(PRWEB) March 18, 2005
Explore Tuscany and experience the 2005 Giro DÂItalia with an exciting one-week cycling program based in Florence. The tour, from May 11-18, 2005, features daily guided rides as well as excellent viewing opportunities and an array of cultural and culinary surprises.
The package includes six fully-supported guided riding days with optional team ride with local Italian Squad Ganzaroli, three Giro riding/viewing days, seven nightsÂ lodging in one of the most beautiful quarters of Florence, seven meals, high-quality road bike rentals with custom bike fitting by a master mechanic, and a variety of optional activities. The base tour price is Â2200 (about $2,970). Non-cycling partners are welcome.
While the Giro D'Italia routinely passes through Tuscany, what makes this 88th Edition of the race particularly special is the individual time trial ending in Florence. This crucial time trial is where the pack gets sorted out before heading into the mountain stages
The program is offered by Florence-based Best Tuscan Bike Tours, owned and operated by Dominick Cerisano, a local professionally sponsored racer and tour operator. This Italian-American transplant started Best Tuscan Bike Tours to share with his guests his love for Italian road cycling. As a local, Cerisano offers his guests the most authentic Tuscan cycling experience, including an opportunity to ride with the locals.
HereÂs a typical day: Departing from Florence center, the group heads northwest to intersect the peleton in the closing moments of a grueling 205 km stage from the southern Tuscan town of Grosseto. The group positions itself on the second-to-last climb of the day in S. Baronto (348 meters). The ride will also take in the beautiful climb to the town of Vinci (birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci), which is a favorite for the locals and features in many regional amateur races. The group will be positioned to witness any attacks as stage 7 comes to a close in the hills outside of Florence. End that day at Il Giova, a local favorite, serves all the authentic Tuscan dishes in an intimate setting.
Best Tuscan Bike Tours is represented in North America by BikeToursDirect. For further information, visit http://www.biketoursdirect.com or call 877-462-2423.
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