Giro d'Italia "Ride Every Kilometre" Week 3 - Lago d'Iseo to Verona

  • Location

    Lovere to Verona

  • Duration

    8 Days | 7 Nights

  • Length

    15.6 - 226 km daily

  • Climb

    200-4,500m daily

27 May 2019 - 3 Jun 2019

This tour is sold out: Join us as we cycle every kilometre of the final week of the Giro - from beautiful Lago d’Iseo, up the mighty Alps including the 2019 Cima Coppi - Gavia. And then the Grande Finale in Verona, for only the 4th time in the history of the Giro. 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 16-21, on the same day as the race. We'll be riding in some of the classic cycle regions of northern Italy, with a finish in Verona's roman amphitheatre!

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 the final 3 stages. 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 Lago d’Iseo, the grandeur of the Mortirolo and Gavia, and the big finish in Verona’s amphitheatre , as we cycle anywhere between 15.6km to 226km daily
  • Be part of history as we cycle the race route in Verona city, for only the 4th time in the history of the Giro
  • Watch the Giro stars fight for the pink jersey, from the best vantage points
  • 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 prosecco in hand
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Maximum group size: 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Bianchi bike rental available (Infinito CV disc + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • Day 1 - 27 May

    Benvenuto in Italia

    We'll greet you at Bergamo airport and transport you to our superb hotel in Lovere. 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, the team will enjoy a relaxed stroll in the city centre and then a hearty dinner in an excellent restaurants specialising in local Lombardia dishes.

  • Day 2 - 28 May

    Stage 16 - Lovere - Ponte di Legno


    EPIC day alert! What a stage to kick of the final week of the Giro. Starting on the shores of Lago d'Iseo, today's mountain stage, the Queen Stage of the 2019 Giro, is a beautiful route and one to relish and remember ... the highlight being the 17.3km (2,621m) climb up the Gavia , the 2019 Cima Coppi (the highest mountain pass of the Giro), followed swiftly by the legendary 1,852m high Mortirolo. Once we conquer these epic climbs, we then descend down towards Ponte di Legno for the stage finish. The Gavia has featured 9 times in Giro history, 7 of which featuring as the Cima Coppi, and many pro cyclists regard Mortirolo as the hardest climb on the pro circuit. After 4,000m of climbing, we will have completed one of the great days of the 2019 Giro.

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  • Day 3 - 29 May

    Stage 17 - Commezzadura - Anterselva Antholz


    Today's ride is a beautiful hilly route starting in Val di Sole. A nice 30km ride along the River Noce is the perfect way to awaken the legs after yesterday's stage and ahead of today's first climb, the Passo della Mendola - but with an average gradient of only 3.8% it's a real treat. Descending down to Bolzano for a quick coffee we'll start to see the mighty Dolomites - and after completing the second climb up to Terento we will enjoy views from an altitude of 1,232 m.

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  • Day 4 - 30 May

    Stage 18 - Valdaora Olang - Santa Maria di Sala


    220km and barely a hill in sight ... in fact looking at the profile it looks like a steady roll down hill - easy peasy ! But we'll start early to ensure we have plenty of time for breaks, photos opportunities, and lunch, before arriving at the finish well before the pros. The race starts around lunch time, so our pace inevitably picks up in the afternoon as we feel the breath of the peloton down our necks - the feeling of 170+ cyclists traveling at 45kph+ is an exciting one, and the crowds will be cheering us on as we approach the finish. But tomorrow's ride is a hilly one, followed by a big mountain stage so don't get too excited!

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  • Day 5 - 31 May

    Stage 19 - Treviso - San Martino di Castrozza


    After spending the evening in the beautiful city of Treviso, teamwork is important today as we tackle this quick and punchy 'hilly stage' from Treviso over Passo San Boldo (6.2 km , 7.2%) and up the final climb to the mountain resort, San Martino di Castrozza. We'll ensure we stop for breaks to enjoy the food and views. The final section of today's stage involves a long 13.7km climb up the 1,487m high ski resort. This mountain finish last featured in 2009 for stage 4 with Italian rider, Stefano Garzelli, taking the win.

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  • Day 6 - 1 June

    Stage 20 - Feltre Croce D'Aune - Monte Avena


    The final big challenge for us. With more than 3,000m of climbing over 193km, 3 intermediate mountains, and a mountain finish in Monte Avena, this will be another day to remember. It will be an early start to ensure we cross the finish line before the pros catch us. We start the day climbing up Cima Campo followed by Passo Manghen and Passo Rolle, the final haul up the Croce d’Aune - it was on this beautiful climb that Tullio Campagnolo (1927) realised the need to change gears easily and the idea of a rear derailleur that would revolutionise cycling was born! This 20th stage will determine the pink jersey winner of the 102nd edition of the Giro, so hold on for an exciting race finish, just an hour or two after we complete this epic day of cycling. We then travel to Verona for the Grande Finale!

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  • Day 7 - 2 June

    Stage 21 - Verona


    Riding in the city of Verona, on the route of the 102nd edition of the Giro, will be a rare and exciting experience. This will be the 4th time in history the Giro has returned to Verona for the Grande Finale! We'll start early so we can complete our ride well before midday - and then rejoice with the crowds as we cross the finish line, the end of our great Giro "Ride Every Kilometer" challenge. Our hotel is centrally located from the start/finish line, so we'll freshen up, then enjoy a relaxed celebratory lunch, before joining the luxury VIP Tent to watch the Individual Time Trial. At the race conclusion, we'll join in the Giro award celebrations, and then have our final team dinner in a great restaurant in central Verona.

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  • Day 8 - 3 June


    Congratulations - you have achieved one of the great cycling challenges: ridden every kilometer of a full week 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 Verona airport for your trip home. You'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget.

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