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Garda Bike Hotel

Granfondo Alè la Merckx

June 04 - June 06 2021
Verona, Italy

07th June 2020, Granfondo Alè la Merckx: Since 2009 this event has been an unmissable appointment for us at Garda Bike Hotel, and it has particular meaning aswe consider it the most important Granfondo of the year. Located in our beautiful Verona, it is organized by ALE’, who we are proud partner with for our bike kit

Last year was a fantastic experience… and for 2020 we want to make it even more special! Not only will you participate in the Granfondo as a cyclist, but you’ll also be a part of our Boutique Cycling Experience! It will be an unforgettable weekend, where you will have the opportunity to spend time with Mario Cipollini, aka Super Mario, regarded as the best sprinter of his generation.

And, it ,won’t be just about cycling, it will be a true “Dolce Vita Experience.” We”lol take you to enjoy the local cuisine and to taste some wine in local wineries!  

The departure of this Granfondo once again takes place in one of the “pearls” of Verona, the magnificent Piazza Bra where, with the Arena and the palaces of the historical Verona families as a backdrop, the participants will begin their fantastic adventure of the Alé La Merckx Granfondo race.

From the regal stage of Piazza Bra, the Mediofondo (82km, 1,450m vertical) and Granfondo (129km, 2,600m vertical) routes will depart to awaken the cycling lovers of Verona, the homeland of Shakespeare’s inspiration.

The race will be an excellent stage of the Alé Challenge circuit, grouping all the most prestigious cycling sportives in northern Italy, unquestionably led by Alé La Merckx, an event dedicated to both the Ale brand, the leading company of technical cycling apparel and to the Belgian ‘cannibal’ Eddy Merckx.

This is an opportunity open to just a handful of people…. and it is available to you through Garda Bike Hotel.

Make this experience the focal point of your next cycling holiday with us and enjoy the great services we have put together to support you at this event!


• Accommodation in our hotel rooms or apartments
• ??our "Bici Love - ALL INCLUSIVE cycling package" including:

• Full board (Breakfast, Post ride buffet, dinner a la carte)
• Daily guided group rides (7 days per week), with van support on long rides
• Daily laundry service (bike clothing)
• Private transfers from/to Verona with prior arrangement (available from 8 am to 8 pm)
• Assistance - Medical expense Reimbursement - Luggage Insurance.
• GARDA BIKE HOTEL full cycling kit by Alè
• VIP Entry to the Granfondo Alé la Merckx (limited places available). We’ll accompany you directly to the start line so that you can ride the Granfondo like a pro!
• Dinner in the Michelin Starred Restaurant “LA SPERANZINA” on Friday night. If the weather is good, we’ll go there by private boat.
• Dinner in a local winery on Sunday evening after the race
• Technical recovery service during the Granfondo


The following is a sample program that will give you all the highlights of the Lake Garda region and prepare you for the Granfondo. The ride program is subject to change depending on the weather, the mix of abilities and local conditions

Monday, 01st June      
Arrive and transfer to Garda Bike Hotel in Peschiera del Garda. Welcome drinks while our staff sets up your bike for your first ride.

Tuesday, 02nd June    
Our first ride will be along the Riviera degli Olivi.  You will discover a corner of the Mediterranean in the south of the lake that is flat and embraced by the gentle slopes of the Riviera degli Olivi. This ride will cater to all abilities.

Wednesday, 03rd June
Epic James Bond ride: this is Nicola’s favourite ride! Your will ride to the other side of the lake, to Tremosine. Defined by Winston Churchill as the eighth wonder of the world, we’ll ride the road of the Forra: it is a real jewel set in the mountains and background of a pursuit of the most famous agent in the world, James Bond in Quantum of Solace.

Thursday, 04th June   
This day will be dedicated to riding the Morenic Hills. We think of this area as Little Tuscany, an area that tends to be flatter, but also marked with rolling hills and winding roads.

Friday, 05th June         
We will ride the main climb of the Granfondo, from Fumane Valpolicella to Lessinia. We will take you to the plateau of Lessini, with over 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) containing a surprising variety of natural species as well as historical and archaeological sites of inestimable value. In the evening we’ll go by private boat (weather permitting) for a gourmet dinner in Sirmione at the Michelin Starred Restaurant “LA SPERANZINA” with a beautiful terrace on the lake.

Saturday, 06th June  
This will be the highlight of our week! We will leave from the hotel either by van or by bike to the starting point of the race (VERONA) to participate in the VIP Ride with the Champions. After cycling with current champions and other cycling friends, we will return by bike or van.
In the evening we'll have a "Galà dinner" all together at the hotel.

Sunday, 07th June- This is the day of GRANFONDO.
After breakfast we will depart for VERONA where you will participate in one of the most beautiful Italian Granfondos, crowning an unforgettable week of passion and cycling.  You will be entered into the race as a VIP! After the race we’ll go back to the Hotel and in the evening we take you for dinner in a local winery.

Monday, 10th June    
Recovery day with an easy ride to Borghetto, our “Little Venice,” a nearby romantic village. 
The trip ends, and you’ll check out and transfer to the airport.

The following services are available at additional cost:

•   Overnight saty in SINGLE room
•   BIKE RENTAL: leave your bike at home and rent one of our high quality Pinarello bikes during your stay.
•   Airport transfers (the transfer Verona-Garda Bike Hotel is already included in the package)

Granfondo Alè la Merckx

Routes: 85, 139 km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
Start Address: Verona, Italy
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