Giro d’Italia 2018

2018 Giro Classico 13 Days

Giro d’Italia 2018 bike tours

Giro d’Italia 2018 TRIP DETAILS :
Duration: 13 days (12 nights)
Dates: Thursday, 17 May – Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Start: Milan, Malpensa Airport
Finish: Milan, Malpensa Airport
Accommodation: 3 and 4 Star hotels
Group Size: 30 Guests (5 Staff)
Suitable for: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
TRIP COST: AUD$6790.00 (US$5430.00)
OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$970.00 (US$780.00)

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If traveling 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.

Optional Extras:

Highlights:

  • See six stages of 101st Giro d’Italia live including stage starts, stage finishes, mountain stages, individual time trial and a feed zone
  • Ride Italy’s famous climbs, including Passo dello Stelvio, Sella Ronda, Monte Grappa, Colle delle Finestre, Sestriere and Madonna del Ghisallo
  • Experience the majestic Dolomites before visiting the Alps
  • Ride along the fabulous lakes of Garda and Como, where the Northern mountains plunge into the deep waters of these inland lakes
  • Stay at 3 and 4 star hotels along the way
  • Our professional guides support you throughout, with professional mechanics, Italian speakers and former professional cyclists.
  • Best staff to guests ratio in the industry

This Trip will be Escorted by Former Pro-Cyclist, 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.Giro d’Italia bike tours 2018After 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?

In 2017, Bikestyle Tours took over 100 guests to the Giro d’Italia. Over 100 for the 100th edition. Our only trip in 2018, is the Giro Classico as we focus on the iconic locations. You’ll experience the very best riding in Italy and see the Giro d’Italia. It is a popular trip for the cuisine, scenery and all things that are very, very Italian.

In 2018, we’ll have our normal riding and non-riding itineraries. But we’ll also offer our experienced cyclists more time on the bike to conquer some of the most magical roads in Europe. If you haven’t seen the Giro d’Italia, make 2018 your year and come with Bikestyle Tours. We will see the most important stages, and when the tour caravan travels long distances we’ll base ourselves in the iconic regions of Northern Italy. Thus, minimising long transfers and maximising our time for riding and relaxing.

Our race viewing highlights include the decisive mountain stage over Colle delle Finestre and Sestriere as well as the Trentino Time Trial. We’ll also see stage starts, stage finishes and a feed zone. In total, we’ll see 6 of the most important stages. They’re all the elements necessary for a Grand Tour experience. Away from the race, we have planned the 3 most famous circuits in Italy, Passo dello Stelvio, Madonna del Ghisallo and the magnificent Sella Ronda, among others.

Our trip starts in Milan and catches the race in the Veneto region, famous for Prosecco, Pinarello bikes and cycling garment manufacturers (Sidi, Northwave, Alpinestars). United Colors of Benetton and De’Longhi appliances also has their roots in this area. We head north into the Dolomites, spending 3 nights on the beautiful Sella Ronda and ride one of the greatest rides, ever. We’ll catch the individual time trial and follow the race as it heads west into the Alps. On leaving the Alps, the Giro will be drawing to a close. However, we’ll continue our adventure to Lake Como and ride the famous Madonna del Ghisallo before traveling onto Bormio at the base of the Passo dello Stelvio. After reaching the highest paved road in the Eastern Alps we will finish off our trip in Milan, 2 days after the Grand Tour.

Itinerary

Thursday 17 May: Benvenuti, Welcome to the Giro d’Italia

Our tour starts today with our staff meeting you at Milan Malpensa airport at 10.30am. Milan has frequent flights from major European cities and direct international flights. For those arriving earlier, it is easy to reach the airport from Milan by train or taxi. Bikestyle can also arrange pre-trip accommodation for you at the Airport. After a brief introduction, we’ll be on our way to the Veneto region, where we’ll stay for the next two nights. Our hotel is a newly refurbished 4-star hotel and each morning we’ll wake to a great panoramic view across the Veneto plains toward Venice.

After we have checked you into the hotel we’ll get your bike assembled, or introduce you to your rental bike.  This afternoon we will head off on a short ride around the local roads, a nice easy warm-up ride designed to make sure you, and your bike, are in good working order after your long journey.

Our ride will take us to the beautiful village of Asolo, which is also known as the Pearl of the province of Treviso. Asolo is a beautiful village perched on a hillside with many views of the surrounding mountains and across the Veneto plains. There are also some stunning 12th and 13th century buildings along its narrow streets.

The Veneto region is sandwiched between the Dolomite mountains and the Adriatic sea. For the wine connoisseur it is the region that produces the famous Italian sparkling wine, Prosecco. The region is also famous for inventing the potent spirit Grappa, traditionally an after-dinner drink made from pomace (discarded grape seeds, stalks, and stems).

Tonight we will take a short walk and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. This is a great chance to meet your fellow travelers and the Bikestyle team, who will explain more about your upcoming Italian adventure.

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Easier Ride Option

Meals
Welcome Dinner (with drinks)

Overnight
Montebelluna, Veneto

Harder Ride Option

Friday 18 May: Treviso and a stage finish before the Dolomites

We’ll catch our first stage of the Giro today. A stage designed for the sprinters. This is the last opportunity for sprinters as they now head into the Northern part of Italy where the roads go up! We will be able to ride to the finish today and take in some of the local sights well before the arrival of the peloton.

Our longer ride option will visit the village of Castelfranco Veneto first, before meeting up with those on our shorter ride in Treviso. Castelfranco Veneto (Citadella) is a medieval town with a castle built in the 12th century. It has some of the most impressive fortified walls in Italy. The 13 kilometres of walls are still mostly intact today.

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Treviso is one of the larger cities in the region with nearly 100,000 people. The historic centre is very attractive and close to 3000 people live within the Venetian walls. If you love Pinarello bicycles the city has a wonderful store and also a museum of bikes across the eras. We will ride past the factory this afternoon on our way to the stage finish. Tiramisù is also thought to have originated in this town, although many towns hold this claim. We will have lunch in Treviso, giving you time to explore this great village, sample some Tiramisù and browse the Pinarello shop and museum.

Our non-riders will be able to visit both villages and the stage finish, meeting up with our cyclists along the way.

After lunch, we will finish our ride and head onto to today’s stage finish. We’ll ride along some of today’s race route before the riders tussle for position in the sprint finish. Once the presentations are complete and jerseys are awarded we’ll transfer back to our hotel where you will be able to walk into the local village for dinner at one of the many restaurants or osterias.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Montebelluna, Veneto

Harder Ride Option

Saturday 19 May: Monte Grappa or Prosecco country

The peloton is heading to the punishing Zoncolan today. It is a difficult climb and time gaps will be significant. They have a number of climbs to get over before the final climb. We will meet up with the race again in a few days. In the meantime, we are going to ride in arguably the most beautiful areas of Europe, the Sella Ronda. There’s also a wonderful ride on our way to the Dolomites.

This morning we will take a ride from our hotel up the slopes of Monte Grappa. Monte Grappa is part of the Grappa Massif and rises from the plains to a height of 1,775m. 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. Our route up Grappa starting from Semonzo is not the hardest route. 

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The climb is 19km long, with an average gradient of 8.1 %, so it’s a tough little ride rewarded with fabulous views from the summit. At the end of the ride enjoy the long descent down to Feltre in the valley, where you can have lunch before the drive on to Arabba.

If the climb over the Grappa is not for you, we’ll offer something a little easier through the Prosecco producing vineyards. The steepness of the surrounding hills where the grapes grow means that everything, from pruning to picking, is principally done by hand. Prosecco is also used in the popular Spritz (an apéritif cocktail) in Italy, or more commonly known as, an Aperol Spritz. Try one while you’re in Italy, they are delicious, especially at the end of a warm day. We will meet up with the others in Feltre for lunch before transferring to Arabba.

We’ll arrive at our hotel in the Dolomites in time to see the finish to today’s stage on TV. A great place to see all of the drama faced by riders on the Zoncolan. The next three nights are spent in a lovely 4-star hotel in Arabba, located on the famous Sella Ronda circuit – the most beautiful ride in the Dolomites if not all of Italy!

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Arabba, Veneto

Harder Ride Option

Sunday 20 May: Sella Ronda

Today we 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 1,850m 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 where the Coppi monument is.

It is a tough ride but the scenery at this time of year is fantastic. The first climb up is the longest, Passo Pordoi, therefore the hardest, but the other 3 passes are well spaced so most people find this an enjoyable and not too difficult day on the bike. We will have a day to remember, so enjoy the ride and don’t forget your camera!  The snow may still be on the side of the road in places and you will never be alone with many cyclists traveling to this area to enjoy this famous ride.

After the ride, we will return to our hotel in Arabba with time to relax in the village and back at the hotel. We’ll catch today’s mountain stage in the comfort of our hotel on TV. Tonight, we’ll have another hearty dinner in the hotel restaurant.

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For those searching for more of challenge today, you can make a choice later in the ride to return over the more difficult Passo di Valparola. This will give you close to 3,000m of climbing for the day, covering over four passes and through some very spectacular scenery.

The four passes of the Sella Ronda are:

Passo Pordoi – 2,239m
Passo Sella – 2,214m
Passo Gardena – 2,121m
Passo Campolongo – 1,875m

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Arabba, Veneto

Harder Ride Option

Monday 21 May: Passo Fedaia

Today is the final rest day for the Giro. They have a long transfer through to Trento for the time trial tomorrow. We have another day in the Dolomites to explore more scenic roads. We will descend away from the Sella Ronda loop before making a right turn to climb over passo Fedaia. Our ride will be in the shadows of the impressive Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites and into the spectacular Serrai di Sottoguda. A stunning narrow road dedicated to cyclists and walkers that slices through an overhanging gorge. This is on our way over Passo Fedaia where there is also an impressive lake. We will then descend to Canazei for lunch and where we’ll meet the bus to return us to our hotel.

For our experienced riders, we’ll return to our hotel under your own steam. Our climb back is over the famous Passo Pordoi, from the more difficult side. This is the same climb that Fausto Coppi stamped the Giro as his own. As it is the highest pass encountered on the Sella Ronda, the Giro often awards the Cime Coppi over to the first rider over its Pass.

This afternoon you can relax at the hotel, possibly enjoy one of their spa treatments on offer. We will have our final dinner at this great hotel.

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Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Arabba, Veneto

Harder Ride Option

Tuesday 22 May: Trentino Time Trial

After some stunning riding in the Dolomites, we’ll meet up again with the Giro d’Italia today. This time for the excitement of an Individual Time Trial. It is mostly a flat and overall downhill course between Trento and Rovereto. This is a popular route for cyclists as there is a great bikeway between the cities. We’ll start by transferring you to Trento in the morning, in plenty of time to see riders warm up before they head off against the clock.

Later on, we will head off on a similar course and catch the riders on various parts of the circuit. It will be a great day to see lots of action on the course, so take your camera with you. We’ll reach Rovereto to see the final riders arrive and witness any changes in the General Classification.

After the presentations, we’ll head to our hotel for the next the two nights, on the shores of Lago di Garda, Italy’s largest lake. Dinner will be ready at our hotel soon after our arrival, which will give you a chance to head to the lake’s edge for a gelato after dinner. There’s always room for a gelato!!

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Garda, Veneto

Harder Ride Option

Wednesday 23 May: Stage start and Lago di Garda

This morning after breakfast we will travel to the stage start. It’s not far away, so we’ll get you there with lots of time to enjoy the experience of a stage start at the Giro d’Italia. Find a cafe, enjoy the beautiful Italian coffee and experience the atmosphere, just like a local.

Giro d’Italia stage starts are lots of fun as riders and teams are very willing to interact with the crowds before they roll off on the start line. Set yourself up between the announcer’s stage and the team buses and you will see every rider of the peloton as they all have to sign on before the stage start. Don’t forget the autograph book if your old school, or have your camera ready to take a selfie to show off to your mates back home.

Once the riders roll out and we’ve enjoyed some lunch, we’ll ride back to our hotel. We have two ride options today, a more leisurely ride along the lake’s shore sticking to the flat roads. This will give you lots of time this afternoon to explore the village, enjoy the lake or even take a swim. Our alternative will be to start with a climb away from the stage start, offering breathtaking views across the lake before descending down onto the lake’s edge and returning to our hotel.

We’ve enjoyed dinner together for a number of nights and there are many great restaurants within walking distance of our hotel. So tonight, you are free to explore the village and dine by the lake or further back from the shore, it’s your choice.

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Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Garda, Veneto

Harder Ride Option

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Thursday 24 May: A feed zone

Today is a long transition stage with some challenges at the back end of the stage. One of the great grand tour experiences is to watch the soigneurs deliver their riders lunch for the day, important fuel to keep them going for their three-week journey. It is also a great opportunity for our guests to collect a unique souvenir, from the discards of a rider’s musette if you are lucky enough to get one. Inside the team musette is an official team water bottle, team food, and an inspection will show you what fuels the riders during their race and this will all be on offer at the feed zone.

After watching today’s feed zone, we will continue to our hotel ideally located for tomorrow’s queen stage. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner together in a brand new 4-star hotel in the Alps.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Sauze d’Oulx, Piedmont

Harder Ride Option

Friday 25 May: Colle delle Finestre and Sestriere

Billed as the Queen Stage of this year’s Giro, today’s stage will possibly decide this year’s champion. Three challenging climbs confront riders today. The first is the demanding Colle delle Finestre (literally meaning Window pass). The views from the summit are spectacular, and the adventure of getting there is even more spectacular. It has everything, steep sections, loads of switchbacks and even a final section of gravel to the summit. In previous years, for many of our guests, this ride has been a trip highlight.

For our experienced riders, you have the option of descending from our hotel to the base of Finestre and climbing over the first two climbs in today’s stage. You will be able to watch the race on one of the passes before completing your ride. Our shorter ride will venture the more direct route up Sestriere, which is the more famous pass and the most beautiful from the Western approach.

You are welcome to dine at one of the restaurants in the ski village this evening. A ski village that has received a lot of funding in the lead up to and since Italy hosted the winter Olympics during the 1990s.

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Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Sauze d’Oulx, Piedmont

Harder Ride Option

Saturday 26 May: Stage start in Susa

With all the climbing of yesterday, we are going to enjoy the fun descent down to today’s stage start. You will barely need to pedal today. We’ll set off after breakfast and ride to Susa for the stage start. You can enjoy some lunch after watching the riders head off before we travel to our next hotel near Lake Como.

It is our final time catching up with the Giro, but we’ll catch the final stages of today’s race on TV at our hotel. We are strategically located for a special ride tomorrow along the shores of Lake Como and up to Madonna Ghisallo. It will be a special ride and together with Passo dello Stelvio, a great way to finish our trip to Italy and the Giro.

Guests also have an option of departing the trip today, in which case we’ll arrive at Milan’s Malpensa airport late afternoon. Contact Adam for further details adam@bikestyletours.com

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Erba, Lombardy

Harder Ride Option

Sunday 27 May: Madonna del Ghisallo

After breakfast, we will enjoy a leisurely ride along the shores of Lake Como to Bellagio, a village perched on land that is 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 of the cycling world.

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. Our ride is 40km and the climb to the Ghisallo is challenging in places and the lakeside roads are often narrow and winding, but with the most spectacular views so stop and take a photo when you can.

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After our visit to the shrine of cycling, we will travel to our hotel for the next 2 nights in Bormio, close to the Swiss border. Our charming family run hotel has cosy rooms and a magnificent bike room. Due to its thermal baths, Bormio has been a popular town since the time when the Roman aristocracy traveled 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.

The first few kilometres after Argeles are downhill but soon you get a hard section of 10%+ before a small descent. Now, you’re close to the hardest part of the climb, near Saint-Andre there are 3 kilometers of 9-10% on average. After this, the climb continues to be inconsistent, never really going below 8% until the top. After photos at the top, we will return to the valley in time to watch the race come through on the slopes of their final 2 climbs.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Bormio, Lombardy

Harder Ride Option

Monday 28 May: The Stelvio Experience

We will complete our trip in Italy with their most famous climb, Passo dello Stelvio. Without time pressures we shouldn’t have any trouble reaching the summit on this magical road. 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 you will never forget.

We will leave the hotel soon after breakfast giving 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 riding the Stelvio and enjoying a warming hot chocolate at the summit,  we will return to Bormio to celebrate our experience of this extraordinary ride. If Stelvio is not for you and you still want to ride, we will offer an easy ride sticking to the valley and If you would like to ride a little more, we have some more ride options for you after reaching the summit.

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.

Later this evening, we will walk to a local restaurant for a special farewell dinner where we can celebrate our achievements of our trip to the 101st Giro d’Italia and recall our favourite moments of the trip.

Easier Ride Option

Meals
Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Overnight
Bormio, Lombardy

Harder Ride Option

Tuesday 29 May: Arrivederci

Today is our last day of our trip, but we will get you back to Milan later this afternoon. We have an optional final ride available to everyone today, a fun 40km descend down the valley to Tirano. This ride is a favourite for many, as there is little pedalling and the scenery is spectacular. Once we arrive in Tirano, our staff will be on hand to assist you in packing your bike or removing pedals and saddles from your hire bike. Once your bike is packed, you can head into the village for a morning coffee and brioche.

We’ll set off for Milan and stop along the road for lunch. We’ll arrive back at Milan’s Malpensa airport mid-afternoon. So if you’re planning on departing Italy today, we suggest booking an evening flight that departs after 5pm. Bikestyle can arrange post-trip accommodation for guests at the Airport if you have a flight on the following day.

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Inclusions

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
  • 12 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
  • Ride files and Bikestyle guide to the 2018 Giro d’Italia
  • Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

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