• Dates: 04/06/2019 - 11/06/2018
  • Tour length: 8 Days, 7 Nghts- THIS TOUR IS STILL IN PLANNING STAGE
  • Start / End: Turin
  • Terrain: Steep hills, wine country and steep mountains.
  • Price Per Guest:

    Price to TBD

  • Non-Cycling Guest: Price TBD
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This fantastic tour will begin in the magical Langhe region of Piemonte and continue into the Piemontese Alps.

The first 3 days we will cycle through the famous wine growing areas of Langhe as well as the Alta Langhe. This is the land of Barbaresco, Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato d’Asti and Arneis wines. Vineyards seem to be everywhere you look. We will taste the wines from this world re-known region and winemakers that we have developed relationships with over the years will join for some of our dinners. Most of the wine producers we collaborate with are from small, family owned and operated wineries that have continued the family tradition of producing fine wines for generations. We will be staying in the historic center of the small city of Monforte d’ Alba at Palazzo Boeri. Monforte d’Alba is a small city with a big spirit.

Cycling in the Langhe is as good as it gets with its roads winding in and around vineyard covered hills. We will cycle through the small hilltop villages of Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, La Morra Barbaresco and Neive to name a few. This will be a great warm up of Piemontese Alps that await us.

Day 4 we will transfer to our hotel in the Piemontese Alps. This day will be a rest day, but we can enjoy some light trekking the mountains. Hotel is yet to be determined.

We will be challenged by the famous, mythical climbs such as Col della Finestre, Col del Agnello, Col della Lombarde and possibly some climbs in France as it is very close.

This tour is still a work in progress, and we will have a full itinerary and pricing before the end of the year.

 

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Guides

Marco Saligari

Marco Saligari

Former Professional Cyclist

Marco has an impressive resume including stage victories in the 1992, 1993, and 1994 Giro d’Italia and overall winner of the 1993 Tour de Suisse. He has also been Directeur Sportif of Team Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and Team Crelan-Euphony from 2002 to 2013. Marco has been race commentator of the Giro d’Italia for Gazzetta Dello Sport Radio, Eurosport Television, and has his own show, The Coach, on the Bike Channel. Marco is currently a commentator for the Italian network RAI Sports for several races including the Giro d’Italia where makes his commentary on the back of a motorcycle following the lead group. He is affectionately know as Il Commissario. In addition to all of his accomplishments in the world of professional cycling, Marco is a great guy with a beautiful family. We are honored to collaborate with Marco. He brings a slice of cycling history to share with our guests.

Marco is married to Lela and they have two children, Martina and Giacomo.

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Daniele Righi

Daniele Righi

Cycling Guide

Daniele started bicycle racing at 8 years old and turned professional at age 24. He competed in the Junior category for various teams and secured several victories. His professional cycling career started with Alexia and after 3 years he participated in his first Giro d’Italia where his teammate Paolo Savoldelli won the tour. For the next 10 years, he rode with Lampre and was part of the team that participated in Michele Scarponi’s victory of the 2011 Giro d’Italia.

He has always played a support role for Lampre and participated in five Giro d’Italia, five Tour de France, four La Vuelta a Espana, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold, Coppi e Bartali, and the Tour of Poland. In the 2004 Giro d’Italia, he won the Piaggio Trophy for the most miles cycled by any participant that year. Literally, he has cycled almost all over the world in most of the races of the World Tour. In 2013, he retired from Lampre as a rider and is a Director Sportive with with UAE Team Emirates.

Daniele is married to Francesca and they have two children, Chiara and Alessandro.

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Beatrice Tonini

Beatrice Tonini

Beatrice lives in Verona and spends much of her time helping manage four family hotels.

She has been riding bicycles since the age of 10 and had a professional career with Northern Italian teams. She continues to race as an amateur and loves races with climbs. Fortunately, we have plenty of climbs on our tours.

Bea also collaborates with 2002 and 2005 winner of the Giro d’Italia Paolo Savoldelli, Alessandro Ballan and Marco Saligari on the Sky Network Bike Channel. She loves being around nice people and sharing her passion for cycling and life. That sounds like a perfect fit for Willie’s World Cycling, doesn’t it?

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Massimo Boglia

Massimo Boglia

Cycling Guide

Massimo had a short career as a professional cyclist then joined his father, Mario, at the Cicli Boglia bike shop near Milano. He also appears regularly on the Bike Channel with two time Giro d’Italia winner, Paolo Savoldelli. Massimo brings with him great experience as a cyclist along with his perpetual smile.

Massimo is married to Francesca and they have a daughter, Olimpia.

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Willie Joffroy

Willie Joffroy

Founder & President

I combine nearly 30 years of experience in international logistics planning with a quarter-century of cycling experience in Italy. My expertise allows Willie’s World Cycling to offer some of the finest cycling tour experiences in Italy. From the choice of simple elegance and intimacy in accommodations, to the delectable regional cuisine of carefully chosen local chefs, (we) my wife Margarita and I impart international style and pay careful attention to detail.

I accompany every Willie’s World Cycling tour, sharing the extensive knowledge I have gleaned from 25 years of cycling in Italy. This storehouse of information includes: Italy’s premier cycling regions, scenic wine-growing regions and small wineries, unique and private accommodations, and fine regional cuisine.

Prior to establishing Willie’s World Cycling, I spent 29 years in cross-border logistics services along the U.S.-Mexico border. Throughout my business career, I have focused on providing my clients with the very best in professional and personalized service. I have instilled this commitment to the client into the values of Willie’s World Cycling.

I have been an avid cyclist for more than 35 years and regularly start my day cycling up and down Mount Lemmon, a 6,800-foot climb from my home in Tucson, Arizona. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, I have a great passion for the cycling, food, and wine unique to Italy, and take great pleasure in sharing that passion. I am a believer in the health benefits that flow from regular exercise such as cycling, fresh and wholesome local food, and fine wine. A consummate host, I make certain that each of my cycling tours inspires treasured memories.

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