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Giro d’Italia Cycling Tour

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Tour Overview

The Alps, the Dolomites, the Apennines; they all define the Giro d’Italia and there can be nothing more rewarding than taking on the same challenge yourself, conquering the iconic climbs of Italy.

Expect amazing days on the bike with jaw dropping mountainous landscapes, thrilling free flowing descents and climbs where you’ll need every bit of your will to keep the pedals turning. Our Giro cycling tour ensures that your experience of the Giro traverses the same mountains and valleys as the pro’s and has you up close with the race at stage starts, finishes and over mountain passes, while also experiencing some time away from the race. It’s the perfect balance.

Join us for a 9 day adventure on our Giro d’Italia Cycling Tour from Lake Como to Verona that will see you tackle many of the famous climbs of Italy by day, while relaxing into a wonderful food, wine and cultural journey that we’ll take you on each night.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Giro d’Italia Ride Itinerary

Welcome to the Giro d’Italia and Italy’s Great Climbs

Our Giro route is designed to suit riders who want a comprehensive climbing challenge, taking on many of the greatest climbs in the Italian Alps and Dolomites, and getting a taste for what the peloton of the Giro experience. Our ride guides ensure the needs of different riders are supported on each climb.

Our Giro cycling tour route for 2019 will take us from Lake Como to Verona, and include some of the famous climbs of Madonna di Ghisallo, Passo dello Stelvio, Gavia, Sella Ronda, Falzarego and Passo delle Erbe in the Dolomites.

We start this week with a light spin to Argegno as our first ride and it’s the perfect introduction to Italy and the Italian lakes. You make your way out of the quintessential Lombardian town of Como and along the small road that hugs the iconic lake, with its spectacular surrounding mountains.

With undulating terrain the whole way, this ride should blow the cobwebs out of your legs after your travels and also give you the chance to test your bike set-up and make any micro adjustments to the bike as you need.

Highlight: Riding along the edge of the lake.
Distance: 40km
Elevation: 600m

It’s time for you to enjoy a full taste of the Lombardian country side. As we roll out of town and through the little villages and into the forest, we head towards the tip of the peninsula and the town of Bellagio, where we’ll stop for a caffe and take in the postcard perfect view. We’ll then take on the main challenge of the day, the 10.6k climb with 5.2% average up to the church of Madonna di Ghisallo, the patroness of cyclists, where we’ll stop for lunch and visit the church, the Museo del Ciclismo.

We’ll then take the mostly downhill backroads back into Como, and our hotel.

Highlight: The museum and monument to fallen cyclists.
Distance: 92km
Elevation: 1680m

Today you’ll conquer another one of cycling’s legendary climbs, the Muro di Sormano. We’ll start with an undulating warm up along the edge of the lake, before a right hand turn starts the hairpins, climbing and utterly sunning vistas.

We keep climbing through the bosco (forest) until we reach the summit. We’ll regroup here for a coffee and panino, before finding a spot in the sun to watch the race come flying over the top. After the final rider has passed, we’ll have a fast and fun descent for the return journey, heading directly to Como to see the Stage finish.

Highlight: Seeing the race fly up the iconic Muro di Surmano
Distance: 65km
Elevation: 1550m

It’s time for you to take on the iconic Passo dello Stelvio, sitting at an imposing 2750m. This is a climb like no other with its 34 switchbacks, and at one point a 14% pinch, and will challenge the mind and the legs, and open the heart. Once you have conquered the challenge, get set to enjoy a long and technical descent.

Highlight: On a day that is our Stelvio Pass cycling tour, the open Valle de Braulio surrounded by two peaks after the hike up the preceding wall.
Distance: 46km
Elevation: 1590m

Today you’ll conquer another one of cycling’s legendary climbs, starting by heading towards Santa Caterina, which rises 600 m before we even reach the base of the climb. You’ll have a few switchbacks to take care of early, before you ride along the edge of the mountain that sharply drops away, before dramatically rising on the other side of a ravine. This is a truly spectacular landscape and possibly our favourite.

Continuing on to the summit, the valley widens and flattens before the Rifugio Bonetta, where we’ll stop for a well earned panino and secure our spot to watch the race come up and over. A fast and fun descent awaits for the return journey down to Bormio.

Ride Option: If you’re keen for an earlier start and an epic day on the bike, you’ll also take on Mortirolo. On reaching the summit of Gavia, you’ll ride back towards Tirano and then up Mortirolo, with its mercilessly steep gradients that hit 18% and average 10.4% for the duration, before descending to Ponte de Legno and then up the other side of Gavia, to reach the summit and await the race.

The decision is yours.

Highlight: A truly special climb, with the bonus of the grand parade racing over the top. The descent back to Bormio is also awesome.
Distance: 60km – 107km (longer ride option)
Elevation: 1800m – 3060m (longer ride option)

We say goodbye to Bormio this morning and start to make our way east towards the Dolomites. After an early start to get ahead of the race, we’ll have lunch and then unload the bikes and prepare for our ride, while we wait for the race to thunder past our sunny spot by the river on the valley floor.

After the race has passed, we’ll roll out of town and tackle one of the most beautiful (and less known) climbs in the Dolomites, the Passo delle Erbe.

It is without a doubt a hidden gem, but also a serious challenge at 24.8km long and with an average gradient of 5.9%. After rolling to a stop at the summit, we’ll take in the sensational view, regroup and then descend down the mountain before hitting the valley floor and the false flat for the last few k’s to our new home.

Highlight: The small road and surrounding landscape that takes you to the summit of Passo delle Erbe
Distance: 58km
Elevation: 2200m

This morning we’ll drive across to the start town of Valdaora and see the riders sign on, having the opportunity to purchase our Giro souvenirs and watch the show get on the road.

We’ll roll out of town following the peloton, on roads flanked by tall pine trees, before taking the smaller road towards Tre Cime di Lavaredo, where another spectacular landscape awaits. Weather permitting, we will ride to the summit or we’ll continue past Misurina and enjoy the fast and fun descent that will take us right down to Cortina d’Ampezzo, where we will regroup before we take on the 16k and 1000m of Passo di Falzarego, one of our favourite places to ride in the Dolomites.

Reaching Passo di Falzarego, we veer to our right and keep heading up to Passo Valparola, where a view of the surrounding peaks and valley floor is unveiled, before a seriously fun 15k descent to our villa.

Highlight: The last few k’s of the climb to Passo Falzarego
Distance: 82km
Elevation: 2030m

This is a superb day of climbing and descending the beautiful and iconic Sella Ronda, with spectacular landscapes everywhere you turn. Today we are either going up or going down with four distinct passes, starting with a short and slight descent to the south, before our first challenge of Passo di Gardena, followed by Passo di Sella, Passo Pordoi and finishing with the beautiful, free flowing descent of Passo di Campolongo.

Highlight: The free flowing descent of Passo di Campolongo.
Distance: 62km
Elevation: 1800m

Pricing & Dates

$5,995.00 per person twin share / Maximum 12 guests

2019

24th May to 1st June 2019 $1,995 (deposit)
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2020

End Of May 2020 $1,995 (deposit)
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Start Location & Details

City: Como, Italy
Pick Up Location: San Giovanni Train Station, Como
Pick Up Time: 11:30am

Finish Location & Details

City: Verona, Italy
Drop Off Location: Porta Nuova Train Station, Verona
Drop Off Time: 11:30am

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8 nights accommodation, twin share with your own private bathroom.
  • Single occupancy available. Talk to us when booking.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners at a range of our favourite restaurants, osteria’s and home cooked locations, including nightly aperitivo hour and local wines and beers at each dinner.

Ride Support

  • Professional bilingual ride guides with extensive cycling experience, local knowledge and first aid experience, ensuring your riding experiences are truly local and take in many of the undiscovered back roads and rolling hills of this spectacular and diverse region.
  • Unique routes, available on GPS provided as part of the tour.
  • Support van on daily rides, with mechanical support and your safety as our priority.
  • Nutritious energy snacks and hydration are provided

Transfers & Activities

  • All transfers / transportation from pick up to drop off, including baggage and bike transportation.
  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the detailed tour itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to sites, museums and all other non riding activities.

Ride Kit

  • 2 piece, Italian made A’QTO Cycling Kit including jersey and bib shorts.
  • Musette and cap to match your kit.
  • Laundry for your cycling clothing.

Not Included

  • Airfare.
  • Bike hire.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Massages.

While airfare, bike hire, travel insurance and massages are not included in the Tour cost, they can be fully arranged for you. Talk to us when booking.

Have More Questions About Our Giro Cycling Tour?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

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Bike Hire & Gear

Full Carbon Road Bikes

You can choose to hire a Pinarello, Bianchi or Formigli bike with either Campagnolo or Shimano groupsets.

Gravel Bikes

Going off road as well? Have the best of both worlds with a Bianchi or Cannondale gravel bike with disc brakes.

GPS

An easy to use GPS is provided for your use for the duration of the tour with our daily rides pre installed.

Non-Riding Partners

As part of our Giro cycling tour, non-riding partners enjoy a customised travel program, designed to meet their interests and the best experiences that the regions of Lombardia and the Dolomites in Alta Badia have to offer. Whether its guided walks and hikes through the Dolomites, visits to beautiful lakes and alpine towns for picturesque lunches, wellness experiences or cooking classes, Nancy personally hosts non-riding guests each day with a select range of activities to suit the group.

Accommodation

Enjoy our beautiful boutique hotel accommodation in 3 places over 8 nights – our focus is on authentic, family run boutique hotel experiences that will have you truly immersed in the regions we visit. Your nights will be supremely comfortable, with all the amenities and services you need for a great post-ride experience; including swimming pools, saunas, lounge areas and more.

Food & Wine

The alpine regions of Italy are truly diverse in culture and cuisine

We’ll be enjoying a range of dinner experiences throughout the course of our 9 days, celebrating all that the regions we visit have to offer. From true artisan, modern style dinners through to traditional home made food and wine specialities, to very special welcome and finale dinners with meals you will always remember, in incredible surrounds. Your Giro food and wine journey will be as much a part of your memorable experience as your riding will be.

Testimonials

I FEEL SO MUCH STRONGER & CONFIDENT TACKLING HARD CLIMBS

I really enjoyed the Giro and came back so much stronger and confident tackling hard climbs. I knew the climbs would be hard and they were. The choice of rides were all good. Mauro (van driver) was such a bonus, as was having an extra guide on wheels.

Susan W

I WOULD LOVE TO DO IT AGAIN

Awesome riding and overall, a most enjoyable and fun experience that I would love to do again.

Peter G

A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE BOTH ON AND OFF THE BIKE!

We would like to thank Nancy & Damian for a wonderful locally focused Giro adventure. The accommodation was spectacular, the hospitality was awesome, the dining experiences were exquisite and the bike routes, as always were scenic and challenging.

Jill and Kirsty

UNEQUIVOCALLY RECOMMEND A’QTO

My husband Michael and I went on the A’qto Giro Tour. It was part of a five week holiday in Europe, and it was by far the best part of our trip. We had previously experienced Damian & Nancy’s excellent weekend tours in regional Victoria and the Giro100 tour was a further example of their attention to detail and organizational skills. We wanted for nothing, from the ride routes with knowledgeable local guides, quality accommodation, exceptional regional restaurants and wines and activities for non-riding partners. We would unequivocally recommend an A’qto tour to anyone.

Michael F
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