16-May-2017 - 27-May-2017
Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
Suitable for: moderate weekend warrior
Prices from: $8,600.00 - Single Sup $2,225.00
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 Giro d’Italia will be the star of the Grand Tours for 2017 as this great dame celebrates her 100th year. The likelihood that the biggest names in cycling will contest the Giro in this signature year is high, seeking to add the Giro crown to existing palmares.
Whatsmore the Giro is fantastically accessible in comparison to the Tour de France. Fans will experience intimate spectating opportunities as the race unfolds and our guests will have the opportunity to ride with Phil Anderson on a very relaxed pre Giro indulgence in picturesque Tuscany before we chase the race high into the Italian Alps.
Phil Anderson Cycling Tours present our 2017 Giro d’Italia, an opportunity not to be missed, an experience designed to celebrate the 100th running of the race. Phil Anderson won stages in the Giro in 1989 and 1990, he loves Italy; the journey to the Giro always a fond time for a professional cyclist. Italy a place where the food, vino and let’s not forget the coffee takes precedence over just about everything else
Stage 10, 39.2 km ITT Foligno – Montefalco
Today's Ride: 30km easy welcome rideOur tour begins from the Pisa San Ranieri Hotel. Conveniently located close to Pisa Airport. On arrival Phil and his staff will assist with your bike set up and with introductions over we will transfer to our Tuscan Hotel.
The traditional Phil Anderson Cycling welcome ride will set the tone for next 3 days as we roll our legs out through the Tuscan hills, training rides in a sense followed by lazy afternoons watching the antics of the pro’s. The 2017 Giro includes 2 Individual Time Trials and today the main contenders will have to focus on a course long enough to create time gaps.
Traditions prevail at this 100th Giro and tonight Phil Anderson will host dinner.
Stage 11, 161km. Fiirenze - Bagnodi Romagna
Today's Ride: 65km rolling hillsThese early training rides are an elegant affair. A late morning roll out through classic Tuscan villages to tick the legs over. Vine lined laneways and olive groves open out to the first of the small ranges of our ride where there is a chance to stretch the legs if need be.
Stopping for espresso or perhaps lingering over Italian pastries an inevitable part of the ride experience in the sun drenched larder of Italy. Our ride over, there is always time for a longer effort or an exploration of the culinary delights over a late lunch.
The peloton will roll through Tuscany at a slightly higher rate than our own, a classic Apennine affair over the backbone of the Italian peninsula. A relaxing afternoon under the vines, with an eye the Giro or not!
Stage 12, 237km. Forli - Reggio Emilia
Today's Ride: 100km Rolling Tuscan HillsToday’s Giro will be a stage for the sprinters and while we will not be including sprint drills in our training ride we may make the time to watch the pro’s battle it out at day’s end.
Extending our training ride into the further reaches of the region, the picturesque imaginings of riding in Tuscany will be revealed in a constantly changing landscape. Rural roads will lead us to the foothills of the Apennine Mountains where cyprus lined roads will climb slightly on the first assessment of your Giro training program.
Our morning training ride done preparations will begin for lunch and our impending move to the higher slopes and the sensational Giro.
Stage 13, 162km. Reggio Emilia - Tortona
Today's Ride: Easy 30kmThe peloton today has an absolutely flat stage that follows some of the Milan SanRemo parcours. As much as our interest in this stage is piqued given the History of this classic race we do not intersect the Giro just yet.
An early, short, sharp recovery ride is planned before we check out and head to the Piedmont district. The name itself implies its proximity to the mountains, the lakes at the foothills are the backdrop for classic Italian riding.
We transfer to our impressive 4 star base for the next 3 nights, where we will be well placed to chase the race, relax lakeside or add some pretty impressive climbs to our ride card.
Stage 14, 131km. Castellania - Oropa
Today's Ride: 90km MountainousOn a day when every climber in the the peloton will be pushing for line honors on the Montagna Pantani, the mountain goats in our team will have a chance to replicate his feat before the peloton hits the same slope.
On pro hours today we will leave a little later, the ride longer and harder as we start to ride the roads taken by the peloton. A lunch stop is planned en-route before we intersect the course, halfway up the final climb. Spectating position secured those who are keen can have a go at remainder of the stage’s final climb. Measuring 11.8 km in total and at an average gradient over 7%, topping 13% halfway this climb is tough!A long day of riding, coffee, Italy and the Giro complemented by a relaxing ride we rack the bikes and feet up head home for more of the regional culinary delights that will wrap up a great day at the Giro perfectly.
Stage 15, 199km. Valdengo - Bergamo
Today's Ride: 120km rolling hillsAs we ease into the race chase and head closer to the high mountains we will extend our legs on a longer loop ride today that will take in the start of the 200km Stage 15.
The festivities of a Giro start are always entertaining and it will be our first opportunity to get an intimate view of the teams as they prepare for a long stage. Riders will face a 150km flat section before they put their race faces on for some classic Italian racing. Some hard sharp ascents on a technical course will unsettle some in the last 40km.
A long loop from our hotel will take us to the stage partenza in Valdengo and like the peloton we will break the ride down to a flatish start before some of our own challenges. An Italian affair, we turn onto roads that are narrow, hidden laneways that will challenge us all in the last passage to Valdengo.Once the pro’s have left we too will put our race faces on and turn for home finishing our ride with a nasty little climb that will remind us there are mountains ahead.
Today's Ride: 50km Very hardThe pro’s will have their legs up today - rest imperative if they are to survive the gruelling last week of the 100th Giro d’Italia. As the peloton heads to the Dolomites there is a sense of dread as, these architecturally inspired peaks reach for the sky so sharply that most pro’s seek only to do their job and then survive leaving the contest to the final GC contenders.
We change locations today, transferring to Bormio but not before bagging a major bucket list climb, the Passo dello Stelvio en-route. Tipping the scales as one of the highest passes in Europe at 2758m this ascent sits between you and our next 5 star hotel.
We will ride the Passo dello Stelvio from the famous north side, the switchbacks are numbered, the last, no1, is preceeded by a staggering 47. A quick change into dry kit at the summit an option, before for the descent to our hotel below.
Stage 16, 227km. Rovetta - Bormio
Today's Ride: 60km Very Hard
Time to put our race faces on as we attempt one of the toughest rides ever contemplated by a cyclist, let alone intersecting the peloton not once, but possibly twice. Today’s logistics are enough to deter the feint hearted.
Timing is everything as the race and possibly elements descend in on us. We don’t have time to wait and so will follow the peloton over the top and home to Bormio. Those with the legs can then decide to chase the race back to the Stelvio Pass for more sensational climbing and a hard look at how the pro’s are faring on one of the toughest days of the 2017 Giro d’Italia.
Stage 17, 219km. Tirano - Canazei
Today's Ride: 50km EasyWe move again to the Trentino region of the Dolomites. Our last transfer before the finish in Milan it is a PAC rest day should you wish. We have scheduled a post lunch ride to the hotel, an easy recovery ride to roll out the legs to ready them for our last assault on some significant Italian climbs.
A long day in the saddle for the peloton, the calm before the storm of the queen stage, they will finish in the town of our new hotel where the slight 70km uphill roll to the line would suggest we will be treated to a bunch sprint.
We will take up position in the final metres, a perfect spectating opportunity and a chance to get close to the excitement of the race. We will join the passionate tifosi, cheering the riders on. We will of course stay in town, attempting to blend in with locals by celebrating in the way only Italians know how.
Stage 18, 137km. Moena - Ortisei
Today's Ride: 60km High MountainsWe have not planned a long ride today but it is a famed loop known to many cyclists. We will ride ahead of the peloton who likewise ride the Sella Ronda loop, plus a little more. We stop to spectate the Giro on our first climb, the Passo Pordoi, a steady enough climb at 6.8% with 27 hairpins which was tough enough when I raced on it in 1990.
Once the race passes we will follow the pro’s down the descent then turn to follow the Sella Ronda loop to the Campolongo Pass, a short climb with sensational views but often windy. We intend to re-join the Giro course and the challenge today is to reach the summit of the next climb, the Passo Gardena prior to a peloton that is intent on causing damage to the GC. It will not be the highest or hardest we have attempted during this trip but this 3rd climb under pressure will hurt.
We will secure a place for a second round of spectating at the 85km mark of the stage before we press on to finish our loop on the Passo Sella, then turn for home.
Stage 19 191 km San Candido/Innichen - Piancavallo
Today's Ride: 70km Very Hard
Forgoing the race chase for our own Italian Odyssey we have designed a classic Italian affair today.
We will ride the Passo Marmolada loop in an anti-clockwise direction. The Marmolada is an 11km climb with average grades of 7% kicking up to 12% at time before you reach the plateau. Surrounded by sensational glacial views you will have to stop for a moment to soak it in. We bypass the full descent for a very short detour up the sensational Serrai di Sottoguda canyon pass where you will have to stop, so impressed by the unfolding scene that an obligatory ‘ride’ photo is essential, to post to envious friends.
We climb the Passo Pordoi in reverse from yesterday , not so long and nice climbing out onto high pasture and more views to impress before we descend to our hotel at rides end. An afternoon to relax, watch the stage highlights while regaling our own heroic efforts on this trip before our last official meal together as we head towards Milan and Giro’s end.
Stage 20 190km Pordenone – Asiago
Today's Ride:We’ll wake up in time for a classic morning coffee ride before heading to Milan for your onward travels or a chance to stay on for one more day.
We do have a chance to pick up the race one last time as the peloton passes Bassano del Grappa depending on how we feel. We have intentions of making it to Milan Malpensa airport for early evening connections.
Today is the end of services by Phil Anderson Cycling. If you intend to stay in Milan for the finale, join Phil and staff on the circuit of the 100th Giro.
Stage 21, 28km. ITT
Today's Ride: Nil
If the final holder of the Maglia Rosa has yet to be determined, today will be a frenzied finale. Starting in the home of Italian moto racing, Monza, the riders will descend slightly to the finish line at Milan's Piazza Duomo, the birth place of the Giro d’Italia.
With the race won it will be time to celebrate the 100th finish in the grand style that only the Italians can create. A sensational atmosphere, the presentation is spectacular and it is worth your while staying before continuing your onward travels.
- 11 nights accommodation in luxurious 4/5-star accommodation.
- Daily breakfast and
- 4 dinners covering the best of Italian food.
- Including ride host Australia’s Tour de France legend Phil Anderson.
- Local Professional staff and mechanic
- Support Vehicles on all rides.
- Rides with Phil Anderson and his experienced support staff.
- The opportunity to tackle many of the most famous climbs in Italy.
- The intimacy of Giro spectating opportunities
- Road book of the tour including ride maps.
- Phil Anderson Cycling kit ;including,PAC 2XU shield cycling jacket, knicks, jersey, arm warmers & knee warmers
- 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.