2018 Giro d'Italia

2018 Giro d’Italia

2018 GIRO TOUR May 18-28, 2018*

*2018 Topbike Tour's Itinerary Coming Soon!

This was our 2017 GIRO Itinerary:

"The race will include six sprint stages, eight stages of medium difficulty climbing, five highly testing climbing stages and two individual time trials (for a total of 67.2km) including the stage that will close the 100th Giro, from the famous Monza racetrack to the Milan Cathedral. The iconic Stelvio Pass is the 2017 Cima Coppi*."

The Cima Coppi is the title given to the highest peak ridden during the Giro d'Italia. This year it will be Passo dello Stelvio at 2,758 m (9,049 ft).

With Topbike's 2017 Giro Tour, we follow the final 10 days of the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia as it twists its way around the top of Italy, through the Piedmonte, Lombardia, the Dolomites and the Veneto, before arriving in Milano for the final stage.

This is a fantastic event, where you can really get in touch with these world class riders. We’ll ride most mornings, encompassing parts of the stages the riders will be competing on. We get to see the riders signing on, race starts, sprints, climbs and finishes.

Our Giro Tour also feature the passes of Gavia, Mortirolo, Stelvio, Campolongo, Sella, Gardena, Pordoi, Falzarego, Valparola and Montegrappa.

Topbike Tours - Giro BRESCIA - MILANO

Giro Tour: Brescia to Milano May 19 - 29, 2017

Pick-up: EuroHotel, Via Sirtori 26, Milano 10.00am, Friday 19 May
Drop-off: EuroHotel, Via Sirtori 26, Milano 10.00am, Monday 29 May

Friday, May 19 2017 |
Stage 13, Reggio Emilia → Tortona 162 km

After pick up in central Milan, we’ll be transferring in the Topbike air conditioned mini-bus up to San Sebastiano da Po in Piemonte (160k, 2h). After arrival we can sort out our bikes and take a small ride out in our environs. Today’s sprint stage finish is away to our south, so we’ll be making sure we’re well positioned in a bar to watch the finale.

Accommodation: Tonight, and tomorrow, we’re located in a hilltop Castello, in the hilly forests of Piemonte. Here we’ll dine inhouse for our welcome dinner.
Ride: 50k, med

Giving the legs a spin - cycling the Italian roads with Topbike Tours

Road side viewing of Giro peloton with Topbike Tours

Road side viewing of Giro stage with Topbike Tours

Saturday, May 20 2017 |
Stage 14, Castellania → Oropa 131 km

Today we can consider a couple of options, as the race passes quite close to our digs. First option is to ride over to Vercelli, and see the peloton rocket past. However there is a hilltop finish today, the first of four in the final week, and it’s just 60k to our north. So our second option is ride over to Biella and take a look at the climb up to the Santuario of Oropa. The finishing ascent peaks at 13% halfway up, so should provide some terrific spectating on a Saturday afternoon in northern Italy.

We’ll be back at SS da Po this evening, in time to enjoy dinner once more, in our Castello on the hill.

Ride: >65k hard, <2000m ascent

Topbike Riders - Giro Tour

Sunday May 21 2017 |
Stage 15, Valdengo → Bergamo 199 km

We’re leaving Piemonte today, to head up into the Dolomites, to Ponte di Legno, an old ski village high in the mountains. We’ll start with riding out of our accomm, to today’s stage start, which is 60k to our north. Here we can watch the team cars and buses arrive, the riders sign on, the Carabinieri taking a last espresso before joining the moto cavalcade, and experience what it takes to get the whole Italian circus on the road. Post depart, we’ll jump in the vans and drive across the top of Milano, before turning left past Bergamo, to head up into the hills. We’ll be in a hilltop town Agriturismo, where almost all the fare is produced inhouse. From the handmade pasta, to the fresh cheeses to the cured meats, Angelo and Alda produce it all themselves, seemingly without effort. And there’s also a hot outdoor spa.

Topbike gives riders the opportunity to cycle the classic Italian passes in the heart of the Dolomites

Monday, May 22 2017 |
Rest Day

Coffee, Hot Chocolate or Grappa - Topbike Rider's enjoy a break and a ride refreshment

Today we’ll make the most of the Giro’s rest day, quietly making our own way around the infamous passes of our neighbourhood. We’ll climb the oft used race side of Gavia and the steep (race) side of Mortirolo in one fell swoop of 110k. Well, we’ll swoop the down hills, and as long as we’re upright, we’ll meander our way over the passes, and return to our accommodation in Ponte di Legno. Good hot chocolates (and good grappa) to garner recovery, when gasping on top of Gavia, guaranteed. NB Tomorrow the peloton races over the soft side of Mortirolo, not the one we’re doing today. This is a big day, make no mistake!

Ride:110k, 3500m asc

Tuesday, May 23 2017 |
Stage 16, Rovetta → Bormio 227 km

It’s race day again, with the race passing just 14k from our digs, where it commences the Mortirolo climb. Option number one is to watch the riders pass over Mortirolo. A second option is to ride over Passo Gavia (again!) down to Bormio and watch the race pass through once, before climbing Stelvio twice and finishing in downtown Bormio. A third option could be to transport over to Bormio, ride up Stelvio and wait for the riders to pass by twice. Springtime in Italy may give us the clue on what plan we apply here, as anything can happen, weather wise, late May in the Dolomites.

Ride: <95k hard, <2500m ascent


Wednesday, May 24 2017 |
Stage 17, Tirano → Canazei 219 km

We’re on the move again – remember it is a ‘Tour’ of Italy. Mind you, it’s not a big move, just 200k east, and we’ll still be deep in the Dolomites. We’re off to Arabba, along the race route in fact, for quite a while, and our destination is just 22k past the finish town. So we’ll plan to arrive with enough time to check in, before pedalling back over the Passo Pordoi and down to Canazei to view the stage finish. Dinner inhouse tonight.

Ride: 50k, hard <2000m asc

Meeting some of the Giro Fans, the italian tifosi

Thursday, May 25 2017 |
Stage 18, Moena → Ortisei 137 km

In Arabba we’re situated on the famous Sella Ronda, a scenic 52k loop, over 4 passes. In winter you can ski around this loop, but we usually do it during the warmer months, on wheels and sweat. Today’s stage takes in two of the four passes of the Sella Ronda, and passes by our hotel. Consequently we have a multitude of options today to see the race, the easiest one, of course, is to stay in the hotel, and watch off the balcony. Seeing the race twice is achievable, and will also encompass parts, if not all, of the Sella Ronda. Climb the Pordoi to watch early, followed by another viewing later on Passo Gardena? You could even ride the middle section of the stage, over the passes of Valparola and Gardena, in front of the peloton. Might be one to call on the day.

Ride: ???k with small/large climbs

Giro d'Italia Stage Start

Friday, May 26 2017 |
Stage 19, San Candido → Piancavallo 191 km

Enough of the racing for us, today we’re just going to ride, 130k. We’ll ride out of our hotel in Arabba, and ride into our next Agriturismo in Crocetta del Montello, quite a few hours later, after a mid-ride picnic (Agordo) and maybe even watching the end of todays (yet another) hilltop finish on the tele. And while not completely ‘downhill all the way’ it’s the next best thing. There’ll be about 600m of vertical ascent and double that in net loss. We’ll dine in our agriturismo tonight, famous for serving us potatoes cooked five different ways, in the one meal. Not to mention their own Prosecco etc.

Ride: <130k med-hard

Black Cav - Mark Cavendish at the stage start for 2013 Giro Time Trial

Saturday, May 27 2017 |
Stage 20, Pordenone → Asiago 190 km

Today the race passes just south of us, and goes over the infamous climb of Montegrappa. Montegrappa has been a ‘must ride’ for Topbike, over it’s 20 years of business. Scorching sun, thick fog, sideways rain and hail have greeted us on different occasions. And there’s a Grapperia with 100 different types of Grappa halfway up. We’ll ride over to the base of the climb, through Asolo, and make our way up for some quality spectating, high on the hill. Dinner once more back in our Agriturismo.

Ride: >90k of constantly rolling hills

Sunday, May 28 2017 |
Stage 21, Monza → Milano 28k

This is our last move, into the centre of Milano. We’ll get there in time to check in, and walk over to view the course. The Giro finishes with an Individual Time Trial from Monza into the historic centre, and will make a spectacular finale to the 2017 edition. We’ll have our final Giro dinner in our favourite ristorante, in the centre of Milano, not far from our hotel.

Topbike Tours Giro Tour MILANO - Podium Finish

Monday – May 29 2017 |
Tour finish – Central Milano 11.00 am

After breakfast, packing up bikes and luggage, we’ll be on the road. Unless other plans are made, our final farewells will be at the Milano Malpensa Airport. We’ll ensure that everyone meets their next transfers or accommodation smoothly.

If we do everything planned, there'll have been:

7 Days of race viewing, incorporating 1 stage start, 3 stage finishes, 3 GPMs and 1 roadside view. We'll also have ridden about 5-600k, climbed many mountains, including the passes of Oropa, Gavia, Mortirolo, Stelvio, Campolongo, Sella, Gardena, Pordoi, Falzarego, Valparola and Montegrappa.

This tour includes:

Please note:

  • Please pack your bike in a collapsible bag or disposable cardboard box.
    [See our FAQ's and recommendations section on packing your bike]
  • Please also see our recommended list of things to bring, it is most important to bring front and rear flashing lights.
  • NB: The itinerary above is to be used as a guide only, as Topbike Tours are well known for making use of all (and creating some extra) opportunities, expect that variations from the above can happen at any time. Please note all distances are approximate and subject to change.

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Topbike Riders on Tour - A Stunning mountain backdrop to a fabulous Italian cycling holiday from Topbike Giro Tour 2013.

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2018 Giro d’Italia
May 18 - May 28, 2018*

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