2017 Giro Classico 12 Days
See the biggest stages of the 2017 Giro d’Italia in its final half as it travels through the magnificent scenery of northern Italy. Includes the chance to ride the most famous climbs in Europe including the Passo del Ghisallo, Mortirolo and Passo de Gavia!
Duration: 12 days (11 nights) (3 Spots Left)
Dates: Thursday, 18 May to Monday, 29 May, 2017
Start: Milan Finish: Milan
Accommodation: 3 star and 4 hotels
Group Size: Maximum 26 people (4 Staff)
Suitable For: Cyclists Only
Trip Type: Classique Trip Find out more…
Cost: A$6,190.00 (US$4,460.00)
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$690.00 (US$500.00) (Sold Out – Twin Share only)
- Bike Rental A$726.00 (US$525.00) (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
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* Experience the excitement of the 100th Giro d’Italia
* Ride the famous climbs of Giro d’Italia including Passo dello Stelvio, Mortirolo and Passo de Gavia
* See it live! 5 Giro d’Italia stages, including some of the most important stages for the pink jersey
* Visit Lake Como and ride Passo del Ghisallo
* Ride the beautiful Sella Ronda Loop
* Designed for experienced riders who like a little more time in the saddle
* Travel in luxury coaches
Who is this trip for?
Over 12 days see the biggest stages of the 2017 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 Passo del Ghisallo, Mortirolo and Passo de Gavia! A highlight for many will be the chance to ride the famous Passo del Stelvio and Sella Rhonda loop. 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 caters for the experienced rider who would like to challenge themselves to the iconic climbs of the Giro and 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 d’Italia tour 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 trip is gear towards the more experienced rider.
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.
Our trip officially starts in Milan on Thursday 18th May 2017. Milan Malpensa Airport is easily reached from many international destination with flights arriving throughout the day. We have a single collection from the airport at 10am today, so we suggest arriving on an early morning flight, or the day before.
Arriving the day or two before is a perfect way to overcome jet-lag and prepare yourself for the biggest Giro d’Italia ever! 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.
Thursday 18 May, 2017: Benvenuti
Staff will meet you at Milan, Malpensa airport at 10.00am and transfer you to our 4-star bike friendly hotel at the home of “Real Balsamic Vinegar” and the official Ferrari Museum. A perfect Italian experience start your Giro d’Italia adventure with Bikestyle Tours.
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 ride to make sure you and your bike are in working order. After our ride and freshening up, we will head out to a local restaurant for a pre-dinner drink and our welcome dinner, where staff will be on hand to answer your questions about your cycling adventure with Bikestyle Tours.
Friday 19 May, 2017: Stage Start in Reggio Emilia
This morning we will travel to Reggio Emilia for the excitement of a stage start. Stage 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 panini or insalata mista, accompanied by a Prosecco. After the riders set out of town, we’ll drive to Lecco on the southern edge of Lake Como.
There are plenty of options today for everyone. It is a relatively short stage for the pancake flat corsa. So riders will be heading our early afternoon. This will give us some time for a couple of alternatives this morning. We are staying near to the Ferarri Museum, it opens at 9:30am so we’ll have time for a short visit before going to the stage start. But if fast cars aren’t your thing and you’d prefer a little venture into the Apennines we’ll head of for a longer ride. Our main climb today is a 18km with about 700m of vertical ascent. It’s not a difficult climb but a great way to get your leg’s into condition for climbing in Europe. We’ll be rewarded with great views across Po valley and a fun descent into Reggio-Emilia, a taste for what’s to come.
Our hotel this evening is a 4-star hotel close to the centre of town, where you’ll be able to choose from it’s many restaurants and bars.
Saturday 20 May, 2017: Ghisallo
After breakfast 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 our mid-morning espresso, even a biscotti, 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 recently 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 the Ghisallo is challenging in places and the lakeside roads often narrow and winding, but with great views.
After our visit to the shrine of cycling we will descend back to Lecco and travel to our hotel for the next 3 nights in Bormio, close to the Swiss border. Our charming family run hotel has cosy rooms, a magnificent bike room and a great restaurant. 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sunday 21 May, 2017: The Stelvio Experience
The village will be preparing for the arrival of the Giro in a couple of days. It is late May, and normally the surrounding passes don’t officially open until at least the first weekend of June. But snow ploughs will have worked hard to clear the road to the Stelvio for the running of the 100th Giro d’Italia, and we’ll take advantage of that. We’ll have plenty of time to ride Passo del Stelvio today. You will have seen and heard about this mountain pass through its popularity with cyclists, bikers and motoring enthusiasts. At this time of the year, 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 ride up the famous Passo del Stelvio starts in 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 riding 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 in the last stage before the final rest day.
We will and enjoy another beautiful meal from our hotel’s restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Monday 22 May, 2017: Giro takes a rest, but more riding from Bormio
Bormio is an amazing playground for alpine activities. Set high in the Valtellina Valley with roman baths it connects with Passo Stelvio, Passo Gavia, Livorno and Lake Como. Depending on the road conditions today we’ll choose from one of two rides. If we’ve had a couple of warm days we should be able to make our way up Passo Gavia, if not we head our on one of our favourite rides from Bormio.
Making it to Passo Gavia from Bormio the easier of the two Gavia Pass ascents, measuring 25km and averaging 5% to 2,621m. The only really challenging section is around the 20km mark, where the gradients reach double digits before easing off for the last few kilometers of the climb. Besides the views across the mountains, the picture perfect switchbacks and the too lakes “Nero” and “Bianco” are beautiful. Our alternative ride will take us up “Piccolo Stelvio”, it is a twisty climb (16 switchbacks) off the road heading to Livorno. If you are adventurous, you can ride around the turquoise waters of an alpine lake. Either way, we have a beautiful ride available for you today.
If you feel like a day off the bike today, 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.
For another evening we will enjoy the hospitality of our lovely hosts.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Tuesday 23 May, 2017: The Mortirolo!
We will leave the hotel early this morning to catch riders summit another famous climb of the Giro d’Italia, the Mortirolo. We can ride from the hotel and descend down the valley to the base of the climb. 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. The race will come through early afternoon, you’ll be able to watch the riders as they come over the summit or at its base. After watching the riders come through, you can descend down and meet the bus for the trip to our hotel.
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% and our total ride distance will be about 70km. For an easier ride today, you can ride as much of the Mortirolo as you and return to the valley and watch the riders as they come off the Mortirolo.
Our hotel this evening is a 3-star family run hotel with a fabulous little restaurant in Mezzocorona. Tonight you are free to dine at the hotel’s restaurant or choose another one nearby.
Wednesday 24 May, 2017: Welcome to the Dolomites
Today we’ll complete our transfer into the Dolomites, where we will do some incredible climbs. The are many riding options we have over the next few days and the hardest thing will be choosing which climbs to do. We will combine our riding with viewing the critical stages in the Dolomites.
Canazei is the destination for today’s Giro d’Italia stage, at the base of Pordoi pass. This alpine village will be the starting location for our rides. We will save riding Pordoi for our Sella Ronda day and instead make our way to Arabba using a stunning road that slices through the overhanging gorge. We will ride along the edge of Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites through the spectacular Serrai di Sottoguda. This is on our way to Passo Fedaia.
Once we reach the main road in the next valley, you can choose the more difficult route to Arabba over the Valparola pass and then what would seem easy in comparison, the Campolongo pass. That would make 3 passes for the day, a total ascent of 2,500m over 75km. Even our shorter 45km ride manages an impressive 1,400m ascent.
Our hotel this evening is a 3-star family hotel specifically tailored to the needs of the outdoor adventurers visiting the Dolomites. The convenient location on the Sella Ronda gives us the opportunity to ride in and out of our hotel, relax in the afternoons and refuel with a wholesome meal each evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Thursday 25 May, 2017: Passo Pordoi and the Giro, twice
We have a great opportunity to catch the race twice today and ride our bikes in between. You will be able to choose how much riding you do, based on how you feel. Our first opportunity is to head up Pordoi pass and watch the riders summit their first climb for the day, Consider the rare opportunity of watching riders on the descent as the open landscape means you’ll be able to see long stretches of road and switchbacks as the peloton snakes its way down to Arabba. Alternatively, you may want to have a lazy morning and just watch them past our hotel.
The second view location is on the third climb of today’s program, Passo Gardena. From Arabba, you’ll have to climb over the Campolongo pass to reach Corvara in Badia, before making a left hand turn and rejoining the race route. You may not be able to reach the summit before the professionals catch you, but you’ll be able to find a great viewing location along the climb. Finally you can return to the hotel in time for a well deserved beverage. You should make it back in time to catch the last 40 minutes of today’s stage on TV.
Again tonight, our hosts we serve a lovely meal for us.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Friday 26 May, 2017: Sella Ronda
In their effort to visit as many regions as possible, the Giro d’Italia quickly moves across to Veneto and Friuli region to our north east. We will however skip the race today and take the opportunity to ride one of THE classic rides in the world, the Sella Ronda. After our last couple of rides, we will be familiar with some of the route. However, it’s obligatory to complete the four major passes in sequence for the true Sella Ronda experience.
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.
As our hotel is on the “loop” in between Passo Campolongo and Passo Pordoi you’ll be able to complete the loop by early afternoon and return to the hotel in plenty of time to relax this afternoon and see the race finish on TV.
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. We will leave Arabba this morning and travel to the base of Monte Grappa, giving you time to climb along today’s race route and watch the riders come through. Alternatively if you’d like something more leisurely, you can take the Ciclopista del Brenta down the valley to watch the race at the base of the final climb.
Those choosing the longer ride will ride up the slopes of Monte Grappa. Monte Grappa is part of the Grappa massif and rises from the plains to a height of 1775 meters. It was a World War 1 battleground and has great significance for the Italian people. It is a wonderland for cyclists, offering nine paved routes to the summit, one of which is considered the third hardest climb in Italy. Today, following the race route it is a 21km climb with an average of 6.3%, so it is a long climb broken up with a few flat sections. Fare il Grappa, to do Grappa, is the obligatory climb and right of passage for every local cyclist. At the top you are rewarded with fabulous views.
After the riders have passed we’ll carefully descend off the mountain to our hotel. Our hotel this evening is in Bassano del Grappa and is a modern and elegant 4-star hotel and restaurant. We will dine together in their panoramic restaurant 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: Bassano del Grappa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sunday 28 May, 2017: Milan Time Trial
Today we head off 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 final ride from Bassano to Vincenza is 35km. We will pass through historical Veneto villages, such as Marostica where every second year in September, humans dress in chess pieces and play giant “live” games of chess in the main square. A tradition that started through the local governor, who at the time created a chess game between two writers that had fallen for one of his daughters. The winner was given his daughter’s hand, and the looser received the hand of his other daughter.
Vincenza is famous for the Palladian villas of the Veneto, opulent country houses built in the 16th century. Their layout and proportions have influenced architectural design ever since. There are 21 villas designed by Andrea Palladio that exist in Vincenza, most of which are UNESCO World Heritage listed.
After arriving in Vincenza, we’ll travel to Milan for the finishing time trial. Once we arrive in 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 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 custom mini vans or luxury coach
- Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
- 11 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 Milan Malpensa 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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