Italy 10:35 – 18 October 2021

A Cycling Master Class with Alessandro Vanotti

Learn Pro Cycling Secrets from the 19x Grand Tour Cyclist

How Many Pro Cycling Habits Will You Pick Up in 7 Days?

1 on 1 Training & Coaching for Cyclists Over 50

If you would like to know how an ordinary club cyclist can dramatically improve his abilities and take on new cycling challenges such as a Gran Fondo (Cyclingsportive), this is going to be the most interesting cycle holiday that you have ever discovered. 

Here is why: Alessandro Vanotti, veteran of 9x Giro d'Italia, 5x Tour de France & 5x Vuelta de Espana retired as a professional cyclist in 2017. He supported such riders as Vincenzo Nibilai and Alessandro Petacchi. Now working with Inspired ITALY Alessandro is offering you his Cycling Master Class. And all this takes place in Italy’s cycling mecca Emilia Romagna, birthplace and home to Marco ‘The Pirate’ Pantani. 


Break Bad Cycling Habits & Build Pro Characteristics


  • 2x Coaches: Alessandro Vanotti & Andrea Pazzaglia, former pro cyclist and expert coach
  • Maximum 8x guests per Master Class
  • Top Italian Road Bike of Your choice including Pinarello F12
  • Personal Functional Threshold Power test
  • On Ride Coaching from Alessandro & Andrea
  • Ride Varied Terrain: Hills, Mountains & Flat
  • Post Ride Discussions, Talks & Stories
  • Four Star Beach Side Hotel with Pool & Spa
  • Super Half Board: Breakfast; Post-Ride Lunch & Dinner with Water & House Wine
  • Full Service Bike Facilities & Storage
  • Based in Emilia Romagna | Italian Cycling Mecca
  • Master Class Cycling Jersey by Santini
  • EXCLUSIVE: Only Two Camps per Annum


  • 1x Personal FTP Test
  • DAILY RIDE DISTANCE: Variable: From 30Km to 100km
  • CYCLING SPEEDS: 25Km/h to 30Km/h on flat ground
  • DAILY SADDLE TIME: 3h to 5h



7:30 Wake-Up Gym Workout

8:15 Breakfast & Briefing

9:15 Bike & Ride Prep

9:30 Depart for Daily Ride

c14:00/14:30 Return to Hotel

14:30 to 19:00 Relax & Recover - Pool, Spa, Beach

19.00-20.30: Dinner

21:00-23:00: Lounge & Bar |  Discussions, Talks & Stories



Monte Carpegna | The ‘Cippo’

This is the Pirate's Mountain.

It is here where the greatest climber in the history of cycling prepared for his victories. The much loved and unforgettable Marco Pantani chose Monte Carpegna as his personal ‘gym’. 

 6 km from the town of Carpegna, the climb has an average gradient of 10% with the final two kicks at around 12% - Marco named these the ‘Cippo’.

🚴‍♂️ Marco the 'Pirate' Pantani: There are six, seven kilometres with an average gradient of 10%. The last two, below the summit at 1,360 meters above sea level, we call them the 'Cippo' and they are the steepest, at 12%. In that stretch, I use the 39 x 19/21. Of course, this is not a climb like those in the Alps that made me famous. But to train well Carpegna is enough for me."


🟥 VIDEO: Cippo di Carpegna (Pantani's Climb) with Davide Cassani - Cycling Inspiration & Education


A former Epic Stage of the Giro d’Italia


Length: 6 Km | Hill start altitude: 734m | End of climb altitude: 1.358 | Elevation: 624m | Average gradient: 10.2% | Max. Gradient: 15% | Recommended ratios: 34 x 28

Marco the 'Pirate' Pantani: This was his training ground

The Barbotto

This is the hardest climb of the mythical the oldest Granfondo in the world, the Granfondo Nove Colli.

The total ascent is 5.5 km with an average gradient of 6.9% and elevation gain of 372 meters: the Barbotto challenges the best.

The climb starts with the first 300 meters on gradients between 9-10%. The road then starts to climb through uneven-gradients, from 6% to 10%. A 39 × 25 is recommended for the notorious and devastating last kilometre of the climb famously known as ‘spauracchio’, which translates as ‘bogeyman’. The first 400 meters have a gradient of 14% and 5 bends. 

Finally, you arrive at a real ‘wall', with a slope of 18%!

🟥 VIDEO: Nove Colli: Barbotto: THE FINAL KILOMETRE  


The Toughest Climb on the World’s Oldest Granfondo


5.5 km climb | Average gradient: 6.9% | Elevation: 372m | Max. Gradient: 14% | Recommended ratios: 39 x 25

Ale at a recent Vanotti Cycling Camp

Area Map

Alessandro Vanotti riding for team Liquigas

The Master Cyclist: Alessandro Vanotti

by Tim Hudson

We were grabbing an espresso before the start of stage 13 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia in Cervia, Emilia Romagna.

Alessandro saw our group made a B-line for our guide. We chatted for 20 minutes and I immediately warmed to ‘Ale’.

At 6’ 3” he towers above my 5’ 10” frame. And even though he has retired from professional competitive cycling, his form gives away his years in the saddle.

Vanotti notched up 19 grand tour appearances between 2004 and 2017. And as Vincenzo Nibali’s right-hand domestique, he was key to Niabli’s 2013 Giro and 2014 Tour de France wins. Ale was at the very pinnacle of cycling for many years.

He is still very much involved in the sport offering expert cycling commentary for major cycling events. And he runs cycling training camps by special arrangement.



Emilia Romagna

Give Yourself More Time to Train

The Super Half Board frees you of daily chores meaning more time to relax and ride

The Master Class experience wraps up all of the support and hotel services that you need to enable you to focus on what you are here for – to learn and ride. 

Your Super Half Board means you eat very well, as all meals are provided. While the daily laundry service means fresh cycling apparel every morning.

The decks are cleared and you can focus on your next ride and learn from the master.

A great hotel and the perfect environment to rest and relax after your daily rides

… And Even More Time to Rest

Rest is key and is why good training camps work.

The right amount of rest and recovery allows your body to recover and benefit from your training efforts. Take the afternoon by the pool or on the beach. Head to the Spa or just relax in the lounge. 

Ride more and rest well – it’s key.

Cycling by the Adriatic

Mediterranean Weather

Cycling in Emilia Romagna is delightful.

That is why the 2020 World Championships and 3 stages of the 2020 Giro d’Italia were held here. The coastal Mediterranean climate means warm air, sunshine, and little wind. A perfect cycling environment.

And with warmer weather come the benefits of less clothing and a significantly reduced risk of catching a virus or cold!

Ale, leading out the Astana team including Vincenzo Nibali

The Joy of Riding in a Small Group

Meet your fellow cyclist and tuck in behind him for the next few kilometres!

For those not used to riding in small groups, this discipline is tremendously satisfying.

Push yourself a little because we are all just a little bit competitive, aren’t we! And riding with a small, intimate group helps carry you further than you would normally ride.

And the Master Class provides us with the opportunity to simulate race situations. Such fun!

The Climbs of the Novi Colli Grand Fondo, the worlds oldest Gran Fondo

Longer Climbs for Better Training

The terrain is critical to a good cycling training camp.

Marco Pantani who lived just down the road from your hotel is often taunted as the best climber in history. His spectacular wins and records on legendary climbs in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France set him apart.

Emilia Romagna is where Pantani trained and you experience some of the roads where he tested his legs.

And for you, the greater amount of time spent on longer climbs helps you sustain longer training zones at your sweet spot. In turn, this helps you improve your power to weight ratio.

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