Itinerary for Italy to Monaco challenge announced

Itinerary for Italy to Monaco challenge announced
Itinerary for Italy to Monaco challenge announced

Itinerary for Italy to Monaco challenge announced

Modesta Vzesniauskaite, the Olympian cyclist who represented Lithuania in the women’s road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics, in Beijing, has announced the itinerary for her annual cycling challenge from Italy to Monaco.

This will be the 35-year-old’s fourth challenge following rides from Milan, Tuscany and Cassis to Monaco in the last three years.

This year’s challenge, Cycle with the Champions, will take place between 18th – 20th October 2019, and will see cyclists undertaking a 151 mile ride through the foothills of the Maritime Alps, to the French Riviera.

Whilst the event has already proved hugely successful, and of great interest to fellow cyclists, Modesta says that this year it has been designed as much more of an experience through the beautiful medieval towns and stunning countryside of Italy and France. As she explained: “We will begin our challenge in Alba, in the Piedmont region of Italy.

“It’s a picturesque little town to set off from as we take on a short, but highly enjoyable, 30km ride on the first day.

“Cyclists will take in a wine tasting tour of the beautiful Rocche Dei Manzoni winery, en route, which was established by Valentino Migliorini in 1974.

“The winery complex fits perfectly into the beautiful hilly landscape and they have learned how to properly blend elegant and silky smooth red wine.”

Day two of the challenge will see cyclists having the choice of either a 66km or 105km ride which will include a White Truffle tour with a professional guide. This will be followed by a luxurious Truffle Dinner at the end of the day.

The final day in the saddle will see participants cycling 55km into Monaco where they will celebrate the successful completion of their challenge with a 5 star gala dinner at the Butterfly Ball Monaco.

The prestigious event, held at the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, will include live entertainment and an amazing auction with a range of unbelievable ‘must have’ prizes.

“Every penny that is generated through this three day event will go to Caudwell Children, the UK charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families,” said Modesta. “So whilst the challenge is very much about the experience it’s also, importantly, about the legacy and that’s generating vital funds to support vulnerable, disabled children.”

Modesta and her partner, the entrepreneur and philanthropist John Caudwell, will also take part in the challenge and Modesta says he has opened her eyes to the many challenges that disabled children face. “Through Caudwell Children, the charity that John founded, I’ve been privileged to meet many children with a range of disabilities,” she said.

This year’s challenge, sponsored by Artic Club and Burgess Yachts, has once again be designed and delivered by Modesta’s Freedom Training Company, and it has been created to cater for riders of all abilities.

“It will be a wonderful experience for all the cyclists, irrespective of the time they’ve spent in the saddle!” continued Modesta. “We’ll look after them every step of the way and we will have a professional masseur accompanying riders along with a bike mechanic!”

To register you interest in the limited number of places available for the Cycle with the Champions Challenge call Sam Walker on: (+44) 01782 433753 or email:

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