Here’s one for the adventurers—our week-long exploration of Friuli, a region that more than one person has described as, “what Tuscany was like 40 years ago.” We’ll go for long rides on quiet, car-free roads that wind through vineyards and up and over the Julian Alps. You may get a little dusty on the Strade Bianche sectors, but it’s worth it! We’ll stay at a family-run hotel, eat at family-run restaurants, and visit with winemakers on their family-run vineyards. This is an Italy that is fast-disappearing elsewhere, but is alive and well in Friuli.
Our wine program director, Craig Lewis, who made a seamless transition from the Pro peloton to discerning wine importer, might as well have a second home in this region. Of course he’s set us up with his favorite producers and winemakers to taste the best wines you’ve never heard of. Our local guides will show us around on tiny, winding roads, over dirt and gravel sectors, and up the Julian and Carnic Alps for amazing views. This isn’t a trip you can do from a guide book, this is the insider’s Friuli.
To ensure access to these exclusive, often small, establishments, we have to limit our group size. Most Velo Veneto camps sold out in 2016, so don’t wait and miss your chance – book now!
Arrival: Monday, September 4
Departure: Sunday, September 10
Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Price: $4500 double accommodations
Single Supplement: $600
2017 Friuli Camp Itinerary:
- Day 1, Monday, Sep. 4: Arrive in Venice, and join our private transfer to our hosts in Cormons, La Subida. Our mechanic will help you assemble your bike, or fit you to your rental. You’ll meet our hosts, explore the grounds including your personal cabin, and learn what’s in store this week. Morning arrivals will have a chance to head out for a short ride.
- Day 2-6, Sep. 5 – 9: Our daily rides wind through the vineyards on small, twisty roads and over climbs in the Eastern Italian Alps. Cars will be rare. One day includes a point-to-point summit finish option! Expect to ride stretches of Strade Bianche. Though all rides have multiple guides and team support car, a sense of adventure is required.
Afternoons feature visits with Friuli’s best winemakers. Lewis knows them well through his wine importing business, and we are given VIP access everywhere we go. In the evening, we’ll dine at the region’s best restaurants, including la Subida’s own Michelin-starred restaurant.
- Day 7, Sunday, September 10: Our private transfer back to Venice Marco Polo Airport sees you head back home with great memories and a suitcase bulging with wine.
Craig Lewis – Though he’s stood atop a Giro d’Italia podium, you won’t be surprised to learn his favorite European cycling memories usually involve wine. Racing through famous wine growing regions throughout Europe piqued his interest, and we’re glad he got to know the Friuli region well. Lewis knows the best, most interesting, and most welcoming wineries for us to visit.
- Airport and ground transfers
- 6 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
- Three meals per day including wine
- Dinner at Michelin-starred la Subida
- Daily ride with local guides
- Follow-car and mechanic support
- Wine education and tasting events
- Souvenir Cycling Kit