Kick Off Your Cycling Season
Where do pro Italian cyclists escape to awaken their bodies and spirits after a long winter? Join former professional Alberto Elli for a week of cycling in one of his favorite destinations, the Italian Mediterranean island of Sardinia from March 3-10, 2019.
Kiss winter good bye and give your legs the long hours of outdoor training they have been craving. Alberto will be leading you over 500 kilometers and 6500 meters of his favorite roads, pedaling under blue skies and warm sunshine to prime your body for the season to come. Do not worry about fitness or competition, everyone will be riding for fun and pleasure to discover this unique Italian island together. By the end of the week you will discover a new you, relaxed and ready for your best year.
Each day you will ride to a new destination along the northern coast of the island, each town ripe with culture, history and delicious local food. The coastlines are renown around the world as being some of the most beautiful, with white sandy beaches and clear warm water reminiscent of a tropical paradise. Alberto will be your personal guide in this exotic Italian location, combining his love for cycling and brilliant sunny destinations. We are excited to offer this unique tour of Sardinian hospitality as only Alberto Elli can deliver.
Rate: starting at €1,790 per person, double-occupancy
Information material in Italian-English
Transfers during the program
Mechanical assistance and support van
7 nights at local B&B/hotel with breakfast
6 days guided rides
Energy drinks and bars
Midday stop for light lunch
Road bike, €80/week
Electric mountain bike or leisure bike, €100/week
Daily laundry of technical clothing
Air flights to/from Olbia
Drinks at meals (coffee, etc.)
Medical, travel, or baggage insurance
Day 1. Sunday, March 3. Arrival of participants in Olbia airport and transfer in hotel, group meeting, bike fit, and preview of the week.
Day 2. Monday, March 4. Olbia to Santa Teresa di Gallura, 95 km, 1223 meters.
Day 3. Tuesday, March 5. Santa Teresa di Gallura to Castelsardo, 75.5 km, 980 meters.
Day 4. Wednesday, March 6. Castelsardo to Stintino to Porto Torres, 103.6 km, 756 meters.
Day 5. Thursday, March 7. Porto Torres to Alghero, 86.8 km, 909 meters.
Day 6. Friday March 8. Alghero to Tempio Pausania, 109 km, 1862 meters.
Day 7. Saturday, March 9. Tempio Pausania to Olbia, 71.7 km, 969 meters.
Day 8. Sunday, March 10. Departure of participants from Olbia airport
Ready to Explore Your Rides in Sardinia?
Your itinerary includes six guided rides along the northern coast of Sardinia, personally chosen by Alberto to offer you the most beautiful and interesting locations on the island. The rides will vary along rolling to challenging terrain, and each will reward you with Sardinia’s unique jeweled coastline and landscape. You will also be provided with detailed maps and GPS data to assist in your navigation by either GPS computer (not supplied for the tour) or smartphone app.
Day 2. Olbia to Santa Teresa di Gallura, 95 km, 1223 meters.
Leaving Olbia we will ride along the clear sea of La Costa Smeralda - the Emerald Coast - often considered one of the most beautiful coasts in the world with its emerald green waters and white sandy beaches. Continuing along this scenic route, we pass Porto Cervo, Baia Sardinia, and Palau with view of the island of Maddalena. The first day ends in the well-known tourist town of Santa Teresa di Gallura that sits on a promontory looking towards Corsica's southern coast.
Day 3. Santa Teresa di Gallura to Castelsardo, 75.5 km, 980 meters.
Leaving Santa Teresa di Gallura will take us in the direction towards the paradise coast, crossing the towns of Aglientu, Vignola, Valledoria and finishing the efforts of the second day in the town of Castelsardo. Nestled on the Golfo dell’Asinara, this beautiful coastal town includes an ancient medieval fortress with a dominant castle, and is rich in ancient alleys and stairways throughout its historic center.
Day 4. Castelsardo to Stintino to Porto Torres, 103.6 km, 756 meters.
Once leaving Castelsardo we will ride along the north-west coast to the towns of Marina di Sorso and Porto Torres situated inside the Golfo dell’Asinara. Porto Torres is an important port of the northwestern coast with trade routes to France and Spain. From here we will reach directly beautiful Stintino, a town that mesmerizes you with its beach and views of a sea with almost unreal colors, it seems to be to the tropics. After a nice break we will return to the end of our day in Porto Torres.
Day 5. Porto Torres to Alghero, 86.8 km, 909 meters.
Heading west we will leave Porto Torres passing through the town of Pozzo San Nicola, then pedal south through Palmadula and Santa Maria La Palma. Continuing in this direction takes us to the Marine Protected Area of Capo Caccia, named for the imposing limestone rock promontory that overlooks the roads of Alghero. Leaving the Capo Caccia, we return towards Alghero, completing our day. In this city you can enjoy an aperativo and/or dinner at one of the many local spots that are scattered along the majestic walls.
Day 6. Alghero to Tempio Pausania, 109 km, 1862 meters.
The sixth day, the most committed of the tour, leaves Alghero going east, crossing the central mountainous region of northern Sardegna. We will ride through Surigheddu, Uri, and Ploaghe before facing the most challenging part of the day, the long climb that will bring us to the final destination of Tempio Pausania, a town immersed in a quiet landscape of green hills.
Day 7. Tempio Pausania to Olbia, 71.7 km, 969 meters.
We will leave Tempio Pausania towards Gallura, an ancient region of Sardinia with a thousand charms that never ceases to amaze. We will travel to Calangianus, known for its thick oak tree forests from which natural cork is extracted. Then we will ride through Sant'Antonio Di Gallura, Arzachena, and San Pantaleo, characteristic villages perched on mountains from where they dominate over the Emerald Coast. Finally, we arrive where we started our tour, in Olbia.
What to Expect
The territory of Sardinia always includes variations in terrain to be overcome and a good degree of training is required. Hence we recommend the tour to ciclotourists with enough training to make the climbs and long rides. Remember that it can also be very hot and this can make the cycling more difficult. You will ride mainly on roads with few cars, but at times through dense urban area with more traffic. You will definitely be able to ride through all instances, no particular preparation is required, but basic skills with the bike and the right spirit to face every difficulty is expected.
Start planning your cycling escape to Sardinia
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