It’s a tough life as a professional cyclist. All those spectacular multi-day cycles across Europe’s most beautiful regions. All those thrilling days in the saddle.
Obviously it’s physically challenging, cycling the Corvara or reaching the summit of Passo dello Stelvio…with a support team backing you up.
That’s why we’re so excited about this new multi-day cycling experience in Italy. You cycle a multi-day route, across a spectacular Italian region, with the support of a multi-disciplinary professional team.
On your team is a pro cycling coach, nutritionist, mental coach, and sports masseuse. We’re not suggesting you will climb like Roglic or stay on Julian Alaphillipe’s wheel when descending. But you will have a pro tour setup for a private Italy cycling tour.
We suggest warm and sunny Puglia. The quiet winding roads are both a cycling challenge and a scenic tour. You don’t need to race 21 stages like the Giro d’Italia. This is also a holiday and a chance to explore a fabulous region at a perfect pace – slow enough to discover the subtleties, fast enough to cover lots of ground. And with pro team support you’ll significantly improve your cycling.
Here’s what your private pro cycling itinerary could look like.
Day 1 – Pro Cycling Prep
Base yourself at Borgo Egnazia, a sprawling low-rise five-star resort on Puglia’s coast. Surrounded by olive groves, the entire complex is a luxury interpretation of a typical Puglian village.
Start with your professional “bike fitting.” We can arrange the rental of pro Bianchi bikes and you can also bring your own bike of course. Then meet with your mental coach to improve your readiness, focus and ability to relax.
Day 2 – On the Coast to Polignano
After a 30-minute morning yoga class and breakfast you start cycling, with a professional cycle trainer. This first day covers 77 kms on mostly flat coastal roads. Pass medieval villages on the cliffs, sea caves and endlessly green-blue waters, before reaching Polignano, the “Amalfi Coast” of Puglia. Then have a decontracting massage to relax your muscle tissue.
Day 3 – Across Olive Groves to Ostuni & Monopoli
Now really get into the cycle touring with a 136-kilometre ride to the white city of Ostuni and back to the Adriatic. Both the terrain and gradient are a step up from day two, as you cross Puglia’s iconic olive groves and vineyards. After the decontracting massage meet your nutritionist for an in-depth look into your diet and performance.
Day 4 – Alberobello, Locorotondo & Cisternino
The day’s hilly route connects Puglia’s most iconic and beautiful towns, including World Heritage Alberobello. There are spectacular ascents and descents into these towns, plus winding roads across rural Puglia. You don’t need to sprint finish like Mark Cavendish, so you could stop for lunch, perhaps even cycle the final section with a glass of bubbly (it is what the pros do on the final Tour de France stage!).
Pro Cycling in Private in Italy
This four-day holiday is just an introduction of what can be possible on a private pro cycling tour in Italy. You can cycle for as many days as you want, in a number of different regions. North Italy has the mountains and the most famous Giro d’Italia stages, but remember, the grand tour usually crosses Italy from south to north.
There are spectacular cycle roads across the country, although we’d be hesitant to do this in Tuscany, where the winding roads are unfortunately a little too crowded. But why not combine cycling with a city stop in Florence, Venice or Milan?
We can arrange private pro-cycling trips in different parts of Italy, starting from €1,000 per person per day.