Giro d'Italia "Ride Every Kilometre" Sicily and Mt Etna

  • Location

    Monreale (Sicily) to Villafranca Tirrena (Sicily)

  • Duration

    5 days | 4 nights

  • Length

    136 -150km daily

  • Climb

    500 - 2,800m daily

11 May 2020 - 15 May 2020

Join us as we Ride Every Kilometre of the 3 Giro stages in Sicily – including the active volcano, Etna. This will be a week of cycling you will relish forever.

“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 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 of stages 3-5, on the same day as the race. We'll be riding in through some beautiful and spectacular regions of Sicily with a VIP Finish and Podium access at the end of Stage 5!

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 "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!

If riding every kilometre sounds a bit much, then you may wish to join us for a more relaxed option involving 60-100km of riding each day - our Giro "Experience" tour.

Total price: From €2,250

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of 3 stages, on the race route, just hours before the pros
  • Enjoy the beauty of Sicily’s open landscapes, Greco-Roman temples, stunning coasts and ancient towns and villages, and of course, the ascent of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna.
  • Watch the Giro starts 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 at least one of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium, and watch the race from the Giro VIP zone with a prosecco in hand
  • Bianchi bike rental available (Infinito CV disc + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • DAY 1 - MONDAY, 11 MAY

    BENVENUTO IN Sicilia

    We'll greet you at Palermo Airport, and transport you to our luxury 4* hotel. Our team will help you unpack and build your bike, we'll hand out the team kit, and make final preparations before tomorrow's ride. After discussing the week's programme, the team will enjoy a relaxed warmup ride around the beautiful city. We'll savour dinner in one of the excellent restaurants specialising in local Sicilian dishes.

    Hotel - NH Palermo****
  • DAY 2 - TUESDAY, 12 MAY

    STAGE 4 Monreale - Agrigento

    136km / Hilly

    First up, an early breakfast before final packing and checking out. A short transfer to Monreale and we begin our ‘Ride Every Kilometre’ right under the start banner. The route briefly follows the Palermo coast before turning inland and traversing through hilly farmland terrain. Lercara Friddi is the highest point at 672m followed by a long rolling 40km descent towards Sicily’s south coast. Just before we finish, there are 2 more climbs and the last one into Agrigento is a heart buster short steep ascent. Our support vehicle will be nearby, so we can change and wait for the pros to arrive across the finish line. After the finish, we will transfer to the centre of Sicily, Enna and our hotel. We’ll have a delicious Sicilian dinner in Enna.

    Hotel - Doric Bed Boutique Hotel****
  • Day 3 - Wednesday 13 May

    STAGE 5 Enna – Etna Piano Provenzana

    150km / Mountain

    EPIC DAY ALERT... It is for good reason that Enna is also called Belvedere and our departure starts with panoramic views out over the Sicilian countryside before descending into the rolling farmland landscape. We head directly east, skirting past Lago Pozzillo and Mount Etna in the background. At Paterno we will start climbing the flanks of Mount Etna. The roads are lined with volcanic rock walls and terraces holding orchards and forests, and on our right is the Ionian Sea. From Linguaglossa we will start climbing Mount Etna. The 18.2km / 1,235m ascent is a truly unique experience, this is the first category 1 mountain of the 2020 Giro. The 2002-2003 eruption completely destroyed Piano Provenzana and it has been rebuilt right in the middle of an old lava flow! We will cross the official finish line and stand on the podium for photos before watching the riders arrive.

    Hotel - Habitat***
  • DAY 4 - THURSDAY, 14 MAY

    STAGE 6 Catania – Villafranca Tirrena

    138km / Mountain

    After a healthy breakfast, we will go from our hotel to the Stage 5 start and take some selfies for our last but challenging stage of our Sicilian leg. Our journey starts along the coast and heads north along rolling terrain until just before Taormina when we will head back inland and start our approximate 40km climb to the forested pass, Portella Mandrazzi 1125m. The support vehicle will be there to offer OTE nutrition and warm clothing for your 30km descent to the north coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Then it is a flat ride to the finish destination where we will get changed and go to the Giro VIP zone to watch the racers cross the finish, and of course, enjoy complimentary Sicilian food and wine. A fitting way to finish 138 km and a big day of climbing. After the award presentations, we will transfer to our hotel on the Tyrrhenian coast to have a great dinner together and spend our last night.

    Hotel - Hotel Kalura****
  • DAY 5 - FRIDAY, 15 MAY

    Departure Day - Arrivederci

    Congratulations - you have achieved one of the great cycling challenges: ridden every kilometre of 3 stages of the Giro, with the pros just hours behind you. You can't get closer to the action than this! After last night's celebratory dinner and this morning's sleep-in, a hearty breakfast, and good Italian coffee, we'll help you with packing your bike and transport you to Palermo airport for your trip home. Or maybe you will join us for week 3 in the Alps? Whatever you decide, you'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget.