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GIRO Tour 2019
Milano Malpensa to Venice

Giro d'Italia |May 24– June 3 2019
102nd Giro d’Italia
'Follow the Corsa Rosa' with Topbike Tours

The 102nd Giro d’Italia route has been announced and “everyone” wants to win it.

For Topbike’s 2019 Giro Tour, we’ll chase this enigmatic Italian grand tour through Piedmonte and Lombardia, up to the passes of Mortirolo and Gavia, through the Sud Tirol and the Dolomites, and back around to the final TT in Verona.  You’ll love the backdrop of the vineyards, the olive groves and the mountains of the Dolomites.

We’ll start with three nights in an old castle high on a hill outside Torino, two nights in Ponte di Legno, a couple of nights in the Sud Tirol at Villabassa, two more nights near Montegrappa, and a final night in the centre of Verona, with a visit to the famous ‘Bottega del Vino’.

2019 Giro - Topbike GIRO Tour - May 24-June 3 2019, Giro d'Italia
2019 Topbike Tour Cycling Holiday itinerary Now Available

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 2 stage starts, 1 stage finish, 2 GPMs and 3 roadside views.  We’ll also have ridden about 7-800k, climbed many mountains, including Gavia, Mortirolo, Anterselva, San Boldo and even Montegrappa.

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 24 - June 3 2019 *
  • Destination

  • Pick Up

    May 24 - Pickup 11.00am: Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP)
  • Drop Off

    June 3 - Drop off 12.00pm: Marco Polo Airport Venice
  • Cycling Fitness/Experience

    Any + E-Bikes Available
1

Friday, May 24: Stage 13 | Pinerolo → Ceresole Reale (Lago Serru) 188 km

After pick up at Milano Malpensa airport (MXP), we’ll be transferring in the Topbike air conditioned mini-bus to our Castello, high on a hill outside Torino (124k, 1.5h).
After arrival we can sort out our bikes and take a ride (40k) over to see today’s stage pass by, close to Rivarolo Canovese.  Post race we can return to our castle by bike, or in the vans.  Tonight we’ll dine in a local ristorante that features the best Piedmonte cuisine.

Accommodation

14th century castle, with a ristorante close by...

Dining

local ristorante that features the best Piedmonte cuisine

Ride: > 80km, <500m vertical

Terrain: Across the plains, towards the foot of the Italian Alps.

2

Saturday, May 25: Stage 14 | Saint Vincent → Courmayeur 131km

Today’s stage is off to the north, giving us two choices.  Number one is to ride 90k to the stage start.  Number two is doing a spectacular ride 90k south, winding our way through the rolling hills of the Barolo region.  We won’t head for Barolo itself, but rather Serralunga d’Alba, and a local ristorante, 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.  On the return, we’ll be stopping to take a seat in a local bar, to watch the end of today’s hilltop stage finish on the tele.  So, the agony of choice!  Probably one to call on the day.

Accommodation

14th century castle, with a ristorante close by...

Dining

Excellent Ristorante, inhouse.

Ride: <90k, <1500m vertical.

Terrain: Rolling hills, followed by more rolling hills.

3

Sunday, May 26: Stage 15 | Ivrea → Como 237km

The race now heads east, away from Torino, on the Giro’s longest stage, but not before we get to visit a stage start. Ivrea is an easy 50k ride to our north, here we’ll watch the Giro circus assemble, watch the riders leave the safety of the buses, head to the sign on, and take to the road. Later we’ll return to our Castello by bike (or van if you prefer), and catch the last part of today’s sprinter’s stage on the tele in a bar.

Accommodation

14th century castle, with a ristorante close by...

Dining

Excellent Ristorante, inhouse.

Ride: < 50km, < 500m vertical

Terrain: Heading north, out across the plains, climbing gently all the way.

4

Monday, May 27: (Rest Day 3)

At the end of today we’ll be high up in the dolomites, above Ponte di Legno. Almost in the shade of Passo Gavia, and just up the road from the base of Mortirolo. So we’re doing a flat ride this morning. We will start today by riding out of our accommodation, heading east, following the valley of the Po river. Which, according to the Italian you ask, is the ‘real’ divide between the north and south of Italy. We’ll follow the Po for most of the route, in the direction of Pavia. Nearing Pavia we’ll stop for a roadside picnic, as we load the bikes and make the rest of the journey up into the Dolomites in the comfort of the Topbike vans.

Accommodation

Agriturismo above the town of Ponte di Legno, where most of the meals are produced on site. Ie zero food kilometres here….!

Dining

In-house

Ride: <115km, >800m vertical

Terrain: One climb of note, but mostly a gentle ride, with overall ‘net loss’.

5

Tuesday May 28: Stage 16 | Lovere → Ponte di Legno 226km

This is really the ‘Queen’ stage of this year’s Giro, and one of the great stages of the modern era.  The riders are starting down the bottom of the valley at the lakeside town of Lovere, and finishing at Ponte di Legno, after climbing four passes, the latter two being Gavia and Mortirolo.  They’ll be climbing from the gun, and passing through Ponte di Legno once, before finishing there, 110k later.  For us, we have plenty of choices.
We can choose to climb Gavia before the race, returning to Ponte di Legno for the finish. We can head out on the course for the 115k loop that makes up the final half of the stage.  Remembering that you will be climbing the steepest pass in Italy – Mortirolo – after climbing Gavia.  An early start will be required for this one.
Of course there is the softer option of walking down to the centre of town, to see the peloton pass through, enjoying lunch and maybe an Aperol Spritz before seeing the riders return, 110k later, to finish.  It’s a cracker of a stage, and we’re in the best location to see it.

Accommodation

Agriturismo above the town of Ponte di Legno, where most of the meals are produced on site. Ie zero food kilometres here….!

Dining

In-house

Ride: < 115km, < 3600m vertical (for the Gavia-Mortirolo loop).

Terrain: Based on the day's options...

6

Wednesday May 29: Stage 17 | Val di Sole → Anterselva 180km

Out of the blocks early today, and driving to our next accommodation in Villabassa. Here we’ll be 30k from today’s finish, so we’ll arrive, get checked in and get out, up the hill. The first half of our 30k is fairly flat, while the second half takes us up to over 1600m (8km uphill at the end, including 3km at 8.5%). Here we’ll get to see the end of another mountain stage, before turning around and rolling home.
Dinner inhouse tonight, after a spa, if you like?

Accommodation

4 Star Hotel in the centre of town

Dining

Excellent ristorante in-house. Best breakfast in Italy.

Ride: > 60km, < 1500m vertical

Terrain: Flat then hilly...

7

Thursday May 30: Stage 18 | Valdaora → Santa Maria di Sala, 220k

A little bit of luxury today, as the stage passes by our hotel, not long after the start of its long trek south. But in true Topbike tradition, we expect that no one will want to hang around the hotel all day. A few choices, we could ride to Austria for coffee– it’s just 20k away. But, of course, the coffee IS better in Italy. Or we could ride to Cortina, a beautiful Italian ski town, that once hosted the winter Olympics, and was also used as the location for the snow scape scenes in OO7’s 'For Your Eyes Only’. It’s 40k to the south, along the course, and a great location to watch the race pass through. Back to Villabassa tonight

Accommodation

4 Star Hotel in the centre of town

Dining

: Excellent ristorante in-house

Ride: < 105km, < 800m

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

8

Friday May 31: Stage 19 | Treviso → San Martino di Castrozza, 151 km

The race is starting way down south, and heading north, while we are starting up north, and heading south. We’ll be aiming to cut them off at the Pass of San Boldo. If they don’t cut us off first! We’ll transport our way out of Villabassa, and depending on how we are going for time, will either mount up on top of Passo Falzarego or mabe even Agordo. Either way, most of today’s ride is ‘net loss’ ie downhill (apart from the up bits). Once we’ve passed the race we’ll continue on towards tonight’s Agriturismo. One that we’ve used since 2003, and we’ll dine al fresco, weather permitting. They’re famous for serving us potatoes cooked five different ways, in the one meal. Not to mention their own Prosecco, grappa etc. Low food and wine kilometres here.

Accommodation

One of our most favorite Agriturismos

Dining

Excellent local cuisine

Ride: < 135km, < 1500m

Terrain: Net loss, all downhill, apart from the up bits..

9

Saturday June 1: Stage 20 | Feltre → Passo Croce d'Aune, 193km

A couple of options today, it’s just 40k to todays stage start, in Feltre, and 40k back. Or once at Feltre, and the show is on the road, we can continue up the northern side of Montegrappa, and make it a monster loop of 125k, to return home, with 2500m of climbing. It’s our final day of riding, so let’s make the most of it.

Accommodation

One of our most favorite Agriturismos, with excellent local cuisine

Dining

Inhouse ristorante

Ride: 80k with not much climbing, or 125k with one big monster climb.

Terrain: Depends on your preferred option on the day ...

10

Sunday June 2: Stage 21 | Verona → Verona (Arena) ITT 15.6km

This is our last move, into the centre of Verona. Our hotel is located close to the Arena, where todays Individual Time Trial will finish. We’ll get on the road and into our accommodation early, to make sure we get the most out of our day in Verona, watching the end of Italy’s grand tour.

Accommodation

Local Hotel.

Dining

Excellent local ristorante, with aperitivi at Bottega del Vino beforehand.

Ride: 90km, 1200m asc.

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

11

Monday June 3: Tour Finish | Venice Marco Polo airport, 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 Venice airport.
If we do everything planned, there'll have been: 7 Days of race viewing, incorporating 2 stage starts, 1 stage finish, 2 GPMs and 3 roadside views. We'll also have ridden about 7-800k, climbed many mountains, including Gavia, Mortirolo, Anterselva, San Boldo and even Montegrappa.
 
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 2019 - The Route | Amore infinito