Bicycle Racing in Italy
2017 Race Camps!
Your dream about pinning on a number in Europe? The one where you’re racing across cobbles, making the peloton suffer in the gutter, then posting your hands up at the finish line? Yeah, we get that.
Since 1986, thousands of racers have had those exact dreams come true at Velo Veneto’s Race Camp. Our guests are just like you. They have jobs, families, and squeeze in training around the rest of their life.
And then for a few magical days in the summer, they race their bike in Italy.
Our doors are open every day from July 3 until July 23. You can choose any arrival and departure day you want. We stay at the same hotel the whole time, and with plenty to do off the bike, it’s easy to bring the family. You only need one week of vacation to live the Italian racing dream!
Clubs and teams are a specialty of ours. Combine your strength and beat the best of Europe on their own roads. Group discounts make it easier than getting in the break. Use our 30 years’ experience and knowledge to create your perfect Italian racing summer camp.
Camp Opens: Monday, July 3
Final Day: Sunday, July 23
Duration: Any length you choose!
Price: $350/night double room
Single Supplement: $50/night
– Accommodation in 3-star hotel
– 3 meals per day with beverages
– Daily guided ride or race
– Racing license and entry fees
– All ground transportation
– Daily off-bike activity
– Full racing kit
7-night camps start at just $2,450 and include your Italian license, race entry fees, and Velo Veneto team kit. Bring your teammates, and race in Italy as a team! Discounts are available for group organizers and groups of 6 or more riders. Clubs or Teams with 10 or more riders can book a private race camp! Contact us if you have any questions, or learn more!
Bicycle racing in Italy is more popular and highly developed than in any other country and is an important part of Italian culture. As pasta and wine are part of the Italian tradition, so is cycling.
Amateur races are an integral part of nearly every town celebration, and from March to October, there are literally hundreds of races to choose from within a short drive (or ride!) from camp. Our region, the Veneto, has more licensed racers, and races, than any other region in Italy.
Racing is highly developed in all categories, which in Italy are age-graded: 15-18 are called Debuttante, 19-27 are Cadetti, 28-32 Juniors, 33-39 Seniors, 40-47 Veterani, 48-55 Gentlemen, 56-62 Super Gentlemen-A and 63-70 Super Gentlemen-B. Women often race with the Super Gentlemen. The races are very aggressive and fast and fields often have more than 100 riders. Courses are usually 5-10 km circuits. Most races are held on weekends with occasional weekday evening criterium-style events called notturne.
Racing in Italy requires an Italian license, which as a member club, Velo Veneto provides for you. Over the past 30 years, we have helped thousands of cyclists take their racing to a higher level! We are sure you will have a unique and rewarding cycling experience that you can’t find anywhere else.
When not racing, we’ll train in the heartland of Italian cycling. With flat farmlands to the south, rolling vineyard-covered hills east and west, and the Dolomites to the north, there’s no better place to train in all of Italy. Available mechanic service and massage will have you living the pro life and wondering if you can’t skip another week of work after all.