Day 1 Saturday May 20, Milan Malpensa Airport-Arrive and build bikes
ATG will provide an Free Airport Transfer to our hotel. You will have the afternoon to build and ride your bike along the Ticino river. Welcome dinner and orientation.
Day 2 Sunday May 21, Bormio –
Test your mountain legs on your first ride in the Italian Alps
Ride: 22-35 miles 2,000-3,600 ft.
Today’s ride will be a “warm up” to loosen your legs, check out your bike and get you acclimatized to the Italian roads. . Dinner together.
Transfer to Bormio, located at the base of Passo Stelvio & Passo Gavia, is a charming medieval village with cobblestone streets and 15th and 16th century frescoed palaces. The village hosted the 1985 World Alpine Ski Championships and is one of Europe’s largest summer skiing areas. Today, the village is a popular ski and spa destination where you can enjoy thermal baths, a massage or a spa treatment.
Day 3 Monday May 22, Bormio – Climb Mortirolo and Gavia– Giro Rest Day
Ride: 71 miles/10,413 ft. via Mortirolo (7.5 miles/4,225 ft.) and Gavia (10 miles/4,472ft.)
For those who want to begin the day with a challenge, you can climb Passo Mortirolo. This is considered one of Italy’s most difficult passes and one of the most difficult on any grand tour – with an average gradient of 10.5% and a max of 18%! After refueling at the top and enjoying a great descent, it’s onward to Passo Gavia, which will be ridden in the Giro the next day (average gradient of 7.9% and a max of 16%). Both climbs were included in the 2004, 2006 and 2012 Giro. Dinner together.
Shorter Ride Options: 32 miles/4,563 ft.
From Bormio, climb the famous Passo Gavia (16 miles/4,600 ft.) or Bormio 2000, both of which were included in the 2004/2006 Giro d’Italia. You can hike in the nearby alpine valleys, enjoy a spa treatment at the thermal baths near our hotel, or simply relax – the choice is yours!
Day 4 Tuesday May 23, Bormio – Watch Stage 16 Queen Stage!
Ride: 12 miles/5,304 ft.
Today you will ride the Giro course ahead of the Pro’s. First you will ride the Passo Stelvio (12 miles/5,304 ft.) — one of the highest mountain passes in Europe and part of the 2005/2012/2014 Giro d’Italia. For those who want to begin the day with a challenge, you can also climb Bormio 2000. Dinner together.
Longer Ride Option: Follow the Giro course and climb both sides of Passo Stelvio in a day!
Day 5 Wednesday May 24, Watch Stage 17 Start in Tirano
Get an up-close view of your favorite riders as they line up at the start in Tirano.
Easy spin downvalley for 24 miles to Stage start. Option to add the climb of the Passo Mortirolo. This is considered one of Italy’s most difficult passes and one of the most difficult on any grand tour – with an average gradient of 10.5% and a max of 18%!
Afternoon bus transfer to Canazei in the Dolomitti.
Day 6 Thursday May 25, Canazei-Watch Stage 18–and ride the famous Sella Ronda
Ride: 34 miles /5,785 ft.
The route includes the classic passes of Gardena, Sella, Campolongo, Pordoi and Giau.
Day 7 Friday May 26, Valdobiadenne – Ride Passo Fedia and ride down valley to the Veneto. Dinner together.
Valdobbiadene is a small village nestled in the foothills and surrounded by vineyards. The village is the home of prosecco, one of Italy’s finest sparkling wines. We’ll stay at a wonderful B&B in the vineyards and enjoy local prosecco tasting.
Day 8 Saturday May 27 Castelfranco Veneto – Watch Stage 20 on Monte Grappa or the uphill finish on the plateau of Assiago.
Watch the decisive mountain stage. You can climb Monte Grappa and watch the Pros. Our comfortable four-star hotel is built into the clock tower of this 12th-century walled town. Dinner on your own.
Castelfranco Veneto – Of all the walled towns of Veneto, few are as impressive as Castelfranco. The brick walls that the Trevisans built in 1199 to protect the city still encircle most of the old center.
Day 9 Sunday May 28, Milan – Watch Stage 21 Final Individual Time Trial!
Ride: No ride.
After a early morning transfer to Milan, you will get to participate in the excitement of the decisive final Individual Time Trial in Milan. The Pink Jersey will be decided today and you will be there to see all the action first hand.