SIA’s 2020 Overseas Cycle Ride: Cycle Italia

Postponed: Dates TBC.

Our annual Overseas Cycle Challenge is back with a bang, and in 2020 we will be taking on a fantastic Tour of Tuscany! 

Fundraising Target: £1500 (excluding Gift Aid)

Registration fee: £100

As with previous years, the trip will take place over five days in, with three days cycling over a distance of approximately 190 miles. The trip has been designed with accessibility at the absolute forefront, and everything through availability of support, choice of hotels, location of lunch stops and the overall route has been chosen to make sure that cyclists and hand-cyclists of any ability can take part.

Our 2020 cycling challenge  – Cycle Italia – will see a brave team of cyclists and hand cyclists taking a circular route beginning and ending in Pisa, taking in the incredible sights, sound and culture of Florence and Siena, plus much, much more.

As with all of our overseas cycles, this event will be fully accessible for SCI participants, and both the route and accommodation will be designed to maximize the enjoyment of all riders looking to participate – whilst still providing a challenge. Our events team have personally inspected all the Hotels we are staying at for the duration of the challenge to check their suitability, and will also be organizing lunch stops and break stops throughout the event with accessibility being of the utmost importance.

What’s Included:

The trip will include accommodation for four nights, meals, drinks and snacks throughout trip (including a welcome meal on day one, and celebratory meal on day five), full support from a team of professional tour guides, mechanics and first aiders, bike hire, and much more.

The bikes provided by our team will be of an excellent standard – and no extras are required  – but please do feel free to bring your own seats, clip-on pedals or other accessories to help make you feel more comfortable.

All participants will also receive guidance from our fundraising team to help them smash the fundraising targets, and as well as a fundraising pack, you will also receive a limited edition SIA cycling Jersey and weatherproof jacket to help you cycle in style! Our event provider, Chapeau Events, will also be on hand to help support your training, and between us, we will hope to be able to support you with every aspect of your challenge, to help make it as easy, straightforward, and fun as possible!

What’s not Included: 

Please note that flights to and from Pisa are not included in the trip – so do please bear this in mind when considering your participation in the challenge. Participants will also be expected to arrange their own transport to and from Pisa airport – we expect our hotels to be a short distance from the airport – but we will help source accessible transport where necessary.

Please also note that you will need to provide proof of medical insurance before joining us on this trip  – with a copy being provided to our trip providers prior to arriving in Italy.

Last of all: please be aware that you will need to bring your own helmet to take part on the trip, and please be aware that you will not be allowed to take part without one.


Expected itinerary (subject to slight changes as may be necessary):

Day 1: Arrive in Pisa:

The trip will officially start in the early evening with a bike fitting and briefing by our incredible trip leaders, before a welcome meal and drinks to get to know the rest of the team. We will have an exploratory trip into the local town, before an early night, ready for the first day of cycling! 

Day 2: Pisa to Florence:

Total Distance – 66 Miles, Total Elevation – 1,537 ft

After a hearty breakfast and team meeting, an early start will see us heading from Pisa to Florence through some truly breath-taking scenery. The morning will see us head up a steep incline (c. 10.5%) before a more leisurely afternoon of undulating terrain, before a gentler climb (4.8%) as we arrive in the municipality of Fiorentino to end the day. 

Florence is claimed to be the birthplace of the Renaissance, and the “Athens of the Middle Ages”, so as you might expect, we will be surrounded by the type or art, culture and history that attracts millions of tourist each year. Also famed for it’s role in fashion, we hope you will have some time to indulge in a bit of retail therapy before dinner  – an excellent chance to buy a few presents for those at home! 

Day 3: Florence to Siena:

Total Distance – 49 Miles, Total Elevation – 2,995 ft 

Another morning of undulating hills will see us through to a lunch stop, before pushing on to some gradual inclines as we head to our hotel for the third night, with the biggest climb at around 30 miles stretching for just under four miles (at a gradient of around 5.5%). 

The historic City of Siena is a UNESCO world heritage site, and amongst other incredible sights, is home to a 12th Century Cathedral, botanical gardens and a Medicean Fortress! Siena is also famed for its art, museums and most importantly, its cuisine – and we will aim to give to time to sample plenty  – as a well-earned reward after a hard day’s cycling! 

Day 4: Siena to Pisa: 

Total Distance – 78 miles, Total Elevation – 2908 ft

After a slightly shorter day’s cycling on day two, day three will see us take on the longest day of the trip (meaning a slightly earlier start than on the rest of the trip) as we head towards Pisa, and a grand celebration. 

The morning will start with a climb, (around 4.5% incline), before a nice, long downhill session towards a scenic lunch spot. After lunch, one last big climb is in store, before another long, glorious downhill session into our last break stop. We will gather together to ride in procession through to central Pisa, for a celebration of all you have achieved, plenty of local fizz, and the obligatory photos of you all with the Leaning Tower. A celebratory meal will give us the chance to go over highlights of the trip  – and give out a few awards  – with the night ending in  a chance to explore the city. 

Day 5: flights home: 

The trip will officially be over post-breakfast, where everyone will have the chance to say a final goodbye, before heading out to explore the city prior to flying home. we are hoping to arrange  nice, late check out (and the ability to leave luggage at the hotel reception), so that you head out and about for lunch, or to take in some of the incredible sights the city has to offer. 

As well as the world famous Leaning Tower, Pisa is also home to one of the world’s largest collections of Museums, Palaces, Churches and Galleries  – giving you plenty of choice to fill your morning, before heading home. 


We really do hope that this will be our greatest adventure yet, and hope you can join us on a tour of Tuscany. As well as a fantastic challenge, and in incredible change to view one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, we also see friendships spring up which last a lifetime  – and we are sure this trip will be no different.


To register your interest, please complete the form below, and we will contact you to explain the next steps and get you all signed up! 

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