21-May-2016 - 30-May-2016
Duration: 9 nights 10 days
Suitable for: Weekend Warrior
Prices from: $6850
The Giro d’Italia is known for its spectacular scenery, courses more daring than the Tour de France would use, and the passionate Tifosi. The image of Italy’s Grand Tour has rightly been growing in stature as a target for both the world’s best riders and also cycling fans. The 2016 edition will no doubt continue this progression. Australia’s own Richie Porte has a one year contract to win with BMC. Will he seek to establish his legend credentials in the Giro? Many Australian fans will be waiting eagerly to see him ride for his own glory. There are all the makings of a great race for Australians to spectate.
Today's Ride: Welcome RideWelcome to the first day of our 2016 Giro and what better way to be part of this race than to ride with Phil. Phil Anderson loved the Giro, winning stages here in 1989 and 1990 along with the Inter Giro jersey in the same year.
After morning pick up from Milan Malpensa Airport we transfer directly to our first hotel.
The welcome ride has become a tradition on Phil Anderson Cycling Tour and the picturesque roads of Italy are waiting. A short relatively easy roll to stretch the legs out of their jetlag and for everyone to get used to riding together. It will be very short and we will hit the ground hard tomorrow.
To top off our first night we have planned our traditional welcome dinner.
Today's Ride: HardA baptism of fire for your first ride which incorporates the Passo Del Mortirolo, which at 1854m is one of the most demanding climbs used in the Giro and ranked as the toughest in Italy. Lance Armstrong called it the hardest climb he has ever ridden and the first climber to the top during the Giro is awarded the Cima Pantani.
Both names do not bode well in terms of the preparation required to climb this pass but for own humble efforts a preparatory expresso will suffice. Incorporating the 2621m Gavia Pass in our outing also provides our first opportunity to meet the 2016 Peloton on what is likely to be a critical stage of the 2016 Giro. At 5.5% average gradient is the Passo Gavia almost relaxed but it lasting for 26km and tops out at 2621m altitude with some nasty 18% pinches in the mix. Many a pro has been humbled on the slopes of this mountain.
Giro Rest Day
Today's Ride:The Giro is well known for featuring climbs that rival and surpass even le Tour’s famous mountains in difficulty. The Passo dello Stelvio at 2758m is our bucket list peak on today’s ride. Set your own pace as the pro’s have their feet up and the mountain is yours.
The Passo dello Stelvio in the majestic dolomites holds a mythological allure for cyclists. 21.5km in length at an average of 7.1% it is a hard climb with some tough pinches thrown in for good measure. But leaving from our hotel we have set a relaxing schedule to make sure everyone has ample opportunity to make it up at their own pace for the obligatory summit photo.
The chill winds of spring will bite into your bones on the thrilling descent to Bormio cooling you down from your heroic efforts.
Giro Stage 16
Today's Ride:We change location today leaving the Dolomites behind and as we head towards the Alpes. We will depart our hotel for an early ride that will take us to the day’s Stage start.
The Giro is embraced by spectators and you can’t imagine how close you are to your heroes in the heat of competition and even more so as they roll around the village depart for sign on and expresso.
The festivities of a Giro Start town are always entertaining and a great opportunity to get an intimate view of the teams and riders preparing for a big race. Once they have all rolled out for the start of the stage we will load our bikes and head to our next hotel.
Giro Stage 17
Today's Ride:A relaxed morning with time to explore the history and culture of the area will be a welcome respite before we head to what will be a spectacular stage finish.
Today’s stage of the Giro will finish near Torino. Our ride will be relatively flat in comparison to our accomplishments to date. We will ride from our hotel to the stage finish town, the start time dictated by the requirements of the group. Our destination town will be celebrating the arrival of the peloton, the battered remnants of the sprinters lining up for their own last chance for points and glory.
There will be time to stay and join the celebrations in the manner of the Italians, or try.
Giro Stage 18
Today's Ride:From our base in the Italian Alpes there are many options available for glorious riding. But we are here to ride and engage with the peloton, in the mountains as the Giro comes down to the wire. Our ride today will take us to the 2nd category 916m Colle Pra Martino where we plan to see the stage pass.
Not a huge mountain but a rather brief 7km climb waits on a narrow winding lane. Only used for the first time in the Giro in 2009, this little road will be important. Any last minute attacks will be launched here as GC contenders make their bids for precious time looking for gaps and disappearing on the tight bends, out of sight.
Giro Stage 19
Today's Ride:Ensconced comfortably in the heart of the Italian Alpes our ride program follows the Giro route. Deviating around the foothills of the Italian Alpes to warm up the legs we will have time for the obligatory coffee before the challenge of the day.
A Cat 1 climb is always epic, the Colle dell’Agnello is 22kms of hard ascending and we will have our race faces on heading up this monster ahead of the peloton. Opt out strategies are always as stylish option, stopping roadside to join the tifosi on the mountain as you wait for the race. Feel the pain as the peloton pass under your nose.
Giro Stage 20
Today's Ride:With the penultimate Stage of the Giro upon us we will be heading out to a lesser known climb the Colle Fauniera or Colle Pantani. Marco won on this climb the first time it was used in the Giro.
From our Hotel we plan to ride to the mid point of the stage right on the Colle Fauniera This pass was only paved in the 90s creating another new road that has left an indelible mark on cycling history. A 22km hor cat climb this could be the decider of a very close Giro. Stage 20 will be returning to Italy from France and this is the penultimate climb of the day.
Giro Stage 21
Today's Ride:We will wake up in time for a classic Sunday morning coffee ride, before heading into Turin to watch the final stage.
The tradition of ending with a number of laps giving the Tifozi a chance to see the heroes of the road on each circuit will continue. We will find a vantage point to do the same, with the expectation that the surviving sprinters will be fighting it out for the last time on the streets of the town. It will be a day of ceremony for the General Classification winner as Milan celebrates in Pink and we will party like the Italians at the end of this grand tour.
Today's Ride:Today is the end of services by Phil Anderson Cycling tour staff. PAC will provide transfer services to Milan Malpensa airport.
We hope you have had a wonderful time.
- 9 nights accommodation in luxurious 4-star accommodation.
- Daily breakfast and
- 2 dinners covering the best of Italian food
- Access to Australia’s Tour de France legend Phil Anderson.
- Local Professional staff and mechanic support.
- Luxury transportation.
- Support Vehicles on all rides.
- Rides with Phil and his experienced support staff.
- The opportunity to tackle many of the most famous climbs in world cycling.
- Giro d'Italia spectating opportunities in the mountains and at a stage depart.
- Road book of the tour including ride maps, gradient charts and more
- Phil Anderson Cycling ride pack including 2 Phil Anderson Cycling cycling jerseys
- Meals other than those specified
- Drinks other than those specified
- Bike Hire- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.
- Airfares- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.