~ Itinerary ~
525km total with 8,817m climbing
1ᵒ Tappa, Arrival Day
Look to arrive in the morning at Pisa airport where you will be picked up. A quick lunch before we head out for a leg-opener and preview of the days to come.
2ᵒ Tappa, San Pellegrino & Abetone
Todays Queen Stage takes us through the Garfagnana Valley into the heart of the Apennine mountains. We take a quick caffè in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana before the start of the 12km, unforgiving yet rewarding San Pellegrino. Following a descent, we take on the 10km, gentler backside of Abetone. Consider the hard work done. Lunch is at the peak of Abetone, and we ride gruppo compatto for essentially a 64km descent down the valley back into Lucca.
3ᵒ Tappa, Via per Camaiore
Heading north towards Camaiore we ride through Pieve Santo Stefano, a true Lucchese treasure before the first official climb of the day, Fibbiano - 8km. From there we take in the views of the Mediterranean Sea on our descent to Camaiore. Quick coffee stop and we're on to Pedona. Lunch en route, then a small climb up Balbano and another solid day in the saddle!
4ᵒ Tappa, Colline Lucchese
I take my job as a guide seriously, and today it's my duty to show you the best views in the area. Pieve Santo Stefano, Arsina, and Aquilea are roads that will bring your trip to the highest local standards. Let the views overlooking the valley adjust your outlook on life. Afterall it's all a matter of perspective!
5ᵒ Tappa, Passo Sella
The main attraction today is the 7.7km Passo Sella, a local favorite. The first half of the ride is almost entirely climbing, open to the sun, while the second half is descending in the shade. Let's call it the yin and the yang.
6ᵒ Tappa, Pescia
The final day shows us the diversity of Lucca's riding. Starting with the scenic ridge through Matraia, we'll take a coffee then make our way up to the shady forest where not only our character but our technique will be tested. We'll enjoy our final lunch in Pescia before the final 15km flat into Lucca.
Airport drop-offs are scheduled for the morning even if I hope you won't want to leave. For those who have late afternoon flights, one last morning ride can be organized.