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robbie
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Italy divide

Post by robbie » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:55 pm

Anyone from here doing it?
Im planning on getting the train from Rome to Naples anyone know if the bike has to be boxed for that train journey?

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In Reverse
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Re: Italy divide

Post by In Reverse » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:57 am

We took the inter-city train back from the Tuscany Trail last year, bikes were fine just hung up in the bike spaces. That was the Rome - Florence service operated by TrenItalia who also run Rome - Naples so can't see there being a problem.

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Re: Italy divide

Post by BreninBeener » Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:48 pm

Me and Mrs Beener are doing it.

Im now panicing

robbie
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Re: Italy divide

Post by robbie » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:06 pm

Whay are u panicking? How long have u given your selfs?

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Re: Italy divide

Post by BreninBeener » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:37 pm

well our flights are 12 days after the start, but i have a nagging doubt ive bitten off a large chunk!

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Re: Italy divide

Post by gairym » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:05 am

robbie wrote:Anyone from here doing it?
Im planning on getting the train from Rome to Naples anyone know if the bike has to be boxed for that train journey?
As I understand it.....you can take your bikes on the regionale and regionale velocity trains but you do need to book (at the machine or kiosk when you buy your ticket) for a few euros.

The intercity and ferracia trains are more complicated and officially require you to have your bike in a bag and at least partial disassembled on order to travel (free in regular luggage areas).

But.....I've played the dumb tourist card on a few occasions and gotten away with taking my bike on trains that it shouldn't have been allowed on but not sure you should bank on that.

On the TrenItalia website it tells you what type of train it is (remember to check connections also) and so it's easy enough to book the slower regional options (which look to exist going from Rome to Naples).

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Re: Italy divide

Post by Wotsits » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:54 pm

All good advice above..

Basically (from my limited experience) if your bike is in a box then i think its just classed as 'luggage' & you don't need to pay anything extra..

If you're just wheeling it on then there's quite often a 'luggage' carriage, or one with hangers for bikes.
But you will probably have to buy an extra bike ticket for i think euro 3.50.

During the TT last year it did get rather hectic on one train with peeps getting on with their bikes pretty much anywhere. In our section this ended up with a heated discussion & some (maybe) French lads slapping an angry Italian man & Nordy restraining him in a head lock :shock:

When you get your tickets don't forget to 'validate' them with one of the machines!

Some more info here-
https://www.italiarail.com/bicycles
https://www.cycleeurope.com/blog/bike-r ... on-trains/

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Re: Italy divide

Post by robbie » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:12 pm

Thanks guys. I think i will just take a cardboard bike box and chuck it when i get to naples. I need to figure out transport back to milan after the finish. Its about 140kms to cycle i think and then a bike box to find when in milan.
Anyone done it and offer any tips?

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Re: Italy divide

Post by AndrewT » Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:23 pm

I have an Italy Divide sized hole in my calendar this year :cry:

It has recently been announced that the race has been postponed until end of July, which doesn't work for me as I'm signed up for the French Divide starting on 8th August. So I'll be opting to defer my entry until 2021.

Feel sorry for the organisers having to manage the extra workload, and hope this covid thing quietens down during the summer.

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