Giro d'Italia "Ride Every Kilometre" Week 3 - Lake Garda, Alps & Rome

  • Location

    Trento / Lake Garda to Rome

  • Duration

    8 Days | 7 Nights

  • Length

    35-215km daily

  • Climb

    200-4,500m daily

21 May 2018 - 28 May 2018

Join us as we cycle every kilometre of the final week of the Giro - from beautiful Lake Garda, through the vineyards of Piemonte, up the mighty Alps including the 2018 Cima Coppi - Colle delle Finestre - and then the Grande Finale in Rome, for only the 4th time in 101 Giro editions. 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 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 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 the country's capital, Rome.

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, then you can join us on our more relaxed option involving 60-100km of riding each day on these 6 stages, our Giro "Experience" - Lake Garda to Rome tour. Or you can join us in Rome for a 3-day option to view the Grande Finale and cycle in the Roma Granfondo.

Total price: From €3,400

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of 6 stages, on the race route, just hours before the pros
  • Enjoy the beauty of Lake Garda, the grandeur of the Alps, and the history of Rome, as we cycle anywhere between 35km to 215km daily
  • Be part of history as we cycle the race route in Rome, only the 4th time in 101 Giro editions that the race finishes in the capital city
  • Watch the Giro stars fight for the pink jersey, from the best vantage points, including a mountain finish on the iconic Monte Zoncolan
  • On every stage, enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Giro and the support of the public
  • On one of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium, and watch the race from the Giro VIP grandstand
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Maximum group size: 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Day 1 - 21 May

    Benvenuto in Italia

    We'll meet you as you arrive at Venice airport, and transport you to our lovely hotel in the countryside near Trento and close to tomorrow's race start. 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 superb Italian dinner at our hotel.

  • Day 2 - 22 May

    Stage 16 - Trento to Rovereto

    34.5km (Individual Time Trial)

    Today provides a gentle introduction to the week ahead, with a 34.5km individual time trail on a flat route. Whilst you are welcome to race this as fast as you can if you wish so you can compare your time with the pros, others may prefer a more relaxed ride to soak up the secenery and the electric atmosphere of the Giro, with the crowds lining the road. Many of the pros will be on the road in the morning to loosen their legs after their rest day, so there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Once we cross the finish line, we'll relax, enjoy a big Italian lunch in Rovereto, and then spend the afternoon watching the full race. We'll then drive to the shores of Lake Garda to our beautiful hotel, the Du Lac et Du Parc Hotel.

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  • Day 3 - 23 May

    Stage 17 - Riva del Garda to Iseo


    Today's ride is a beautiful hilly route through from the stunning shores of Lake Garda to Iseo. 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 at 1:20pm, 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 40kph+ is an exciting one, and the crowds will be cheering us on as we approach the finish. But tomorrow's ride is a big one, so don't get too excited. We'll then travel to Milan to our next hotel, the Mulino Grande, and relish a big delicious Italian dinner.

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  • Day 4 - 24 May

    Stage 18 - Milano to Pratonevoso


    Teamwork is important today as we tackle a long flat route through the lovely countryside of Piemonte, featuring numerous vineyards in the hills and the beauty of the Alps in north and west. We'll pass through the classic towns of Alba, Novello and Mondovi, and ensure we stop for breaks to enjoy the food - Piemonte is famous as the best food region in all of Italy. We then start the final 25km section involving a big climb up the 1,600m high ski resort of Prato Nevoso. This mountain finish has featured twice in the Giro and once in the Tour de France (2008, won by the Australian, Simon Gerrans). We'll watch the pros cross the finish line, and then drive to Turin to our next hotel, the modern Diamante MHotel, close to tomorrow's start line.

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  • Day 5 - 25 May

    Stage 19 - Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia


    The Queen Stage of the 2018 Giro, and a true classic route, one to relish and remember ... the highlight being the 19km / 1,700m climb up the 2018 Cima Coppi (the highest mountain pass of the Giro), the 2,178m high Colle della Finistre. With an average gradient of 9.1%, and magnificent views of the Alps, it also features several kilometres of gravel road. This will be only the 4th time Finistre has featured in the Giro. Once we conquer this epic, we then climb up the ski resort of Sestriere, descend into Bardonecchia, and then finish with an ascent of Jaffereau. Sestriere and Jaffereau last featured in the 2013 Giro when a snow storm forced the race to re-route around Sestriere at the last minute. After 4,500m of climbing, we will have completed one of the great days of the 2018 Giro.

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  • Day 6 - 26 May

    Stage 20 - Susa to Cervinia


    Another epic stage, and the final big challenge for us. With more than 4,000m of climbing over 214km, three category 1 mountains, and a mountain finish in Cervinia at the base of the infamous Matterhorn, 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, and the first 130km are fast and flat as we head from Susa northwards and into the Aosta Valley. The next 84km are constant ascent and decent, with the classic and beautiful climb up to the 2,001m high Cervinia. This 20th stage will determine the pink jersey winner of the 101st 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 Rome on the high-speed train, just a 3hr 20m trip from Milan.

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  • Day 7 - 27 May

    Stage 21 - Rome


    Riding in the ancient streets of Rome, on the route of the 101st edition of the Giro, will be a rare and exciting experience. The course is simply fantastic ... 10 loops of a 11.8km circuit, going past the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Victor Emmanuel II Monument, Circus Maximus, and Palatine Hill. 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 Kilometre" challenge. Our hotel is only 100 metres 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 whole race starting at 2:15pm. 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 Rome.

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  • Day 8 - 28 May


    Congratulations - you have achieved one of the great cycling challenges: ridden every kilometre 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 Rome airport for your trip home.

    You'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget.