2013 Giro d’Italia

2013 Giro d’Italia


Duration: 12 days (11 nights)
Start: Milan Malpensa Finish: Milan Malpensa
Accommodation: Selected quality 3 and 4 star hotels
Group Size: Maximum 30 people (4 Staff)
Cost: AUD$4990.00 – Single Supplement AUD$750.00
Deposit: AUD $1000.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room.
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Bike Rental $660.00 (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
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  • Experience all of the big mountain stages of the 2013 Giro d’Italia
  • The chance to ride famous climbs of:
    • Passo del Stelvio
    • Madonna del Ghisallo
    • Col du Galibier
    • Sella Ronda
  • Fabulous hotels in prime locations
  • Lake Como ride with visit to Madonna del Ghisallo
  • The beautiful cuisine and wine of Italy
  • Ride the challenging mountain time trial course

Who is this trip for?

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 it’s bigger brother, The Tour de France. We cater for cyclists of all abilities by providing riding options each day, although the cycling in the mountains of the Dolomites and Alps is not for beginners.

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


Friday, May 17: Stage 13, Busseto – Cherasco, 242 km

Your Italian adventure starts today when you arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport. Our staff will be there to greet you and assist you to our 4 star hotel which is located close to the airport terminal.

The first job will be to check in and either, test the set up on the bike you have hired or assemble your own. Our staff will be there to assist you if required. To help you shake off your jet lag we will organise a short and pleasant ride this afternoon of roughly 40kms through the local countryside following the Naviglio Grande canal, stopping for your first Italian coffee at a small cafe. So we can catch up with the race we’ll be back in the hotel in time to catch the finish of today’s stage on TV.

If you wish to visit downtown Milan, the Malpensa Express train service can take you there in 45 minutes and is located under the hotel.

Tonight there will be a welcome dinner where you can meet up with the staff that will be looking after you on the trip and also your fellow travellers.

Overnight: Malpensa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday, May 18: Stage 14, Cervere – Bardonecchia, 156 km

This morning we leave Milan and head to the Val di Susa where we catch up with today’s mountain stage from Cervere. This 156km stage finishes on the steep climb to the Jafferau ski area above the town of Bardonecchia on the French border.

We’ll head off from Milan early and drive to just west of Torino where we start our ride down the Val di Susa. This will be a nice introductory ride as it’s a gentle ascent following the valley with the peaks of the Italian alps on either side. Our ride of about 70 kms (with a shorter option available) will finish at Bardonnecchia, just below the steep final climb up to the Jafferau ski area.  You’ll be able to see the race pass through the former Winter Olympic town of Bardonnechia at the base of the climb. If you are feeling good you might like to head up the climb and see how the pro’s do on this steep climb which averages 9% from Bardonecchia, with one steep 14% section that could be a great place to see the riders dig deep to get to the finish.

After seeing the race we’ve got a fairly quick drive across the border via the engineering marvel of the 13km Frejus Tunnel, carved deep in to the mountains linking France and Italy. We spend the next two nights in the pleasant valley town of St Jean de Maurienne, at the start of the climb to Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier, so an ideal position for tomorrow’s big mountain stage.

Overnight: St Jean de Maurienne
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday, May 19: Stage 15, Cesana Torinese – Col du Galibier, 150 km

Today the Giro d’Italia will cross the Alps into France for what will be one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the race, with Stage 15 heading over the border for a summit finish at 2,642 metres above sea level on the Col du Galibier. The stage starts in Italy in Cesana Torinese and makes an ascent of the Colle del Moncenisio before tackling Col du Telegraphe and finally Col du Galibier. Strangely enough this high summit is not the highest point in this year’s race – that honour goes to the 2757 meter Passo Stelvio in Italy.

From our hotel it will be our plan to ride up Col du Galibier via the race route and Col du Telegraphe. It’s a long 35 km from the valley floor to the summit, with a bit of relief in the middle after you’ve crested Col du Telegraphe. We’ll play it by ear today and get as far up the climb as we can, most likely returning to the lower slopes of Valloire village to see the race pass in comfort away from the cooler May temperatures at the summit.

After we’ve seen the race we’ll collect our warm clothes from the van and descend back to our hotel in St Jean de Maurienne for a welcome hot shower and dinner in the village.

Overnight: St Jean de Maurienne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, May 20: Rest day

The Giro d’Italia has a rest day today in Valloire, so we’ll say au revoir to France and return to Italy, where we spend the night in Lecco on the shores of Lake Como.

Before we leave the Alps however we’ll take the opportunity to ride part of the race route from a couple of days ago, but in reverse, up to the ski resort of Sestriere. This is definitely one of the easiest climbs in the Alps, with the hardest section coming a few kms from the summit.  The good news is that after we stop at the 2030 meter for a coffee you’ll enjoy 54 kms of  easy riding losing altitude all the way to Pinerolo. This is a very scenic ride through the Val del Chisone passing through small towns and by the massive fort of Fennestrelle. For those not wanting to do the full 88 kms today then there will be shorter options, including the easy downhill run from Sestriere to Pinerolo.

After we all meet up in Pinerolo we will continue on to our hotel by the shores of Lake Como. Tonight we will enjoy a splendid meal in the hotel restaurant overlooking the lake.

Overnight: Lecco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, May 21: Stage 16, Valloire – Ivrea, 237 km

The Giro heads back to Italy today, with a relatively flat stage from Valloire in France to Ivrea. We will move ahead of the race to another of Italy’s famous lakes, Lago di Garda, to be in place for when the race arrives in the area tomorrow.

Before we leave Lake Como however we will experience another of Italy’s famous rides to the Madonna del Ghisallo. From the hotel we ride along the lake shore to the pretty town of Bellagio for coffee, then climb to the small chapel 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.

After our ride we will continue on over the plains of the Veneto to Rovereto, where we spend the next two nights. Rovereto is an attractive small town to the east of Lake Garda and importantly only 8 kms from the Mori and the start of the Giro time trial in two days time.

Overnight: Rovereto
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday, May 22: Stage 17, Caravaggio – Vicenza, 203 km

This morning we will take a ride and visit the beautiful Italian city of Verona where we will catch up with today’s stage of the Giro as it passes through this afternoon.

Our ride will take us via Mori and a great local bike path through the vineyards of Trentino to Torbole at the northern tip of Lake Garda. From here we head along the lake with stunning views all the way to Garda, where the shorter 60 km ride will finish and you can travel in the bus to Verona. The longer ride for today will continue on down the lake before turning off and heading inland to finish after 95kms of mostly flat riding at the historic Roman arena in Verona and a well earned bowl of pasta for lunch. We should have some time for a bit of sightseeing before taking in today’s stage as it passes through Verona. The city has a long association with cycling having hosted many stages of the Giro d’Italia as well as the UCI Road World Cycling championships in 1999 and 2004.

Once we’ve had a good look around Verona and seen the race we’ll head back to Rovereto, where the evening is free to enjoy some local Italian cuisine.

Overnight: Rovereto
Meals: Breakfast

Thursday, May 23: Stage 18, Mori – Polsa, 19.4 km

Time trials are always a great chance to see the race and riders up close and today’s challenging 19.4 km uphill time trial from Mori to Polsa will be a great chance for us to experience one of the most interesting stages of the race. Over the 19.4 km course the riders will climb 1000 meters, with the last 6 kms ramping up to an average of 6.8%. It’s a course that will suit a variety of riders, maybe not steep or long enough for the lightweight pure climbers, but with enough of a climb to give riders who may not necessarily be considered TT riders a chance to make up time.

So how tough is today’s course? We’ll find out when we take an early morning ride from our hotel to Mori and tackle the 19.4kms ourselves, the perfect way to find out just how fit the pro riders really are! We’ll have to get off early to avoid the course being closed and we’ll return off the race route to Mori in time to see the first riders make their way to the start ramp. If you don’t fancy testing yourself on the TT course you can have a more leisurely start to the day and ride the short distance to Mori to see the riders signing on for the race and then ride from Mori to see the riders fly past out on the course. There are a couple of points you can easily ride to and see the race, including near the intermediate time check in Bretonico where they will be going full gas before they get a bit of a rest when the road flattens for a short distance.

After we’ve seen the last rider rider roll out on to the course and the time trial winner is known we’ll head off to Bolzano, an elegant town in the valley of the Trentino – Aldige, where we spend the next two nights. The wealthy German and Italian speaking citizens of Bolzano enjoy a life style envied by many Italians. For many the town’s most famous inhabitant is Otzi, the ice man from 3300 BC who was discovered by two hikers in the nearby mountains in 1991 and now resides in Bolano’s Museum of Archeology, where you can visit Otzi if you have time during our stay!

Overnight: Bolzano
Meals: Breakfast

Friday, May 24: Stage 19, Ponte di Legno – Val Martello, 138 km

Today is possibly the toughest stage of the Giro d’Italia for 2013 with 3 major climbs spread out over 138kms, Passo Gavia, Passo del Stelvio and a final climb to the 2051 Val Martello ski area. Interestingly it’s the first climb, Passo Gavia that is the toughest, but the next one, Passo del Stelvio is the highest at 2758 meters.  The first rider over the top of Stelvio today has the honor of taking the “Cima Coppi” prize named in honor of legendary Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi.

We’ll leave Bolzano early and travel out along today’s race route in the bus to Silandro, the start town for tomorrow’s stage. From here you will have a few options. If you have the legs then you may want to try the climb to the 2758 meter summit of Passo del Stelvio, from the north side that is famous for it’s 48 hairpin pin bends that earned the road the title of the “Worlds Greatest Driving Road”.  If the weather is fine you may be able to see the race on the mountain, if it’s not then you’ll most likely want to return to the valley to see the race in more comfortable conditions! Another option is to climb the final climb of today’s stage up Val Martello, seeing the race pass by in one of the villages part way up the climb. If you’ve had enough climbing then the alternative today is for a lovely ride up the valley to Merano and on to Silandro to meet the group and see the race pass by on it’s way to the final climb.

It’ll be a great day on the bike no matter which option you choose. We’ll return to Bolzano at the end of the stage where you are free to dine in one of the many local restaurants.

Overnight: Bolzano
Meals: Breakfast

Saturday, May 25: Stage 20, Silandro – Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 202 km

The penultimate stage of the Giro saves the best for last with a tough stage over 4 passes through the incredible scenery of the Dolomites. Over 202 kms the race passes over Passo Costalunga, Passo San Pellegrino, Passo Giau, Passo Tre Croci before the steep finish on the rugged peak of Tre Cime di Laverado.

We will leave Bolzano this morning and travel to Vigo di Fassa where we can start our 55km ride out on the race route over Passo San Pellegrino to Selva di Cadore at the base of Passo Giau. It is a nice steady climb to Passo San Pellegrino and we can make a stop in the village at the top for a warming coffee before descending to the valley where it’s a steady climb up to Selva di Cadore. You can choose to continue on from here and tackle the more difficult climb up Passo Giau, or stay in the village of Selva di Cadore and catch the race as it climbs out of the village. After the race we will all return to Selva and travel the 25kms to our hotel in Arabba by bike or bus, it’s your choice.

Our final 2 nights in the Dolomites will be spent in a traditional and very comfortable alpine hotel set in a beautiful location on the famous Sella Ronda circuit, one of the world’s top cycling routes.

Overnight: Arabba
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday, May 26: Stage 21, Riese Pio X – Brescia, 199 km

The final stage of the 2013 Giro today is a flat 199km stage to Brescia on the Veneto plains to our south. As it’s almost certain that the race winner will have been decided in the last couple of days in the mountains we will skip the race today and take the opportunity to ride one of  THE classic rides in the world, the Sella Ronda.

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

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.

Overnight: Arabba
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, May 27

We have a long day today as we travel from the Dolomites back to Milan for our final night together. However we will find time to fit in a slightly different ride today, one that’s almost entirely downhill for 60kms!

We’ll jump in the bus and travel from the hotel to Passo Gardena on the Sella Ronda loop that we rode around yesterday. From here we will descend to Selva in the Val Gardena and continue on our downhill run to Bolzano.  After a fast and easy ride along the Val Gardena we reach the valley of the River Adige and take to the bike path that follows the river all the way to Bolzano. This popular cycling route keeps us off the busy main road and through the fertile orchards and vineyards surrounded by the high peaks that we’ve ridden over the last few days. In Bolzano we’ll have the chance to take a walk in the pedestrianised historic centre and have lunch before continuing on to Milan.

On arrival at our hotel at Milan Malpensa we will have time to pack bikes and get ready for onward travel tomorrow before we enjoy our farewell dinner together and celebrate what has been a great Italian experience.
Overnight: Malpensa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tuesday, May 28

Sadly our trip ends after breakfast this morning and you can relax until your onward flight today. If your flight is not until later today then you may wish to visit the attractions of central Milano, which is easily reached from the hotel by frequent airport – city shuttle services.




Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

-Transport throughout by private luxury coach with custom bike trailer
-Services of our experienced tour guides, plus our coach driver
-Meet and greet on arrival at Milan Malpensa airport on 17 May
-11 night’s accommodation, in selected 3 and 4 star hotels (with private facilities)
-Buffet breakfast daily
-3 or 4 course evening meals on 6 nights
-Mechanical assistance with your bike
-Sightseeing as listed
-Maps and Bikestyle guide to the Giro d’Italia
-Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, cap and musette bag




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