Giro d’Italia 2018 - "Ride Every Kilometre"

  • Location

    From Jerusalem to Sicily, Apennines, Dolomites, Alps, & Rome

  • Duration

    27 Days | 26 Nights

  • Length

    120 - 240km daily

  • Climb

    1,000 - 4,500m daily

2 May 2018 - 28 May 2018

This is the ultimate cycling challenge: ride every kilometre of one of the Grand Tours ... and the Giro d’Italia is typically the toughest! We'll be riding on exactly the same route as the race, every single kilometre, just a few hours ahead of the pros. That's over 3,500km, and 45,000+ metres of climbing, over 21 stages.

“There is nothing quite like riding on the full route of the Giro d'Italia, with thousands of supporters on the road cheering us on, and with the peloton only an hour or two behind us.” Keith Tuffley, Founder of Grand Tours Project and the mind behind the "Ride Every Kilometre" concept.

We're offering the opportunity for amateur cyclists to ride every kilometre, on every stage, of the Giro, on the same day as the race. Following the first 3 stages in Israel, we'll be riding some of the best cycle routes in Italy as the Giro winds its way up from Sicily along the full length of Italy up along the Apennines to the Dolomites, the Alps, and then with a finish in Rome - an ideal selection given the historic connection to Jerusalem.

You don’t need to be an elite athlete, but you must be fit and strong, and be ready for back-to-back long days in the saddle. We will start early and sometimes not finish till 4:30pm, just one hour ahead of the race leaders. However, we will always ensure we have enough time on the route each day for coffee, lunch and photo stops.

There are very limited spaces on this tour, with a ratio of 7 cyclists : 1 guide. As an "Official Tour Operator", we will have our support vehicle with us the whole distance, all the way to the finish line each day. Riding on the race course just a few hours before the pros makes this an unforgettable experience. Check out this story from one of our 2016 guests to be convinced!

If riding every kilometre of all 21 stages of the Giro d’Italia stages sounds a bit much then you can join for just 6 stages (Week 1, Week 2, or Week 3), or 3 stages (Grand Partenza, Sicily, Dolomites, Rome). We are also offering more relaxed options involving 60-100km of riding each day - Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

Total price: €12,500

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of the Giro, all 21 stages, on the race route, just hours before the pros
  • The challenge of a lifetime, a genuine "bucket-list" achievement
  • Be part of history by cycling at the first ever Grand Tour raced outside of Europe
  • Watch the Giro stars fight for the pink jersey
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • On every stage, enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Giro and the support of the public
  • On 4 of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium, and watch the race from the Giro VIP grandstand
  • Maximum group size: 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Grande Partenza - 2 to 7 May

    Jerusalem to Eilat, Israel

    6 days | 5 nights (3 stages)

    For the first time in its 101 year history, the Giro will race outside of Europe. The first 3 stages will be held in Israel, starting with an individual time trial through the streets of Jerusalem, followed by a coastal route into Tel Aviv, and then a unique ride through the Negev Desert. This will be creating history for the Grand Tours, and you can be part of this as you ride every kilometre on the same route.

    It will be an extraordinary experience cycling through the streets of Jerusalem, and then 3 weeks later riding through the streets of Rome having completed over 3,500km from the toe to the top of Italy.

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  • Week 1 - 7 to 14 May

    Sicily to Apennines

    8 days | 7 Nights (6 stages)

    We'll be flying from Israel to Italy on May 7th to Sicily, where the Giro will recommence, this means another climb up the biggest volcano in Europe, Mt Etna, following the exciting finish on stage 5 in 2017. Then, to wind its way up from the toe of Italy, the route will ride through some of the best cycling regions in all of Italy - Calabria, the Apennine mountains, and the Abruzzo region.

    The first week of the Giro always features surprisingly beautiful scenery, and we have no doubt this edition will be no exception.

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  • Week 2 - 14 to 21 May

    Apennines to Dolomites

    8 days | 7 Nights (6 stages)

    After a much needed rest day, Week 2 of the Giro will continue northwards from the Abruzzo to the Veneto region, along some of the most beautiful cycling routes in Italy, particularly the hilly landscapes around Assisi. Once we reach the mountains in the north, we will climb up the infamous Monte Zoncolan, one of the most challenging ascents on the professional bike circuit - it is steep, long and iconic. It has featured in the Giro only 5 times in its 100-year history, so this will be a rare and breathtaking experience.

    We will then briefly enter the Dolomites, where more mountain passes await our legs as we head towards the final rest day.


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  • Week 3 - 21 to 28 May

    Lake Garda, Alps and Rome

    8 days | 7 Nights (6 stages)

    From the mountains in the north-east, the Giro will head to the Alps in the north-west, and climb up to Cervinia, the southern base of the Matterhorn for the last mountain finish. Rome is the final destination ... an appropriate end-point following the start in Jerusalem. It will be only the 4th time in the Giro's 101-year history. We'll then relax over the best Italian food and wine as we watch the exciting final stage of the race, as the pros sprint through the streets of Rome.

    Once you completed these final kilometres in Rome, you will have joined a very select group of amateurs who have cycled every kilometre of the Giro d'Italia on the same day as the race. Bucket List celebrations begin!

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