THE ANCIENT ISLAND
CATANIA - RAGUSA
8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS
This tour has something for everybody: cyclists and non cyclists!
Catania, Siracusa and Ragusa are three of the best locations in Sicily, with Greek and Roman historic background and natural beauties.
A lot of up and downs, nice quiet roads and one big challenge: the Etna Volcano with its 2000m of elevation gain.
But not only we will have some great riding, we will also explore the fascinating island with its greek and roman heritage, fantastic food and wine and breathtaking views.
Pistacchio and granita in Catania, red wine in Avola, fine dark chocolate in Modica...what else do you need??
START-FINISH: Catania - Ragusa
2 nights Catania – 2 nights Siracusa – 2 nights Ragusa
DIFFICULTY: 3 - Easy/Intermediate
AVG DISTANCE: 70km
AVG ASCENT: 1000mt
Main Route: 400km – Total Elevation: 5000m
Recommended Airport: Catania
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE?
The experience is built for all riders able to ride for 4-5 hours. This is not a race or high intensity riding, but rather a true epic cycling Experience into the exciting atmosphere of the Giro D’Italia and its legendary cols.
We will ride as a group on the rolling terrain and as individuals or small groups on the climbs, so that everyone will enjoy the ride. On top of each major climb we will regroup to watch the pro peloton suffering, and then enjoy the descent together. As a team, we’ll support each other during the ride and make sure everyone finishes safe and happy!
All cyclists interested in cycling races, legendary climbs, and magnificent scenery will enjoy this incredible experience!
THE TOUR INCLUDES
A fantastic tour itinerary designed by Andrea and Simon
All hotel accommodations in strategic hotels, generally 4 stars, in twin-double room
All breakfasts, 1 lunch and all dinners
2 professional guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
Van support throughout the tour
All in-tour transfers
Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes, gels, and energy bars during rides by OTE SPORT
Garmin 810-820 loan unit with maps
1 top quality cycling kit made by RAPHA (jersey, knicks)
1 SCICON Race bag with your name and nationality
Detailed printed tour information booklet
MORE ABOUT THE TERRAIN
We have selected some of the best stages offering a mix of all terrains, including some good climbing!
The start from the Agreigento is definitely not too hard, but after those sweet hills the Ascent up to Etna Volcano is more demanding!
Some of the other climbs can be challenging as well with some steep sections, but generally for short distances. The Etna Volcano is the hardest climb but definitely one of the highlights of the trip!
The descents are generally technical but well-paved and safe. There will be some rolling terrain as well, but honestly not much!
ON REQUEST, NOT INCLUDED
High-end rental bike
Massage at hotel
Personal training program for the 8 weeks
Personal airport transfer