Giro d'Italia "Ride Every Kilometre" Week 2 - Apennines to Dolomites

  • Location

    Penne (Apennines) to Sappada (Dolomites)

  • Duration

    8 Days | 7 Nights

  • Length

    160-240km daily

  • Climb

    500-4,300m daily

14 May 2018 - 21 May 2018

From one of the most beautiful towns in all of Italy - Assisi - to the magnificent mountains of the north and the Dolomites, this will be a challenging, rewarding and beautiful week of cycling. Join us for 6 stages of the 101st Giro d'Italia.

“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 of stages 10-15, on the same day as the race. This week has some great variety - two hilly stages in the central Apennines, two flat stages on along the coast and into Veneto, and then two challenging mountain stages, including an epic climb up Monte Zoncolan.

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 6 stages sounds a bit much, or if you haven't the time for a full week off, then you can join for just 3 stages in the mountains. Contact us if this interests you.

We are also offering a more relaxed option involving 60-100km of riding each day - our Giro "Experience" - Apennines to Dolomites tour.

Total price: From €3,150

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of 6 stages, on the race route, just hours before the pros
  • Enjoy the beauty of the Apennines, the Veneto region and the Dolomites as we cycle 160-240km daily
  • 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
  • Enjoy all the benefits of riding with a Giro "Official Tour Operator"
  • On one of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium, and watch the race from the Giro VIP grandstand
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 - 14 May

    Benvenuto in Italia

    We'll meet you at Rome airport, and transport you to our lovely hotel near Penne - the beautiful Castello Chiola. Our mechanic 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, we'll enjoy a hearty Italian dinner in our castle hotel, while looking out over the peaceful Abruzzo countryside at sunset.

  • Day 2 - 15 May

    Stage 10 - Penne to Gualdo Tadino


    We get straight into it, with a big 239km ride on a hilly course through the Apennines - the longest of the entire 2018 Giro. And we start immediately with a category 2 climb after our early breakfast. But the stunning scenery will keep our minds off our legs as we make our way northwards and passing over two cat. 3 climbs. Despite the long day, we'll make sure that we have time for a delicious picnic lunch and breaks, and yet still finishing ahead of the pros. This will be a truly memorable day, one you'll be proud of as you cross the finish line ... and we'll top if off by staying in our lovely hotel, the Il Palazzo, in the stunning town of Assisi.

    View stage routes and profiles
  • Day 3 - 16 May

    Stage 11 - Assisi to Osimo


    Assisi is one of Italy's most beautiful hill towns, is the birthplace of Italy's patron saint St Francis, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. So after our breakfast, the cycle out of town from the start line in the early morning will be one to behold. It will be another hilly ride as we head towards the east coast of the Adriatic, although at 150km it is much shorter than yesterday's epic. Once again we'll be passing through some really beautiful country in Umbria and into Le Marche region, where the hills are dotted with medieval towns. Tonight's hotel - the Villa Gems - has a lovely pool, so if it's hot we may tempted to drive straight there after our cycle to enjoy a relaxing swim before our Italian dinner.

    View stage routes and profiles
  • Day 4 - 17 May

    Stage 12 - Osimo to Imola


    Today is a flat stage ... very flat ... and with 213km of riding, we'll enjoy working as a team with an efficient peloton to maximise our speed and rest our legs. We will work on our skills, and it will also make it a thrilling ride as we travel north along the Adriatic coast. It is beautiful scenery with aqua blue water, and we'll find time for lunch and some breaks by some the lovely beaches. The course then turns inland and onto the famous town of Imola, home of the legendary Enzo & Dino Ferrari Formula One race circuit, where we will finish our ride with a final 19km circuit around the historic town.

    View stage routes and profiles
  • Day 5 - 18 May

    Stage 13 - Ferrara to Nervesa Della Battaglia


    Ferrara is famous as a city of the Renaissance with its stunning castles and other landmarks, earning it UNESCO World Heritage listing. So it will be another pleasant early morning cycle as we depart the city and head northwards. It's another flat day, and therefore another day of teamwork in our fast and efficient peloton. We're facing two very big days in the mountains in stages 14 and 15, so resting our legs will be of primary importance.

    View stage routes and profiles
  • Day 6 - 19 May

    Stage 14 - San Vito to Monte Zoncolan


    Epic day alert ... Monte Zoncolan is one of the legendary climbs of the Giro, indeed in all of Europe, and for good reason. It is notoriously steep, very long, and extremely challenging ... and regarded by many of the pros as the toughest in Europe. There is nothing quite like it except perhaps Alto de l'Angliru in Spain. With sustained gradients of over 15%, it will test us, and the pros, to our very limits. Today's stage will be one of the 3 toughest of the 2018 Giro, and we'll be climbing over 4,300m! But it's also truly stunning scenery along this whole course today. 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.

    View stage routes and profiles
  • Day 7 - 20 May

    Stage 15 - Tolmezzo to Sappada


    Our final day of cycling, and another big day in the mountains. We have four mountains ahead of us, as we head into the Dolomites and cycle through the famous, glamorous town of Cortina d'Ampezzo. It is basically ascend and descend for all 176km of today's course, and over 4,000m of climbing, so hopefully yesterday's epic climb of Zoncolan has left some energy in our legs. Once we cross the finish line, we'll rejoice our achievements ... congratulations, you have cycled every single kilometre of a full week of the Giro d'Italia, and with the pros breathing down our necks every day. You simply can't get any closer to the real action than this.

    View stage routes and profiles
  • Day 8 - 21 May


    Having transported you back to our hotel at Venice airport last night, and enjoyed our celebratory dinner, we can relish the well earned sleep-in. After a hearty breakfast and good Italian coffee, we'll help you with packing your bike and transport you to the airport for your trip home. Or can we tempt you to stay longer for the third week? Or maybe join us in Rome for the final stage? In any event, you'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget.