SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017 – Day 1

Staff will greet you at Milan International airport this morning as you begin your tour. After a meet and greet you will be transferred to your accommodation in the heart of the Italian Alps.

Once checked in and settled, staff will put together your bikes before heading for a light ride to warm the legs up and iron out any issues with the bikes. As you ride along the valley floor this will provide amazing views of the surrounding mountains.

Tonight’s group dinner provides the perfect opportunity to discuss the tour ahead in more detail.

Today’s ride: – Easy – warm up ride, 30km.

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SUNDAY 21 MAY 2017 – Day 2

Today the race continues to make its way north towards the Italian Alps and the crucial mountain stages to come. Today is a stage for the sprinters as they make their way towards the town of Bergamo. You will be dropped road side to see all the action of the final kilometres!

After breakfast you will ride towards the stage finish town of Bergamo, stopping for lunch on the way before seeing the finish of today’s stage. The final 40km of the course mimics the finish to the 2016 Lombardia course so you may see reigning World Champion Peter Sagan or current Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Van Avermaat fight for the stage honours of today’s stage.

Today’s Ride: Rolling hills – 60-80km.

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MONDAY 22 MAY 2017 – Day 3

The Mortirolo pass is one of the most famous climbs in Giro history, despite not being used in the race until 1990. The peloton rest today before tackling this mountain tomorrow, however there is no rest for you as you set off from your accommodation after breakfast.

You will have a dozen or so kilometres to warm up the legs before you make your way into the town of Mazzo di Valtellina where the 12.5km climb to the summit begins. This is considered one of the hardest climbs in Italy as you will ascent 1,300m at an average of 10.5%. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Marco Pantani memorial on your way up!

Once you have completed the climb to the Mortirolo pass, you will descend down into the town of Edolo for lunch before making your way back to the hotel. You have the option to continue on the bike or transfer via van if your legs are done for the day!

Today’s ride: 75km, including climbing Mortirolo Pass.

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TUESDAY 23 MAY 2017 – Day 4

Today is a big day for the Giro, and for you! As the riders get back on their bikes after the rest day they will be faced with a climb of the Mortirolo as well as a double ascent of the Stelvio Pass before finishing in Bormio.

You will have an early breakfast before transferring towards the base of the Bormio range. Upon arrival you will get on your bike; the ride will start flat, but shortly after you will hit the base of the Stelvio climb which continues for 20km at an average of 7%. You will be climbing to an elevation of 2,757m above sea level – this is the highest paved road of the Eastern Alps and this year’s Cima Coppi (highest point in the race).

For lunch, you will settle on the climb and wait as the riders make their way past. No doubt you will see the GC favourites throw a few punches on the ascent to the summit!

At the conclusion of the stage you will be transferred to your new hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Today’s ride: 40km, hard, including 24km climb to Stelvio Pass.

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WEDNESDAY 24 MAY 2017 – Day 5

After a late breakfast make your way down the valley towards the start of the day’s ride. If you are keen for some extra kms in the legs, there will be an earlier departure as well.

Today you will make your way into the Dolomites as you ride over similar roads to what the pros will in a few days’ time! On the list today are the Gardena, Valparola and Pordoi passes. Although the overall distance is low, this will be a very challenging day on the bike. There will be several options to get off the bike early if required!

During the day you will stop for lunch as a group before heading back to the hotel in the afternoon for an evening at your leisure.

Today’s ride: Challenging – 80km, including Gardena & Valparola passes. Also options for shorter ride.

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THURSDAY 25 MAY 2017 – Day 6

Today you have earned a well-deserved rest day off the bike. After breakfast check out of the hotel and make your way to the stage village of today’s stage in Moena. If you are still keen for a ride, there will be a group leaving early to ride to the departure village.

Today you will have the chance of seeing all the excitement behind the scenes of a stage start, then watch the race begin as it heads into the Dolomites for the first time this year.

In the afternoon after stopping for lunch, you will arrive at the new hotel, giving you plenty of time to relax or stroll through town before coming together for dinner with your fellow travellers.

Today’s ride: Optional 70km – rolling hills.

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FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017 – Day 7

Today you will tackle a similar course to what the pros will face in 24 hours, the towering Monte Grappa!

After breakfast you will set off from the hotel, making your way towards Caupo, the base of the climb to Monte Grappa. The group will stop for coffee and some food before making the way up 28km to the summit. While it can be quite steep in parts, this climb will average 5% over the distance to the summit. You should have some energy to soak up the beautiful views as you climb!

Once at the summit, you will have time to appreciate the views as well as the World War 1 memorial before descending the mountain with your tour for lunch. If timed right you can catch some of today’s stage on TV before hopping into the van to transfer you back to the hotel.

Dinner will be at your leisure.

Today’s ride: 90km, hard – including mountain climb to Monte Grappa.

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SATURDAY 27 MAY 2017 – Day 8

Unfortunately today is the final day on tour, however a treat is still in store as you are transferred south to the stunning city of Venice.

If you are staying in Venice you will have the opportunity to visit Piazza San Marco, check out the markets on Rialto Bridge or stroll through this beautiful city made up of more than 100 small islands.

If you are departing from Venice you will be transferred to the airport.

We trust you have enjoyed your trip look forward to seeing you again soon. Arrivederci!