Follow the Giro
Celebrate the 100th edition of Italy’s famed Giro d’Italia with us!
The 100th Giro d’Italia will happen in May 2017, 108 years after the first edition was held in 1909. Since then, the world has totally changed, but the essence of cycling is still there: effort, challenge, pride, and speed. You can be a part of this historic race, riding the same courses as some of the most epic heroes of cycling: Binda, Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Bugno, Indurain and many others.
This trip is designed for intermediate and advanced cyclists who want to ride the Giro D’Italia mountain passes and experience the terrain covered this year and in past years. We’ve planned an exciting 9-day tour that consists of riding through some of the most scenic cycling destinations in Europe: Piedmont, the Lakes and the Dolomites. We’ll meet up with the Giro d’Italia on four stages in the last week of racing and get a chance to both watch and ride the route. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime!
- Cycle Italy’s most scenic routes: the Dolomites, Piedmont, and the Lakes (Maggiore, Lugano and Como)
- Climb the Passo Stelvio, the highest pass in the Italian Alps
- Pay homage to Italian cycling legend Fausto Coppi by riding to his hilltop village of Castellania
- Ride through some of the most scenic cycling destinations in Europe: Piedmont, the Lakes District, and the Dolomites
- Meet-and-greet with Team LottoNL-Jumbo and other world-renowned pro cyclists
Day by Day
Monterotondo di Gavi
Benvenuto! We'll meet at the hotel for lunch, introductions and an orientation to the trip. After a bike fitting, we'll take a short warm-up ride in the hills behind our lovely villa to the new Museo dei Campionissimi. In the evening, we'll have dinner and meet the grandson of renowned Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi, who's also a winemaker. Buon appetito!
Today’s ride is dedicated to Fausto Coppi, the greatest cycling champion Italy has ever seen. Even if you’re not interested in the history of cycling, you’ll still enjoy this wonderful ride! Later on, we’ll go to Tortona to watch the sprint finish of stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia.
We’ll start with a shuttle to the town of Biella, which is at the foot of the Alps. From there, a gorgeous road will bring us to the Sanctuary of Oropa, where we’ll see the finish of stage 15. The whole area is a natural wonder of mountains with chestnut trees abound. It is here where Marco Pantani became a legend with an unforgettable win in 1999.
Today, we’ll ride around and along the famous lakes of northern Italy; Maggiore, Lugano and Como. We’ll be rewarded with stunning views, parks, gardens and villas of the most aristocratic corner of Italy. We’ll also alternate riding with a couple of ferry rides and eventually arrive in Bellagio for some relaxation at our cozy hotel.
After a transfer to Bormio, we’ll climb the Passo Stelvio, the highest pass in the Italian Alps and a must for every passionate cyclist. It’ll also be a great way to get excited about the big day tomorrow of The Giro, since we’ll likely meet several other cycling fans along the way!
On our stage, we’ll start with an easy ride towards Bolzano, the capital of Sud Tyrol. We’ll then head to the Dolomites, which we’ll attack from the Costalunga Pass, a natural balcony that offers one of the most spectacular views of the area. The final descent into Canazei is a fun rollercoaster, a well deserved aspect of the ride after the most challenging day of the trip.
Stage 17 will end in Canazei. Today, you'll have the option to choose between a relaxing day or a ride to explore the most significant passes of the area, like Fedaia, Sella or Pordoi.
We’ll ride to Passo Sella and Gardena to wait for the passage of Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia. The whole area is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and at each corner reveals fascinating landscapes, intriguing legends and historical sights.
Our trip comes to an end after breakfast. At 8:30 a.m., there will be a group shuttle to Bolzano train station.
- Use of a carbon road bike with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
- Service of professional and experienced guides throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttle at the end of the tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- Meet-and-greet with Team LottoNL-Jumbo
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts, 6 dinners and 2 lunches
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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Ostelliere is a beautifully refined farmhouse dating back to the 17th century, set on the property of one of the finest vineyards in the region, Villa Sparina. It mirrors the surrounding countryside in both its simplicity and in its careful preservation of the original rural architectural features.
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Hotel San Rocco
The 4-star Hotel San Rocco overlooks the shores of magical Orta. The rooms were entirely renovated and completely redesigned in early 2009, furnished with natural chic elements, made in Italy with a modern design. Most of them have a view of the lake, front or side, some with balcony or a terrace.
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Hotel Astoria represents one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the Dolomites, mostly because it’s in a charming spot at the foot of the most beautiful peaks, just steps from Canazei center in Val di Fassa.
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