Giro d'Italia "Ride Every Kilometre" Week 2 - Piemonte to Lombardy

  • Location

    Ravenna to Como

  • Duration

    8 Days | 7 Nights

  • Length

    131-237km daily

  • Climb

    500-4,300m daily

20 May 2019 - 27 May 2019

Limited spaces remaining: From the home towns of "il campionissimo" Fausto Coppi, through the vineyards of Piemonte, to the magnificent mountains of the Valle d'Aosta, and finishing by the beautiful Lake Como ... this will be a challenging, rewarding and beautiful week of cycling. Join us for 6 stages of the 102nd 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 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 - starting with two flat stage in central Italy, before two hilly stages in the north, and two epic mountain stage in the Italian Alps.

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!

This tour is being hosted in conjunction with the "Ride with Mike" project. After dealing with a number of life changing events such as kidney cancer and sustaining injuries that caused bleeding on the brain and serious neck injuries, Mike's goal is to raise awareness and money for a charity close to his heart - the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM). Mike has currently raised AUD$479,000 for NIIM, and he is aiming for $1 million. We are delighted to support Mike by donating all profits from our Grand Tours Project "Ride Every Kilometre" trips to NIIM.

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 may wish to 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" tours.

Total price: From €3,950

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of 6 stages, on the race route, just hours before the pros
  • Enjoy the beauty of Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta and Lombardy as we cycle 131-237km 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 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 - 20 May

    Benvenuto in Italia

    We'll greet you at Bologna airport and transport you to our superb hotel in Ravenna - a city famous for its buildings with adorning colourful mosaics such as the Basilica di San Vitale. 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 program, the team will enjoy a relaxed stroll in the city centre and then a hearty dinner in one of Ravenna’s excellent restaurants specialising in local Rimini dishes.

  • Day 2 - 21 May

    Stage 10 - Ravenna – Modena


    We start the week with a relatively easy 147km ride on a flat course. This is the perfect way to start our adventure and get the legs warmed up and accustomed to the roads of the Giro d'Italia. This will be a truly memorable day as you complete the first of the six stages ... plus we will arrive into the city of Modena, known for its balsamic vinegar and opera heritage, plus Ferrari and Lamborghini sports cars ... and it really wouldn't surprise us if there were a line of pink sports cars welcoming us to finish! We will then transfer to Carpi, where we will relax and enjoy an alfresco dinner ahead of tomorrow's longer and hillier stage.

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  • Day 3 - 22 May

    Stage 11 - Carpi - Novi Ligure

    206 km

    We're in for a real treat over the following two stages, as we will ride on the roads of two cycling legends, Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo, both named in their times as "il campionissimo" (the ‘champion of champions’). As we arrive into Novi Ligure for the finish of today’s stage, we are also riding into the birthplace of Girardengo, with Coppi born in nearby Castellania. 2019 marks the 100th year anniversary of Girardengo’s first Giro win at the 9th edition; the 100th anniversary of Coppi's birth; and the 60th anniversary of Coppi's dual win of the Giro and Tour de France in the same year (1949), the first time this was ever achieved.

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  • Day 4 - 23 May

    Stage 12 - Cueno - Pinerolo


    One of the most awaited stages - Cuneo to Pinerolo - is a tribute to the Fausto Coppi and his legendary feat in the Giro of 1949, where he won after a solitary escape of 192 km by gaining an eleven-minute advantage on Gino Bartali. The route, however, will not faithfully follow that of the triumphal ride of Coppi, cutting the passage in France and then the climb to Izoard, instead featuring Acaja and Montoso. We will be staying in Pinerolo, so we will enjoy the finish of this special stage from the comfort of the VIP area with a glass of prosecco and cheers to the new stage winner.

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  • Day 5 - 24 May

    Stage 13 - Pinerolo - Ceresole Reale


    Are your climbing legs ready? It’s the first mountain stage of the Giro and, after an evening celebrating Coppi and his outstanding achievements, we will leave the hotel by bike and start stage 13 ... 188km in total with a 5-star difficulty rating. It's going to be a leg burner and what better way to start the day - a 14km climb (6.7% avg) up the stepper southern side of the Colle del Lys (the opposite side from last year). After savouring another Piemontese lunch we will finish the stage climbing up to the beautiful Lake Serru, nestled 2,510m above sea level in the stunning Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso ... it will make for a truly spectacular finish!

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  • Day 6 - 25 May

    Stage 14 - Saint Vincent - Courmayeur


    Our penultimate day of cycling, and another big day in the mountains. We have four mountains ahead of us, as we head into the Alps and cycle to the famous, glamorous town of Cormayeur for the stage finish. With 131km of riding, and over 3,000m of climbing it's another tough day in the saddle, so hopefully after yesterday's epic day, we have left some energy in our legs. We will climb Verrayes , Verrogne, Truc d'Arbe and Passo san Carlo. It will be a fast descent after the final climb down though La Thuil before arriving in Pre Saint Dider for the final climb to Courmayeur towards Monte Blanc.

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  • Day 7 - 26 May

    Stage 15 - Ivrea - Como


    Our final day of cycling, and another spectacular stage! We have four climbs ahead of us, as we head towards the famous Lago di Como. It is a day of ascents and descents for all 237km of today's course. 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.

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  • Day 8 - 27 May


    Having transported you back to our hotel at Bergamo 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 Verona for the final stage? In any event, you'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget.