1 in 100 Giro d’Italia – 15 Days
This 15 day trip combines the spectacle of the biggest stages of the final 2 weeks of the 2017 Giro d’Italia. Ride the famous climbs of Giro including Passo dello Stelvio, Mortirolo and more.
Duration: 15 days (14 nights) (2 Spots Left)
Dates: Monday, 15 May to Monday, 29 May, 2017
Start: Rome Finish: Milan
Accommodation: 3 star and 4 hotels
Group Size: Maximum 34 people (5 Staff)
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
Trip Type: Classique Trip Find out more…
Cost: A$7,550.00 (US$5440.00)
Deposit: A$1000.00 (US$720.00)
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. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Single Supplement: A$1,050.00 (US$760.00) (Sold Out – Twin Share only)
- Bike Rental A$924.00 (US$665.00) (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
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* Experience the excitement of the 100th Giro d’Italia
* Ride the famous climbs of Giro d’Italiaincluding Passo dello Stelvio, Mortirolo and more, escorted by former professional Lorian Graham
* See it live! 7 Giro d’Italia bike tour stages, including some of the most important stages for the pink jersey
* Visit Lake Como and ride Passo del Ghisallo
* Choose from easy and challenging rides each day
* Travel in luxury coaches
This Trip will be Escorted by Ex Pro, Lorian Graham
Lorian is a survivor and a caring member of the Bikestyle Tours staff. Her insights into women’s racing, highs and lows of the sport are just some of the stories she is able to share. Guests love having Lorian as their guide because her care and encouragement toward them creates something very special about being on the bike.
She enjoyed the tough European racing in the Professional Women’s peloton. While racing in the Australian team and for Spanish and Dutch professional teams her favourite races included tours of Italy, France, Spain and Belgium Classics as well as World Cup one day races. Her career highlights include Australian Road Champion, winning KOM classification overall in Tour of New Zealand and competing in the World Championships.
It is now 11 years since a terrifying road accident knocked down her team in Germany while riding, killing her team-mate. Her life-long injuries and being told she would never ride again became just another source of motivation. But her determination and many, many sessions of rehabilitation helped her to get back on the bike. Not just ride a bike, but qualify for World Championships and Olympic selection. Riding, now, is a great source of leisure and maintenance to keep her body moving.
Who is this trip for?
This 15 day trip combines the spectacle of the biggest stages of the final 2 weeks of the 2017 Giro d’Italia. Starting in Rome we will make our away through Tuscany and along the coast to the famous Portofino before visiting Stresa surrounded by 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 Passo del Ghisallo and Mortirolo! 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 spectacular 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 is not for beginners.
Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people who feel like a challenge, or an easier 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.
Our trip starts in Rome on Monday 15th May 2017. Rome Leonardo da Vinci airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe with many international connections. We have a single collection from the airport at 12 noon today, so we suggest arriving on a morning flight.
Arriving a day or two before is a perfect way to overcome jet-lag and prepare yourself for the biggest Giro d’Italia ever! It is also a great opportunity to visit the Eternal City and see the grand scale of the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps or the Vatican City. To assist those arriving before the trip start, we have arranged a pre-trip hotel that is easily accessible from the airport and we will provide a morning collection before our airport collection. Our pre-trip accommodation is an additional cost.
Monday 15 May, 2017: Benvenuti
Staff will meet you at Rome, Leonardo da Vinci airport at 12 noon and transfer you to our 4-star hotel just north-east of the Eternal City.
On arrival to our hotel, staff will be on hand to help you assemble your bike, or become acquainted with your hire bike. Later this afternoon we will head out for a short ride to make sure you and your bike are in working order. After our ride we will have time to freshen up and head to the bar for a pre-dinner drink before our welcome dinner, where staff will be on hand to answer your questions about your cycling adventure with Bikestyle Tours.
Overnight: Monterotondo Scalo (Lazio)
Tuesday 16 May, 2017: Individual Time Trial through vineyards
Stage 10 of the 100th Giro d’Italia will be the first of two individual time trials. Entirely within the region of Umbria today’s 39.2km course follows a wine route celebrating the Montefalco (DOC). Red wines feature predominantly in Umbria. According to regulations, Montefalco rosso must contain a Sangiovese and Sagrantino blend, and the winemaker’s choice of other red grapes for the remainder (up to 30%). This allowance of other red grapes allows many Umbrian winemakers the ability to make a bold red by adding interesting international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The more familiar Chianti, grown not far from Umbria, is made almost entirely from Sangiovese grapes. Montefalco bianco is made with Grechetto and Trebbiano Toscano grapes and the winemaker’s choice of other white grapes for the remainder (up to 30%).
Montefalco is a medieval walled village and is considered the “balcony” of Umbria because wherever you look from this hill, you can enjoy a view of the whole valley. There are also stunning frescoes in the Church of Saint Francis built during the 14th century.
There are two short climbs on today’s course and the proximity of the start and finish area means we’ll be able to visit a number of vantage points to watch the riders. We will drive to near Montefalco after breakfast, arriving in time to ride parts of the course before heading to the starting area to watch riders warm up in Foligno. Once the final riders set their time, and most likely shake up positions on general classification, we will transfer to our hotel in Arezzo.
Our 4-star family run hotel is less than 2km from the centre of Arezzo in Tuscany, which has been home and inspiration to many artists, including the likes of Michelangelo and Luca Signorelli. Modern artists, such as Sting, have made Arezzo their home in recent years. Each artist has left signs of their creativity in Arezzo and in other nearby towns. The natural landscapes of the Tuscan hills bordered by the Appennine mountain to the east make this location a wonderful place to stop. Our hotel’s fine restaurant, popular with locals will serve a traditional 3 course meal.
Overnight: Arezzo, (Tuscany)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Wednesday 17 May, 2017: Ride along Corsa Rosa
Today’s stage starts just outside the centre of Florence in the northern part of Tuscany. Considered a stage of medium difficulty, there are 4 passes which is enough to entice a rider aiming for stage victory today, they will have most likely had a conservative effort at yesterday’s time trial.
We’ll travel north and intersect with the race route as it heads toward the Apennine mountains and ride along “corsa rosa” before the arrival of the riders this afternoon. The final 55km circuit makes a preliminary pass of the finish area before heading out over the final climb. Climbing will seem a little easier today as villagers break from their pink-decorating efforts to cheer you along. In between each village you are rewarded with the expansive views across mountains covered in fir and beech trees. The exhilarating descent back to Bagno di Romagna will have us back in time to refuel before finding a vantage point to watch riders pass twice.
After seeing the excitement of a finish at the Giro d’Italia we will travel back to our Tuscan hotel where you are free to explore this picturesque village and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Arezzo, (Tuscany)
Thursday 18 May, 2017: Riding through Chianti
The Giro d’Italia heads off on a couple of long transfer days through the Emilia-Romagna region. We’ll take advantage of our position in Tuscany to enjoy riding through the lovely Chianti region. Possibly the most famous wine region of Italy for its “Chianti Classico”, none more famous than the renowned Gallo Nero brand. The rolling hills, great climate and limestone outcrops make perfect growing conditions for the Sangiovese grapes. A perfect swill to accompany a lovely meal drizzled with Tuscan olive oil, it tastes better here!
We will offer varying ride distances today through Chianti, visiting the medieval villages of Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and finishing in Greve in Chianti where there are a number of wine cellars to stock your home cellar, or just take with you on the road. After lunch we will travel to another scenic and popular tourist Italy destination, Italy’s own Italian Riviera. Our historic 4 star hotel a short walk from the sparkling waters of the Med is on the Ligurian coast and is a popular destination for writers and artists.
Tonight you will be able to walk along the foreshore and dine at one of the many restaurants.
Overnight: Italian Riviera
Friday 19 May, 2017: Italian Riviera and Portofino
This morning we will offer rides along the coast, with the first stop an easy ride of about 20 km down the coast to Rapallo. From there you have the option of extending your ride by carrying on to Portofino, a spectacular village hugging the cliffs of the Promontorio di Portofino. This small town was once a fishing village and is now one of the most exclusive towns on the Italian coast. While we will ride west, the area east of us is best known for the five towns of the Cinque Terre which are linked together by a popular walking trail along the rugged cliff tops.
The villages of the Italian Riviera originally expanded from quiet fishing villages to summer retreats when wealthy merchants from nearby Genoa built their grand villas. Again tonight you can dine at one of the local restaurants in this highly sought after destination.
Overnight: Italy Riviera
Saturday 20 May, 2017: A mountain finish to Santaurio di Oropa
The Giro will pay tribute to the most famous of all competitors of the last 100 years at the stage start in Castellania. The stage starts at the museum of Fausto Coppi, erected at his place of birth in Piedmont. Affectionately Coppi was known as “the Campionissimo” (Champion of champions). In the post-war era, during the forties and fifties, Coppi became a legendary sports figure for all generations in Italy and Europe, when he won the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. He showed great sportsmanship on the bike which is reflected in that famous photograph when Coppi and Bartali shared a water bottle. Each year since 1965 the Cima Coppi is awarded to the first rider over the highest summit at the Giro d’Italia.
Rider’s will face an uphill finish in today’s stage, it’s not the Cima Coppi but the very steep climb that will establish time gaps. The final climb measures 11.8 km in length at an average gradient over 7% with section over 13%. We will leave our coastal setting and travel north to the near the stage finish to take to our bikes. Part of our ride will give you the opportunity to ride the final challenge of today’s stage. After our ride we will watch the riders come through, probably a little faster than us.
After the stage presentations we will travel to our 4-star hotel in Stresa, on the shores of Lago Maggiore. Our hotel is a prestigious 4 star hotel built in 1908 in the art deco style. The hotel preserves all the charm of its turn of the century neoclassical style with its external facade and interior decoration whilst tasteful renovations have allowed access to all the modern technologies.
Overnight: Stresa (Piedmont)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sunday 21 May, 2017: The Giro, Lago d’Orta and Stresa
The second largest lake in Italy, Lake Maggiore crosses the border into Switzerland and contains 11 islands. Formed by the confluence of two glaciers which forming a fluvial valley that has become a beautiful countryside with a mild climate. Stresa is one of the most popular attractions in Italy offering guests a blend of relaxation and culture.
Today, we will provide the option for a relaxing day in Stresa with a local ride. If you’d like to catch more of the Giro d’Italia action live we will ride back to our hotel after watching the riders set off this morning. Our rides from Stresa include an easy ride along the Western shoreline and our extension to this will return over the hills. If you head out to catch the Giro this morning, you can ride the 90km back to the hotel or the shorter 50km finishing at the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio on Lago d’Orta.
Overnight: Stresa (Piedmont)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Monday 22 May, 2017: Giro Rest Day and Lago Maggiore
Today is the rest day for the professionals. We have an unique ride experience planned for today. After riding along the shores of Lake Maggiore we will make use of the ferry service across this expansive lake and hitch a ride to the eastern shores of the lake where some incredible riding is available. The area hosted the World Championships of 2008 in Varese and 2009 in Mendrisio. Incredibly, there is only 20km and an international border that separate these host cities.
The roads in this area were not only popular for World Championship events, but also the chosen base for the Australian European Training Centre (an extension of the Australian Institute of Sport) and the headquarters of the Orica-BikeExchange professional cycling team. As no surprise the riding opportunities around here are endless, and our ex-professional guide and Australian cyclist Lorian Graham will be able to show you some of her favourites.
There are climbs in the area known simply as the “Basso” climb, for it was the training climb of local Ivan Basso who won the Giro d’Italia in 2006 and 2010. A women’s world cup event is also held in this area, in Cittiglio every year. Known as Trofeo Binda, it is named after the first 5-times winner of the Giro d’Italia, local Alfredo Binda, also a 3-times world champion. He was such a dominant force that the Gazzetta dello Sport gave him a substantial sum of money to not compete in the 1930 Giro d’Italia. Maybe he would have won 6. The original leather “Alfredo Binda” toe-straps are synonymous with Italian brands such as Bianchi and Campagnolo.
We will offer a challenging ride over some of the climbs of the region and a more sedate flatter ride option exploring the lakes of this region. We will finish our ride with some lunch before a short transfer to our hotel on the shores of Lake Lecco, which is effectively part of Lake Como. Our 4 star hotel for the next two nights is right near the centre of Lecco.
Overnight: Lecco (Lombardy)
Tuesday 23 May, 2017: Madonna del Ghisallo
We’ll take the opportunity today to do another of Italy’s famous rides. First up we will enjoy a leisurely ride along the shores of Lake Como to Bellagio, a village perched on land that is literally surrounded by the lake. We can explore the stoned streets and have a light lunch, even a gelati. We will allow some time for lunch to settle before we set off again on another of Italy’s famous climbs to Madonna del Ghisallo. We will take the climb to the small chapel in the village of Magreglio which holds the shrine to cyclists. 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 been extended to include a large modern cycling museum 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. The ride is 60km and the Climb to Ghisallo is challenging in places and the lakeside roads are often narrow and winding, but with great views.
After our visit it’s a descent back to the lake shore by bike or van to our hotel in Lecco. This afternoon, you can settle in at the hotel or a local bar to watch the racing of today’s queen stage on TV. The sights of the riders going over the snow-walled Stelvio will be spectacular, even more so knowing that is where we head tomorrow. This evening you are free to dine at a restaurant in Lecco. Tonight is free to experience one of the nearby local restaurants.
Overnight: Lecco (Lombardy)
Wednesday 24 May, 2017: Race start in Tirano and the Mortirolo!
Race starts at the Giro d’Italia are great with a very relaxed atmosphere as the riders ride through the town to the sign in area. Pick a café near the start area and watch the passing parade as you enjoy your late morning espresso. There are plenty of options today for everyone. We will take the bus to Tirano today, getting us there in plenty of time to see the team buses arrive and riders sign on.
After the riders have rolled out, we will tackle the famous Mortirolo. For those wanting to climb the Mortirolo we will ride along the valley to Mazzo de Valtellina, where the climb up to Mortirolo begins. The Passo della Foppa, or the Mortirolo as it is better known, is considered to be one of the toughest mountains one can climb in Italy and many professionals consider it as the most difficult mountain to be climbed in any of the three major tours.
Stages of the Giro d’Italia that go over the Mortirolo feature a special prize to the first man at the top of the pass called Cima Pantani. After climbing Mortirolo you can descend down to Grosotto where you can have a post-ride drink and meet the bus for the trip to our hotel. If you feel like a little more riding, you can carry on up the valley to our hotel in Bormio, but you’ll have to be keen as it can be a challenging ride up the valley.
Starting from Mazzo di Valtellina, the Mortirolo ascent is 12.4km long. Over this distance you climb 1,300m, making the average gradient a fear inducing 10.5 %. The maximum gradient on the climb is 18%. There is 1,600m of climbing in the short 36km of today’s ride. Our easier ride today will stick to the valley roads, although they aren’t very flat either.
Our next two nights are spent in Bormio, close to the Swiss border, in a charming family run hotel with a great restaurant 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 climb of Passo del Stelvio.
Overnight: Bormio (Sondrio)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Thursday 25 May, 2017: Passo del Stelvio, highest paved road in the Eastern Alps
Giro d’Italia will continue into the Dolomites today after a couple of days in the Valtellina valley. Some of the hype of the Giro crowds will have left Bormio giving us plenty of time to achieve some of our own cycling goals by riding Passo del Stelvio today. You will have heard about this mountain pass and even had a look at what the pass looks like this year. It is late May, and normally the pass doesn’t officially open until at least the first weekend of June. But snow ploughs will have worked hard to clear the road for the running of the 100th Giro d’Italia, and we’ll take advantage of that. There is something very special about riding the Stelvio along the road lined with walls of snow, making it a cycling experience like no other.
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. Starting from Bormio, the Passo del Stelvio is 21.5km long to the top of the pass, which at 2,757m, 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.
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 the race on television as riders contend with yet another long stage through the mountains.
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.
We will and enjoy another beautiful meal from our hotel’s restaurant.
Overnight: Bormio (Sondio)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Friday 26 May, 2017: Passo Gavia and Levico Terme
We have now ridden some big climbs in the Valtellina valley, and today we get rewarded for our efforts on the exhilarating ride down the valley to Tirano. Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity for another ride over Passo Gavia and meeting up the bus further down the road. Either way we will provide you with a great ride before our transfer to Levico Terme.
Today, the Giro d’Italia starts from San Candido with a long mountain stage for the fourth consecutive day. Today’s stage visits three regions. The extraordinary total distance and vertical ascent in the final week of the 100th edition is a unique aspect of this year’s “corsa rosa”.
We will travel to the Trentino region and the spa town of Levico Terme, a 19th century thermal town that has been preserved in its original design with gardens and foothpaths full of flowers, thermal buildings and traditional hotels. Beyond the thermal and climatic health and benefits, there is an abundance of outdoor sports and entertainment for visitors.
We will stay in this elegant town for two nights and each night we will dine at our hotel’s delightful restaurant who source their produce locally serving both tyrolean cuisine and international dishes.
Overnight: Levico Terme (Trentino-Alto Adige)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Saturday 27 May, 2017: Monte Grappa
Today is the penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia and you have the choice of the distance you wish to ride. Both rides offer viewing opportunities on today’s climbs. We will head off down the Valsugana Valley, along quiet roads and some of the bike paths that are part of the great cycling infrastructure that is available in Trentino. We will make a left turn and head to Monte Grappa and watch riders along the climb before returning back to the Valsugana Valley to travel back to Levico Terme. You can decide how far you want to climb up Monte Grappa and watch the race. If you complete the climb to the summit of Monte Grappa, today’s ride will be 110km.
We will return to the hotel this evening for a special farewell dinner where we can celebrate our achievements of our trip to the 100th Giro d’Italia and recall our favourite moments of the trip.
Overnight: Levico Terme (Trentino-Alto Adige)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sunday 28 May, 2017: Milan Time Trial
Today we travel to Milan for the final 28km time trial where riders will begin with a lap of the famous Monza grand prix circuit. We will ride our bikes from the hotel to give us more time in Milan to see the finish this afternoon.
Our lovely ride from Levico Terme to Trento is 32km. The first part of the ride to Trento is perhaps the most difficult with a short climb of a few kms away from Lago di Caldonazzo before plunging down to Trento. Some lovely scenery all the way and a pleasant ride on a cycleway along the shore of Lago di Caldonazzo.
Once we arrive into Milan you are free to make your way to the course and watch each rider celebrate their accomplishment of finishing a Grand Tour. It is an emotional experience for riders, whether it is their first Grand Tour or they are seasoned campaigners. The crowds will hold a special cheer for every Italian that crosses the line, and one of them may well be wearing the Maglia Rosa.
The presentation for the 100th edition will be something special, and sure to have a few surprises as well. After the presentations you are free to explore and dine in Milan. While Milan is mainly known for industry, finance and fashion, the architecture around the Piazza Duomo such as the gothic style cathedral is something spectacular.
Monday 29 May, 2017: 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 d’Italia and ridden some of the most beautiful roads in Italy.
We will transfer you this morning to Milan Malpensa airport, arriving between 10:00 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.
Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
- Transport throughout by luxury coach and supported on the road by a custom mini van
- Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
- 14 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3 course evening meals on 8 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Rome airport
- Scheduled departure transfer on final day to Milan Malpensa airport
- Maps and Bikestyle guide to the 2017 Giro d’Italia
- Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag
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