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Ascent Tuscany

12th - 15th ottobre 2017

Reconnect with your love for the bike and exploration

Enjoy a deeper exploration of the roads around Lucca and find out what makes this walled town so special. Home to many Professional riders and exceptional cuisine these quality early season days will be sure to inspire you for the season ahead

Single occupancy — € 1.500 per person
Double occupancy — € 1.250 per person

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Who is it for

Rapha Ascents are short getaways based around one particular mountain, col or town, which will transport you to the heart of what is special about our sport. One of the great pleasures of road cycling is how close we can get to the professional peloton and share in their experiences by riding the climbs that have become legendary in the world’s great races. Each Ascent stays in accommodation very close to the slopes that have made their mark in cycling history. In just a few days’ riding you will conquer a famous road, and our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer – the amazing views and the locals-only roads that will increase your appreciation of the area. When you’re not riding, simply relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy hearty food and local wines, and deepen the friendships forged during your day in the saddle.

How Hard is it?

Ascents showcase some of cycling’s most testing battlegrounds, that are respected even by elite athletes. However, because the trips are based in one location and are shorter in duration, Ascents are suitable for a wide range of riders, including those relatively new to road cycling who are willing to put in the time training beforehand. Whether you want bragging rights over your friends, or to conquer one of the biggest names in the sport, you’ll return home with a major boost to your appreciation of cycling.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Ascents include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Arrival and leg stretch 52KM 850m
Day 1 Capuccino King and Monte Serra 113KM 1650m
Day 2 Marble in the hills 135KM 2500m
Day 3 Final Climbs and Departures 51KM 850m

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Arrival Day

Arrival and leg stretch

Arrive in Italy on an early flight to Pisa and take a short self-transfer to Lucca. The Rapha Travel team will be awaiting your arrival at Hotel San Marco. An afternoon spin in the the quiet roads and hills north of Lucca will begin the exploration. Tonight we dinner inside the walls of Lucca.

Distance

52KM

Climbing

850m

Accommodation

Hotel San Marco

Major Climbs

Gombitelli

Day 1

Capuccino King and Monte Serra

A day of two distinct halves. The ride begins head east, and Monsummano Terme for a coffee from il Rei di Capuccino (The Capuccino King). Then, head back towards Lucca, we'll climb Monte Serra, the locals "Test" climb with outstanding views across Lucca. Enjoy the sinuous descent. Tonight we eat out of town at one of Rapha Travel most favourite restaurants.

Distance

113KM

Climbing

1650m

Accommodation

Hotel San Marco

Major Climbs

Monte Serra

Day 2

Marble in the hills

A true Ascent day today. We're heading North West from Lucca to the Apuan Alps and the Passo del Vestito. Marvel at the bright marble mines and enjoy the long descent back to Lucca. A hearty meal in Lucca centre awaits.

Distance

135KM

Climbing

2500m

Accommodation

Hotel San Marco

Major Climbs

Passo del Vestito

Day 3

Final Climbs and Departures

One final chance to test the legs and drink an Italian Espresso before returning to Pisa Airport for onwards travel.

Distance

51KM

Climbing

850m

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Customer Testimonials

The location was stunning and the Hotel was excellent. The rides up both Stelvio and Timmelsjoch were simply jaw dropping. I will take away many memories and photos from the trip, but one in particular that of Mattia pulling a wheelie alongside me going up the Stelvio!

— Stelvio Ascent rider, June 2016

Thank you so much for supporting us so well. The tone of the whole trip was so positive and supportive it made such a huge difference to my mental attitude to the challenge. A truly unforgettable experience.

— Ventoux Ascent rider, August 2016

FAQ

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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