2014 Giro d’Italia Final 12 Days

See the 2014 Giro d’Italia as it travels through the majestic scenery of the Alps and Dolomites of Northern Italy.

Riders in Italy valley

Starting on the plains of Piedmont before moving on to the lakes of Lombardy and the famous climbs of the Dolomites, this trip has something for everyone. Italy is a fabulous country to visit with unequalled scenery, friendly people and of course great food.

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TRIP DETAILS:
Duration: 12 days (11 nights)
Dates: Thursday, 22 May to Monday, 2 June, 2014
Start: Milan Finish: Venice or Milan
Accommodation: Quality 3 and 4 star hotels
Group Size: Maximum 30 people (5 Staff)
Cost: AUD$5250.00 – Optional single supplement AUD$690.00
Deposit: AUD $1000.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share, or you can have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.

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Highlights:

•    Experience the excitement of the 2014 Giro d’Italia
•    Challenge yourself on Passo del Stelvio and the climbs of the Domolites
•    See the Giro on the decisive mountain stages of Monte Zoncolan, Passo del Stelvio and Santuario d’Oropa.
•    Ride the famous Sella Ronda, the most beautiful mountain ride in Italy
•    3 nights in a lovely lakeside hotel on Lago di Viverone
•    Option to finish your trip and stay on in Venice or Milan.

Who is this trip for?

Over 12 days see the biggest stages of the 2014 Giro d’Italia as it travels from the plains of Piedmont through to the magnificent scenery of northern Italy. Includes the chance to ride and see the race on some of the most famous climbs in Europe including Italy’s Passo del Stelvio and the feared Monte Zoncolan! We’ll take time away from the race to relax and enjoy riding the incomparable Sella Ronda loop in the Dolomites. 2014 promises to be a great Giro d’Italia with Cadel Evans making what may possibly be his last Grand Tour appearance. Don’t miss your chance to experience Italy’s grand tour and discover why the Italians call the Giro “the world’s toughest race in the most beautiful place”.

This trip is geared to suit anyone with an interest in cycling who wants to see Italy’s own Grand Tour, the Giro d’Italia. Italy is a fabulous country to visit with unequalled scenery, friendly people and of course great food. For the race fan the Giro offers the chance of seeing the riders up close without the crowds that typify its bigger brother, The Tour de France. We cater for cyclists of all abilities by providing riding options each day, although the cycling in the mountains of the Dolomites and Alps is not for beginners.

Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people who feel like a challenge, or an easy day enjoying the scenery. We ride on quiet scenic roads and where possible we ride on the race course ahead of the race! Non cyclists are welcome on our Giro d’Italia tours. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.
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Bikestyle cyclists by lake in Italy

Itinerary

Thursday, 22 May 2014: Welcome to Italy

The first day of your trip starts with you meeting us at 11.30 am at Milan Malpensa airport.  Once we have gathered everyone we’ll travel to our first destination, a lovely hotel on the shores of Lake Viverone, about 1½  hours drive from Malpensa.

On arrival at the hotel the first thing to do will be to assemble your bike, or meet your rental bike, before we head off easy ride to test out your bike and legs.  Our ride will be about 40 kms over some quiet local roads finishing with a coffee by the lake before returning to the hotel.

This evening we will enjoy a special welcome dinner at our lakeside hotel where you will get to meet your fellow guests and the Bikestyle staff will answer your questions about your upcoming adventure.

Overnight: Lago di Viverone
Meals: Dinner

Friday, 23 May 2014: Ride the Santurio d’Oropa race route

We have a full day today to explore the local area and ride tomorrow’s race route to the Santurio d’Oropa, the final climb for the stage above the town of Biella. The Oropa Sanctuary is a Unesco World Heritage site and the largest most spectacular religious sanctuary to be found in the Alps.  Situated at 1200 meters the Sanctuary d’Oropa is an amazing collection of buildings set in the beauty of the Italian Alps.  The Giro last rode this route in 1999 when Italian cyclist Marco Pantani took the lead in the race after winning the stage to Oropa.

This morning we will ride from our hotel north to Biella where our climb to the Santurio d’Oropa starts. From Biella it is a steady 12 km climb at an average of 6.2%. So it’s not a super difficult climb, but a few steep pinches which the teams would have researched before the race will offer a chance for the riders wanting to put some distance between them and their competitors in the race to the finish tomorrow.

After our ride we’ll descend back down to Biella for lunch, which we can enjoy in the quaint cobbled streets of the old town, “Biella Piazzo”.  After lunch you can choose to return to the hotel in the bus, or ride back adding another30 kms to the 50 you’ve already ridden.

Tonight we will visit the nearby town of Ivrea where you are free to wander the pedestrianized streets of the old centre and dine in a local “osteria” on the local Piedmontese gnocchi or risotto to refuel after today’s ride.

Overnight: Lago di Viverone
Meals: Breakfast

Italy cyclists on climb

Saturday, 24 May 2014: See the Giro twice today!

Today the Giro has one of the most interesting and decisive stages for 2014 with a tough 162 km stage from Agliè with a mountain top finish at the Santurio d’Oropa.  We will have the chance to see the Giro twice today by travelling to the start in Agliè, then riding to Biella to see the race as it makes its way up the final climb of the day to Oropa.

This morning we will drive from Lago di Viverone to Agliè, a small town in the hills south of Torino, to see the race start. Agliè is a quiet but elegant town dominated by an impressive 300 room World Heritage listed castle which can be visited if you have time. Our main reason to come here today however is to get our first glimpse of the race and see the stage start in a small Italian town, which is a great opportunity to see the race up close.  We will arrive in Agliè this morning early, leaving plenty of time to relax over a morning coffee before we line up along the route to catch the riders as they ride slowly past. Don’t forget your flags and banners if you want to grab the attention of your favourite GreenEdge riders, or even Cadel!

Once we have experienced the start and had a bite to eat we’ll jump on the bikes for the 50km ride to Biella. Apart from a few small climbs it’s not a difficult route so we should arrive in Biella in plenty of time to see the race come through the town on its way up to Oropa, which we climbed yesterday. If you have a bit more energy we can take a side road off the race route and catch the race midway through the climb at Favaro, the steepest point in the climb.

After the race finish we’ll meet up with the bus and head back to our hotel for our final dinner by the lake.

Overnight: Lago di Viverone
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday, 25 May 2014: Lago di Como

Today’s stage is a flat romp across the plains of Piedmont and Lombardy with a mountain finish on Plan di Montecampione. We’ll skip this stage however and travel from Lago di Viverone and drive to its bigger brother, Lake Como, where we will enjoy a ride along the lake before we continue on to our next stop in Bormio.

Mid-morning we will make a stop along the lake and start our ride north along the eastern shore of Lake Como. Fabulous views over the lake to the distant mountains make this a lovely ride, although there are a few hills along the way to add a bit of spice to the ride. We can make a stop for lunch in one of the small towns that dot the lake before meeting up with the bus  for the final part of the drive to Bormio.

After our ride and visit we will continue on north to Bormio, a medieval town surrounded by spectacular peaks and lies near the Swiss border. Due to its thermal baths, Bormio has been a popular town since the time when the Roman aristocracy travelled to Bormio in order to enjoy warm baths in the mountainous scenery. The town is centred around its medieval town centre, but for cyclists it is a popular destination being close to the famous climbs of Passo del Stelvio, Passo Gavia and the infamous Mortirolo.

Overnight: Bormio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, 26 May 2014: Passo del Stelvio

Today the Giro d’Italia riders have a rest day, but not for us as we tackle the iconic climb of Passo del Stelvio, the 2nd highest paved road in Europe. You’ll climb countless switchbacks, take in some amazing views and close the top you will most likely be riding through walls of snow from the cleared road. It’s an unforgettable ride.

Our ride will start after breakfast from the hotel in Bormio which is close to the base of the climb.  It’s only a 45 km return ride but over this distance you climb 1533 meters at an average of 7 %. You’ve got plenty of time and despite its length it’s not the hardest climb in Italy by a long shot, but certainly one of the most rewarding. With the race heading over the climb tomorrow expect plenty of cyclists out on the climb today, adding to the atmosphere of this iconic climb.  At the end of the ride return to Bormio for lunch and enjoy the afternoon relaxing in this pretty town.

Tonight swap tales about the day’s ride over another superb dinner in our hotel’s restaurant, which serves an amazing array of delicacies perfectly suited to the hungry cyclist.

Overnight: Bormio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Italy Stelvio on race day

Tuesday, 27 May 2014: The Giro on Passo Gavia and Stelvio

Another  big day today with the chance to ride part of the Giro route and see the race on today’s tough stage from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello. This stage, although only 139kms,  tackles two of the most famous climbs of Italy, the Passo Gavia and Passo del Stelvio, before the final long climb to the finish at Val Martello. In 2013 this stage was rerouted due to snow and abnormal weather conditions, so let’s hope they are a bit luckier this year!

We have a few places we can see the race today from our base in Bormio. We’ll assess the situation on the day, but one option is to ride the 25kms from Bormio to Passo Gavia to see the race on the first climb, then return to Bormio to relax and watch the rest of the race live on TV.  From Bormio the climb to Passo Gavia averages 5.5% to get to the 2618 meter pass. It’s a long climb, but starts out easily enough, with the final 11 kms being the hardest.  Another option is to once again ride Passo del Stelvio and see the race on this famous climb. Or if you’d like an easy day you also have the chance to spend a day relaxing in Bormio and see the race as it passes through the town on its way up the Stelvio. Whatever we choose it will be a great day at the Giro.

This evening we’ve kept free for you to take a walk in to the centre of Bormio and enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Overnight: Bormio
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday, 28 May 2014: Valley ride – or Passo Mortirolo!

This morning we say goodbye to Bormio and travel across the north to the Dolomites. You’ll notice a difference as we head to the German speaking north, not only in the bi-lingual natives but the stunning rugged scenery the Domolites is deservedly famous for.

It’s quite a long drive through the mountains, so we’ll take a ride this morning before we hit the road. You’ve got a couple of options – easy or hard (very hard!).  This morning we will leave the hotel early for an easy ride of 30 kilometres down the valley to Mazzo di Valtellina. Those wanting to challenge themselves will tackle the climb of the Mortirolo, one of the most feared climbs in cycling. From Mazzo the climb up Mortirolo gains 1317 metres in 12.8 kilometres, a brutal average of 10.3% gradient and maximum of 18%. Not for the fainthearted, but maybe one to add to your list. Those wanting an easier day will continue down the flat valley ride to the pleasant town of Tirano, where we will all meet up late morning to start the drive to the Dolomites.

Late afternoon we will arrive in the resort town of Canazei, where we will spend the next two nights in a charming alpine style hotel. Canazei is set in the heart of the Dolomites, close to the famous Sella Ronda loop which we will ride in a couple of day’s time.

Overnight: Canazei
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday, 29 May 2014: The Giro in the Dolomites

It’s back to the Giro today as we catch the race in the mountains half way through the stage from Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta.

We will see the race this afternoon along the route as it passes through the town of Moena, which is an easy enough 15km ride along the valley from Canazei.  First though we’ll take a lovely ride this morning up the Passo Fedaia which lies at the northern base of the Marmolada glacier, the highest peak in the Dolomites which is known for its rugged beauty. It’s not a difficult climb with an average of 4.5% gradient from this side (compared to 7.5% from the other direction!). From Passo Fedaia you are rewarded with fantastic views over the aqua waters of Lago di Fedaia and the peaks of Marmolada.

It’s a 30 km round trip to Passo Fedaia from Canazei, so you have the choice of returning to the hotel and relaxing for the rest of the day, or continuing on to Moena where we can have lunch and wait for the race to pass through on its descent from Passo San Pellegrino. After seeing the race we’ll ride back to the hotel, which is uphill but nothing too hard, and catch the final moments of the race on TV as it makes the steep climb to Rifugio Panarotta.

Overnight: Canazei
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sella Ronda Scenery 2

Friday, 30 May 2014: Sella Ronda – a classic ride.

Today we will skip the race and take the opportunity to ride one of  THE classic rides in the world, the Sella Ronda.

While the actual loop is only 52km it includes more than 1850 metres of climbing with four major passes, the Pordoi, Sella, Gardena and Campolongo. This will be a memorable part of the trip as it is definitely one of the world’s great rides. Don’t forget to stop at the top of Passo Pordoi where the Coppi monument is. Don’t be fooled by the short distance as it’s a tough ride but the scenery at this time of year is fantastic. The snow will still be on the side of the road in places and the rugged peaks of the Dolomites in every direction.

Our ride around the Sella Ronda will finish with us descending back from Passo Pordoi  to Canazei. This afternoon we will travel to our hotel in Forni di Sopra, located close to tomorrow’s race route for what is going to be possibly the toughest stage of the Giro with a mountain top finish on the much feared Monte Zoncolan.

Overnight: Forni di Sopra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday, 31 May 2014: The Zoncolan

The penultimate and possibly decisive stage of the Giro today is 167 kms in length, climbing the 1428 meter Passo del Pura and the 1816 meter Sella Razzo before the final lung busting climb to Monte Zoncolan. At 11.9 per cent over 10.1 kilometres, the Zoncolan is definitely tough, crazy even, with sections of 20 percent or more!  Ivan Basso in 2010 said, “There are five to six kilometres where you can’t breathe.”

From our base in Forni we have a few options to see the race today. It’s a pleasant 45 km ride along river valleys, with just the occasional bump in the road, to Ovaro at the base of Monte Zoncolan. Once in Ovaro you can start the ride up the race route towards Monte Zoncolan. If it’s a bit tough for you then you can easily turn around and see the race in Ovaro, or find a spot on the lower slopes. If you want a bit of a challenge then it’s into low gear and grind your way to the top where the big crowds will be waiting for the arrival of the race. For the really fit rider there is also the option of  starting early and attempting what would possibly be the one of the toughest rides you’ll ever attempt – following the final 70 kms of the race route over Passo del Pura, Sella Razza and finally Monte Zoncolan.

After we’ve seen the Giro riders battle it out on Monte Zoncolan it’s in the bus and back to our hotel for a well earned dinner at our traditional family run alpine hotel.

Overnight: Forni di Sopra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Zoncolan finish

Sunday, 1 June 2014: From the Dolomites to the Adriatic

It’s the final day at the Giro d’Italia as the race finishes by the Adriatic  sea in the city of Trieste. This is not the first time the Giro has finished in Trieste. The final stage has finished here twice before, the last time in 1973 with a young Eddy Merckx winning the stage and the tour overall. An attempt was made to finish the Giro in Trieste in 1946, immediately after the 2nd world war, but the route was blocked by protestors in favour of Trieste becoming part of Yugoslavia and the stage was diverted. 2014 celebrates the eventual annexation of Trieste by Italy after years of post war negotiation.

This morning we will leave the Dolomites early and drive towards the Adriatic coast, arriving mid morning in the small town of Sagrado where we will start our ride through the Italian countryside close to the border of Slovenia. You probably had a hard day on the bike yesterday, so our final day will be an easy one with a ride of about 40 kms that will take us along the scenic road following the Adriatic coast to our hotel in Trieste.  This is also the race route for the Giro today as it approaches Trieste, so we’ll be riding ahead of the peloton and will need to keep moving!

Our hotel in Trieste is superbly located close to the historic Trieste seafront and the Piazza Unità d’Italia, said to be the largest seafront square in Europe, where the Giro d’Italia will finish this afternoon. The race will enter the city mid afternoon and will make 8 circuits of a 7.3 km city circuit with a small climb in the middle, so it’s going to be a great stage with plenty of chances to see the race.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Trieste has a long history as an important port for the Austrians, Mediterranean and Slavic races, so expect an interesting meal tonight to celebrate the end of our trip.

Overnight: Trieste
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, 2 June 2014: Arrivederci

Its farewell to your new friends as our tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. During your time with us you’ve experienced the excitement of the Giro and ridden some of the most beautiful roads in Italy.

This morning we will provide you with a transfer to either Venice airport, arriving at approximately 12.00  noon, or to Milan Malpensa airport, arriving at approximately 5.30 pm. Both airports offer frequent flights to Europe and beyond.  If you have the time why not extend your trip with a day or two in Venice or Milan?

Meals: Breakfast

Venice waterfront

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

–  Transport throughout by luxury coach with custom bike trailer
–  Services of our experienced tour guides
– 11 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels
– Buffet breakfast daily
– 3 or 4 course evening meals on 9 nights of your trip.
– Mechanical assistance with your bike
– Scheduled arrival transfer from Milan Malpensa airport
– Scheduled departure transfer to Venice airport or Milan Malpensa airport
– Maps and Bikestyle guide to the 2014 Giro d’Italia
– Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

 

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Client Comments

A great article from David Roche who came with us in 2012

Grazie and Pat
Thanks heaps for a top tour. I loved it! You were great hosts and leaders.
We are enjoying La Tour at the moment and thinking enviously of you…..
Cheers
Bruce

Thank you Bikestyletours for a fantastic Giro 2013. Under trying weather conditions Pat and his team made this a trip to forever remember the daily changes to our itinerary were handled so well it was like it was the original schedule. The accommodation was first class and nothing was a problem for Pat and his team Grace Liz and Fabrizio. And the Bus driver what a legend, will always remember the drive thru the blizzard going to Aprica.
Thanks to everyone for a trip ofa lifetime (till next year)
Mike

I would like to thank you very much – we all had a great tour and enjoyed the full trip. In particular I would like to make mention of Sarah and Grace and Patrick – they were all excellent and each provided a different but unique experience to the tour. Sarah’s bubbly Italian character was perfect to showcase Italy. I think we would all happily take her back to Australia with us. We were very lucky to have Patrick along for the rides – without him and his GPS I think you would be still trying to find us. Grace’s knowledge of wines was superb whilst her stewardship kept us all on track.
Glenn

Hi Natalie,
Thank you for writing, I personally had a great trip and the memories will stay with me for a long time, if I am fortunate enough to be able to do another trip in the future it will be hard to decide between the Giro or TDF!
Cheers
Greg

Hi Natalie and the team.
My sincere thanks go to you and the team. I had a truly outstanding time and it was an amazing experience, one where I can’t wait until Scott (my partner) can join me for another Bikestyle Tour.
Laurie, yourself, Pat, Grace and Sim were all sensational, everything ran smoothly and we couldn’t have been better looked after. I was only sad it had to come to an end. I have fond memories of the trip and had a fantastic time.
The organisation, energy, enthusiasm, care and attention you give your clients is exceptional – in my view you have a winning formula. The rides were awesome, the hotel accommodation of a high standard, the tour guides fantastic in every way. Well done to you and the team.
Kind regards
Mary

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