Italy, September 16-19, 2022
Florence to Asissi
Join us for a thrilling ride along the very path ridden by the legendary Gino Bartali, to support Bartali - Youth in Movement
in cooperation with
- יום ה׳, 12 באוק׳Assisi12 באוק׳, 12:00 – 16 באוק׳, 12:00Assisi, 06081 Assisi, Province of Perugia, Italy
About the event
Bartali - The Hero’s Path is a unique charity ride from Florence to Assisi in commemoration of Gino Bartali’s legacy.
Gathering cycling enthusiasts from all over the world to ride and raise funds in order to support Bartali - Youth in Movement educational programs around Israel.
The event is organized by Bartali - Youth in Movement (NGO) in collaboration with local cycling experts UnPaved Roads and ChronoBikes, and will take the participants along the mythical path which Gino Bartali used to ride while smuggling fake documents hidden inside his bicycle frame, and to some of the most important places in his life.
In this one-of-its-kind event, you will live and experience the incredible journey which Gino Bartali rode as part of his role in saving hundreds of Jews from the grasp of the Nazis, on behalf of the Assisi Underground.
Cycling tour overview
During this unique fundraising bike tour we’ll discover breathtaking panoramic views and ride between Tuscany and Umbria where we’ll find rolling hills covered with woodlands, vineyards and silver green olive groves. Riding along the tire tracks of Gino Bartali we’ll learn the incredible stories of his historic deeds, passing through iconic locations he used to pass such as Chianti, Cortona and Terontola. The highlight of the event is the final climb up to the Unesco Heritage town of Assisi in the heart of the Umbria region. Climbing up to the Basilica of St. Francis, in a group led by the young Bartali - Youth in Movement students, will be an incredibly emotional experience you will never forget.
The participants of Bartali - the Hero’s Path will be provided with all logistic services they need to fully enjoy the event.
The participation package includes:
3 fully-supported riding days.
3 nights accommodation in 4 stars hotel based on double occupancy (single rooms are available at additional cost)
all meals, post-ride activities, snacks
High-end rental bike
Daily bike tune-ups and bike washing
Professional cycling guides
Support cars with professional mechanics, spare wheels, sports nutrition and everything a cyclist may need along the ride
Transfer to and from Florence airport, Optional transfer to Rome airport at the end of the event.
High-end e-bike on request and charged separately
Flights / travel to and from Italy
Transfer from and to Milan
Anything not listed will be charged separately
Registration Fee & Donations
Bartali - the Hero's Path is a fundraising ride with the goal of supporting “Bartali - Youth in Movement '' programs in their different locations around Israel.
Registration to the event includes an entry fee:
- $1,800 per rider in a double room
- $2,200 per rider in a single room
- $1,500 per non-rider in a double room
- $1,900 per non-rider in a single room
Registration ends on 31 July 2022.
In addition to the entry fee, each rider must make a commitment to raise at least USD $1,800 by October 1, 2022, in donations to “Bartali - Youth in Movement”. A personal fundraising page is available for you to set up once you register.
Our goal is to raise at least $180,000 from the event.
Drop-off: Florence Airport / Rome Airport
Pick-up and Drop-off from/to Milan will have to be arranged and charged separately
Bike Tour Itinerary 3 nights/4 days
DAY 1 - Friday, September 16 - arrival by noon
Guest welcoming and lunch in Florence
Bike set-up and warm-up ride
Dinner and ride briefing
DAY 2 - Saturday, September 17
1st stage of the “Bartali” ride: Radda in Chianti - Castiglion Fiorentino, 88 km / 1200m ascent, 83% Road & 17% Gravel.
Arrival to Castiglion Fiorentino in the afternoon, hotel check-in & Dinner
Overnight stay in Castiglion Fiorentino.
DAY 3 - Sunday, September 18
2nd stage of the “Bartali 180” ride: Castiglion Fiorentino - Assisi, 105 km / 750m ascent, 77% Road, 23% Gravel.
Arrival to Assisi in the afternoon
Closing ceremony in Assisi, by the Basilica of St. Francis
Finishers dinner and overnight stay in Assisi
DAY 4 - Monday, September 19
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
Guided walking tour of Assisi & visit to the Museo della Memoria
Drop-off and arrivederci!
Program for non-riders participants at Bartali - The Hereo's Path:
The program is based on the original tour, with alternative activities for participants who don’t ride - during the riding hours.
Day 1 - Friday, September 16 - an afternoon guided tour of Radda & Castellina in Chianti , joining the group for dinner and the evening activity.
Day 2 - Saturday, September 17- morning guided tour of Gaiole in Chianti, wine tasting at Castello di Broglio , joining the riders at their lunch stop in Asciano, guided tour of Valdichiana, meeting the riders for dinner and the evening activity at Castiglion Fiorentino
Day 3 - Sunday, September 19 - morning tour of lake Trasimeno, optional boat ride around the lake, join the riders for the finish in Assisi, guided night city tour of Assisi after dinner (for all participants).
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Support the Bartali Youth in Movement program:
Bartali - Youth in Movement (NGO) is the first of its kind social and educational Israeli youth organisation, building a nationwide network of cycling centers for young students in youth villages, welfare boarding facilities and community centers all over Israel.
Bartali - Youth in Movement's annual programs are designed to fit and complement the unique educational and therapeutic missions of the various facilities. These programs teach cycling skills, promote motivation and self-discipline, expand the sense of responsibility and capability, aid in developing resilience, perseverance and determination and create a strong sense of teamwork - they generally equip a toolbox for personal and social growth and help create strong social bonds.
Bartali Youth in Movement:
In Israel, there are about 25,000 children and teens who live and study in youth villages and social service boarding facilities. Youth villages and boarding schools provide a home for children and youth coming from high-risk home circumstances or for those youngsters who choose to leave home. Data from the 'Central Bureau of Statistics' indicates that a sizable percentage of the children and youth referred to youth villages and boarding schools are from low socio-economic backgrounds. Largely, this population is characterized by significant educational gaps, low rates of matriculation, a need for emotional support, and a lack of life skills and tools needed to best integrate into the Israeli society.
By working with youth villages, Bartali - Youth in Movement is promoting its vision of using cycling as a platform for empowering at-risk youth. Currently we are offering the program in 8 youth villages (Ben Shemen, Mevo’ot Yam, Ramat Hadassah, Alonei Yitzchak, Ayanot, Nahala, Malkishua, Ahava, Shaab) for a total of 300 youth. In each village the target population is chosen in consultation with the educational staff of the village. Youth who fit the target population and who are interested in participating in the program are then invited to participate in a selection process that evaluates not only their physical abilities, but also their willpower, motivation to commit and determination to succeed.
Those selected participate in a 9-12 months program, training between 2-4 times a week. The training consists of advanced Mountain Biking skills including varied terrains such as singletrails, rocky paths, etc. The youth are trained for fitness (distances and speed) and for bike-handling skills focusing on coordination, balance and mental focus. The yearly programs revolve around peak events in which the participants meet and ride with their peers from other youth villages. These multi-day events are a part of the process of development and empowerment. Through these events the youth make a passionate choice to participate, increase their sense of capability, and become part of a larger community. All instructors are hired and supervised by Bartali, allowing us to control the content of the program and choose the participants.
Bartali - Youth in Movement, sees these programs as a platform for establishing regional cycling centers and as the basis for creating a horizon for the youth village participants.
If we want to make the program meaningful, we need to grow organically with the applicants. By doing so, we will ensure their continued participation in the organization. At the age of 16, youth will be encouraged to participate in an instructor’s course, and once they have completed the course they will be offered opportunities to practice their skills within the organization. Upon their graduation from high school, they will have the opportunity to participate in a year of service as instructors in our programs around the country, and eventually join our alumni program.