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Giro’s Top 10 with Italy Bike Tours

July 11 - July 21 2018
Canzei, Italy

It is hard to imagine a week of cycling so challenging and spectacular. Designed by our team to pay homage to the great climbs in Giro d’Italia thus giving you an opportunity to ride for yourself the roads that Coppi, Pantani and Scarponi made folklore.

This fully supported package is perfect for clients looking to tick climbs on there bucket list. It is also the first time that an Italy Bike Tours has left Italy. 

However the Col d’Izoard was a climb we wanted to offer to our clients. Other highlights of the trip include the iconic Col de Finestra, Ghisallo, Stelvio, Gavia and Mortiriolo.

Day 1

On arrival at the airport our team will be ready to transfer you and your luggage to our hotel nestled in the heart of the dolomites. Canzei is a beautiful town that last year hosted the finish of a Giro d’Italia stage. Hotel Anders offers clients a warm and friendly welcome. The classy 4 star hotel has all the hallmarks of an Italy Bike Tours hotel.

On arrival at the hotel you will have time to unpack before our mechanics assist those who need to build their bikes and adjust bikes for those that have hired bikes. When all the group are ready we will head out on our first ride, setting off from the hotel we will head north towards Passo Sella.

Passo Sella in our opinion is the most beautiful climb in the dolomites. It also offers a great way to introduce the mind and legs to the challenge of the weekend. Not the hardest of the climbs in the dolomites, this 11.4km climb with an average of 6.6% is perfect in every way. The descent back to the hotel is something to look forward to!

Dinner will be served in the hotels award winning restaurant. A great way to get to know other members of the group over a glass of local wine.

Day 2

After a typical Italian breakfast we will be on the bikes early as today we will be riding the route of Sella Ronda. Arguably the most famous ride in Italy the sella ronda route offers equal levels of challenge and spectacular scenery. It is also a day when a support vehicle comes in very handy as riders are able to leave clothes and nutrition in the van plus it’s great to have the knowledge that a mechanic is on had if you have any problems with the bike.

Our first climb of the day on leaving the hotel is Passo Pordoi, on reaching summit  we will  descend to the bottom of Campolongo. These names will be familiar to fans of the Maratona Dolomiti GF. Campolongo is a longer climb with the descent winding it’s way down in to the cycling friendly town of Corvara. Here we will regroup and stop for lunch before starting the steady ascent of Passo Gardena. The final climb of the day is Passo Sella but this time we will climb from the other side. The descent in to Canzie is by now familiar.

You can find out a little more about the route by clicking here. Needless to say today’s ride will be one of the most challenging and spectacular you would have done. ‘A ride of a cycling lifetime’ as a client once described it.

On arrival at the Hotel some clients may wish to use the excellent spa facilities to recharge the batteries and give the legs a well needed rest, Dinner will be well deserved and will once again be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3

After yesterdays epic day on the bike we have one last epic challenge for you. The dolomites most fearsome climb is Passo Giau and this morning we will transfer you the short distance to Selva di Cadore. Here your bikes will be waiting for you and mechanics on hand to make any adjustments that maybe needed.

The 10km climb at an average of nearly 10% is relentless as it is beautiful. No climb in the dolomites offers such a brutal test of a riders ability of mental resolve. A climb for the purest and one that doesn’t disappoint even the most enthusiastic cyclist.

On arrival back to the hotel our support team will assist you with packing your bike boxes. The evening you are free to explore Canzie and it’s many restaurants, cafes and bars.

Day 4

After a hearty breakfast and a transfer to Bormio we will set off from the hotel in the direction of the Stelvio. Over 21km of ascent awaits the brave as the group head for the summit of Europe’s second highest paved pass. On reaching the summit you will be met by the team who will be waiting for you with a warm drink and our professional photographer will be snapping away providing you with proof to your friends and family you completed the challenge of a cycling lifetime.

Km’s 67 Climb 1500m

Day 5

The final ride of the week is the toughest. We have planned an epic finale that will require tired legs to keep peddling. Starting with the Passo Gavia which finishes at 2632 meters and the decent in to Ponte di Legno. The final climb of the week is Mortitolo. Fortunately we will be tackling the ‘easier’ side however with 6 days of cycling behind you this is surely going to be the toughest climb of the week. On arrival back at the hotel we have arranged a celebratory dinner to celebrate your achievements.

Day 6

No country in Europe can offer the variety in terrain and scenery that Italy does. After breakfast in Turin we will transfer you to Lake Como. A breath taxingly beautiful place popular with celebrities and professional cyclists looking to rest in the off season. Our lakeside splendid views across to Lecco. A town known by many cyclist he enjoy the final classic of the year Giro il Lombardia. Our afternoon rides takes us along the shoreline on Como before reaching Bellagio and the bottom of the Ghisallo. A brutal start awaits as the first 4 km offer unrelenting steep slopes before an ease in gradient for the middle section. A chance to catch your breath and admire Lake Como below before reaching the summit. The Ghisallo church and musuem is a must for any serious cyclist and the pilgrimage is made by 10,000’s of cyclist each year.

Km’s 67 Climb 1500m

Day 7

This mornings transfer ends when we arrive at Castello Rosso in the heart of Piemonte. One of our favourite hotels in region Cstello Rosso offers the perfect base too relax and unwind after your travels. After lunch and a briefing conducting by a lead guide about the week we will assist you in assembling your bike or if you have hired a bike our mechanics will be on hand to make any adjustments needed. The late afternoon ride will head towards Cuneo and the foothills of some spectacular mountains. Importantly the first ride of the week is flat! Giving clients the opportunity to stretch legs before the week challenge that lies ahead. The first day culminates in a sumptuous dinner served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 8

Our ride today takes you through the Variana valley. As the road meanders through the valley you will notice the mountains and scenery becoming more spectacular. The gradient of the road also changes as you reach the bottom of the Colle del Angello. Between you and the summit of 2744meters is over 20km of some of the most beautiful riding in the whole of the Alps. The last 5 kilometres are a particular challenge as the road regular reaches over 10% gradient. The spectacular view at the summit is worth the effort. One side Italian and on the other side France this climb has appeared several times in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. The final 10km of the ride is  descent to our hotel in Molin en Queyras.

Km’s 67 Climb 1500m

Day 9

Some climbs need no introduction and Col d’Izoard is one. This morning we are heading towards one of the Alps must iconic mountains. Famed for it’s baron almost lunar like landscape the Cold’Izoard rightly has it’s place in cycling folklore. The relatively easy start to the day comprises of 20km of either descending or flat. A chance to warm muscles before tackling the ascent of Col d’Izoard.

Km’s 67 Climb 1500m

Day 10

A day starting in France and finishes with dinner in Turin with some seriously epic climbing in between. After breakfast we will transfer you from your hotel in Briancon to Oulx On arrival your bikes will be waiting for you and we will speedily head in north towards Col d’Finestra. Famed for it’s ‘unmade’ last 8 kilometres the climb become famed around the world for the 2005 Giro d’Itlia when the often malign Danilo di Luca reached the summit first. The descent in to Finestrelle offers the chance to reflect on the beauty of the Alps. After lunch we will transfer you to Turin to enjoy the city made famous by the Angelli family.

Km’s 67 Climb 1500m

Day 11 – Goodbyes and Transfers

Passo Gavia - Giro’s Top 10 with Italy Bike Tours

 

 
Tour Summary: 11 days
 
Costs

Price Per Person

£2300 GBP
$2999 USD

Support for Participants
First Aid
SAG Wagon
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Photos
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Pre Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Start Address: Via Dolomites, 30, 38032 Canazei TN, Italy
 
 
 
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