Giro d'Italia "Experience" Week 3 - the Dolomites to Romantic Verona

  • Location

    Ponte Legno to Verona

  • Duration

    8 days | 7 nights

  • Length

    35-80km daily

  • Climb

    200-2,200m daily

27 May 2019 - 3 Jun 2019

The final week of the Giro is always an epic one, and the 102nd edition is set to be a classic. From the beautiful town of Ponte Legno, to the grandeur of the Alps and the Dolomites including the 2018 Cima Coppi - Passo Gavia - and then the Grande Finale in Verona for only the 4th time in the Giro's history. And as an "Official Tour Operator" of the Giro, we'll be as close to the race action as you can possibly get, including riding 60-100km on the race route just a few hours ahead of the pros.

"This experience of riding on the same course as the pros, and just a few hours ahead of them, is unique in the sporting world. The atmosphere is simply incredible." Keith Tuffley, Founder - Grand Tours Project.

We have designed this tour to allow you to enjoy the best 35-80km of each stage during the final week of the Giro, and at the same time enjoy watching the race itself, from the best possible vantage points - these viewing opportunities will include two mountain stages (16 and 20), and the final stage circuit around Verona for the team time trial (stage 21).

We'll be riding in some of the classic cycle regions of northern Italy, with a finish in Verona's roman amphitheatre. You just have to relax and enjoy the kilometres, the views, the food, and the culture, and soak up the Giro atmosphere!

Each evening, we'll enjoy local cuisine and stay in a lovely hotel - for this tour, the quality of hotels, food and wine are as important as the cycling.

As an "Official Tour Operator" of the Giro d'Italia, we have special access to the full race route, so 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 2018 guests to be convinced!

Total price: From €3,950

  • Ride on the best 35-80km of 6 stages of the Giro, on the same day as the race, just hours ahead of the pros
  • Enjoy the beauty of Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto.
  • Watch the Giro stars fight for the pink jersey, from the best vantage points on 4 stages including the Passo Gavia and Time Trial in Verona!
  • On every stage, enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Giro and the support of the public
  • On at least one of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium, and watch the race from the luxury Giro VIP tent
  • Savour fantastic Italian food and wine, and relax in our hand-picked high quality hotels each evening
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Bianchi bike rental available (Infinito CV disc + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • Day 1 - 27 May

    Benvenuto in Italia

    We'll meet you at Bergamo airport, and transport you to our hotel in Ponte di Legno, where we'll be staying for the first night. We'll help you unpack and build your bike, we will hand out the team kit, and make final preparations before tomorrow's ride. After discussing the week's program, we'll enjoy a hearty Italian dinner in our hotel, while looking out over the peaceful mountains at sunset.

  • Day 2 - 28 May

    Stage 16 - Ponte di Legno circuit

    113km / mountains

    What a way to start the Giro experience week with the Queen Stage! This is one of the greatest cycling routes of the Alps in Europe - a climb up the two legends of the Giro: Passo Gavia (this year's Cima Coppi, as the highest climb of the Giro), and the iconic Mortirolo, one of the best known climbs in the world. After completing this great feat, we will take you to Brixen, where we will have a spectacular dinner to recover from the effort.

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  • Day 3 - 29 May

    Stage 17 - Brixen - Anterselva Antholz

    65km / hilly

    Today may be a short ride in distance, but we'll be climbing much of the distance with a slight positive slope, through the majestic lands of the regions of Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. This is a really beautiful route today, so we'll take our time to enjoy the stunning scenery. The last ascent up the Anteselva will be full of fans applauding and supporting us, as we reach our final goal ... the finish line.

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  • Day 4 - 30 May

    Stage 18 - Cortina d´Ampezzo - Belluno

    62km / descending

    We'll start with a relaxing ride from the famous, glamorous town of the Cortina d'Ampezzo, and follow the race route for 45km, on an easy descending course. After two days of high mountains, a relaxed ride with amazing views will be welcome. We'll then ride to Belluno, a beautiful and medieval city, where we will arrive on our bikes at our lovely hotel. We will have a delicious dinner, and enjoy wandering the old streets in the centre of Belluno.

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  • Day 5 - 31 May

    Stage 19 - Belluno to San Martino di Castrozza

    79km / mountains

    From our hotel in Belluno, we will ride a flat route until connecting with the official race route of the Giro. Our aim is to cycle the final 74kms of the stage, which includes one small climb before our San Martino di Castrozza ascent (1,478m). Once on top, we'll be sure to watch the pros as they fight for the pink jersey ... the crowds will be huge and the atmosphere will be electric. This southern area of the Dolomites is really beautiful, and once again we'll take our time to enjoy the scenery and atmosphere.

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  • Day 6 - 1 June

    Stage 20 - Predazzo to Croce d´Aune

    72km / mountains

    Today we face one of the toughest and most important stages of the Giro, being the final mountain stage prior to the final time trial in Verona. And it's a massive day with 4 big climbs. We'll ride the last 72km of the race route, ascending Passo Rolle (1,980m) and then the final climb up Croce d'Aune Monte Avena (1,225m). We'll cross the finish line, take pictures on the podium, and then watch the race finish, which is guaranteed to be epic.

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  • Day 7 - 2 June

    Stage 21 - Verona

    15.6km / hilly (Individual Time Trial)

    The grand finale, the time trial that will determine the winner and final placings. After a relaxed breakfast at our lovely hotel, we will ride to the start-line, and then cycle together through the streets of Verona and then enter the beautiful and world-famous Verona Arena. Once we cross the finish line, we'll rejoice our achievements ... congratulations, you have cycled a full week of the Giro d'Italia! You simply cannot get any closer to the real action than this. We'll watch the race finish once again, and cheer on the pros as they complete a huge goal ... to compete and fight for the pink over three awesome weeks. Our celebratory dinner this evening will be one to remember!

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  • Day 8 - 3 June


    After breakfast and a good Italian coffee, we'll help you with packing your bike and transport you to Verona airport for your trip home. Or if you prefer you are welcome to stay longer in Verona and see more of the city's wonderful sites and experience more of its incredible history. You'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget.

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