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Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:20 pm
by ZeroDarkBivi
Just booked return flights to Pisa, and some more Qs for those in the know:

- What’s the best way to get around with a bike - public transport, to the start (Massa) from the airport, and back to the start from the finish?
- Where can I store my bike bag near the start? I’m not dicking around with cardboard boxes.
- Flying with EJ, do I really need to book ‘bike luggage’ (£90) - sure I can get under the 23kg standard hold bag (£25), and inside the max size (L + W + H) of 275cm quoted on their website. Any experience with this?

Cheers

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:34 pm
by gairym
No idea about leaving bike bags etc... as I've never flown but.....

From Pisa to Massa is either an hour or so train ride (bike needs booking on separately at the machine AND it'll be insanely busy with bikepackers but always seems to work itself out in the end).....OR.....a ~50km flat, coastal ride.

Up to you.

From the end back to Pisa it's a train and the same situation again but with less traffic as obviously everyone is strung out by the finish.

First train of the day of the busiest with everyone who finished after the last train of the day before.

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:36 pm
by gairym
And nice one, see you there*!!! :-bd

(*assuming I have a functioning spine by then)

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:52 pm
by Wotsits
There's a relatively new light railway connecting the airport to Pisa main train station-

https://www.visittuscany.com/en/ideas/f ... n-station/

From Pisa Centrale get the train to Massa, then either ride or taxi to the sign-in venue. As Gairy mentioned, you'll need a seperate ticket for your bike if it isn't boxed. There's usually an area for bikes on the train, but there'll certain be competition for space on there! Also don't forget to validate your train ticket for each journey.

If your bike-box is a hard case jobbie then this could restrict your options. Left luggage at the airport is imo a waste of time, Pisa train station is a marginally better option, but i wouldn't bank on them accepting a bike-box. Having your bike in a box may be an advantage on the train from Pisa to Massa & again on the return train journey after the finish, but nowhere else. If it was me, i'd be looking to store it either in the vicinity of the airport or Pisa Centrale train station.

Think a few stayed at the Blue Shades Hotel near the airport a few years ago & they let them store their bikeboxes there..

I think you'd have to check their classicification of a 'sports bag', as i think a bike, & other things like golf clubs, fall into this category just by their nature..

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:18 pm
by Chew
When we did it they would take you bike box from the start to the finish for a charge.

Re box size: probably depends on who’s checking you in and if the difference in price is worth the hassle?

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:33 pm
by Wotsits
Has the finish location changed this year?

Edit:
Looks like it might be finishing in Orbetello instead of Capalbio this year, but this is just a train station on the main line nearer to Pisa. I'd check train times when you get more certain of your finish time though, on a Sunday it can be a couple of hours between trains..

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:07 am
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thanks all for the advice.

I think I’ll try to take the bike as hold luggage and test the system. If I have to stump up more at the airport then that will just be taken as a lesson in being cheap!

Might book a B&B in Pisa or Massa for the night before my flight home and see if they will store the bag on for me. Or pay to have it delivered to the finish and make the trip back on the train easier.

Really looking forward to this; hope my monster-cross project is ready in time. Just need some 2 x 10 speed SRAM drop bar shifters / hydraulic brake levers - not so easy to find now.

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:17 am
by rufus748
I left my bike box at the train station last time, they were happy to take it. Its effectively a hard case so there was no chance of getting it into the airport left luggage anyway (and the train station was cheaper).

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:15 pm
by ZeroDarkBivi
Anybody else concerned that the dreaded Coronavirus might impact these events?

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:21 pm
by gairym
ZeroDarkBivi wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:15 pm
Anybody else concerned that the dreaded Coronavirus might impact these events?
No, it'll be completely everywhere by then so there'll likely be no point restricting movement :-bd

The horse has bolted as far as I can see and the rest is a PR exercise.

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:15 pm
by gairym
And there we have it.....

Tuscany Trail postponed until September the 26th

I tell thee what, I'll be heading to Massa with the provisional route loaded on my Garmin within a day or two of it being legally feasible (and morally defensible) - you can be sure of it!

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:25 pm
by FLV
I wondered if thats what they'd do.

No idea if ill make the new date, see closer to the time

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:57 pm
by gairym
I'll give you a shout when I plan a date and see if that works better.....

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:18 pm
by FLV
Top stuff, cheers

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:23 am
by ZeroDarkBivi
Just need to wait and see what EJ (and airport parking) do with my original bookings. Still not heard anything about flights booked to France for the end of this month.

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:53 am
by Taylor
About time they postponed.

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:36 am
by Bearbonesnorm
ust need to wait and see what EJ (and airport parking) do with my original bookings. Still not heard anything about flights booked to France for the end of this month.
My brother was meant to be going to the States to get married in Aug. Airline have said there will be refunds but that no one should expect anything to happen quickly and it'll be as and when.

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:12 pm
by boxelder
Veneto gone now too. No shocker.

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 6:47 pm
by FLV
Anyone still planning the Tuscany Trail?

Im having doubts due to the dates but would love to do something this year

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 9:09 pm
by gairym
I WILL ride that route at some point this year.

No idea if it'll be sooner, during or after the actual event but September actually works out pretty well (assuming there's still a functioning world and that the kids go back to school in September).

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:41 am
by FLV
gairym wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 9:09 pm
I WILL ride that route at some point this year.

If I'd thought about that question properly, I'd have known your answer I think :lol: