Giro d’Italia & The Great Climbs 2018-08-16T11:55:07+00:00

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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 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.

Our 2019 Tour will be determined by the Giro 2019 Route Announcement in October / November 2018, however for an overview of what you can expect, please review our 2018 Tour itinerary below.

Wherever the route takes us, you will join us for a 9 day adventure 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.

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.

While the route to the 2019 Giro d’Italia has not been announced, and won’t be until late October, our Tour dates for 2019 are confirmed for the last week of the race and we will again be spending our time across the Dolomites and Bormio, taking in the iconic Passo dello Stelvio.

We start this week with Falzarego as our first ride and it’s the perfect introduction to the Dolomites. You make your way out of the quintessential Alpine village and out of the valley surrounded by towering rocky peaks and head up to the sensational Pian Falzarego. 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 before an open and fast descent.

Highlight: The imposing peaks as you reach the top of the pass.
Distance: 35km
Elevation: 970m

It’s time for you to take on the iconic Monte Zoncolan. Sitting at an imposing 1750m, this is the Queen stage for this year’s Giro and we will be right amongst the action.

At 10.1km long and an average of 11.9%, this climb will challenge the mind and the legs, and open the heart, when you see the landscape at the top.

Highlight: The 30km free flowing, open and long descent to the base of our last climb.
Distance: 110km
Elevation: 2620m

Today you’ll conquer another one of cycling’s legendary climbs. Starting by heading out of the village on quiet and tiny roads flanked by tall pine trees, we circle our way towards Tre Cime di Lavaredo where another spectacular landscape awaits you at the top and where we’ll regroup before a fun and fast descent until we reach the pass of Tre Croci and wait for the arrival of the Giro as they motor over the top.

Highlight: The remote and rugged terrain that we ascend on the way to Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Distance: 60km
Elevation: 1790m

We say goodbye to Cortina this morning and start to make our way west towards Bormio, but we’ll first stop in Incudine which will be our launching point to take on another mystical climb of the area, Passo di Mortirolo.

It is one of the most feared climbs in cycling due to its mercilessly steep gradients that hit 18% and has average 10.4% for the duration.

Highlight: Counting down the corners until you hit 2 to go.
Distance: 50km
Elevation: 1560m

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: The open Valle de Braulio surrounded by two peaks after the hike up the preceding wall.
Distance: 46km
Elevation: 1590m

We transfer out of Bormio today and keep tracking west heading into Piemonte for an afternoon roll around the iconic Le Langhe wine region, taking in Monforte d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour and Barolo, with it’s rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, it’s ancient villages and castles perched atop hills, and the succession of gentle slopes planted with rows and rows of vines.

Highlight: The continual rollercoaster of hills and the descent from Diano d’Alba, wow.
Distance: 58km
Elevation: 1330m

This is a truly typical tuscan day on the bike where you will encounter undulating quite country roads amidst the rolling hills, woods, olive groves and vineyards as you wind your way from the Val d’Orcia to what many consider is the most beautiful part of Tuscany,

Highlight: The smell of truffles as you descend through the hazelnut groves.
Distance: 100km
Elevation: 1095m

We roll straight out of the Piemonte capital today heading for the mountains and the pass of Colle delle Finestre with a maximum grade of 14% along its 18,6 km, over 37 hairpin corners and featuring a 9km dirt section at the top.

Highlight: The dramatic landscape made all the more rustic with a final 9km of dirt at the top of the pass.
Distance: 135km
Elevation: 1992m

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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Start Location & Details

City: Venice, Italy
Pick Up Location: Santa Lucia Train Station, Venice
Pick Up Time: 11:00am

Finish Location & Details

City: Turin, Italy
Drop Off Location: Porta Susa Train Station, Turin
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.

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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

Non-riding partners enjoy a customised travel program, designed to meet their interests and the best experiences the Veneto, Lombardia and Piemonte regions we visit 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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