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A Week In Provence — June 22-28, 2013
France’s Sportive Double: La Marmotte and L’Etape du Tour — June 28 - July 8
L'Etape du Tour: Pyrénées Tour de France Trip — July 11-20, 2012
Milan - San Remo Gran Fondo — June 7-12, 2012
French Alps Traverse — June 16-22, 2012
Ventoux + Alpes — May 30 - June 6, 2012
Pyrénées Traverse — September 2-7, 2012
Spring Traverse — April 12-16, 2012

Race Milan-San Remo - Raid the Riviera - Ride the Liguiran hills

This trip based in San Remo centers around participating in this major Amateur Gran Fondo following the same full route of the famous March Classicissima: The race cycling aficionados consider the ‘true’ start of the pro road season. You’ve seen the photos, watched the videos., now DuckStore has a trip that will help you conquer all 290k yourself.

You’ll draft in a huge peloton across the Lombardy plain....climb the Turchino pass, burst through the summit tunnel into dazzling Mediterranean sunlight…and descend to the serpentine coastal Via Aurelia. You’ll dance up the switchbacks of the ‘capi’…dive back down past groves and villas to the sea.. And hammer up the Poggio before the final breathtaking dive to the final sprint on the Via Roma.

This fully supported trip also features guided rides on Fausto Coppi’s favorite Riviera training grounds, exploring beautiful coastal roads and steep capi. And you’ll have time more than a little taste of la dolce vita, sampling the region’s fine wines and cuisine.
It’s a week packed with adventure, at the perfect time of year. All the summer warmth, before the big summer crowds hit the Riviera.

Trip facts (tableau)

Dates June 7-12, 2012.  (6 days / 5 nights)
Start/End Nice (France) Airport.  
Cities San Remo, Milan.
Rides Six (6)
Difficulty Challenging:  For those capable of riding 300 km over several steep passes and climbs.
HIghlights - Ride the Milan-SanRemo Gran Fondo
- Additional rides exploring San Remo and the Ligurian coast.
- One night in Milan before the GranFondo
Famous Climbs - Turchino Pass
- Capo Mele
- Capo Cervo
- Capo Berta
- CIpresa
- Poggio  
Lodging 5 nights in 3 Star hotels
Meals Three daily meals included 
Support - Technical support van
- Professional mechanical support & upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- Two ‘team Duck Store’  feeds during the Gran Fondo
- All Ground transportation
- Bicycle storage facilities
- Culture document with trip related info
- 2 bi-lingual guides
Group Size Limited to 12 riders
Cost $2,480
Includes Milan-San Remo Gran Fondo entry.
All taxes and service charges included.
Race Info http://www.milano-sanremo.org

 

Itinary

Day 1 – Thursday, June 7, 2012: Arrival & Welcome

“After your arrival at Nice airport, you’ll shuttle to San Remo where you’ll rendezvous with the Duck Store equipe, and check into our base Hotel. After helping you settle in and put your bike together, we’ll take a quiet ride around San Remo to loosen the legs, and get to know some of your companions for the Gran Fondo. After, we’ll gather for a team dinner where the veterans in the group will share insider-only insights and tips for riding the Classicissima.”

Day 2 – Friday, June 8: Recon

“After a great hotel breakfast, we’ll ride the final the final 80k of the San Remo parcours, taking in the Capo Mele, Cervo, Berta, Cipressa…and the Poggio. You be familiar with every ramp, every switchback and every tricky descent so there’ll be no surprises in the event! After the ride, you’ll relax at our Hotel in San Remo before dining on Ligurian specialties.”

Day 3 – Saturday, June 9: Race prep

“A final short ride to loosen the legs in the morning, then it’s into our air conditioned vans for the transfer to the start in Milan. You’ll check into our hotel, pick up your registration packet and number, and zen-out with some people watching in the fashion capital of Europe. We’ll take care of all the logistics so your most stressful decision will be whether to choose Risotto Milanese or Ligurian Pesto and Penne for your final fuel-up.”

Day 4 – Sunday, June 10: Milan –San Remo Gran Fondo

“The big challenge. You’ll rise early to fuel up for the 7am start of the Milan San Remo. Duck Store’s support soigneur will be there to provide two ‘ravito’ feeds along the way, as well as technical and moral support. You’ll experience the ride of a life time and arrive in San Remo tired, but with the satisfied pride knowing you’ve pedaled every kilometer of the same route that legends like Coppi and Merckx did.” “But whether you’ve ridden to compete or just to complete the course, you surely won’t be too tired to share the day’s adventures with the group in a special ‘Grand Hotel,’ euro-style celebratory feast. The conversation, café and dolci will be sure to stretch this unforgettable day into a long Mediterranean sunset….maybe even a little beyond…"

Day 5 – Monday, June 11: Recover and Explore

“After the intensity of the Gran Fondo, today’s a lazy day, ideal to recover and see a little of the region. After breakfast, there’s time to hit the beach or wander the shops. After lunch, we’ll organize a nice easy ride on new roads to detox the legs and provide another feast for the eyes. And after another great dinner of Ligurian specialties, you’ll take a wandering nightime passiagata through the streets of San Remo, after which you may be tempted to have a gelato… or maybe even to try your luck in the famous San Remo Casino."

Day 6 – Tuesday, June 12: Arrivaderci

“After a final breakfast, there’s time for one final ride to take in the beautiful views from the hills overlooking San Remo. A quick shower and pack up and a final fantastic lunch. Then it’s into the van for the final trip to the airport. Your head will be full of fantastic memories, your heart longing to return to do it again. “