Giro d'Italia - From the Italian Alps to the Dolomites
Wednesday, May 22nd: Meeting point at Malpensa Airport (Milan)
- 11 am: Our Go4Cycling-staff will meet you at Malpensa Airport (Milan) to take you to our luxury hotel Castello di Montaldo **** near the Metropolitan City of Turin in the Piedmont region. We will spend 3 nights at this property which is one of the top-rated locations in Montaldo Torinese!
- After the check-in our staff can assist with the assembly our world-class rental bikes. For those bringing their own bikes, our staff can assist with the assembly of your bike.
- 3pm: Short loop ride in the region for bike fitting.
- Welcome dinner: The itinerary and program for the following days will be explained.
Thursday, May 23rd: Giro stage 12 "CUNEO-PINEROLO"
- Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia marks the start of the first block of mountains in the Alps, although the route is hardly mountainous. Running from Cuneo to Pinerolo, the race amounts to 146 kilometres, while the toughest climb is crested with 42 kilometres remaining.
- After breakfast we will drive to the finish in Pinerolo. From here we will ride the local lap on the official course. This loop will be the final 70km of today's stage including the trying ascent to Montoso (with its peak at 1,248 metres): 8.9 kilometres with an average gradient of 9.4%.
- We’ll arrive back at Pinerolo with time to take in the atmosphere and watch the riders cross the line.
Friday, May 24th: Giro stage 13 "PINEROLO-CERESOLE REALE (Lago Serrù)"
- The 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia finishes in the Gran Paradiso National Park. The final haul up is the unprecedented Colle del Nivolet.The climb in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy has never been graced by the Giro d’Italia, mainly because it is a dead-end. The pass peaks at an altitude of 2,612 metres, yet the Giro stops at 2,247 metres. Which is hard enough with an average gradient of 5.9%, a steepest ramp of 14%, and a distance of 20.3 kilometres.
- In the morning we will drive to Rivara and intercept the race route to the Pian del Lupo. You can ride both of the final climbs of today’s stage; the Pian del Lupo - 1405m (Santa Elisabetta) climb just above Cuorgné/Castellamonte, and the final Colle del Nivolet climb - 2247m, leading all the way to Lago Serrù. This ride is about 90km. A shorter ride of 50km is available when you skip the Pian del Lupo - 1405m (Santa Elisabetta) climb and go straight to the final Colle del Nivolet climb - 2247m.
- The Pian del Lupo totals 9.4 kilometres of torture and the average slope is 8.7%. The last kilometre is the easiest one as it rises at 5.5%. The Pian del Lupo is crested with 62 kilometres out. The first 16 kilometres are downhill, the rest goes up. At first with fairly shallow gradients as the Nivolet tracks on the lower slopes along the edge of the Orco river. This section is non-classified, but it is far from flat either. Shortly after the riders move through Noasca (start of the official climb) a section at 10% appears and 4 kilometres up the mountain the ramp kicks up to 14%. This is just before a series of switchbacks hoists the riders away from the valley floor up the side of the mountain. The route climbs 3 kilometres at 8.7% before it flattens out for approximately 8 kilometres. The route moves through mountain village Ceresole Reale and heads to the grande finale. The last 6 kilometres of the final climb rise at 8.9%.
- We will finish our ride on time to watch the pro riders battle for stage victory.
Saturday, May 25th: Giro stage 14 "SAINT-VINCENT-COURMAYEUR (Skyway Monte Bianco)"
- The 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia runs from Saint Vincent to ski resort Courmayeur. Peaking at 4,808 metres, the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc, is overlooking the finish line. At 131 kilometres, the route takes in four intermediate climbs and an uphill finish.
- In the morning we will check out and take a transfer over to the stage start of today’s race. St Vincent is certainly worth a visit and amongst the most beautiful towns in Aosta Valley. You will have time to see the riders warming up pre-race and get photos and autographs of you favourite riders.
- After the start of the race we will transfer to our next hotel "Castello Di Casiglio" near Como. It is another ancient castle and offers air-conditioned rooms with LCD satellite TV and wired internet access. The Di Casiglio Castle Hotel has an outdoor pool surrounded by conifer trees.
- After our check in we will change into cycling gear to make a relaxing local loop ride to Lake Como.
- The magnificent scenery of Lake Como (also known as Lake Lario) has enchanted artists and travelers for centuries and continues to attract members of the international jet-set and celebrities that appreciate the evocative beauty of the Lake and its surroundings. Lake Como is located approximately 31 miles from Milan, between the Provinces of Como and Lecco, and it is the third-largest Italian lake, after Garda and Maggiore. It is also the deepest, at 1,345 feet.
Sunday, May 26th: Giro stage 15 "IVREA-COMO"
- At 237 kilometres, the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia runs from Ivrea to Como. Following a flat opening, the last 100 kilometres are played out on the route of Il Lombardia. The finale is a copy of the editions Vincenzo Nibali won - 2015 and 2017.
- After breakfast we will take our bikes and intercept the race route near our castle hotel (Erba) to ride the final 100km of today's stage. Via Valbrona we will drop down to Onno and following a section on the shores of Lago di Como the renowned Madonna del Ghisallo appears. It climbs 8.6 kilometres at 6.2%, yet this average is merely an indication. The Ghisallo welcomes us with its steepest section of 14% right at the bottom and until kilometre 4 the grades are hovering around 9%. Then it levels out only to bounce back to 8 to 10% in the last 1.3 kilometres. Next up is the Colma di Sormano. In Il Lombardia this is the prelude to the inhumanly steep Muro di Sormano, but the Giro follows the regular road to the summit at 1,124 metres. This way the climb is 9.6 kilometres and averaging 6.5%. Following a beautiful drop to Nesso, we will turn left and ride along the shores of Lago di Como. The route moves through Como for the first time before the final lap takes in two climbs. First the Civiglio, which is a 4.2 kilometres climb at 9.8% with steepest ramps of 14%. The descent is technical and leads to the foot of the San Fermo della Battaglia. The 2.7 kilometres climb at 7.2% offers its steepest ramp at 10% just under the top. The leg concludes with a 5.3 kilometres downhill.
- Shorter rides are available (70 & 80km) if you take a short cut in Asso or you can skip the final lap in Como.
- We will freshen up before heading to the finish line and enjoy the fight for victory.
- Tonight is our 2nd and final night near Como.
Monday, May 27th: Rest day Giro - Transfer to the Dolomites
- After breakfast we will drive to our next home base in Ponte di Legno for the next 2 nights.
- Hotel Mirella offers a wellness center with indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
- The pro riders will enjoy their rest day, but for us there is a huge challenge waiting...Passo Gavia! We will take the ascent to the Cima Coppi (highest climb of the Giro d'Italia 2019). With its peak at 2,618 metres, the Gavia can be severely cold. In fact, in the 1988 Giro d’Italia Andy Hampsten and Erik Breukink rode into cycling legend when a blizzard engulfed the mountain pass. In white out conditions the riders crested the Gavia and following a freezing descent – with visibility of at most 20 metres on the twisting road – Breukink took the stage win and Hampsten the maglia rosa.
- Let’s hope for better conditions in the 2019 edition. The Passo Gavia is 16.5 kilometres long and fairly regular, like most Alpine giants. The opening kilometres rise at 5% and when the hairpins appear the road gets steeper. The average gradient is 8% and the steepest sector 16% (at kilometre 6.5).
- After our descent from the Gavia we will follow the valley towards Sondalo. Today's ride will end here with about 65km and we will drive back to our hotel with our minibus.
Tuesday, May 28th: Giro stage 16 "LOVERE-PONTEDI LEGNO"
- The 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia takes in the illustrious duo Gavia and Mortirolo. The start is in Lovere and the route amounts to 226 kilometres. The finish lies at the end of a false flat of 16 kilometres in Ponte di Legno.
- Our 75km ride from today includes the Passo di Mortirolo. Located at 1,854 meters, the pass was a dust road until 1990, but when it was paved at last the pass became stuff for legends in an instant.
- After breakfast we will drive to Aprica. From here we will descent to Tirano. We will intercept the race route in Mazzo. The ascent from Mazzo is the toughest side: 12.8 kilometres and an average gradient of 10.1%. Four kilometres up the climb and the riders tackle ramps up to 18%. It is part of the section between kilometre 3.5 to kilometre 9.7, which is averaging a brutal 12%. The Mortirolo is ruthless without one moment of rest for the screaming legs. We will go down a technical descent and follow the valley of the Oglio upstream. This is a false flat of 16 kilometres to the line in Ponte di Legno.
- When we reach back at our hotel you can enjoy a well deserve shower and change out of cycling clothing. You will have free time to enjoy the town, watch the race, and find a spot to watch the finish.
Wednesday , May 29th: Giro stage 17 "COMMEZZADURA (Val di Sole) - ANTERSELVA/ANTHOLZ"
- The 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia travels from Commezzadura in the Val di Sole to Anterselva. The route amounts to 180 kilometres, while the last 5 kilometres slope at 8.5%.
- Today we can watch the riders at the start as they prepare to roll out for stage 17. An expo type village is created at the start of each one of the stages. It is usually here that everyone who is linked in any way to the Giro including sponsors, media and celebrities from the cycling world will show themselves.
- After the start we will transfer to our next hotel in Valle di Primiero. Brunet - The Dolomites Resort Hotel is surrounded by the mountains of Trentino and offers a wellness center.
- You will have a choice to have a relaxing afternoon or go out for a short loop ride in the region.
Thursday , May 30th: Giro stage 18 "VALDAORA/OLANG- SANTA MARIA DISALA"
- Sandwiched between the Alps' stages in the last week of action, the 18th leg of the Giro d'Italia travels from Valdaora to Santa Maria di Sala. A bunch sprint is the most likely outcome at the end of the 220 kilometres race.
- The race climbs false flat to its highest point Cimabanche. The 1,530 metres peak is crested at kilometre 30 before the rest of the race travels virtually all downhill. After 85 kilometres of non-stop flying down the mountains a climb to Pieve d’Alpago demands to change gears and a little later La Sella di Fadalto is crested before the drop continues.
- The last 60 kilometres are almost flat – yet, it still goes slightly downhill from a technical point of view. Conegliano, with 65 kilometres out, is located at an altitude of 62 metres and the finish line at 13 metres.
- Today we will catch the Giro d’Italia as they come past near to us in Alpago. We will head out with our bikes and start with our ascent to Passo Cereda. After about 60km we will intercept today's stage and follow the course for about 10km up to Pieve d’Alpago - 691m.
- After the race is passed we will transport you back to the hotel.
Friday, May 31st: Giro stage 19 "TREVISO-SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA"
- At 131 kilometres, the 19th stage is the penultimate mountainous race of the Giro d'Italia. With a start in Treviso and finish in San Martino di Castrozza, the route takes in several climbs, while the ascent to the line amounts to 13.6 kilometres.
- Following the start in Treviso the riders head to the foot of the Santa Maria della Vittoria, an easy climb to stretch the legs (and possibly form the breakaway). The route continues to Follina and Tovena to tackle the Passo San Boldo: 6 kilometres at 7.5%. It is an impressive structure with five tunnels blasted into the rock, several hairpins and six bridges. The route descends to Trichiana and continues west to Feltre
- After Feltre the Giro moves through Fonzaso and climbs up to Lamon to hit the final ascent in Fiera di Primiero. The San Martino di Castrozza climb amounts to 13.6 kilometres, while its average gradient is 5.6%. The first 2 kilometres are a false flat before the rest of the climb hovers just above 6%.
- The finish is in very nearby San Martino today. In the morning we will ride in the opposite way of the race to the town of Feltre. From Feltre we climb up to Passo Croce d’Aune - 1015m in the oposite way of tomorrow's finish. We will continue our 90km loop ride all the way to San Martino. Afterwards we will descent back 12km to our hotel to refresh, change out of cycling clothing and watch the race when they passing at our hotel.
Saturday, June 1st: Giro stage 20 "FELTRE- CROCE D'AUNE-MONTE AVENA"
- The 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia is the last challenge in the high mountains. The route travels over the Cima Campo, Manghen and Rolle passes before a final haul up on the Passo Croce d’Aune and Monte Avena. The last 1.5 kilometres uphill are averaging 10.5% before a short descent to the line.
- The Croce d’Aune is a beautiful climb. Peaking at 1,015 metres, it certainly isn’t the longest climb in the world, yet it inspired Tullio Campagnolo in November 1927 to invent the rear derailleur that would revolutionize cycling. In freezing conditions he failed to remove the rear wheel of his bicycle during a race, which not only resulted in him losing the race, but also led him to develop the quick release skewer. Subsequently Campagnolo became one of the greatest legends in bicycle component invention and manufacture.
- The final mountain stage of the 2019 Giro sets off in Feltre to take in intermediate climbs up the Cima Campo (18 kilometres at 6%), Passo Manghen (23 kilometres at 7% and ramps of up to 15%), and Passo Rolle (20 kilometres at 5%). The ultimate haul up on the Croce d’Aune and Monte Avena is 13.5 kilometres, while its average gradient is 6.3%. With gradients hovering around 10%, the last 1.5 kilometres before the summit are tailor made for mountain goats.
- The Passo Croce d’Aune peaks at 1,015 meters and the race uses an extra climb to 1,225 metres to pep up the final pink jersey fight.
- In the morning we will drive to the start in Feltre. We’ll arrive in time to see the team buses arrive and riders sign on.
- After the start of the pro's it is our turn to ride the first and last section of todays stage. Just like to pro's we will start and climb up to Cima Campo (18 kilometres at 6%). After about 45km we leave the race course to take a short cut to the uphill finish a the Passo Croce d’Aune. In Gorna we will intercept the race route again and we will ride the final kilometers on the official course of the Giro d’Italia. This loop ride is about 70km.
- What a memorable day it will be because today's penultimate stage we will witness near the finish line!
Sunday, June 2nd: Giro stage 21 "VERONA-VERONA ITT"
- The Giro d'Italia is set to finish with an out-and back ITT of 15.6 kilometres in Verona. The city’s Roman amphitheatre hosts the finish of the first Grand Tour of 2019, while the route takes in an intermeditate climb of 4.5 kilometres at 4.6%.
- The 1984 and 2010 Giro d’Italia finished in similar style with Francesco Moser and Ivan Basso winning the maglia rosa. The ITT on the last day of action takes in an intermediate climb on the Via Torricelle. With its gradients fairly steady the ascent slopes for 4.5 kilometres at 4.6%. The intermediate time check is at the summit – kilometre 9.2 – before a descent along wide roads leads to the finish in the Arena.
- Verona is the hometown of Romeo and Juliet.
- Including this 15 kilometres of time trialing, the route of the 2019 Giro d’Italia takes in almost 60 kilometres against the clock. As many of these are on rolling to hilly roads the climbers are given a chance to limit their losses.
- In the morning we give you an option to make a final loop ride (1hr) before we check out and go to the start of the final stage in Verona.
- We will approach the riders warmup, the start ramp and of course, and the ceremony at the end of the stage.
- After the podium ceremony we will transfer to Milan for our farewell dinner.
- We will spend our final night at Novotel Milano Malpensa Aeroporto. This hotel is a designer hotel with large soundproof rooms.
- On request it can be arranged that your final night will be at Verona.
Monday, June 3rd: All too soon, our Giro concludes after breakfast. Time to pack the bags and start savouring the good times and the memories.
- We will organise your airport shuttle to the Milan international Airport (Malpensa). Then it is goodbye from Go4Cycling until the next trip!
- As mentioned above we can provide a final night in Verona (your trip will end here) instead of Milan (Malpensa).
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