Gran Fondo Milan San Remo 2015
24th to 27th April 2015
The Gran Fondo Milan San Remo will be held on Sunday the 26th of April 2015. This event is now in its 45th year and covers 294 kms from Milan (Milanofiori) to Sanremo on the Corso Garibaldi.
The 2015 Gran Fondo Milan San Remo is an almost identical cycling event to the cycling professional Spring Classic cycling race which will be held in March 2015.
Due to the Expo Milano 2015 many public events in Milan have undergone date changes. The Gran Fondo Milan Sanremo is usually held in June but in 2015 it will be held at the end of April.
Famous cyclists such as Cavendish, Roche and Cancellara have all won this classic and Sports Tours International is offering you the chance to test yourself on this famous cycling route. It is a monster of a Gran Fondo and one, only, for the most hardened of cyclists.
Enter the 2015 Gran Fondo Milan San Remo now!
There is no longer Gran Fondo from a distance point of view in the Gran Fondo calendar. Although the cycling route can only be described as “lumpy”, it is still the ultimate challenge for most cyclo sportive riders, and does include the cycling climbs of:
PASSO DEL TURCHINO 20 km (average 1.8 % – max 6 %)
CAPO MELE 2.5 km (5.2 % and 6 %)
CAPO CERVO 2.5 km (4.1 % and 5 %)
CAPO BERTA 3 km (4.3 % and 8 %)
CIPRESSA 5.6 km (4,1 % and 7 %)
POGGIO DI SANREMO 3.7 km (3,5 % and 6 %)
It is worth noting that the Milan San Remo winner in 2012 finished in 8 hours 6 minutes, with 144 riders finishing in under 8 hours 30 minutes (an average of 21 miles per hour). The last finisher took nearly 13 hours, so this is both a serious race and a leisurely stroll, depending on your abilities and experience. Those wishing to experience a full-on Italian Road Race should look no further.
Planned itinerary for the 2015 event:
Friday 24th April:
We will collect you and your bike from Milan Malpensa. Our main transfer departs from the airport and will be there to start loading passengers at 15h00 and we aim to leave at 15h30 so please book your flight to arrive before 15h00. You should aim to arrive in the morning to facilitate timely transfers at 15h30 to our hotel in Milan.
The hotel at Milanofiori is within walking distance from the registration and start venue. Plenty of time is available to assemble bikes and prepare for the gruelling event on Sunday.
This evening there is a welcome party and buffet to get to know each other and the other riders that are staying at our hotel.
Saturday 25th April:
Today you have the opportunity to visit Milan for a spot of sight-seeing or shopping and a day off the bike or it's a chance for a gentle ride out into the countryside south of Milan and a stretch on the race route.
Again this evening there will be a buffet style evening party at the hotel, after which an early night is recommended. During dinner our there will be a race briefing on tomorrow's event so you get the most out of it.
Sunday 26th April: Gran Fondo Milan-San Remo
Early breakfast today. We will need to be at the start of the race for 07:00. We will look after your luggage and deliver it to the Hotel in San Remo for you today whilst you are riding.
The first 120kms the race is on and many riders will go at full speed. After hitting the coast the peloton thins out and it is easier to stop and catch a following groupetto than to stop early on and lose the wheel of the main bunch. The wind usually heads inland and is head-on, so staying with the group for as long as possible is a good move to conserve energy.
At the finish there is the oppounity to take part in a finishline party, held in the adjacent convention centre. Alternatively you can make your way directly to our hotel, the 4 star Hotel Europa, on Via Roma, just under a kilometer away from the finish area. The hotel is excellently situated and surrounded by local pizza and pasta places. This evening dinner will be served in the hotel
In 2006 the Sports Tours Team won the Copa Simpatia, a magnificent trophy for a team of International Riders. In 2014 we would hope to do the same, and look forward to our riders accepting the challenge of the event.
Monday 27th April:
Transfers to Nice Airport. You should aim for afternoon or evening flights where possible to allow the transfer time back from Sanremo to Nice. (approximately 40 miles, and 90 minutes). We will leave the hotel this morning so please don't book any flights before 12h00.
£519 per person, based on 2 people sharing a twin room.
Single room supplement: £149
Travel package includes:
Excluded (not exhaustive):
- All packages include airport transfers from Milan Malpensa Airport on the Friday and then to Nice Airport on the Monday morning. There will only be one transfer on the Friday and one on the Monday. Please note that we can organise private transfers for upto 4 people from other airports. Please contact us with your requirements.
- 3 nights on Half Board. Two of those in a 4 star hotel in Milan, at the race start and then one night at the hotel in San Remo, a short ride from the finish.
- Bike storage at the hotels.
- Race entry fee
- Milano-Sanremo Cycling Jersey, included in your race entry.
- Local representation.
- Flights or travel to Milan and from Nice
- Travel insurance including insurance for your bike
- Any hotels extras
- Any drinks with meals
- Local day license (if required - can be added to your boking at time of making your reservation)
Medical Certificate and Day license OR UCi National Cycling Federation Card/Licence:
To take part in the Gran Fondo Milan-Sanremo you must either hold a Recognised National Cycling Federation card / licence OR take out a day licence/insurance. if you need the day licence, you should add this to your booking at a cost of £18.00.
Additionally, ALL participants must have a recently issued Medical Sports Certificate, which must be presented at race registration.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Day Licence must be purchased in advance, if required. This cannot be purchased at race registration
If you do have a Cycling Card, please provide the issuer and card licence number during the boking process.
In either case, you will need to take your documentation with you to race registration in Milan.
Twin to share
Do you want to come and ride the Gran Fondo Milan San Remo with us but your friends have not put in the training?
Do you want to come and ride this event but you are travelling alone and you don't want to pay the sole occupancy charge? If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, you can make use of our 'Twin to Share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can take part without having to pay the extra single supplement.
If you decide to fly into Milan Malpensa later than 15h00 or to Milano Linate or Bergamo Orio al Serio airports and you would like to be transported by private minibus with your bike, we can book a minibus for up to 4 people. Please contact us for details.
Where we do not offer our own bike hire fleet, we can introduce you to a number of local bike hire companies who may be able to provide you with a bike for the duration of your trip with us. Please note, Sports Tours International cannot accept any liability for any booking you make with a third party supplier.
In Italy we have teamed up with Veloce Bike Rental, one of Lonely Planet's "Top 5 of all Things to Do in Europe", to offer you bike hire in Italy. Veloce offers a range of bike categories to suit every need, from the top end road bikes through to E-Bikes and hybrids. Not only does this make it easier for you to take part in some of the worlds best Gran Fondos and sightseeing trips (eg: Giro d'Italia), but it gives you a great opportunity to bring along your husbands, wives and children, who can hire a bike and discover the towns and countryside of Italy, while you are off competing.
Click on Veloce Bike Rental, to be directed to their website to discover the options available to you for your trip, quoting 'Sports Tours International' to let them know that you are on one of our trips.
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