be paired with the fine wines of Sardinia.
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.Close
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.Close
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?Close
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.Close
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.Close
Our accommodations will be at the Relais and Chateaux Petra Segreta Resort.
The cottages that host the 23 rooms and suites of this exquisite Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel reflect the tradition style of rural dwellings in the Gallura region, while their contemporary interiors reveal local materials, works of art and oriental influences to create a warm and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Rooms with terraces and private pools and the common areas of the hotel offer views over stunning sunsets and the La Maddalena archipelago.
The spa, set within a Balinese cabin amidst granite boulders, completes the wellness experience at the heart of the hotel’s philosophy: to give our guests a deep sense of inner peace, energy and joy.
Petra Segreta Resort & Spa is located in the perfect position, just minutes away from Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, Baja Sardinia, San Pantaleo and all of the Costa Smeralda’s most beautiful beaches.
Saturday, September 21- We will meet you at the Olbia Airport at 12:00 noon and drive to our hotel Petra Segreta Resort and Spa. We will have a light lunch, complete final adjustments to the bikes and take a short ride.
Petra Segreta towards San Pantaleo, Portisco, Cala Volpe, Arzachena, Palau to Petra Segreta. 27KM and 490M elevation gain.
Sunday, September 22- Petra Segreta towards Palau, take the ferry to La Maddalena, we take the bridge that connects the Maddalena to Caprera where we visit the museum house of Garibaldi then we return on the Maddalena, we complete the ring of the island and take the ferry to Palau and on to Petra Segreta. 90 KM and 1280M elevation gain.
Monday, September 23- Petra Segreta to San Pantaleo, with sea views to Cala di Volpe and Capriccioli to Porto Cervo, Baia Sardinia, Arzachena, San Pantaleo to Petra Segreta. 45 KM and 800M elevation gain.
Tuesday, September 24- Full day cruise around the island and neighboring archipelago.
Wednesday, September 25-Petra Segreta to San Pantaleo, Arzachena, San Antonio di Gallura, Priatu, Mannazu, Cugnaga Verde, Portisco, San Pantaleo to Petra Segreta. 81 KM and 1350M elevation gain.
Thursday, September 26- Petra Segreta to San Pantaleao, Cudaccioli à Luogosanto, Bassacutena, Arzachena, San Pantaleo to Petra Segreta. 70KM and 1080M elevation gain.
Friday, September 27- Petra Segreta to San Pantaleo, Golfo Aranci, Porto Rotondo, Arzachena, San Pantaleo to Petra Segreta. 69KM and 1,000M elevation gain.
Saturday, September 28- Transfer to Olbia Airport at about 10am.
4 cycling guides and van support
Lodging 7 nights
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
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.
Willie’s World Cycling prefers payment by check payable to:
Willie’s World Cycling LLC
4231 E. Pontatoc Canyon Dr.
Tucson, Arizona 85718
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.
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 B – rolling and hilly terrain with some steep climbs.
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.