2016 Giro d’Italia

Experience the delights of Italy and the 2016 Giro d’Italia over it’s final stages as it travels through the majestic scenery of the Dolomites.

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TRIP DETAILS: SOLD OUT, Join the waiting list… email tours@bikestyletours.com
Duration: 12 days (11 nights)
Dates: Thursday, 19 May to Monday, 30 May, 2016
Start: Milan Finish: Milan
Accommodation: Quality 3 and 4 star hotels
Group Size: Maximum 30 people (5 Staff)
Cost: A$5690.00 (US$3990.00)
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.
Single Supplement A$850.00 (US$595)
Deposit: A$1000.00 (US$700.00)
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Optional Extras:

Highlights include:

  • Experience the excitement of the 2016 Giro d’Italia
  • Challenge yourself on Sella Ronda, Stelvio climbs
  • Ride to the famous Madonna del Ghisallo
  • See 5 stages of the Giro d’Italia live, including:
    • 2 mountain stages
    • 1 mountain time trial
    • 1 race start
    • 1 race finish
    • Finish of final stage

Who is this trip for?

Over 12 days see the biggest stages of the 2016 Giro d’Italia in its final half as it travels through 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 the beautiful Sella Ronda and Colle dell’Agnello! A highlight for many will be the chance to ride the famous Passo del Stelvio. We’ll take time away from the race to relax and enjoy Italy’s fine cuisine and culture as well as riding some famous climbs, and visiting special undiscovered areas that we know you’ll love.

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 different abilities by providing riding options each day, although the cycling in the mountains of the Dolomites 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.

See what our guests said about us after the Giro d’Italia by reading their Testimonials

Itinerary

Thursday, 19 May 2016: Welcome to Italy

We start today with our staff meeting you at Milan, Malpensa airport at 10:00am and transferring you to our first hotel in the heart of the Dolomites. For those arriving earlier and booked into our pre-trip hotel, an earlier pick-up will be available.

Our base for the first four nights is a 4 star hotel situated between Val Gardena and Castelrotto, with panoramic views of the Dolomites, a UNESCO-World Nature Heritage Site of unrivalled beauty . Each night our hotel with provide evening meals with typical Tirolean cuisine.

Once you have settled into the hotel we’ll give you a hand to assemble your bike, or set you up with your Bikestyle rental bike. In the afternoon we will head off on our first ride, a 20 km loop that includes a little bit of climbing to help you loosen up and make sure everything is in working order.

Tonight we will host a welcome dinner where you can meet your fellow travellers and Bikestyle Tours staff. As it’s our first dinner together it’s a great opportunity to have all your questions answered about what’s in store for you over the next week.

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Overnight: Ortisei
Meals: Dinner

Friday, 20 May 2016: Sella Ronda

Today we will take in one of the most scenic rides you may ever do. It is your chance to summit the four passes of Gardena, Campolongo, Pordoi and Sella on our way around the famous Sella Ronda. None of the climbs are particularly long or steep and the total amount of climbing is manageable. The 52km loop goes around the huge island of Dolomite towers with their vertical walls. Come winter, a similar 42km loop is possible on ski. The snow will still be on the side of the road in places and the rugged peaks of the Dolomites in every direction. In places the road signs are in three languages, German, Italian and Ladin.

The Giro d’Italia and its warm-up event the Giro del Trentino frequently visit the passes that make up the Sella Ronda. Each pass has hosted famous battles in cycling. The Giro d’Italia will host a new battle on these roads tomorrow. Passo Pordoi has a monument to Fausto Coppi and another that commemorates the winners of the Cima Coppi (the first person over the highest point in each Giro d’Italia).

Non-riders will have the option to join the riders around the Sella Ronda loop in the support van. It’s sure to be an exciting day out with breathtaking scenery, cheering on our riders and visiting the small villages where you can enjoy an Italian Hot Chocolate or Coffee. Don’t forget your camera!

For those wanting a longer ride option today, it is possible for you to return to the hotel by bike, descending down the Gardena valley and the short climb back to the hotel.

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Overnight: Ortisei
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday, 21 May 2016: Giro visits the Dolomites

Today, the Giro d’Italia arrives in the Dolomites where the battle for the Maglia Rosa is certain to intensify. It is both a long stage, over 200kms and has plenty of climbing. After almost two weeks of racing from its start in Holland and transition to Italy, this multiple summit stage should isolate the real contenders. We will see it live as riders pass over one of the decisive summits in today’s 14th stage.

Our ride options today provide a direct route to see the race or the more challenging ride over Passo Costalunga before joining onto the race route. Once the riders pass we will return to our hotel in time to watch the final moments unfold live on tv. Non-riders can either go with the van to watch the race or you may just want to stay at the hotel and make use of the spa facilities, the choice is yours.

Race passes through Moema

Overnight: Ortisei
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday, 22 May 2016: Mountain Time Trial

This morning you can enjoy a lie-in, a long breakfast or even make use of the hotel’s exclusive spa centre. You’ve had a couple of harder days on the bike, so we will keep it shorter today. Our ride today will visit Castelrotto for the spectacle that is the Giro d’Italia Mountain Time Trial, the 3rd and final time trial of the 2016 Giro. The race against the clock is up a short 10.8km climb from Castelrotto in the popular ski resort of Alpe di Siusi. Combine the flare of a grand tour time trial with the spectacle of a mountain top finish and you have yourself an epic battle! A day for the pure climbers, that is just long enough to make up time on GC, but not long enough to run away with the Maglia Rosa. Lookout for some changes on the general classification today.

Our ride begins with a little downhill to arrive in the village of Castelrotto, the gateway to the Seiser Alm / Alpe di Suisi ski area and Europe’s largest high altitude alpine meadows. From there the summit (and time trial course) is 11 km with a fairly consistent grade averaging 7%. It is not a difficult climb, but after the last couple of days in the Dolomites, your legs will feel every percent. Once you reach the top, you can return to Castelrotto and watch the festival of professionals warming up as they prepare for this crucial stage.

After watching the Giro d’Italia on the slopes of Alpe di Siusi, we will make the short return to our hotel on bikes for a warm shower and dinner recapturing our favourite moments in the Dolomites with a glass of local wine.

Non-riders can visit the charming Tyrolean village of Castelrotto, taking in the wonder of a Giro d’Italia Mountain Time Trial or for something more challenging you may wish to walk some of the time trial for a different vantage point.

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Overnight: Ortisei
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, 23 May 2016: Giro takes a rest

Today is a rest day for the Giro d’Italia. After plenty of climbing in the second week, the professionals will take a day of rest. Although massage, nutrition and rest are the riders’ priority, most will head out on a short ride to keep their bodies going. While the next few days for the riders don’t have much climbing, there are some long stages and the final week finishes with a bang including the climb over the Giro’s highest point, the Cima Coppi.

We too will have an easier day on the bike. Today we will make our transfer to another favourite cycling haven, Bormio. We will offer an easy ride from the hotel before making the transfer to Bormio. These northern provinces of Italy are very popular with cyclists with many networks of scenic cycling routes. We will make use of one of these dedicated routes today. Our ride will descend down Val Gardena toward the Isarco Valley joining onto Brennero/Bolzano bike path.

Our transfer is not very far today, but navigating the mountains will take a little time. Our luxury coach with its reclining seats and cold drinks on board will make your trip very comfortable. It will be a good day to relax a little and prepare for the following day’s ride as we take on the highest paved pass in Italy and the second highest in Europe, Passo dello Stelvio.

Our next two nights are spent in Bormio, close to the Swiss border, in a charming family run hotel near the town centre. 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. Bormio is centred around the medieval town, but for cyclists it is a popular destination being close to the famous climbs of Passo del Stelvio and Passo Gavia.

Tonight we will enjoy a delicious 4 course dinner in our hotel’s highly regarded restaurant.

Overnight: Bormio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, 24 May 2016: Stelvio pass or Bernina Express?

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The Giro resumes after its rest day with a 133 km rolling stage from Bressanone to Andalo, a short stage with a nasty climb in the middle and an uphill finish. Watch out for those riders that didn’t quite make enough time on the Mountain Time Trial, it is sure to be an exciting finish. While we have left the valley where the battle will play out, this is a stay for your own cycling goals by riding Passo del Stelvio today and on Lake Como tomorrow.

We’ll leave the hotel early to give us plenty of time to complete our rides. Our most challenging option is the ride up the famous Passo del Stelvio (weather permitting!). Starting from Bormio, the Passo del Stelvio is 21.5 km long to the top of the pass, which at 2757 meters is the highest paved road in the Eastern Alps with fabulous views across to Switzerland. The original road was built in 1820-25 by the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardia with the rest of Austria. Near the top, the road may be lined with walls of snow, making it a cycling experience like no other. After the Stelvio we’ll return to Bormio to celebrate an extraordinary ride. If Stelvio is not for you and you still want to ride, we will offer an easy ride sticking to the valley. Either ride option will have you return to Bormio in time to watch all of the racing attacks in a local bar.

For our non-cyclists there is the option today of spending the day visiting St Moritz, across the border in Switzerland. Getting there is the fun part, aboard one of the world’s great train journeys on the Bernina Express. Leaving from Tirano the train offers spectacular views from the panoramic cars all the way to St Moritz, where you can spend a couple of hours exploring before returning to Tirano late afternoon for the trip back to Bormio.

After our rides today or having returned from Switzerland, you’re free to discover some of the local cuisine at one of the restaurants in Bormio.

Overnight: Bormio
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday, 25 May 2016: Lake Como and Madonna del Ghisallo

The Giro gives an opportunity for the sprinters today as the racing leaves the Eastern Alps area and encroaches on the outer suburbs of Milan. The 196km stage is mostly downhill, with just a couple of rises, nothing to concern the contenders for the sprint finish. We won’t see the race live today, but we are going to take the opportunity to visit a very special place.

This morning we will take a ride along the shores of Lake Como to Bellagio, a delightful town on a small peninsula that juts out in to Lake Como. We will stop in this pretty little town by the lake for coffee then take the climb up to the Madonna del Ghisallo, a popular ride that is almost a pilgrimage for cyclists and one that features regularly in the Giro di Lombardia, the final “monument” race in the European calendar.

Only in Italy could anything like this be found! The Beata Vergine Maria Del Ghisallo was made the patron saint of Italian cyclists by Pope Pious XII in 1949 and her chapel is a shrine to cycling’s past and present greats. The site has recently been extended to include a large modern cycling museum, the Museo del Ciclismo, dedicated to the bikes and the people that have made the sport famous. There is the bike ridden by Fausto Coppi to victory in the Giro in 1949 and the machine used by Moser for the hour record in 1984. New to the museum is a large collection of pink Giro jerseys, donated by race winners from throughout the history of the race. At the entrance to the museum is a small shop where souvenirs can be purchased.

Non-riders will follow the riders in the van along the shores of Lago di Como, visiting Bellagio and Madonna del Ghisallo.

Our modern 4 star hotel in Lecco is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre and Lake Como where you are free to dine at one of the local bars or restaurants.

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Overnight: Lecco
Meals: Breakfast

Thursday, 26 May 2016: Race Finish in Pinerolo

Today’s stage will start in Muggiò, on the outskirts of Milan, and finish in Pinerolo in the region of Piedmont. It is the longest stage of this year’s Giro, by just 1 km at 234 km. There will be a number of riders trying to keep out of the wind and out of trouble today as the final stages loom. Domestiques will be working hard today supporting their team leaders. There is a little climb toward the end of today’s stage that will drop some riders, so the sprint should be determined by the pure speed of the strongest rider. Maybe it’s a stage enticing the newly crowned World Champion, Peter Sagan. We will get away soon after breakfast to give us plenty of time for a ride before seeing the race finish in Pinerolo.

After lunch, you have the choice of two rides. Our first option will go along some of the race route around Pinerolo, which will give you plenty of time to find a good position for the race finish. This will be a manageable ride keeping your legs fresh for tomorrow’s big climb. Alternatively, you can make the climb up to the 18th century Alpine fortress, Forte di Fenestrelle. After taking a look around the fortress you can return to Pinerolo in time to see the final stages of today’s long stage.

Our hotel for the next three nights is a charming hotel situated on the edge of Saluzzo surrounded by meadows, the mountain chain of Monviso and the fertile Po plain. After watching the race we will arrive at our hotel for a regional dinner lovingly prepared by a local chef.

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Overnight: Saluzzo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday, 27 May 2016: Queen’s stage – Colle dell’Agnello or Race Start?

Today’s stage finishes across the border in France. More commonly, the Tour de France visits the ski village of Risoul, as recently as 2014. This year Risoul will be coloured in Pink, celebrating the arrival of the Giro d’Italia. In its way will be the biggest climb in this year’s race – Colle dell’Agnello, where the Cima Coppi will be awarded. Its summit is at 2,744m, just below that of Passo del Stelvio.

Our two ride options today will visit the race in two separate locations, it’s your choice. The easier ride option with excellent photo opportunities is a flat ride to the start in Pinerolo. Our scenic ride will take you past historic Abbeys using mainly quiet rural roads. Once in Pinerolo, you will be able to get changed and secure your bike before wandering through the team bus area and watching riders sign-on before they set off on this difficult stage. It’s the perfect opportunity for an autograph of your favourite rider or its more modern form – a selfie.

Your longer ride option is a 100km ride up the biggest climb of this year’s Giro – Colle dell’Agnello. We will leave from the hotel early enough to give you lots of time to climb at your own pace. Once you reach the top (or have had enough) you can descend back to a lower section of the climb where we will have our support staff set up and you can get changed before watching the riders come through.

Non-riders will have the option to view today’s action at the start or on the climb over Colle dell’Agnello. Once we have caught the racing action we will transfer you back to our hotel where you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants in Saluzzo. Piedmont specialities include cheese and white truffle.

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Overnight: Saluzzo
Meals: Breakfast

Saturday, 28 May 2016: Last chance to challenge the Maglia Rosa

Today’s stage includes another climb soaring over 2700m at its highest point where the race makes its way over the Col de la Bonette in France and returns into Italy. The stage should be entertaining from start to finish as it’s the last available stage for General Classification riders to contend the Maglia Rosa. We will have some stunning morning rides through the Piemonte region on offer today.

We will offer a choice of two loop rides from our hotel today, back in time to see every attack of the penultimate stage in this beautiful Italian village. For those wanting some more climbing we will use the quieter roads up to the nature reserve at which River Po has its source. This steady climb leads us toward the stunning Monte Viso, for whom some believe is the inspiration for the Paramount Pictures logo. For less climbing we will offer a variant of this ride where we will peel off before the road steepens and explore some of the picturesque villages perched along the base of the Cottian Alps. Both rides will return to Saluzzo in time to spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring this beautiful village or watching the penultimate stage at a local bar.

For non-riders, you will be able to spend a cultural day exploring Saluzzo after a relaxing morning at our hotel or you could join the van supporting our riders up to Pian del Re. Saluzzo is a village with cultural and environmental significance – once the capital of its region. A civic museum situated in a restored 15th century house explores the art, culture and history of this Italian village in the period of the Roman Empire and through the Middle Ages. Tonight, you will be free to dine at one of the many restaurants in Saluzzo.

Overnight: Saluzzo
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday, 29 May 2016: Grand Tour finish in Torino

Today is the last day of the Giro d’Italia with a 150km flat stage from Cuneo to Torino with a sprint finish after several laps of the Torino circuit. Maybe it comes down to this stage for who will win the sprinters red jersey. As for the pink jersey and his team, it is a day about celebration and staying out of trouble. Unlike the Tour de France that always finishes on the Champs Elysees, the organisers of the Giro design the final stage to keep racing exciting through to its end. Look out for a small breakaway today aiming to steal a final stage victory.

We will leave our hotel after breakfast for the easy ride to Torino, riding along some of the race route. Once we are in Torino, you will have plenty of time to grab some lunch before taking the short walk to the finish area. You will see all the excitement of the circuit finish of a Grand Tour and the final presentation where the ‘never ending trophy’ is awarded to the winner of the 99th Giro d’Italia and having their name inscribed to history.

After the celebration of the winners, we will host our farewell dinner in a nearby restaurant with new friends and recount the many memories of the 2016 Giro d’Italia.

Overnight: Torino
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Monday, 30 May 2016: Arrivederci and transfer to Milano

It is 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.

We will transfer you this morning to Milan Malpensa airport, arriving between 10:30 and 11.00 am. If flying out of Malpensa we recommend a flight no earlier than 2.00 pm. If staying on in Milan there are frequent shuttles and the express train service to Milan centre from Malpensa airport.

Meals: Breakfast

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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 and support van drivers
– 11 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels
– Buffet breakfast daily
– 3 or 4 course evening meals on 7 nights of your trip.
– Mechanical assistance with your bike
– Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Milan Malpensa airport
– Transfer to Milan Malpensa airport on final day
– Maps and Bikestyle guide to the 2016 Giro d’Italia
– Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

 

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Testimonials

Click here to read a great article from a past Giro d’Italia guest of Bikestyle.

Hi

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 Adam

Thanks for the post-trip follow up.
It is with great pleasure that I advise I had an absolutely terrific time. 
From my perspective everything went very smoothly:

  1. Michelle was on the ball with correspondence beforehand, firing back really helpful responses in double-quick time.
  2. The hire bike was a pleasure to ride and Pat got the fitting right first time – even my Selle Italia seat (which I know can be a bit fiddly)
  3. The accommodation was great
  4. Loved the jersey, water bottles, bag and cap – all nicely done. The jersey (at 3XL) was a spot on fit. (Whew!)
  5. On top of this, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Pat and Grace. They worked tirelessly throughout the trip to make sure
everyone’s needs and expectations were met. At all times they were pleasant, capable and considerate. You have two very special, 
dedicated team members there who are stellar representatives of the company.
  6. I enjoyed the riding. Happily, I had done enough of the right training to handle the rides. Indeed, I exceeded my own expectations
in terms of what I handled and have returned home a much more experienced and confident rider. As a result, I am targeting 
further improvements in future.
  7. My fellow riders were good company too. What a nice way it was to form lasting friendships over the length of the trip.
Happily, I enjoyed a couple of cycling days in Italy with John Chatfield post the trip which to me was a great bonus.
  8. What you are organising with the photos is also a terrific concept and I look forward to providing my 20 shots in due course.

In short, many thanks to you and your team for a great experience.
I hope to be on another trip sooner rather than later!

Warm regards – Scott

 

Hi Team.

I can’t thank your great team enough for the 12 days of cycling in some of the most stunning parts of Italy. I was very lucky when most of the guys went up Stelvio, I took the challenge & the race route of Mortirolo, it was really steep & tough but I had my only personnel guide in Lorian, We had a fantastic day & she was fantastic to get me there.

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