Giro d'Italia "Ride Every Kilometre" WEEK 1 2024 - Torino to Napoli

  • Location

    Torino to Napoli

  • Duration

    11 days | 10 nights

  • Length

    37.2 - 206 km daily

  • Climb

    400 - 3,850 m daily

3 May 2024 - 13 May 2024

Join us as we Ride Every Kilometre of the Week 1 of the Giro – A long week with the Grande Partenza starting in Torino and the Piemonte region of northern Italy, rolling down and along the Ligurian coast into Tuscany and some Strade Bianche, down the Apeninnes spine and finally to Naples on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Throw in an Individual Time Trial and two mountain stages into the mix of hilly, flat and coastal routes and the Giro d’Italia 2024 is ready for an exciting first week. Are you excited? We are!

“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 1-9, on the same day as the race ahead of the caravan and pros. We'll be riding through some beautiful and spectacular regions of Italy with a VIP Finish and Podium access along the route.

1,412.2 kilometres and 15,350 metres ascent. The Grande Partenza entails the first 3 stages - first the hills around Torino, a mountain stage on stage 2 and then a flat section heading south. Along the coast for stages 4 and 5 and reaching beautiful Lucca. Stage 6 is in the Tuscan countryside through Siena and along Strade Bianche and the first Individual Time Trial (ITT) Foligno to Perugia - an opportunity to compare your Strava times with the pros at the end of the day as well as relax and re energise for the next day, Stage 8 to Prati di Tivo. Stage 9 will be relatively easy and mainly rolling down hill and back to the coast and into wonderfully chaotic Napoli.

This week is a good introduction to our Ride Every Kilometre tours - where you Ride. Every. Kilometre. of each stage in the morning ahead of the professional racers. Yes really. Grand Tours Project has successfully run these tours for several years and the 105th Giro d'Italia comprised 17 guests who accepted this challenge.

If 11 days is too much, we also offer the Grand Partenza Ride Every Kilometre tour. It’s a total of 5 days and you ride every kilometre of the first 3 stages.

*For shorter options of this week, enquire and request the full information.

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 €6,490

  • Level of fitness: Advance - fit enough to ride 5 to 7 hours or 130 to 200 km at a steady pace.
  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of 1 to 9 stages, on the race route, just hours before the pros
  • Enjoy the beauty open landscapes - hilly, flat, mountains, Strade Bianche and coastal routes
  • 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
  • Premium rental bike available (Full carbon disc brake + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • DAY 1 - FRIDAY 3 MAY

    BENVENUTO IN italia!

    Benvenuto in Torino! We will meet you at Torino airport and transfer to your hotel.

    Our team will help you to check in and unpack your bike or fit you to your rental bike. After a light lunch or snack we’ll test ride the bikes and ride out to Superga 672 m, a fixture of the Milano -Torino on the UCI Spring calendar.

    Back at our hotel we can adjust the bikes, and then head over to our first "GTP Ride Every Kilometre" tour briefing over aperos before our first Italian dinner together.

    Hotel in Torino

    Stage 1 - Venaria Reale - Torino

    139 km | 1,550 m

    The day starts with an early transfer to Venaria Reale to start the ride from the Stage 1 start along the official route. The route will take you back to Torino and into the hills and climbs overlooking Torino before you return and cross the official finish line in Torino and mount the podium to recognise your achievement. A memorable experience. Depending upon time, you can stay and watch the pros arrive over the finish or transfer to the hotel to prepare for Stage 2. An early dinner either at the hotel or nearby.

    Hotel near Torino and San Francesco al Campo
  • DAY 3 - SUNDAY 5 MAY

    STAGE 2 - San Francesco al Campo - Santuario di Oropa

    166 km | 2,600 m

    Not a usual feature this early in the Giro, but the route heads into the mountains. After breakfast the team will transfer you to the start of Stage 2. The start is flat at the start but soon enough the climbing will begin. Panoramica Zegna first and then a sharp descent and back up to Santuario di Orapa and the finish. If the weather is kind and there is time, join the crowds and cheer on the pros as they arrive for the first mountain stage finish. Depending upon time and enthusiasm, you can ride down to Netro avoiding the busy road full of fans, team buses and officials. From here, the team will transfer you to your hotel and meet at dinner.

    HOTEL near Novara
  • DAY 4 - MONDAY 6 MAY


    170 km | 900 m

    A flat ride today but also a fast ride in order to stay ahead of the Giro Caravan and the breakaways and peloton. After a very early breakfast, you will ride from the Stage 3 start in Novara and ride the route to Asti, an ancient town and centre for the world famous Piemonte wines. No time to stop and taste these nectars, you need to race along the Tanaro river valley to Alba and then via Giro routes into Fossano. The GTP team will be there with a change of clothes for you and then you can enter the Giro VIP Finish Zone to celebrate and enjoy an apero or two and the delicious Italian dishes; rub shoulders with other VIPs, and then in a prime position watch the sprinters fight for the finish followed by the rest of their teams. When everyone is ready, the GTP van will then transfer you to your hotel near Aqua Terme.

    Hotel near Aqua Terme

    STAGE 4 - Aqua Terme to Andora (Colle San Bernardo)

    187 km | 1,400 m

    Early breakfast and then depart east along the maritime hills. The route will be adorned with pink objects and ingenious displays in preparation for the race. In no time you have Colle San Bernardo 963 m, only 6.5 km ascent but steep enough with 12.4 % in one short section! Then a long 28 km or so descent to the coast and then Andora.

    HOTEL near Genoa

    STAGE 5 - Genova to Lucca

    176 km | 1,600 m

    No mountains today, hills yes but with Ligurian Sea views as you pass along the coast, past Portofino and above the Cinque Terre. Near La Spezia you will head into beautiful Tuscany and hills behind Lucca via Freddana before descending and finishing in the fabulous walled city of Lucca. The Grand Tours Project CEO and former pro, Uri Martins, used to train here and he recommends walking along the wall and stopping at Gelato Bontanella for the best gelato.

    HOTEL in Lucca

    STAGE 6 - Torre del Lago Puccini to Rapolano Terme

    178 km | 1,900 m

    After an early breakfast, there is a short transfer to the start at Torre del Lago Puccini. A hilly day with the accumulated elevation reaching around 1,900 metres. Details are scarce but the team at Grand Tours Project expect the route to pass by San Gimignano and Siena with some of the route on the Strade Bianche before reaching Rapolano Terme. Keep the phones charged for all the photo opps on this ride. Plus if there is time, visit the Rapolano thermal baths to soak the sore muscles before a transfer to your hotel near Foligno.

    HOTEL NEAR Foligno
  • DAY 8 - FRIDAY 10 MAY

    STAGE 7 - ITT Foligno to Perugia

    37.2 km | 400 m

    Straight after breakfast, ride the official 37.2 kilometre ITT route to Perugia. Bike computers and Strava recording as you will be able to compare your times against the pros at the end of the day. In no time, it is over. Ride or transfer back to the hotel to change and relax. Re-energise for tomorrow’s big mountain day. Around midday, the team will escort you to the VIP Start area where you can observe the riders preparing and warming up and the support crews tinkering with bikes. You could be lucky and find yourself with one of the riders chatting or discussing the race with some of the crew. Enjoy the atmosphere when riders are called up and start their race, watching their progress on the screens. The excitement will rise as the last riders, the fastest riders start.

    An early dinner at the hotel.

    HOTEL near Foligno and Spoleto


    153 km | 3,850 m

    Early rise and breakfast because today is your Queen Stage, i.e. the biggest climb of Giro Week 1. The route winds through the valleys and over hills, ridges and passes of the Apennines. The Apennines are stunningly beautiful and wild and the race route ends in Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga - home of the endangered calm Marsican Brown Bear and Apeninne Wolf. The final climb is 14 km with 1,022 metres elevation gain finishing at Prati di Tivo, a ski resort ( 1,454m). Welcome hairpins break the monotony. After a long day on the saddle we suggest you ride back down to the van. Once everyone has regrouped, you will be transferred to your hotel near Avezzano.

    HOTEL NEAR Avezzano
  • DAY 10 - SUNDAY 12 MAY


    206 km | 1,150 m

    The end is nigh, today is your last stage. From the start at Avezzano you will come down from the Apennines, returning to the coast, specifically the Tyrrhenian Sea and the long stretches of sandy beaches. If you have it in you, the ride is potentially flat and fast along the coast before following the route through the active volcanic Phlegraean Fields to Bacoli and then the shore line past Pozzuoli and Posillipo, into Napoli and the finish of Stage 9 and week 1 .

    HOTEL IN Napoli
  • DAY 11 - MONDAY 13 MAY

    Departure - Arrivederci!

    Airport departure - Napoli Airport

    The first week, with the Grande Partenza, is complete. Nine stages, 1,412 kilometres and 15,350 metres ascent plus the extra bits! Did you accomplish this epic challenge? If yes, kudos to you. If not, that’s ok as the Giro is the “Toughest race in the most beautiful place”- come back next year and try again.
    We’ll help you check out and transfer you to Napoli airport for your onward travels.
    Ride safe and see you on the roads soon.