The beautiful renaissance city of Firenze (Florence),where the GF starts, is the jewel in Italy’s Tuscan crown. The history of cycling in this scenically stunning region runs as deep and as long as the famous river Arno running through Florence on its way to Pisa.
Back in the 1930’s the Italian ‘tifosi’ were split into two distinct factions. Those that supported Fausto Copppi, and those that supported Gino Bartali who was born on July 18, 1914, in Ponte a Ema, a small village just a few kms south of Florence. Nicknamed “Ginettaccio”, Gino not only won the Giro d’Italia thrice but also the Tour de France twice. His first Tour win was in 1938 and the second time was in 1948 after a heroic war service during which he saved many Jews from the Nazis by secreting vital identity papers in his bike frame as he cycled through the German check points between the Tuscan towns and villages.
This heritage continues to this day and ‘Florence Veloce’ was launched in 2012 by six enthusiasts as part of ‘BiciFi’, the Bike Festival, an event entirely dedicated to the bicycle and its world. The following year the BiciFi joined forces with arguably the most iconic of the Italian bike manufactures, De Rosa,and the 1st Gran Fondo Firenze De Rosa race was born with over 2,000 cyclists taking part.
This GF is now a regular event in the Italian GF calendar with Florence and the Tuscan hills providing the most perfect back-drop for yet another very special European Cycle Events tour. You can choose from 2 distances: 134 kms (83 miles) with 2,800 meters ascent (9,200 feet) or 95 kms (60 miles) and 1,600 meters (5,200 feet) ascent.
Friday 10th April 2020 to 13th April 2020 – tbc.
Your Gran Fondo Challenge bis on Sunday 12th April 2020 tbc
£699.95 per person* – based on 2 people sharing a room
PLUS – £125 per bike for safe and secure bike transportation to and from the UK, direct to your hotel.
When booked on the SAME DAY as your trip , you will get a £25.00 credit on your statement
No hidden extras.
*Non-sharing, single room supplement additional cost depends on availability and hotel pricing. Please ask us if you want a non-sharing room and we will advise you of the cost.
*Non-riders are very welcome, please deduct £50 from the tour price
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Bike Transportation should you wish to use our bike transport service , in our custom built trailer, please stay on this page, and use the “Book Transport.” button. This service is available with the proviso there are 10 bookings.
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