La Bella Italia 2010 has now finished

14 May 2010 - 19 Jun 2010

Join us on the OCF La Bella Italia Cycling Challenge - an adventure of a lifetime. This is not a race. The journey is about camaraderie, getting fit, sharing a powerful and emotive experience and most importantly helping OCF in their quest to support medical research to find a cure for childhood cancer. Join the OCF adventure today, long live kids. Italy doesn't need an introduction. The country has everything: a wealth of culture, idyllic villages, historical cities, stunning coastlines, slumbering volcanoes and the landscapes of "La Dolce Vita". It also has a rich cycling history with famous names such as Bartali, Coppi and Pantani. OCF and Bike Dreams have combined to bring you an exceptional cycling challenge from Palermo in Sicily to the legendary Madonna del Ghisallo in the middle of Lake Como to the north. The 3,000 kms ride will take 33 days to complete and includes visits to Pompeii, Rome, Florence and Venice. The route along well maintained and relatively quiet roads varies from flat and winding along the Italian coast line, steep inland hills, long straight roads on the Padan Plain and the mythical climb of the Passo dello Stelvio with its 48 hairpins. In recognition that 33 days (excluding international travel time) may be out of the question for some, we can offer shorter trip options such as Palermo to Roma or Roma to Como. La Bella Italia is a challenging ride in a wonderful country. It will be like cycling in an open air museum. It is a country where dreams become a reality.

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