David Olle and Emma Colson

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Giro Tour 2018
'Follow the Corsa Rosa'

Giro d'Italia |May 18–28 2018

The 101st Giro d’Italia route has been announced and Chris Froome has stated that he wants to win it. 

With Topbike’s 2018 Giro Tour, we’ll chase this enigmatic Italian grand tour, through the Veneto, past the Zoncolan, and the remainder of its twists and turns around the top of Italy.  You’ll love the backdrop of the Dolomites, the lakes of Lombardia and the mountains of Piedmonte. 

We’ll spend a single night on the outskirts of the stage finish town of Nervesa della Battaglia, three nights in Cortina, a couple of nights on Lake Iseo and four nights in Piedmonte, not far from the Barolo wine region.

2018 Giro - Topbike GIRO Tour - May 18-28 2018, Giro d'Italia

This is a fantastic event, where you can really get in touch with these world class riders.

We 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.

If we do everything planned, there’ll have been:
7 Days of race viewing, incorporating 1 stage start, 1 stage finish, 3 GPMs and 2 roadside views.  We’ll also have ridden about 7-800k, climbed many mountains, including Zoncolan, Tre Croci, Giau, Falzarego and Finestre.

Tour Price: $6790(AUD) per person

{Places are limited to 13 clients in total (with 3 staff).}

Rides will average 70-90km+ along with > 1000m vertical per day.

11 Days/10 Nights
May 18-28 2018 *
  • Destination

  • Pick Up

    May 18 - Pickup 11.00am: The Marriott Courtyard Venice Airport Hotel
  • Drop Off

    May 28 - Drop off 11.00am: Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
  • Cycling Fitness/Experience

    Any + E-Bikes Available
1

Friday, May 18: Stage 13 | Ferrara - Nervesa della Battaglia - 180 km

After pick up near Venice airport, we’ll be transferring in the Topbike air conditioned mini-bus up to Crocetta del Montello (80k, 1.5h).
After arrival we can sort out our bikes and take a small ride out in our environs. Today’s sprint stage finish is about 6k away, around a corner, but there’s a KOM on the Montello, 20k from the finish, just behind our accomm. There may even be a point, just outside Nervesa, where you can see the peloton pass three times (more info on this as we get closer). We’ll be making a decision on the day, where we want to spectate.
Tonight we’re in an Agritusimo that we’ve used since 2003, and we’ll dine inhouse for our welcome dinner. They’re also famous for serving us potatoes cooked five different ways, in the one meal. Not to mention their own Prosecco etc.

Accommodation

Agriturismo we have used since 2003

Dining

Inhouse dining. Lowest food kilometres ever here!

Ride: < 50km, <500m vertical

Terrain: Little ups & downs as we traverse the Montello

2

Saturday, May 19: Stage 14 | San Vito Al Tagliamento - Monte Zoncolan - 181 km

Today we’ll be out on the road early, as we’ll aim for Villa Santini, approx. 90k from the finish of the stage (drive 150k, 2h). Here we can mount up and have a go at riding the final 90k to the top of Zoncolan. There is also a softer option that cuts off the 3rd last climb of Passo Duron and 30k, if you desire. The Topbike vans will aim for Ovaro, at the base of Zoncolan, where there will be some terrific spectating, on a Saturday afternoon in northern Italy.
Post race we’ll be moving onto our hotel in Cortina, one we’ve used many times before. We’ll stay here for three nights.

Accommodation

Hotel near the centre of Cortina

Dining

Excellent Ristorante, inhouse.

Ride: 60-90km, < 2500m vertical

Terrain: Two or three smaller climbs, leading to the grand master of Zoncolan.

3

Sunday, May 20: Stage 15 | Tolmezzo - Sappada - 176 km

The race comes to us today. However, before it arrives, we have time to get out and do a 90k loop that is almost 90% on today’s stage. We’ll start heading out of town, with a climb up Tre Croci, up to 1800m. Once we’ve scaled this, the ride becomes more inviting, with a long gentle descent to Auronzo di Cadore. Here we start a long gentle climb that will lead us back into Cortina.
Once back in town, we can freshen up, and take a seat in a nearby bar, watch the race on the tele, before stepping outside to cheer the peloton on.

Accommodation

Hotel near the centre of Cortina

Dining

Excellent Ristorante, inhouse.

Ride: 90km, < 2200m vertical

Terrain: One large climbs to start, followed by a smaller climb.

4

Monday, May 21: (Rest Day 3)

Today we’ll make the most of the Giro’s rest day, quietly making our own way around the infamous passes of our neighbourhood. Two big climbs over 2000m, the larger one, Passo Giau, up last. Just 65k, but after what we’ve ridden over the past two days, this may just be enough. However, there’s more available, if you want it!
Back to Cortina tonight.

Accommodation

Hotel near the centre of Cortina

Dining

Excellent Ristorante, inhouse.

Ride: 65km, < 2500m vertical

Terrain: Two large climbs, including Passo Giau, which has produced snow, often falling sideways, on our last two visits.

5

Tuesday May 22: Stage 16 | Trento - Rovereto (ITT) 34.5 km

It’s race day again, an individual time trial. We’ll transport out of Cortina, aiming for the top of Passo Pordoi. Here we’ll mount up and start our ride into Trento, the start town of today’s stage, which should be good for viewing. It’s 140k if you want to ride out of Cortina, but as there are two big climbs to the top of Pordoi, you’d have to get an early start. What we are planning will be 110k, with net loss. As close as you’ll get to downhill all the way.
Post stage we’ll continue onto Lake Iseo, in the mini-vans, where tomorrow’s stage will finish.

Accommodation

BnB in the centre of Marone

Dining

Dinner at a top ristorante, 2.5k away in Vello

Ride: < 105km, < 1000m vertical

Terrain: Mostly downhill all the way to Trento, from the top of Pordoi.

6

Wednesday May 23: Stage 17 | Riva del Garda - Iseo 155 km

A unique experience today, as the race finishes just 10k away, with a twisting circuit that loops the peloton across the finish line once, before crossing it again to finish, 23k later. We’ll ride down to Iseo and have a go at riding the final loop a couple of times. If that’s not enough, there’s the small climb of Polaveno available too. Stage wise, due to the finish loop, it’s 60k from the finish, but in reality it’s directly behind the town of Iseo.
Lots of possibilities today, capped off with viewing the race crossing the finish line, twice. And at the end of the day it’s just a flat 10k home, at lake level.

Accommodation

BnB in the centre of Marone

Dining

dinner at a small local ristorante, TBA

Ride: > 60km, < vertical unknown!

Terrain: It’s up to you! Stay on the lake and keep it flat all day, if you like.

7

Thursday May 24: Stage 18 | Abbiategrasso - Prato Nevoso 196 km

We’re on the move again – remember it is a ‘Tour’ of Italy. Mind you, it’s not a big move, just 200k west. We’re off to San Sebastiano da Po, for three nights. Prior to arriving, we’ll have a crack at riding <100k of the stage. With an early start, we’ll depart Marone and drive to Mortara, before mounting up and heading for Asti (approx 75k) or Alba (approx 105k) along the race route. Here we can wait for the race to pass (if they haven’t caught us, already) and then we’ll rack the bikes and head for SS da Po. We’ll ensure we catch the final climb on the tele, in a bar en route to our Castello, or maybe at the Castello. Ristorante inhouse tonight.

Accommodation

15thC Castello, high on a hill.

Dining

: Inhouse ristorante

Ride: < 105km, < 800m

Terrain: Not much vertical here on the plains, 5 small peaks all under 200m

8

Friday May 25: Stage 19 | Venaria Reale - Bardonecchia 181 km

The Giro organisers love to add a little interest to their race, and always throw in something that the TdF doesn’t. Here in Piedmonte there is a dirt climb over the Col of Finestre. They’ve used it before on three occasions. Unfortunately on the last visit, the immaculate preparation of the road carried out under the instruction of the race organisers, had removed much of the challenge. It was pristine, hard packed dirt, smooth and fast. If you talk to any of the old roadies who raced in the era before cars where everywhere, they’ll tell you dirt is faster than bitumen. This is where we’ll be heading for our afternoon’s entertainment. We’ll transport over in the cars, to within cycling distance of the climb. NB the top of the climb is 99k from our digs, so it possible to ride the full distance.
The Colle delle Finestre (the Col of Windows) connects Valle di Susa with Valle del Chisone. The road is normally open from the first of June till September 30. The maximum grade is 14% and along its 18,6 km, there are no less than 55 hairpins. With 7,9 to go, the asphalt on the road to the top of the Colle delle Finestre disappears. This is in fact the military part of the road, which was "paved" in order to mount military equipment. Apparently, as a result of its popularity thanks to its appearance in the Giro d'Italia in 2005, the road is even in worse conditions after loads of summer traffic. In 2011, the Colle delle Finestre appeared for the second time in the Giro under better road circumstances. The Colle delle Finestre is situated in Piemonte and belongs to the Alps. Starting from Susa, the Colle delle Finestre ascent is 18.62 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1694 metres. The average percentage thus is 9.1 %.

Accommodation

15thC Castello, high on a hill.

Dining

Inhouse ristorante

Ride: < 75km, < 2000m

Terrain: Flat along the floor of the valley, before we kick off up The Finestre.

9

Saturday May 26: Stage 20 | Susa - Cervinia 214 km

70k will get us to the base of the first climb today, which will be a great place to spectate. We’re right into the French/Swiss/Italian alps corner here, and it’s spectacular. (It’s another 100k and three climbs to the final hilltop finish, which is almost in Switzerland) We’ll base ourselves on the first climb, and watch the race as it heads to its final hilltop finish, which will seal the victory for one fortuitous rider and team. Back to our Castello in the buses, post race.

Accommodation

15thC Castello, high on a hill.

Dining

Inhouse ristorante

Ride: 70k plus climbing

Terrain: flat along the floor of the valley, before we choose to start climbing.

10

Sunday May 27: Stage 21 | Roma - Roma 118 km

This is our last move, deeper into the heart of Barolo region. Today the race is Rome based, and we’re headed south, but not that far south.
We’ll aim to finish the Giro with a five star ride, five star lunch, watch the race and wind up with a five star dinner in a five star resort.
We’ll ride 90k, winding our way into the rolling hills of the Barolo region. We won’t head for Barolo itself, but rather Serralunga d’Alba, and it’s ‘Hotel Italia’, which Topbike has frequented many times over the past fifteen years. Here we’ll enjoy a very traditional ‘Langhe’ lunch, on the terrace, overlooking the vines of the region.
NB: The ‘house red’ here is a ‘Barolo’, so just keep an eye on the prices. After lunch we’ll move to our resort hotel, where we can watch the final stage of the Giro, take a spa/massage or just relax, before enjoying our final dinner, amongst the vines.

Accommodation

21stC Resort Hotel, high on a hill.

Dining

Inhouse ristorante

Ride: 90km, 1200m asc.

Terrain: little climbs atop little climbs, all day long.

11

Monday May 28: Tour Finish | Milano Malpensa (MXP)

After breakfast, packing up bikes and luggage, we’ll be on the road. Unless other plans are made, our final farewells will be at Milano Malpensa (MXP).
If we do everything planned, there'll have been: 7 Days of race viewing, incorporating 1 stage start, 1 stage finish, 3 GPMs and 2 roadside views. We'll also have ridden about 7-800k, climbed many mountains, including Zoncolan, Tre Croci, Giau, Falzarego and Finestre.
 
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.

Giro d'Italia 2018 - The Route