23-May-2020 - 1-Jun-2020
Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights
Suitable for: Catering for all levels
Prices from: To be confirmed
The Giro d’Italia is known for its spectacular scenery, daring courses and the passionate Tifosi. The Giro d’Italia is fantastically accessible in comparison to the Tour de France and you will experience intimate spectating opportunities as the race unfolds along with the opportunity to ride with Phil Anderson on a very relaxed Giro indulgence
Stage 14 TT Conegliano > Valdobbiadene 33.7 km
Today's Ride: 45 - 65kmWelcome to the staging of the 2020 Giro d”Italia. If you are already in Italy meet us at our Pre-tour hotel in Venice at 1000 or alternatively we will pick you up at the Venice Marco Polo international airport at 0830. We will pass the Venice Mestre Train station at 0930 if that is more to your liking.
Once we have all convened at our Tour start hotel we will pack our bikes and transfer to our new home for the next 2 nights. Check in complete we will prepare for our Welcome Ride. This ride will launch you into your 2020 Giro d’Italia campaign with a 1250m climb on the first day, a good test of the legs as we head to the ITT stage finish area to experience our first taste of the pro’s on the 2020 Giro course.
Welcome to Italy, tonight’s meal is on the house. We will celebrate the Giro with new friends, perhaps a wine and of course great food.
Stage 15 Base Aerea Rivolto > Piancavallo 183 Km
As the peleton heads toward the Dolomites there is a sense of dread that only these architecturally crafted peaks can inspire. The steepness of the climbs can be breathtaking racing over these climbs can end Giro aspirations.
Celebrate your ride, the Giro and all things cycling in town tonight at your leisure.
Giro Rest Day
Today's Ride: 35-65kmWhile the pro’s have a rest day from the race they will definitely have a ride, rolling the legs over km’s and hills that would probably hurt us more than our scheduled ride. We however do not get to rest. There are mountains to climb and a race to chase.
Today we transfer to our next hotel high in the Italian Dolomites and ride to boot. The ride card is reasonably serious for a ride that is not that far and one which you can add km’s to if you need more. This 65km ride has almost 2000m of climbing and takes in the Passo Rolle, Passo Valles and more.
We will return by bike to our new hotel and settle in for refreshments and dinner.
Stage 16 Udine > San Daniele Del Friuli 228 km
Today's Ride: 50-95km Sella Ronda LoopToday we will forsake the thrill of the Giro d’Italia as we have prioritized a number of bucket list climbs to tick off. The Sella Ronda Loop is well known to many cyclists and seriously respected by the pro’s who may have to race over this course.
First the Passo Pordoi, a steady climb at 6.8% but with 27 switchbacks to the top the countdown will hurt though the ascent meets all expectations as the spectacular views unfold. A glorious descent and we turn for the Campolongo Pass which again is a short ascent with views that can only be described as astonishing.
This 90km ride will take your breath away, thrill you and punish you. Riding in Italy! Almost better is to finish the day with Italian food.
Stage 17 Bassano Del Grappa > Madonna Di Campiglio, 202 km
Today's Ride: 55kmAs the race nears the finish the stages get typically harder, destroying all but the best. Phil likewise has designed a ride for today that is a classic Italian affair.
We have included in our day a transfer to new location, a stage viewing and a spectacular ride. Monte Bondone is a 22km climb that is one of 4 on the ride card for the pro’s today. We will tackle just the one which though only having an average gradient of 6.4% it does have a few really tough segments that are more than 10%.
Stage 18 Pinzolo > Laghi Di Cancano 209 km
Today's Ride: 55-90km
Our arrival in Bormio heralds a climb that is on every cyclists bucket list, it demands attention and is respected like no other. With 47 switchbacks the Passo della Stelvio tips the scales as one of the highest passes in Europe at a staggering 2758m.
The race passes over the Stelvio today and our intention is to make an early start to give everyone a chance to conquer this climb. It will be a sensational day on the mountain but hedging our bets on the weather and comfort is key to making this climb and day a success for all.
Far better to watch the struggles of the pro’s from the comfort of a couch, the pain in our legs a distant memory.
Stage 19 Morbegno > Asti, 251 km
The tensions of the GC contenders are rising as the opportunities to attack dwindle. Our response is to throw possibly one of the hardest ever climbs raced onto your ride card.We will leave the pro’s to their own devices today as we need to focus on our epic challenge, the ascent of the Passo Mortirollo. We will ride from our hotel for this challenge and finish the day at Lake Como. In a typically Italian fashion our focus will be on the ride, the food and after conquering this climb, the day’s end in a glorious setting.
Stage 20 Alba > Sestriere, 200 km
Today's Ride: 30-70km
The rides on this trip just get better. Shorten or lengthen them as you prefer but remember, the climbs in Italy are steeper than anything you have trained on in preparation for this trip.
There are many who try and ride the wall of Surmano, and in any number of way’s, climb it. Whichever way you get to the top it is time to pray to the patron saint of cyclists, the Madonna Ghisallo who will bless you for your efforts.
Lakeside riding on the return journey to a relaxing evening that starts with watching the stage finish of the Giro. Followed by the continued exploration of Italian food.
Stage 21 Cernusco Sul Naviglio > Milano, 16.5 km
Today's Ride: 70kmThe finale, who will take line honours? It changed on the last day in 2017!
We have an early ride planned around Milano but first a transfer to our new hotel where we can settle in and choose to rest our legs and take in the sites in a more relaxed manner.
The Giro finish village will be a festival site, movement and colour celebrating all things Italian and racing. Today is also your opportunity to celebrate, you have had some great rides, your Italian Odyssey finished for this year!
We will celebrate the finish and our last night together with a farewell dinner.
Today's Ride: Nil
Today is the end of services by Phil Anderson Cycling and Ride International Tours.
We depart our hotel at 0900 for a Malpensa Airport drop off.
- Cycling Friendly Four Star & occasionally 3 Star Accommodation.
- Daily breakfasts
- 4 dinners
- Sports hydration support and fuel
- Tour Welcome pack, kit
- Local guides for cycling and non-cyclists including former Australian Pro Rider Phil Anderson
- Minimum of three guided ride options per day, to suit your preferred distance and amount of climbing
- Pro mechanical support on tour
- Support vehicle every ride
- Web Itinerary, including daily ride maps with non -cycling options
- Free download of our GPS Ride Routes
- Complimentary return airport - or train station transfers
- Daily Bike Spa including Bike Wash, Mechanical check and tune, by a Pro Mechanic
- Cyclists Receive Our Premium Quality European Rider Pack including: Jersey, Knicks, Socks, Cycling Cap and Musette Bag
- Non-Cyclists Receive a Spectator Pack including Polo Shirt, Socks, Cap and Musette Bag
• Meals other than those specified
• Drinks other than those specified
• Snacks other than those specified
• Bike Hire- available upon request. Contact staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.
• Airfares- available upon request.
• Bicycle Parts and Mechanical Fees for additional repairs