Private Italy Bike Tour

2020 Giro d'Italia with Pat Jonker

Tour Dates 20 May to 31 May 2020

Our Giro bike tour travels through Northern Italy, visit the giant lakes and the Italian Alps, ride the Dolomites and conquer Stelvio Pass. Iconic cycling climbs of Italy and the big stages of the 103rd Giro d’Italia. Well rested in quality accommodation and fueled by classic Italian cuisine – daily vino and coffee stops a must!
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AT A GLANCE

$AUD 7,500 TWIN SHARE
  • 12 days
  • Most Dinners
  • Key Stages
  • Luxury Transport
  • High Staff Ratio
  • Intermediate to Experienced
  • 3 & 4 Star Hotels

Tour of Italy Trip Details

Details

Duration: 12 Day

Dates: May 20, 2020 to May 31, 2020
Start: Stresa, Italy
Finish: Lake Como, Italy

Group Size: minimum of 14 guests, 4 staff
additional support van included with 16 or more guests

Price: from $AUD 7,500
$7300 per guest with 15 guests
$7100 per guest with 16 guests
Save $592 on bike hire, exclusive to this trip

Single Supplement: $AUD 1,050

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.

Note: Bikestyle Tours requires that all guests have a valid Travel Insurance policy for the duration of their trip.

Highlights

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride Sella Ronda, Stelvio Pass and Mortirolo
  • See 3 big stages of the 103rd Giro d'Italia
  • Ride to and visit Madonna del Ghisallo beside Lake Como
  • Visit Prosecco and wine growing regions of Italy
  • Ride along the 3 big lakes, Como, Maggiore and Garda
  • Overload your senses in the majestic Dolomites
  • Most dinners are included
  • Stay at 3 and 4 star accommodation
Rides

RIDE OPTIONS

Many of our rides go search of the mountains, so our long ride routes are challenging. There are several days with around 2,000m of vertical ascent and some days that we ride more.

You don't have to be an elite cyclist to join us, as we cater for intermediate riders with shorter ride options each day. For our most experienced riders, try our ride extensions and ride more miles and vertical metres. And if you’d like an easier day, or a day off, explore the local village or take the easier ride option that day.

We take the best care of you and your bike. Experienced ride guides support every ride and we have support vehicles fitted with professional bike carriers.

Suitability

RIDER ONLY BIKE TOUR

Our 2020 Italy bike tour is dedicated itinerary for cyclists, a special discount is available for our hire bikes that are specifically geared for European climbs. Our main focus is completing the most beautiful rides and sometimes we pause for big stages of the Giro d’Italia.

We have hand-picked 3 important stages to watch – the individual time trial and two stages with a summit finish, including the Queen stage. Your transport has sufficient seats for all guests, so you will not be left stranded. Our transfers are kept to a minimum, giving you more time to ride.

Our trip start location and finish location are at main tourist locations for you to tie in with pre and post tour arrangements with partners.

Inclusions

TRIP INCLUSIONS

Accommodation and Transport

  • Transport throughout on our luxury coach
  • Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
  • 11 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
  • Scheduled arrival and departure transfers at Milan, Malpensa Airport

Meals

  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 8 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Afternoon picnic on race course for the Time Trial

Professional Ride Support

  • Hosted by our experienced tour guides and professional drivers
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Ride support vehicle (if 16 or more guests) when you need it most
  • Navigation assistance on all guided rides
  • Sports powders, water and bars during your ride
Bike Hire Special
  • Bike Rental Cost: $AUD 200 discounted from $792
  • Optional upgrade to SuperSix EVO Ultegra Di2

Note: All bike hire costs include 2 water bottles for you to keep. We also provide a saddle bag with a spare tube, pump, tyre-levers and multi-tool. The pump and saddle bag with its contents must be returned with the hire bike at the end of hire.

Reservation Conditions

PRICING: Pricing for private groups is based on agreed minimum numbers of participants being met at the time of receipt of payment of final invoices by all trip participants. Prices may increase if minimum numbers are not met at the time of final invoicing (90 days prior to trip departure date). Final pricing will be based on the number of participants at the time of invoicing.

DEPOSIT: $1500 Australian dollars per person.

A reservation is not considered to be finalised until a deposit for the trip is received.

PRICING: TWIN SHARE PER PERSON 

14 people: $7500 per person twin share

15 people: $7300 per person twin share

16 people: $7100 per person twin share

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FOR SOLE USE OF ROOM (SINGLE) PER PERSON 

Cost $1050                

FINAL PAYMENT: Due 20th Feb 2020

CANCELLATION POLICY:

If for some reason you have to cancel your place on the trip, the following deductions will apply.

  • From payment of deposit to 120 days prior to trip departure date: Loss of 50% of deposit
  • Between 90 and 120 days prior to trip departure date: 100% loss of deposit. This may be reduced to 50% of deposit if a replacement person is found to take your place on a trip.
  • Less than 90 days prior to trip departure date and after final payment: 100% loss of trip payment. This trip payment may be applied, at the discretion of Bikestyle Tours, to avoid a price increase being levied on other passengers of a private trip due to a reduction in group size.

This Trip will be Escorted by Former Pro-Cyclist, Pat Jonker

Although born in The Netherlands, Patrick is an Aussie. He often raced with a Dutch licence during his career and has won 12 major European races.

Patrick turned professional at the end of 1993 and he raced with:

  • 1993 WordPerfect
  • 1994 Novemail
  • 1995 and 1996 Once
  • 1997 to 1999 Rabobank,
  • 2000 with US Postal,(when injury ruled him out of the Tour)
  • 2001 and 2002 with Big Mat

He finished 12th overall at the 1996 Tour de France, Miguel Indurain was 13th and that was the year Bjarne Riis toppled the Big Mig. A young up and coming Ullrich was second. Pat is also a former Dutch and Australian time trial champion.

Most South Australian’s know of Patrick’s greatest win in his final race as a professional, the Tour Down Under. It was a fairy tale win for him in front of his hometown crowd and one that we will remember for years to come.

Staff profile, Pat Jonker
Patrick Jonker, former professional and Bikestyle cycling guide.

Private Italy Bike Tour with Pat Jonker – Itinerary

  • Stresa Start
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Lake Garda
  • Giro - ITT
  • Giro - MTF
  • Fedaia Pass
  • Sella Ronda
  • Gavia Pass
  • Race - Stelvio
  • Mortirolo
  • Ghisallo
  • Como Finish

Benvenuto, Welcome to Italy

Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Stresa, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
Welcome Dinner (Incl. Wine)
TODAY'S RIDE
 

Italy bike tour Lake orta
Warm up ride to the stunning Lago d'Orta and picturesque village of Orta San Giulio.

Your trip starts in Stresa, on the shores of Lago Maggiore, the second biggest lake in Italy. Our staff will meet you late morning at our hotel – Hotel Boston. We also have a single collection from Milan Malpensa Airport at 10am. Staff will assist you to prepare your bike for our warm up ride this afternoon. We’ll make our way to Lago d’Orta, a small lake with the great Italian village Orta San Giulio overlooking the lake. After a coffee stop and a pastry, we’ll return to Stresa over a climb, 60km in total, ideal for checking our equipment. This evening we have our welcome dinner, including wine, as well as meeting your staff, they will answer any questions about your trip.

Lago Maggiore Ride

Thursday, 21 May 2020
Stresa, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
Breakfast
TODAY'S RIDE
 

italy bike tour lago maggiore
Ride along Lake Maggiore and follow a race route of the 2016 Giro d'Italia with spectacular views across Italy's big lake.

Our ride route today’s follows the course of a stage of the 2016 Giro d’Italia. An incredible stage won by Philippe Gilbert, solo. His initial attack was on a little (well not so little) climb out of Cannero Riviera, powering his way on the steep pinches through the forest above the lake. We’ll enjoy the rewarding views before the fun descent back to the lake. We’ll refuel in Verbania, where Gilbert claimed his victory. It’s a short ride back to our hotel from there. Tonight, you may like to try dinner on one of the islands just off the shore from Stresa.

Lake Garda and Winery Ride

Friday, 22 May 2020
Garda, Verona, Italy
Breakfast, Dinner
TODAY'S RIDE
 

italy bike tour lake garda ride
Ride along the shores of Lake Garda and through the surrounding wineries.

Today's ride will start from Valpolicella wine region, and finish along the shores of Garda Lake. The wine region is just north of Verona, famous for its Arena as well as Romeo and Juliet. Verona hosted the final stage of the Giro in 2019 and the Road World Championships in 2004. Our picturesque ride through the wineries has about 1,500m of climbing. Tonight we’ll have dinner at our bike friendly hotel, why not choose a local drop to accompany your meal.

Giro d’Italia Time Trial in Prosecco Region

Saturday, 23 May 2020
Revine Lago, Treviso, Italy
Breakfast
TODAY'S RIDE
 

italy bike tour prosecco time trial
See one of the most anticipated stages of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, as riders race their time machines through the Prosecco region.

Our ride this morning starts after a short transfer. Our focus today will be on seeing the Giro Individual Time Trial, one of the most important stages of this year’s race. We start along a popular cycling trail in the pre-alps where the prosecco vines catch maximum sun. We’ll stop and watch some of the riders prepare at the start and roll off the starters ramp before continuing on and seeing the race a few more times along the course at various vantage points. After cheering the final riders on, we’ll travel to our hotel, strategically positioned between today’s and tomorrow’s stages.

Piancavallo Mountain Finish

Sunday, 24 May 2020
Revine Lago, Treviso, Italy
Breakfast, Dinner
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

italy bike tour giro d'italia mountain stage
See the summit finish of today's stage, Piancavallo. Our chance to ride it this morning, and watch the race later on.

Our main climb today is the final climb of the stage, to the summit finish of Piancavallo – a 14km climb with an average grade of 7.8%, much of the climbing in the first 6km with an average of nearly 10%. We’ll test out our effort and then watch the peloton race it this afternoon. It will be a spectacular finish. If you need inspiration, search for “Pantani Piancavallo” on youtube. We’ll return to our hotel at the end of the stage.

Italy Dolomites – UNESCO World Heritage

Monday, 25 May 2020
Canazei, Trentino-Alto-Adige, Italy
Breakfast, Dinner
TODAY'S RIDE
 

italy bike tour ride the dolomites
Ride Fedaia Pass under the casting shadows of the Marmolada. The UNESCO World Heritage site is spectacular.

We head into the Dolomites today. Every time we visit the Dolomites, we are just astounded by its beauty. The jagged rock formations have captivated artists and scientists over the last 200 years. It is of no surprise that this area is recognised under the UNESCO World Heritage scheme. We’ll ride to our hotel today, under the casting shadows of the Queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada. There are several steep pinches, over 15% on our way to Fedaia pass and after we pass an alpine lake, it’s a long descent to our hotel.

Pordoi Pass and the Sella Ronda

Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Canazei, Trentino-Alto-Adige, Italy
Breakfast
TODAY'S RIDE
 

italy bike tour pordoi pass sella ronda
Ride one of the most scenic cycling routes in Europe, Sella Ronda.

We are in the heart of the Dolomites and our ride today will be one of the most spectacular rides you’ll ever do – Sella Ronda. We circumnavigate the impressive geological formation of Piz Boè, high in the Italian Alps. We start with the road Passo Sella and the Sella Towers appear. We then descend a little and onto our next climb of Gardena Pass. In total – four climbs, in just 52km. Our final climb, possibly the hardest is Pordoi, don’t forget to stop at the Coppi monument. We can relax this afternoon, and even explore the local village, popular all year with tourists, nature lovers and adventurers.

Gavia Pass and Bormio

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Bormio, Sondrio, Italy
Breakfast, Dinner
TODAY'S RIDE
 

italy bike tour gavia pass to bormio
Climb the southern face of Gavia Pass, the tougher side. Enjoy the rewarding views at the summit.

Our transfer today will take us to the Gavia Pass where we start our ride from Ponte di Legno. We will ride the challenging side of the Gavia Pass and descend into Bormio where we will stay for the next 3 nights. Gavia is 17km in length with the toughest section in the middle of the climb. Within the Bormio region, Gavia is one of the big 3 climbs, Stelvio and Mortirolo the others. There are a number of tunnels from the South and as you approach the summit, the valley opens to a spectacular view. Combined with the tranquility of the white and black lakes, it’s a memorable climb. Our hotel for the next three nights is in the heart of Bormio and dinner is included each night.

Queen Stage on Stelvio

Thursday, 28 May 2020
Bormio, Sondrio, Italy
Breakfast, Dinner
TODAY'S RIDE
 

italy bike tour stelvio pass
Climb the Stelvio Pass on race day. Stelvio is the highest paved road in the Eastern Alps.

The first rider over the highest point of the Giro d’Italia route each year is awarded the Cima Coppi, celebrating the champion of champions, Fausto Coppi. It will be claimed this year on Stelvio Pass, today. We’ll head there this morning ahead of the race and return to Bormio to watch the race on the final climb. There are 3 distinct sections of the climb from Bormio. Our start is quite gentle and the winding road ahead keeps up motivated. At the top of some switchbacks the views are rewarding. Our second section climbs along a valley plain, and often the road is surrounded in patches of snow, yet to melt. We reach the Swiss border, at Umbrail pass, the road steepens into the thinner air and often we observe the work of the Stelvio road crew having uncovered the road, creating a snow wall. It is truly an amazing time of the year to climb the Stelvio Pass. After reaching the summit, we descend and return to Bormio, following the race route.

Mortirolo Pass – 2nd Toughest in Italy

Friday, 29 May 2020
Bormio, Sondrio, Italy
Breakfast, Farewell Dinner (Incl. wine)
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

italy bike tour mortirolo pass
Climb teh second toughest climb in Italy, the Mortirolo Pass.

We set off from Bormio today and head down the valley. Enjoy the downhill, it may be the fastest 40km you’ll ever do, you’ll feel great. We arrive at Mazzo di Valtellina where the 2nd toughest cycling climb in Italy begins, the Mighty Mortirolo. Gradients between 15% and 20% are not unusual, especially on the earlier segments. Keep your resolve, and you’ll make it, some may even have to push and some may even just turn around with their weary legs catching up with them. The reward is worth it, reaching the Mortirolo monument. Imagine racing this climb, at the end of a long Giro d’Italia stage! After reaching the summit, we descend back to the base where our transport will meet us and bring us back to Bormio. If you’re keen you may like to ride back up the valley, but it is a tough slog.

Madonna del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano

Saturday, 30 May 2020
Como, Lombardy, Italy
Breakfast
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

italy bike tour muro di sormano
Climb the dedicated road for bikes up Muro di Sormano, thought to be the most severe climb included in cycling races – average of 17%.

We leave the mountains and arrive on the shores of Lake Como. Our final ride is to a small chapel dedicated to cyclists – Madonna del Ghisallo, perched above the lage. We also have a ride extension that may make Mortirolo seem flat! Only short is the Muro di Sormano, but short doesn't mean easy. The "wall" as it is translated is a path dedicated for cycling and was built to test riders in the Giro di Lombardia. After reaching the top, we can reward ourselves with a warm drink and some lunch from the tavern at the summit. We’ll descend back to our transport. As it is our last ride today, we will pack up our bikes. Our final hotel is in the heart of Como. We’ll say farewell to our chauffeur and transport this evening before we catch up with our partners in Como and head into the village for dinner.

Farewell, Arrivederci Italy

Sunday, 31 May 2020
Departure (Como, Italy)
Breakfast

italy bike tour lake como
Our tour finishes in Como, on the shores of Lake Como.

Today is our final day on our private bike tour around Italy. We’ve banked many memories and challenged ourselves on Italy's iconic climbs. Sadly, we say farewell. If you are staying on in Como, we wish you a pleasant stay. For those getting to Milan, there are regular train services to Milano Centrale. A private shuttle to the airport is about €150 for up to 6 passengers. If you are staying on in Europe, we wish you a pleasant stay. We wish you all safe travels back home and hope to see you again one day soon.

Ride iconic mountains of Italy – Giro Classics

Our Italy bike tour with Pat Jonker follows the biggest mountain stages in the Italian Alps. Your private tour group will travel in luxury on our team coach complete with hot showers and reclining seats, just like tour professional riders do. This will be a blessing after finishing your ride, it can still be cool during late spring in the Italian mountains.

Our carefully planned itinerary takes you to watch the Giro live and includes riding the most iconic ride routes, for you to conquer classic Italian climbs. We also take you along some sensational roads passing beautiful villages and scenic locations.

We stay at quality accommodation throughout and many meals are included featuring Italian cuisine. We celebrate the two most loved cycling areas of Italy, the spectacular Dolomites and the Valtellina valley where the Stelvio Pass soars higher than any other pass in the Eastern Alps. Beyond these areas, you’ll ride the roads surrounding the Italy’s fabulous lakes, Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda and Lake Como – yes mountains soar up beside them, great for riding and deliver rewarding views.

Our final ride visits Madonna del Ghisallo, perched on the shores of Lake Como. The small church atop the famous Giro di Lombardia climb can only be imagined and realised in Italy. There is also a little ride extension for us to try, up the wall – Muro di Sormano, try yourself on the dedicated cycling route, with steep, very steep gradients.

See 3 big stages, hand-picked from the 2020 route

Stage 14 ★★★★☆, Time Trial

Stage 15 ★★★★★, Mountain Stage Finish

Stage 18 ★★★★★, Queen Stage

giro ditalia 2020 cycling tour ride dolomites
Ride the most beautiful roads in Italy. Ride in the Dolomites and conquer Stelvio Pass.
giro ditalia 2020 cycling tour madonna del ghisallo
Ride the famous climb to Madonna del Ghisallo. Perched above Lake Como, it is one of the must-do rides in Italy.

The Bucket List of Iconic Italian Climbs

  • Stelvio Pass
  • Gavia Pass
  • Piancavallo
  • Sella Ronda
  • Pordoi Pass
  • Sella Pass
  • Fedaia Pass
  • Madonna del Ghisallo
  • Muro di Sormano

Private Trip Reservation Conditions

PRICING: Pricing for private groups is based on agreed minimum numbers of participants being met at the time of receipt of payment of final invoices by all trip participants. Prices may increase if minimum numbers are not met at the time of final invoicing (90 days prior to trip departure date). Final pricing will be based on the number of participants at the time of invoicing.

DEPOSIT: $1500 Australian dollars per person.

A reservation is not considered to be finalised until a deposit for the trip is received.

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