2017 Giro Final 11 Days

Giro d’Italia Final 11 Days 

Our traditional Giro d’Italia trip taking in the final 11 days as the race travels through the magnificent scenery of northern Italy. Ride the famous climbs of the Giro d’Italia route including Passo dello Stelvio, Mortirolo and Monte Grappa.

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TRIP DETAILS: 

Duration: 11 days (10 nights) (Sold Out Waiting List Available)
Dates: Friday, 19 May to Monday, 29 May, 2017
Start: Milan 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$5,490.00 (US$3,950.00)
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$495.00)(Sold Out – Twin Share only)

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Highlights:

* Experience the excitement of the 100th Giro d’Italia
* Ride the famous climbs of Giro d’Italia including Passo dello Stelvio, Mortirolo and Monte Grappa
* 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
* Choose from easy and challenging rides each day, escorted by former professional Eric de Clercq
* Travel in luxury coaches

This Trip will be Escorted by Ex Pro, Eric de Clercq 

Eric is a native Belgian whose career spanned 11 years from 1991 to 2002, in which he had 19 victories including a stage win in the Tour of Britain. He is one of the hard men of Belgium having raced the big Classics such as Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. Eric rode for La William-Duvel from 1991-1993, and Collstrop from 1994-2002.

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After he retired from racing, Eric became a Director Sportif from 2004-2007 for the Vlaanderen Women’s Pro Team. It was here that Eric learnt the organisational skills that make him such an asset to Bikestyle Tours.

Eric has been with Bikestyle Tours for several years and has run trips to the Spring Classics, Giro d’Italia, La Vuelta a Espana and of course, le Tour de France. Speaking three languages, you will find Eric to be a very capable guide and good guy to socialise with after a ride.

Who is this trip for?

Over 11 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 beautiful 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 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.

ITINERARY

Our trip officially starts in Milan on Friday 19th 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 11am 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 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.

Friday 19 May, 2017: Benvenuti

Staff will meet you at Milan, Malpensa airport at 11.00am and transfer you to our 4-star bike friendly hotel in a natural, peaceful setting between Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore. A perfect location to start your Giro d’Italia adventure with Bikestyle Tours.

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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 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:  Lago d’Orta (Piedmont)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday 20 May, 2017: Tribute to Fausto Coppi and the 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.

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Rider’s will face an uphill finish in today’s stage, it’s not the Cima Coppi but the very steep climb will establish time gaps. The final climb measures 11.8 km in length at an average gradient over 7%, topping 13%.

Our long ride will depart from the hotel and ride to the finishing climb. For those wanting to save their legs for the climb we will transport you to near its base. Both rides 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. The Italian’s are crazy for their cycling, so the atmosphere will be electric. After the final rider passes, we’ll return to the base of the climb and travel back to our hotel for another delicious dinner and celebrate our first day at the Giro d’Italia.

Overnight:  Lago d’Orta (Piedmont)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday 21 May, 2017: Valdengo and Stage Start

This morning we will travel to Valdengo 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 late morning espresso. After the riders set out of town, we’ll grab some lunch and head out on our own rides. There ride options today for everyone.

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Our direct route of 50km will stay on the flatter terrain before arriving at our hotel. Our longer option of 60km will have a lot more climbing to reach our hotel. Both rides will follow quiet roads with the odd supportive Italian driver. Just to our north is the impressive ice-top mountain Monte Rosa, the second highest peak in the Alps and Western Europe. It has 5 peaks very close to each other making its top seem quite rounded and almost flat, unlike the features of Mont Blanc or the Matterhorn further to the west. The glacial flows from the alpine area have created these fluvial valleys that are rich with vegetation. Local growers have capitalised on the richness of the soil and the mild climate helps farmers produce beautiful fresh foods for homes and restaurants.

We will enjoy another delightful meal on the terrace of our hotel this evening.

Overnight:  Lago d’Orta (Piedmont)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday 22 May, 2017: Visit to Lake Como and Madonna del Ghisallo

Today is the rest day for the professionals. If we’re lucky we may even see some of the riders out on their “active recovery” ride. After breakfast we will drive to Lecco and take the opportunity to do another one 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 the famous climb 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.

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ghisallo-1The 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 d’Italia 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 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. Our hotel is conveniently located at the entry to the Valtellina Valley. The traditional hotel started life in the early 1800s as a noble farmhouse and has been transformed with great care to uphold the building’s original architecture. The ground floor welcomes you to walk through the history of this lovingly restored complex. Each night our hosts will serve dinner in one of the dining halls on the ground floor with food sourced directly from their operating farm and neighbouring properties.

Overnight: Forcola (Sondrio)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday 23 May, 2017: Queen Stage

This morning we will travel up the end of the valley to Bormio, the location for today’s finish. For many, this stage has been touted as the Queen Stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia with over 5,400m of climbing. You will have seen and heard about this mountain pass through its popularity with cyclists, bikers and motoring enthusiasts. 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 tour, 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.

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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 between 1820-25 by the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardia with the rest of Austria.

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We will ride up Stelvio this morning and return back to Bormio before the race comes through later today. From Bormio we will see the riders on their way up the climb and some time later in the day for their approach to the finish. After the presentations we will head back to our hotel for another fabulous meal.

Overnight: Forcola (Sondrio)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday 24 May, 2017: Race start in Tirano and the Mortirolo!

We have another opportunity to see a race start today. We will take the bus to Tirano, getting us there in plenty of time to see the team buses arrive and riders sign on.

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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. If you’d like a more easy ride, you can ride directly back to the hotel – which is mostly downhill.

mortirolo-1Stages of the Giro 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 back to Tirano 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 down the valley back 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%. 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.

Tonight is our final night at the restored farmhouse and over dinner we can enjoy sharing the stories we have captured on the Stelvio and Mortirolo.

Overnight: Forcola (Sondrio)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday 25 May, 2017: Beautiful Lago di Garda

Long stages in Grand Tours through the mountains make it very difficult to see every stage and still have time for riding ourselves. We’ll avoid the long transfers and head down to another famous Italian Lake, Lago di Garda. Garda Lake is an astonishing place as the Dolomites to its north plunge into the water and disappear. From different viewpoints around the lake, the expanse could be mistaken as an inland sea across to a foreign land.

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We’ll travel to the lake and have some lunch before taking to the bikes for a gentle ride along the lake’s edge. As we head north we’ll jump onto a bikeway that will take us up to a stunning viewpoint. It is then a short ride to our hotel in Rovereto.

Our 4-star hotel in Rovereto features modern and stylish rooms, a wellness center and spa and a restaurant serving refined cuisine. We will dine in the hotel’s restaurant this evening.

Overnight: Rovereto (Trentino-Alto Adige)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday 26 May, 2017: Bassano del Grappa

Today we will transfer to the Veneto region sandwiched in between the Dolomite mountains and the Adriatic sea. For the next 2 nights we are based in a small 3 star hotel in the centre of Bassano del Grappa. Bassano is the main town in the region and is known for its authentic historic centre and ancient wooden bridge. For the wine connoisseur it is the region that produces the famous Italian sparkling wine, Prosecco. Bassano del Grappa is also famous for inventing the potent spirit Grappa, traditionally an after-dinner drink made from pomace (discarded grape seeds, stalks, and stems). Being in Bassano del Grappa will locate us in between tomorrow’s final 2 climbs, the last 2 climbs of the 100th edition of Giro d’Italia, after all this was the decisive moment for the previous year’s winner.

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You have two ride options available today. We can travel along the valley a little and ride along the quiet roads and some bike paths to our hotel. Alternatively, our more challenging ride features a 25km climb, to a summit of 1,780m along a quiet road that affords spectacular views across the Veneto plains to Venice and the Adriatic. It will be just over 100km and more than 2,000m of climbing.

On arrival in Bassano you can freshen up, catch the finish of today’s stage on TV before heading out to one of the local restaurants.

Overnight: Bassano del Grappa (Veneto)
Meals: Breakfast

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.

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If you’d like a more leisurely ride, then you can stick to the flatter roads of the valley and visit the hilltop village of Asolo, rated as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Over the years it has become famous for its residents who have included the author Ernest Hemingway and poet Robert Browning. We’ll have time to relax in Asolo, take in the views and relax over a coffee before heading off to watch the rider near the base of Monte Grappa before returning to Bassano del Grappa. Alterntaively, you can take the Ciclopista del Brenta out to watch the race at the base of the final climb, which is just 13km away. Or you can watch riders as they come off Monte Grappa on the outskirts of town. Lots of viewing opportunities.

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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. Fare il Grappa, to do Grappa, is the obligatory climb and right of passage of every local cyclist. To climb Grappa by the “classic” route you start from Romano d’Ezzelino which is 26 km long, and an average gradient of 5.9%, so its long climb although there are a couple of sections where it flattens out a bit for a bit of relief. At the top you are rewarded with fabulous views and a long descent back to the valley. There are a number of cafes along the route if you need refreshments.

Your are welcome to watch the race anywhere on the climb. After the riders have passed we’ll carefully descend off the mountain back to the hotel. We will dine together at a local 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 (Veneto)
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Sunday 28 May, 2017: 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.

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Our final ride this morning is from Bassano to Vincenza, a short and leisurely 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 creating 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.

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Our ride finishes in Vincenza, famous for the Palladian villas of 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 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.

Overnight: Milan
Meals: Breakfast

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 tour 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.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • Transport throughout in luxury coach and supported on road by custom mini vans
  • Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
  • 10 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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