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Milan to Rome

6 Days 7 Nights

 
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 Day One
24th September. Dublin to Milan. 

    Our cycle starts at the steps of the Duomo di Milano on the 25th of September 2022. We ask all cyclists to meet at Bergamo airport on the 24th September. We will confirm the meeting time closer to the event. We have arranged a private coach to transfer you to your Hotel in Milan. 

   At the welcome dinner you will meet the crew and receive a full brief of the weeks cycling ahead. 

   Milan is a gem of a city, has so much to offer, including the the iconic Duomo di Milano, the world's largest Gothic cathedral, impressive museums and cafes.   

 Day Two 

25th September. Milan to Salsomaggiore.

Distance - 119km

Elevation - 367m

Hotel - Grand Hotel Salsomaggiore.

   After breakfast, cyclists will be separated into 6 groups. Each group will have a dedicated road captain. We will cycle from the hotel to the start line in Milan.

   After a few obligatory photos, we head south to the Parma region. Today is a flat stage, with little or no climbing. Once out of the busy metropolis, we find ourselves cycling through rural towns and go deep into the into the heart of the Italian countryside.

   We will be having lunch (as with each day) at the half way point. In addition, our support vehicles will be on the roadside to top up your water bottles and will also have fresh fruit and some snacks.

   You will face a short climb at the end of the day, nothing over 3.8%. Once over the top, you will descend into the town of Salsomaggiore where your hotel awaits. The hotels wellness centre, powered directly by a thermal spring, features a Finnish sauna, Kneipp bath, Turkish bath and sensory showers..

  The Spa town with its exquisite Liberty and Art Deco style is an ideal destination to relax and recover after a long day in the saddle.     

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 Day Three 

26th September. Salsomaggiore to Massa.

Distance - 147km

Elevation - 1630m

Hotel - Hotel Villa Undulna.

   Day Two of cycling is the longest and toughest day of the Tour. We are heading to the beautiful seaside town of Massa. But to get there, we must first tackle the Apennine mountain range. The climbs are absolutely breathtaking (in every possible way). Stunning views. Perfect road surfaces and delightful switchbacks will make this a day to remember.

   The first 40km of today are relatively flat before we reach the base of the first climb. It is 13km in distance and you will be climbing a total of 690m.

   After a 5km descent, we face our second climb of the day. It's a short climb, 6km in length and an elevation of 230m.

    Our third and final climb of the day is 8km and has 185m of climbing. Once over the top, its 74km downhill all the way to your hotel.

    While climbing over 1,630m in one day might seem daunting, when you break it down into 3 separate climbs, it's very doable. Our captains and support crew will be with you every step of the way. The remaining elevation gain is spread out over the entire day.

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 Day Four 

27th September. Massa to Florence

Distance - 131km

Elevation - 190m

Hotel - Hotel Mediterraneo.

   After a challenging day, we have designed a beautiful flat stage that ends in the magnificent city of Florence.

   Leaving Massa, we cycle along the coast road, lined with palm trees and golden beaches. Plenty of opportunities to stop for a gelato.

   Our first destination is Pisa. We will all gather at the Piazza dei Miracoli, one of the finest architectural complexes in the world. And of course, a photo beside the leaning Tower of Pisa is a must.

   Then we head deep into the heart of Tuscany. It's a beautiful cycle on long flat roads lined with the famous cypress trees and rolling green hills either side of you.

   Our hotel in Florence is situated in the heart of the city. Home of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible, Florence (Firenze) is a place to feast on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine.

   As you have been in the saddle for 3 days and are now in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, we will have a late start the following morning, giving you a chance to wander around the city. 

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 Day Five 

28th September. Florence to Siena.

Distance - 79km

Elevation - 1282m

Hotel - Sheraton Four Points Siena.

  After an easy morning in Florence, we set off for another beautiful city, Siena. While a short day, 79km, it is a day of ups and downs. It's almost impossible to find a flat road in this region, however the rewards are worth the effort.  

   You will be cycling through the wine regions of Tuscany. You've heard it before but there's no harm in us reminding you how beautiful the Tuscan countryside is. The rolling country lanes offer riders a flawless cycling experience whilst the vibrant fields provide you with incomparable views.

   We are planning to have our lunch stop in Chianti. But go easy, we still have a few hills to get over before we arrive at our destination.

   Our hotel is situated 10km from the city centre but we plan on having dinner in the world famous Piazza del Campo. Renowned worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity. The Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia, as well as various Palazzi Signorili surround the shell-shaped piazza. The twice-a-year horse-race, Palio di Siena, is held around the edges of the piazza.

 
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 Day Six 

29th September. Siena to Bolsena.

Distance - 114km

Elevation - 1226m

Hotel - Loriana Park Hotel

  Another beautiful day of cycling awaits you today. We hope you had plenty of pasta the night before, as today's stage takes us over the undulating roads of central Italy. Remember, there are no serious climbs, only beautiful hills and stunning descents.   

   Our cycle will take us in to the heart of Italian countryside, with perfect road surfaces and scenery to keep you company all the way to Bolsena. And yes, we will be passing by some great vineyards. Leave that one with us.

   The relatively short distance of 114km will bring us to our hotel in the ancient town of Bolsena. The Romans built this charming little town in the 3rd century BC. In the Middle Ages, Bolsena attracted the attention of the Christian world because of a eucharistic miracle which took place inside the basilica of Santa Cristina in 1263. With only 118km to Rome, maybe some of you will be turning the water into wine over dinner.

   Our hotel sits on the shores of Italy's largest lake, Lago di Bolsena. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool but we recommend a dip in the lake and stretch your legs along the beach which is on your doorstep. Tomorrow, we conquer Rome.

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 Day Seven 

30th September. Bolsena to Rome.

 

Distance - 118km

Elevation - 1342m

Hotel - Hotel Palatino.

    Veni, Vidi, Vici. I Came, I Saw, I Conquered.  A phrase first used by Julius Caesar after victory in the Battle of Zela in 47 BC. The battle only took five days. It will have taken us five days to get here and Caesar didn't have to worry about punctures. So be proud of yourselves. After breakfast, we march on Rome.   

   And yes, there are a few speed bumps to contend with but today should be all about celebration. By the end of the day, you will have cycled over 700km and seen some of the most beautiful cities and countryside Italy has to offer. More importantly, you will have done it with an amazing group of people.....The IYF Gladiators...and raised vital funds for disadvantaged children.

   We will congregate outside the old city walls and lay siege on Rome as one group. Our cycle will end at the glorious Colosseum. No blood shall be shed but we are sure there will be a few tears, tears of joy. 

   We will have a champagne reception, celebratory dinner and prize giving ceremony back in the hotel. We hope, we will have created the cycling trip of a lifetime for you. Forza.

 
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   Braking Away Irish Cycling Tours are delighted to support the Irish Youth Foundation Charity Cycle 2022. In 2021 our riders raised over €92,000 during our Mizen to Malin cycle and this year we hope to raise even more. In the last 31 years, the Irish Youth Foundation has raised over €20 million and supported more than 2,000 projects on the island of Ireland, reaching 50,000 of our most disadvantaged children and young people directly. We are committed to supporting them in any way we can.
   We have designed a fully supported 6-day tour that will be appealing to cyclists of all levels. In keeping with the challenging nature of previous international charity cycling events for the IYF, we have chosen the home of Cycling, Italy, for 2022. 
  We will cycle in groups of eight and each group will have a dedicated cycle guide. We have support vehicles on the road packed with snacks and refreshments and the tour will have a paramedic travelling with the group . We intend to have two coffee/pit stops and a sit down lunch on each stage.
   All our hotels are hand picked to ensure you have the finest food and facilities. We will take care of all luggage transfers and check ins. All lunch/dinner and snacks are covered in your entry fee. So all you have to do is turn up and enjoy the ride.
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Milan to Rome Registration

24th September - 1st October.

Entry Fee €1,850. Flights not included.

You can register using our online booking form or by emailing lucy@iyf.ie.

We only have 50 slots available. We accept payment by bank transfer or credit card. Details of how to make payment are listed on the online booking form. The costs of participating is €1,850 per person

 

This includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation (sharing) in 3*/4* hotels.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the cycle

  • Bike transfer from Dublin to Milan and from Rome to Dublin

  • Baggage transfer each day to the next hotel

  • Fully supported tour including cycle guides, mechanics and safety vehicles

  • Paramedic with response vehicle from start to finish.

  • Irish Youth Foundation Milan to Rome cycling jersey and bib shorts.

  • Finishers trophy.

  • Coach transfer from Bergamo Airport, Milan to your hotel. (There will be one coach collection point at Bergamo Airport on September 24th. 

What is not included in entry fee.

  • Flights to and from Italy.

  • Travel Insurance to include personal travel, bike and personal liability.

  • Bike and personal equipment

A non refundable deposit of €500 to maintain your slot is required by May 1st. A further payment of €800 is required by June 31st and the remaining €550 deposited by August 1st 2022.

Fundraising is an important aspect of the cycle. As well as the participation fee, the IYF is asking participants to fundraise a minimum of €2,000 to participate in the cycle.