Follow the Giro - Alps

Difficulty  Medium-Hard

11 Days - €4,150.00 approx US$4,401
AU$5,901
GBP£3,497

Terrain: Hilly - Mountainous
Daily Distance: Average 100km / 62mi
Total Distance: Approx 850km / 550mi
Total Ascent: Approx 15,000m / 49,000ft

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19 - 29 May 2017 (7 PLACES REMAIN)

Highlights:
Arguably the hardest ProTour stage race in the world, in the most beautiful country in the world. Come celebrate the Giro’s 100th birthday with us! Who will wear the final Pink Jersey in this special edition, which will cover most of Italy’s regions? Nibali, Aru, Chavez, Porte, Quintana? Let’s see who lines up to win this prestigious Giro d’Italia for 2017.

Regions: Lakes, Alps, Dolomites, Veneto and Milano!
Famous climbs: Oropa, Stelvio, Gavia, Pordoi, Montegrappa and many others!
7 Giro Stages: Oropa, VAldengo, Stelvio, Tonale, Pordoi, Montegrappa, Milano

What's included:

  • All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
  • Breakfasts
  • Introductory Lunch
  • Dinners (except 1)
  • 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
  • Van support throughout tour
  • All in-tour transfers
  • Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
  • Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
  • Garmin 810 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
  • 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
  • 1 day pack per guest
  • Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
  • Detailed printed Tour information booklet.

Day One – Biella Warm-up Ride
Main Route: 40km / 25mi
Total Ascent: 700m / 2,300ft
Easy first day around Biella to spin out the legs. Naturally there will be time watch the last flat stage of the Giro on TV later that day.

Day Two – Biella loop to Oropa (Giro Stage: Finish in Oropa)
Main Route: 85km / 50mi
Total Ascent: 1,900m / 6,550ft
Today we will watch the first Alpine stage of the Giro, which finishes on top of the Oropa sanctuary after a very challenging climb where Pantani had one of his most spectacular victories in 1999. The return trip will be fast and easy!

Day Three – Biella to Varese (Giro Stage: Start in Valdengo)
Main Route: 95km / 53mi
Total Ascent: 1,600m / 4,500ft
Another great day around the Giro. We’ll ride to the start and enjoy some time at the race village and meet some of our Pro friends at their team bus. After lunch we will ride to Varese across the stunning lake district which is also our home base!

Day Four – Varese to Bormio (Bus transfer)
Rest day for the Giro, and for us as well! We will drive to Bormio and arrive in time to enjoy some time relaxing in the Roman baths! Tomorrow is Stelvio day…so it’s best that we have a good recovery!

Day Five – Bormio Loop (Giro Stage: Passo Stelvio)
Main Route: 100km / 72mi
Total Ascent: 2,950m / 9,250ft
Ready for one of the most exciting day’s ever?! It’s Stelvio day for the Giro, where they climb the king of mountain passes on 2 different sides, after having done the incredibly difficult Mortirolo….good luck to them!
Plenty of options for us as well: we can simply climb the Stelvio from Bormio and watch the race coming through, or take the big challenge and climb both sides before the Pro's, then watch them at the top! The finish line is in Bormio not far from our hotel!

Day Six – Bormio to Ora (Giro Stage: Passo Tonale)
Main Route: 110km / 70mi 
Total Ascent: 2,500m / 8,200ft
Great ride which includes the legendary Passo Gavia and Passo Tonale, where we will stop and watch the race. After these two major climbs, the ride becomes easier and mostly downhill to Ora, a nice little town at the foot of the Dolomites.

Day Seven – Ora to Canazei (Giro Stage: Passo Pordoi)
Main Route: 90km / 70mi 
Total Ascent: 1,900m / 6,000ft
Today we will watch one of the most spectacular stages of the Giro, which includes some of the most iconic climbs of the Dolomites, the Passo Pordoi, Sella and Gardena. We’ll leave most of them to the professionals but we’ll still “enjoy” the Passo Pordoi and if we are fast enough and feeling up to it, possibly the Gardena as well!

Day Eight – Canazei to Bassano del Grappa
Main Route: 140km – 90mi
Total Ascent: 2800m – 9200ft
We take a day off from the Giro course and enjoy a great ride without any pressure! From Canazei we climb the Passo Fedaia from the easier side followed by the Passo Cereda. The rest of the ride is mostly flat and downhill to Bassano del Grappa, the beautiful, medieval town famous for its wooden bridge that spans the Grappa River.

Day Nine – Bassano loop to Montegrappa (Giro Stage: Monte Grappa)
Main Route: 100km – 65mi
Total Ascent: 2200m – 6900ft
We are back in the race!  Watching the final mountain stage where the winner of this exciting 2017 Giro will be decided. The major challenge of today’s stage is the never ending Montegrappa climb followed by the short but step ascent to Asiago.
We will climb the Montegrappa before the peloton, then ride down in time to watch the final kilometres of this stage!

Day Ten – Bassano to Milano – by bus (Giro Stage: Finish Line Milano)
We pack the bikes and drive to Milano to watch the final TT that  starts from the Formula 1 race circuit and then celebrate the 2017 Giro Winner! It’s party time in Milano!

Day Eleven - Arrivederci!

Recommended Arrival Airport: Malpensa Milano
Recommended Departure Airport: Malpensa Milano

(Airport transfers not included)