2022 Italian Alps Grand Tour, June 21 to July 10
- Dates: 21/06/2022 - 10/07/2022
- Tour length: 20 Days and 19 Nights
- Start / End: Milano Malpensa Airport
- Terrain: Mountains, steep climbs, incredible scenery
- Price Per Guest:
$ 14,570 Double Occupancy
$ 16,480 Single Occupancy
$ 2,000 Deposit per guest due before December 15, 2021
8 Guests Minimum, 10 Maximum
Bike upgrade available for an extra fee
- Non-Cycling Guest: N/A
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This epic tour will be focused on some of the most famous and challenging mountain climbs in the Italian Alps. Some of the better known climbs such as the Piccolo San Bernardo near Aosta, Colle della Fauniera in the Piemonte Alps, Madonna Del Ghisallo, including Muro di Sormano above Lake Como, Passo Dello Stelvio from both sides, starting in Bormio, Sella Ronda in the Dolomites, Monte Zoncolan in the Eastern Dolomites are included in the tour.
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. There will be moments of absolute joy, others of pain and you may even shed a tear or two for accomplishments made. These are the routes some of the greatest professional cyclists in the world have conquered, including our own Marco Saligari and Daniele Righi, both former World Tour Pros.
There is also a more somber history about these roads; ancient battles and two world wars. Many of the roads were built for military purposes. In fact, Hannibal crossed over the Colle delle Traversette in the Piemonte Alps in 218 BC. During the two world wars there were many battles fought in the Dolomites against the Austrians. Many remnants of the wars are visible today near the roads we will ride on.
Marco Saligari, Daniele Righi, Beatrice Tonini, Willie 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.
In addition to fantastic cycling we will enjoy delicious regional meals and wines at our dinners.
You will be immersed in Italian life as cyclists in every way. The people you meet and the places you visit will make you feel as if you are at home with family.
Our guests will enjoy beautiful, family owned and operated accommodations as well as the personalized service that Willie’s World Cycling has become so well known for.
Willie Joffroy will be your host.
Food & Wine
As on all of our tours, we will enjoy the food of the region we are in. Every region in Italy has its own specialties which may include ingredients unique to the region.
The same applies to the wines. The climate and location will dictate the suitable grape or grapes for the production of wine.
We consider our meals to be just as important as our time on the bikes. The Italian culture is proud of its culinary heritage and the wonderful wines that are produced in each region.
So, savor and enjoy every meal. Buon appetitito!
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
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 a race commentator of the Giro d’Italia for Gazzetta Dello Sport Radio, Eurosport Television, and has had 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, Tour de France and Strade Bianche to name a few. He was part of the RAI 2020 Tokyo Olympics commentary team for the cycling events. 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
Massimo had a short career as a professional cyclist then joined his father, Mario, at the Cicli Boglia bike shop near Milano. He also appeared 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 and acoustic guitar.
Massimo is married to Francesca and they have a daughter, Olimpia.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? We are truly blessed to have Bea as part of our team.Close
I personally choose beautiful, understated, elegant, comfortable, and tastefully designed accommodations wherever we stay so you can rest and relax after putting your bike away for the day. Sometimes we rest our heads in a villa, other times we sleep in a castle or a hotel.
In the alps our accommodations are a combination of Italy Bike Hotels, specializing in servicing the cycling tour community or they may be more rustic accommodations, aligned with the region we are in. In the mountains WiFi connections may not be as responsive.
Most of the accommodations offer post-ride massage at an additional cost. Request and appointments required.
It is important to me that I visit each place before I choose it. The people who operate the accommodations we stay in are just as important as the beauty, elegance, and modern amenities they offer. I spend time with the owners or management to get a preview of what our guests will experience so that everywhere we go we are treated like family.
Following are the hotels we will stay at. Aosta, Hotel Mille Luci, Piemonte Alps, Locanda Lou Pitavin, Lake Como TBD, Bormio, Hotel Funivia, Badia, Hotel Melodia del Bosco, Arte Terme, Grand Hotel Gortani
Tuesday, June 21- We will pick everyone up at the Milano Malpensa Sheraton Hotel. We will transfer Milleluci Hotel in Aosta. Make final adjustments to the bikes and go for short tour of the route of the castles. 36.6km and 525m elevation gain. Dinner in Aosta.
Wednesday, June 22- Today we will climb three passes from Aosta to Roisan. Lunch on the road. 62km and 1,728m of elevation gain. Dinner in Aosta.
Thursday, June 23- Today we climb the Piccolo San Bernardo Pass to the French border. Lunch on the road. 108.5km and 2,399m elevation gain. Dinner in Aosta.
Friday, June 24- Transfer and rest day to Locanda Lou Pitavin. Lunch on the road and dinner at hotel.
Saturday, June 25- Today we climb the 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 hotel.
Sunday, June 26- Today we climb the Colle della Maddalena into France, 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.
Monday, June 27- Today we climb the stunning 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.
Tuesday, June 28- Transfer and rest day to our hotel on Lake Como. Dinner at our hotel. TBD
Wednesday, June 29- Today we will do an easy, short ride along Lake Como. 30km and 352m elevation gain.
Thursday, June 30- Today we will ride from our hotel to Madonna del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano. Total distance 48.61km and 1,326m elevation gain.
Muro di Sormano is a 1.7km climb, average gradient 17% and maximum gradient 27%.
Friday, July 1- Transfer from Lake Como to Hotel Funivia in Bormio.
Check into Hotel Funivia, have a light lunch and get ready for our ride to Cancano.
Bormio to Torri Di Fraele Cancano- Short, but steep climb. Total distance 29.3km, 729m elevation gain, average gradient 5%, maximum gradient 10%. Dinner at hotel.
Saturday, July 02- After breakfast depart at 8:30 Hotel Funivia, Passo dello Stelvio, Umbraill Pass, Prato, Passo dello Stelvio Bormio Hotel Funivia. Total distance 100.5km, 3,305m elevation gain, average gradient 7.6%, maximum gradient 14%. Lunch on the road and dinner at a restaurant.
Sunday, July 03- 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.
Monday, July 04- 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.
Tuesday, July 05- 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
Wednesday, July 06- Melodia del Bosco, Val Parola Espresso ride, 33km, 800m elevation gain, average gradient 5.3%, máximum gradient 13%. Short hike and lunch at a mountain rifugio. Dinner at Melodia del Bosco
Monday, July 07- Melodia del Bosco, Passo Campolongo, Passo Giau, Val Parola, San Cassiano, Melodia del Bosco
Total distance 91km, 2,873m elevation gain, average gradient 7%, maximum gradient 14%. Lunch on the road. Dinner at Hotel Melodia del Bosco
Tuesday, July 08- Transfer and rest day to our hotel near Monte Zoncolan. Dinner at our hotel. Hotel TBD
Wednesday, July 09- Today we ride to the summit of Monte Zoncolan. Monte Zoncolan segment is 13.5km, average gradient 8.7%, maximum gradient 23%.
Total distance 113.23km, 3,238m elevation gain. Farewell dinner at a restaurant.
Thursday, July 10- Transfer to Sheraton Malpensa at Milano Malpensa Airport. **Please book return flight after July 10.
4 cycling guides and van support
Lodging 19 nights
Wine pairings with dinners
Wine tastings as part of the tour
Colnago Bicycle (Guests are responsible for any damages)* Disk Bike Rental available upon request at an additional cost
Cycling kit (jersey and shorts)
Snacks and water on bike rides
Cycling guide, driver, and mechanic services
Tips for cycling guides
Disk Bike Rental
Massage and spa services
Personal and cycling kit laundry unless included in hotel services
Travel and cancellation insurance. (Consult with your travel agent)
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 $2,000 per person must be paid before December 15, 2021 in order to assure availability of hotel rooms. 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 you prefer a single occupancy room, please advise Willie when you register for the tour. 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.
Covid-19 protocols at time of travel will apply. We will specify before the tour as they change regularly.
We count on our clients to ensure they are healthy and adequately fit for this tour. This tour is rated Activity Level C – Challenging.
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.