Ciclismo Classico Tuscany Cycling Tours Offer Inside Access to 2013 World Cycling Championships

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For the first time in the event's history, the 2013 UCI Road World Championships will take place in the city of Florence, Tuscany on September 21-29, 2013.

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Ciclismo Classico guests will be granted inside access to the UCI Road World Championships.

Guests will pedal the rolling Tuscan hills, sip Chianti, and see who earns the right to wear the Rainbow Jersey.

Ciclismo Classico, a leading outfitter of cycling vacations around the globe, is offering two Tuscany cycling tours during the UCI Road World Championships, often referred to as the World Cycling Championships, September 21-29, 2013. Guests will be granted inside access to the race through Ciclismo Classico’s longstanding relationship with cycling evangelist Richard Fries, who will be announcing this year’s event. He is considered to be the world’s top cyclocross announcer, having announced the last two UCI World Championships and 12 of the last 14 U.S. National Championships. For more information, call 1.800.866.7314 or visit http://www.ciclismoclassico.com.

“Guests will pedal the rolling Tuscan hills, sip Chianti, and see who earns the right to wear the Rainbow Jersey,” said Ciclismo Classico Founder Lauren Hefferon. “The World Cycling Championship, the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia form the Triple Crown of Cycling, so this is an amazing opportunity for cycling enthusiasts.”

The road races start in Montecatini Terme and Lucca before heading to Florence for a testing and twisting 16.6km finishing circuit that includes a 4.6km climb to Fiesole. The elite men’s race on Sunday, September 29, 2013 is over 279.6km, and includes several climbs and loops through the centre of Renaissance Florence before 10 laps of the finishing circuit.

“Our guests will be able to witness the race from the sidelines with professional guides from the region,” said Hefferon. “Despite Tuscany being one of the historic strongholds of Italian cycling, they have never hosted the world championships and organizers expect more than a million people to observe the race.”

In addition to the World Championships, Florence will also host a stage of the 2013 Giro d’Italia and the city hopes to host the start of the Tour de France in 2014 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gino Bartali. The near towns of Lucca, Montecatini Terme and Pistoia will also host part of the week of racing.

Ciclismo Classico is offering two tours of different skill levels during the World Cycling Championships. For more information on Tuscany cycling tours or other Italy cycling tours, visit http://www.ciclismoclassico.com or call 1.800.866.7314.

About Ciclismo Classico:

Join a Ciclismo Classico tour and you'll soon find yourself “Pedaling your Passion," a uniquely ”Italian" approach to bicycle travel that embraces La Dolce Vita at every turn and invites you to find your very special passion on every tour. Whether it’s soaking in the scenery, learning to make pasta, taking hundreds of photos or learning about Renaissance architecture, you'll re-connect with your own passion with our special native guides who connect you to the culture and landscape like no one else can. Ciclismo Classico transforms a European cycling trip into an eye-opening, life-altering adventure you’ll never forget.

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