AT A GLANCE
- 13 days
- Most Dinners
- Key Stages
- Luxury Transport
- High Staff Ratio
- Intermediate to Experienced
- 3 & 4 Star Hotels
Giro d'Italia 2020 Trip Details
Duration: 13 Day
Dates: May 20, 2020 to June 1, 2020
Start: Milan (Malpensa Airport), Italy
Finish: Milan (Malpensa Airport), Italy
Group Size: 30 guests, 6 staff
Price: AUD $7,690 (USD $5,150)
Single Supplement: AUD $1,050 (USD $700)
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.
- Ride Sella Ronda, Stelvio Pass and Mortirolo
- See multiple 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
- Most dinners are included
- Stay at 3 and 4 star accommodation
Most of our rides at the Giro d'Italia 2020 are in the mountains, so our long ride routes are challenging. There are several days with more than 1,500m of vertical ascent and some days that we ride more.
You don't have to be an elite cyclist to join us. With our high staff to guest ratio, we support different ride options each day – giving you choice. There are our ride extensions for our stronger riders to get more miles and vertical metres. And if you’d like an easier day, or a day off, join our non-cycling itineraries or our easier ride option.
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.
RIDER AND SPECTATOR BIKE TOUR
Our 2020 Giro bike tour is ideal for cyclists. Our main focus is watching Giro d'Italia 2020 and completing the most beautiful rides. Non-cyclists may wish to follow our ride routes too and meet up with the riders along the way, it is a great way for non-cycling partners to share the experience.
This trip also caters for spectators with a keen interest in the Giro d’Italia. We have some side itineraries for non-cyclists to explore Giro villages but primarily, our trip follows the excitement and fanfare of the Giro d’Italia.
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout on our luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 12 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Cable-car excursion to Marmolada, Queen of the Dolomites
- Scheduled arrival and departure transfers at Milan, Malpensa Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3 course evening meals on 9 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
Professional Ride Support
- Hosted by our experienced tour guides and professional drivers
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride support vehicle when you need it most
- Navigation assistance on all guided rides
- Sports powders, water and bars during your ride
- Bike Rental Cost: AUD $792 (USD $530)
- 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.
Italy Cycling Tour to Giro d'Italia 2020 – Itinerary
Benvenuto, Welcome to the Giro Classico
Our Giro Classico bike trip starts in the popular cycling area of Forli-Cesena, on the foothills of the Apennines, a North-South mountain range spanning the length of the Italian peninsula. Marco Pantani developed his climbing skill on these roads, and Nove Colli founded the first Gran Fondo. Your guides will welcome you at Milan, Malpensa Airport at 10am. We will take a leisurely ride this afternoon and check our equipment, before our official welcome dinner.
Challenging Stage 12, Giro d’Italia 2020
We wake with excitement today as the Giro is raced almost entirely within the Forli-Cesena province. There are 5 categorised climbs within the race profile and accordingly rated a difficulty of 4 out of 5. We’ll ride from our hotel and intersect with the race early this afternoon and have a second opportunity to see the race again the final climb of the day. An exciting day, chasing a grand tour and riding on beautiful roads. Our non-riders will be able to follow the race in our supporters van.
“Fare il Grappa” – Doing Grappa
We transfer across the Po plain of Italy today, leaving the Apennine Mountains behind. Our flat horizon begins to rise above the Veneto plains and the major feature is Monte Grappa – our challenge today. For Italian cyclists that call it “Fare il Grappa”, doing the Grappa. There are 10 possible routes to the summit, 11 if you include a gravel alternative. We will tackle the classic route, 26km averaging 6% and a maximum of 11%. We also have a shorter, easier ride option to a picturesque local village before heading on to our hotel. Our non-riders today, will be able to visit Asolo, a most beautiful village of Italy.
Time Trial in Prosecco Superiore
Today is one of the most significant stages of this 103rd Giro d’Italia, a race of truth through the Prosecco Superiore. Riders will not be savouring the bubbled delight for another week as their focus will be on flying over the course. We’ll ride this morning through the Prosecco vineyards and arrive to watch some of the riders prepare and roll from the starters ramp. We’ll then go to an advantage point on course cheering the riders through on their time machines. Time trials are incredible to watch and memories of today will last a lifetime.
Ride Classics of the Dolomites
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 little wonder that this area is recognised under the UNESCO World Heritage scheme. Before arriving at our hotel, we have 2 alternative rides planned today, neither has much flat. Our shorter option take the gradual climb to Valparola pass before descending to our hotel. Our main ride take the steeper slopes to Passo Giau first, rewarding challengers with one of the most impressive views in the Dolomites.
Dolomites Sella Ronda
Ride this morning, after our first night sleeping at a little altitude. 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. The road leading up Passo Pordoi offers the greatest view. As we rise to the next climb, Passo Sella, the Sella Towers appear – okay they’re even more incredible. In total – four climbs, in just 52km. It is a manageable day on the bike, and any leg tiredness is quickly forgotten with the dramatic views. We can relax this afternoon, and even explore the local village. There are 3 languages in South Tyrol – Italian and German influences of course, but also a local traditional language of Ladin. You’ll often notice signs in the 3 languages.
Marmolada, the Queen and Fedaia Pass
This morning we travel to the Queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada and the highest peak of the Dolomites and accessible by cable-car. The southern side is a 1,000m vertical wall and the observation deck offers 360 degree views. At the mid-station is a war museum and is worth visiting as it explores the harsh conditions of war in the Alps – a respectful exhibition and reminder for peace. With a few tough days on the bike, today is an optional tourist day. However, our ride option starts from the base station and climbs the steep pinches of Passo Fedaia, before descending to the start of Passo Pordoi, our main climb of the day. A challenging ride with nearly 2,000m of climbing in just 50km.
Giro Final Week – Stage 17
Giro d’Italia has now entered the final week, and many riders are already suffering. They will be hoping to just survive the tough final stages. Today’s stage has 4 categorised climbs including a summit finish. We can expect some attacks to launch on the steeper gradients of the second climb. We’ll head there and see the Giro on a mountain stage. We descend our way from the Dolomites this morning and jump on our bikes on one of Europe’s great cycling projects – the Val d’Adige cycle track. Entirely asphalted and separated from traffic it is a pleasant relief to be on some flat roads. We intersect the race course and climb as far as you want, it goes for 20km. After watching the race, return to our transport or ride on to our hotel.
Giro’s Queen Stage – Stage 18
We’ll set off early this morning, making our way to the finish area of today’s stage. One of our favourite climbs near Bormio and aptly the locals call it “piccolo Stelvio”. It may be the Giro’s equivalent to the Lacets Montvernier of the Tour de France. A final climb with many switchbacks in close succession will deliver a spectacular finish. The race goes over the Stelvio Pass today, where the Cima Coppi is claimed. It is the highest point reached by the Giro this year. We’ll keep our ride short and on the valleys around Bormio this afternoon, giving us time to watch the Queen stage of the Giro d’Italia 2020.
Ride Stelvio Pass, Highest Road in Italy
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 was claimed on Stelvio Pass yesterday. It was an incredible era for Italian cycling, as Coppi shared a great rivalry with Gina Bartali. Today, it is our turn on the highest pass in the Eastern Alps. Our ride from Bormio may be considered in 3 sections, the first is quite gentle and the winding road ahead keeps up motivated. At the top of some switchbacks the views are rewarding. Our second section is shorter but climbs along a valley plain, the road is often 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. If you still have a desire for more climbing, there are one or two more climbs we can challenge ourselves on this afternoon.
Mighty Mortirolo, 2nd Toughest Climb in Italy
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 take us to Lake Como this afternoon. This evening we’ll have our farewell dinner, leaving tomorrow evening free for you to explore Milan after the Giro d’Italia finish.
Final Giro Stage in Milan
We have a final treat in store today and can enjoy a short ride along the shores of Lake Como and climb the infamous Madonna del Ghisallo, a regular inclusion in the last monument race each year, Giro di Lombardia. At the summit, is a small chapel which holds the shrine to cyclists. Only in Italy could anything like this be found! The Beata Vergine Maria Del Ghisallo was made the patron saint of Italian cyclists by Pope Pious XII in 1949 and her chapel is a shrine to cycling’s past and present greats. After completing our final ride, we prepare our bikes for travel and set off to Milan to see the final stage of Giro d’Italia 2020. A final time trial keeps doubt in the overall winner this year.
Arrivederci, Farewell from Giro 2020
Today is our final day on our Giro d’Italia bike tour, and we have run out of important Giro stages to follow. We’ve banked many memories and established new friendships. Sadly, we say farewell. We have one transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport this morning, arriving by about 10am. If you’re booking flights home, allow 2 hours for a flight within Europe and 3 hours for an International flight. If you are staying on in Milan or Europe, we wish you a pleasant stay. We wish you all safe travels back home and see you again one day soon.
Ride stages of Giro d'Italia 2020
We join the racing as the mountain stages appear regularly on the riders schedule. A stage with a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, celebrates Marco Pantani and the Nove Colli Gran Fondo, taking place near Rimini – we’ll see the race multiple times during this challenging stage.
There are 3 time trials for riders to complete, the most significant is that held completely within the Prosecco Superiore region – be there to cheer on the riders through the internationally acclaimed grape vines.
The final week of the Giro has 5 stages over 200km in length, as well as having most of the climbing still to do, it is brutal! There are 18 categorised climbs during the final week. Twice the race will go above 2,700m and the prize for the rider to reach the highest summit of the tour, will be claimed on the Passo dello Stelvio, the Queen Stage of the race.
See 5 big stages of Giro d'Italia 2020
Stage 12 ★★★★☆, Medium Mountain
Stage 14 ★★★★☆, Time Trial
Stage 17 ★★★★★, High Mountain
Stage 18 ★★★★★, Queen Stage
Stage 21 ★☆☆☆☆, Final Stage
Watch the Giro and Ride Iconic Italian Climbs
Our Giro bike tour to the 103rd Giro d’Italia follows the biggest mountain stages in the Italian Alps. Bikestyle guests travel in luxury on our team coach complete with hot showers and reclining seats, just like tour professional riders do. 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. Just like an Italian Classico Wine celebrating Italian culture, our Giro Classico trip celebrates the iconic Italian bike race.
We stay at quality 3-star and 4-star accommodation throughout and many meals are included, featuring famous Italian cuisine made with the best local ingredients. As well as following the race, we focus on 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 where Gran Fondo was founded, the Nove Colli as well as every cyclist’s rite in Italy, Monte Grappa, “Fare il Grappa”.
Before the final time-trial stage in Milan, our Giro bike tour 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.
Why do guests choose Bikestyle Tours?
- We minimise transfers and reduce travel fatigue
- We arrive at hotels at a reasonable hour, meals and sleep are important
- Stunning ride routes that avoid busy or dangerous roads
- Every guest has a seat in our transport and no-one is left stranded
- Our guides have a safety ethos; competent in navigation, communication and first aid