• Dates: 09/09/2022 - 16/09/2022
  • Tour length: 8 Days, 7 Nights
  • Start / End: Munich to Venice
  • Terrain: Hilly, rolling terrain and steep climbs
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The Kitzbuhel and Valdobbiadene tour will take us from the Kitzbuhel Alps in Austria to the vineyards of Valdobbiadene and the iconic Monte Grappa climb in the Veneto region of Italy.

The first 3 days we will be in at the Grand Hotel Kitzbuhel in the mountain hamlet of Kitzbuhel, an internationally renowned ski resort. The Kitzbuhel Alps are located within the provinces of Tyrol and Salzburg.

We will ride in the green, forested Kitzbuhel Alps. During our 3 day visit we will be challenged by a variety of climbs in this beautiful landscape.

Our lunches will be on the road or picnic style. After our daily ride we will have time to relax. Our dinners will be either at the hotel or in one of the many nice restaurants in Kitzbuhel.

On day 4 we will transfer to Follina, Italy in the Veneto region. We will stay at Hotel Dei Chiostri in the famous Valdobbiadene area well known for the production of Prosecco.

We will enjoy 4 days of cycling in and around the vineyards of the Valdobbiadene. The terrain is hilly and at times steep.

We will also climb the iconic Monte Grappa which has been featured 4 times in the Giro d’Italia. This is a challenging climb with a deep history of World War 1.

Lunch will be on the road each day.

Breakfast will be served daily before our rides, and lunch will usually be on the road.

After our rides we will relax before our dinner. There are many culinary gems in this area where we will savor the food and wines at our dinners.

We have curated our rides to be challenging, but leaving us with enough energy for our evening dinners. The distances will range between 50 Km and 90Km with elevation gains between 1,000 Mt and 2,000 Mt.

Our tour will be led by an incredible team of expert guides, all residents of Italy.

Marco Saligari  is very familiar with all routes of the tour and he has also 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. He also works with RAI Sport as a commentator in the studio or 0n the back of a motorcycle following the riders. He is highly respected and very popular among his former tour colleagues. He is affectionately known as Il Commissario.

Daniele Righi 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 works as a sports director for Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli. Daniele is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Driving the van will be Massimo Boglia who was a pro for a few years and is still very connected to the Italian cycling community. He also loves to play his guitar while on our tours.

Giacomo Saligari,  Marco’s son is currently in high school and races with V.C. Mendrisio Immoprogramm U23-Elite. We are very  happy to have Giacomo as an apprentice with us.

Willie Joffroy will be your host.

 

 

 

Food & Wine

Our meals will be the regional cuisine of Kitzbuhel and Valdobbiadene. We will enjoy the wines of Austria and the Veneto region.

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 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.

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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. He is currently a Director Sportive with Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli.

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

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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 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.

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Giacomo Saligari

Giacomo Saligari

Giacomo is Marco Saligari’s son working with us as a guide apprentice.

He currently races with V.C. Mendrisio Immoprogramm U23-Elite.

He is very excited to be part of the Willie’s World Cycling team and we are very  happy to have Giacomo as part of the team.

 

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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

Grand Hotel Kitzbuhel

Hotel Dei Chiostri

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Friday, September 9
    We will pick you up at Munich Airport at 9:00 AM unless notified otherwise. We will transfer tour our hotel in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Travel time is approximately 4 hours 30 minutes. We will have a light lunch on the road or at our hotel. After check in we will make final adjustments to the bikes and go for a warm up ride.

    Kitzbuhel, to Kirchberg in Tirol to Ochsalm to Kirchberg in Tirol to 53km and 1,318m elevation gain. Dinner will be at our hotel or restaurant.

  • Day 2:

    Saturday, September 10
    After breakfast our ride will take us through the alpine beauty that includes the Kitzbuheler Horn-Hoglern the highest elevation in the Austrian Alps at 1,970m.
    This will be a very challenging 10km climb with an average of 12.9% peaking at over 20% gradient.

    Kitzbuhel, to Reith Bei Kitzbuhel to Sankt Johann in Tirol to Kitzbuheler Horn to Kitzbuhel to Ehrenbachgraben to KitzbuhEL. This will be a day to remember! 64.13km and 1,915m elevation gain. We will have lunch on the road and dinner will be at a restaurant.

  • Day 3:

    Sunday, September 11
    After breakfast we will transfer about 40km in the van before we start our ride. We will ride in the area of Bramber Am Wildkogel for some spectacular climbing in beautiful setting.

    Start in Neukirchen am Grobvenediger to Konigsleiten to Speicher Durlabboden to Krimml to Neukirchen am Grobvenediger to Mittersill to Kitzbuhel. 92.62km and 1,614m elevation gain. We will have lunch on the road and dinner will be at a restaurant.

  • Day 4:

    Monday, September 12
    After breakfast will be a 4 hour transfer to our hotel in Follina, Valdobbiadene. Today is a rest and relax day. We will have lunch on the road and dinner at our hotel or restaurant.

  • Day 5:

    Tuesday, September 13
    After breakfast we will ride from the Valdobbiadene to the summit of Monte Grappa. This will be another challenging day of climbing. Monte Grappa is an iconic climb featured 4 times in the Giro d'Italia. This mountain is also known for its battles during World War 1. 83.73km and 2,160m elevation gain. Lunch will be on the road and dinner will be at a restaurant.

  • Day 6:

    Wednesday, September 14
    After breakfast we will ride through Valdobbidene for a shorter distance, but quite difficult at times. The scenery will be beautiful, just enough to ease the pain in our legs. 57.81km & 1,626m elevation gain. Lunch will be on the road and dinner will be at a restaurant.

  • Day 7:

    Thursday, September 15
    After breakfast we will ride through Valdobbiadene to tackle the San Boldo Climb. We will enjoy fantastic panoramas and some challenging climbing. 79.04km and 1,919m elevation gain. Lunch will be on the road and our farewell dinner will be celebrated at a restaurant.

  • Day 8:

    Friday, September 16
    After breakfast and checkout we will transfer to Venice airport. This is about an hour transfer. Please book your flights for that afternoon or the following day, September 17.

Pricing

  • Included:
    4 to 5 cycling guides and van support
    Lodging 7 nights
    All breakfasts
    All lunches
    4 dinners, 3 dinners are on your own
    Wine pairings with dinners
    Wine tastings as part of the tour
    Cooking Class if requested at least 6 weeks before the tour
    Cycling kit (jersey and shorts)
    Snacks and water on bike rides
    Cycling guide, driver, and mechanic services
    Tips for cycling guides

    Not included:
    Colnago or similar bike- $ 300.00- $ 450.00 U.S. Dollars (Guests are responsible for any damages)
    Airfare
    Non-tour hotels
    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.
    Any incidental expenses associated with non-cycling activities, such as cost of guide, museum entry fees, spa services, archaeological site entry fees, etc.
    Laundry service at hotel
    Post ride massage if available

    Please note that a check or wire transfer is preferred. We also accept, ZELLE Quick Pay or Apple Pay. We do not accept payment by PayPal.

    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, ZELLE Quick Pay or Apple Pay please contact us.

    A *non-refundable deposit is required in the amount of $1,000 with the balance to be paid in full 60 days before the start date of the tour unless otherwise noted. Tour prices are based on double occupancy per cyclist or non-cyclist. A single occupancy supplement may apply to those traveling alone and requesting their own room. Please make checks payable to Willie’s World Cycling or pay via wire transfer. If your party includes a non-cyclist, please notify us when you register and submit your deposit so we can begin planning stimulating and rewarding activities while cyclists are on the road.

    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.

    **Covid-19 Policy. All guests and Willie's World Cycling guides must show proof of full vaccination. No exceptions please**

    *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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