Friday, February 1, 2013

Riding the Milan-Sanremo Route


Larry, from CycleItalia, writes in with information of a special tour they have planned for this year:

"One of my life goals is to see all five of cycling's monuments, Milano-San Remo (MSR), Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Tour of Lombardy. We started at the beginning in 2010 with MSR, seeing the race pass by atop the Poggio after riding our own bikes down from San Remo to pick up the course on the Cipressa.

I've remained fascinated by MSR ever since we drove a lot of the course in the car the day prior to the big race. In 2012 we thought some others might want to join us as we retraced the famous route so our "La Primavera" tour was born.

We skip the chaos of Milan and the historic Duomo, instead picking up the course from our Italian HQ in Monferrato. We intersect the route in Novi Ligure, then take a detour to Castellania so we can pay our respects to Il Campionissimo Fausto Coppi and later visit the Museum of Champions.We pick up the route again at the base of the mythical Passo Turchino, not such a tough climb these days with smooth pavement, but you do get an idea of what this must have been like 100 years ago and the experience of emerging from the tunnel into the Ligurian sunshine remains a stirring experience, as does the descent!

Once on the coast roads we follow the route, including the recent "detour" up the Manie climb and spend a night just over the summit with a spectacular view of the coast while enjoying a feast in a Slowfood ristorante at our hotel. Our final ride takes us over the famous Capi, then the Cipressa, Poggio and final run-in to San Remo."

May 14-21, 2013. Limited to just SEVEN participants. 8 days/6 hotel nights. More details and pricing at www.cycleitalia.com

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