Giro d'Italia "Getaway" - Monte Zoncolan & Dolomites

  • Location

    Castelfranco Veneto to Sappada (Dolomites)

  • Duration

    4 days | 3 nights

  • Length

    60-100km daily

  • Climb

    500-2,000m daily

17 May 2018 - 20 May 2018

Do you wish to take on the magnificent mountains of the north and the Dolomites, over 3 stages of the Giro d'Italia? Join us for our Getaway - Monte Zoncolan & Dolomites tour.

"This experience of riding on the same course as the pros, and just a few hours ahead of them, is unique in the sporting world. The atmosphere is simply incredible." Keith Tuffley, Founder - Grand Tours Project.

If you want to follow the Giro in the north-east mountains including the rare ascent up Monte Zoncolan, but haven't the time for the full 8-day Experience - Assisi to the Dolomites tour, then this option could be ideal for you. Join us for just 3 stages!

This tour to allow you to enjoy the best 60-100km of the 3 stages in the north-east of Italy, and at the same time enjoy watching the race itself, from the best possible vantage points. This will include the mountain finish on Zoncolan.

Each evening, we'll enjoy local Italian cuisine and stay in a lovely hotel - for this tour, the quality of hotels, food and wine are as important as the cycling.

As an "Official Tour Operator", we will have our support vehicle with us the whole distance. 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!

We also offer a “Ride Every Kilometre” getaway on the same dates. For more information please get in contact with us.

Total price: From €1,500

  • Ride on the best 60-100km of 3 stages of the Giro, on the same day as the race, just hours ahead of the pros
  • Watch the Giro starts 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 one of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium, and watch the race from the luxury Giro VIP tent
  • Savour fantastic Italian food and wine, and relax in our hand-picked high quality hotels each evening
  • 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 - 17 May

    Benvenuto in Italia

    You will arrive at Venice airport, and we'll transport you to our hotel in Castelfranco Veneto. 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 tour programme, we'll enjoy a hearty Italian dinner in town.

  • Day 2 - 18 May



    From our hotel in Castelfranco Veneto, we'll take a 33km flat route to the finish town of Nervesa della Battaglia, and from here we follow the race route for a 30km loop around the town. Given the two massive mountain days to follow, we'll be wise to rest our legs. The atmosphere in town will be electric as the crowds arrive after lunch to enjoy the Giro festivities and the early arrival of the peloton. Following the dead flat 150km ride to Nervesa, the peloton will be traveling at serious speed on this final loop around town, and it will be an exciting sprint to the finish line.

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  • Day 3 - 19 May



    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 ... but it's also truly stunning scenery along the whole course. Our aim is to cycle the final 65km of the stage, which includes two smaller climbs before our Zoncolan ascent. 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.

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  • Day 4 - 20 May

    Cortina to Sappada


    Our final day of cycling, and another big day in the mountains. We have three mountains ahead of us, as we head into the Dolomites and start cycling from the famous, glamorous town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, and join the route for the final 73km. It is basically ascend and descend to the finish, and 2,000m 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 ... you simply can't get any closer to the real action than this. We'll watch the race finish once again, and cheer on the pros as they complete two exhausting days in the mountains. We will then transport you to Venice airport for your trip home ... arrivederci!

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