See an Italian Bike Race and immerse in the Italian culture
Italian fanatics are known as “tifosi”, and the atmosphere that “tifosi” create at the Giro d’Italia race is incredible to experience, your hair stands on end. As the peloton arrives, the Italian fans issue an almighty cheer, screaming “Via–Via–Via” go–go–go.
There is no bigger cheer than that reserved for Marco Pantani, he was possibly the greatest climber to have ever raced. The Marco “Il Pirata” Pantani supporters club still follows the race searching for an Italian rider that carries the spirit of “Il Pirata”. Today, the “shark of Messina”, Vincenzo Nibali draws the most attention of the “tifosi”.
Experiencing the Giro d’Italia is so much fun, so Italian!
2023 Giro d'Italia Cycling Holiday
Little is known about the 2023 Giro d’Italia. However, rumours suggest that a course should attract Tadej Pogačar. Afterall he would be hoping to add a Giro to his Palmares. We may expect some stages in Slovenia. The 19th stage of the 2022 edition was well supported by local Slovenians and a home town hero would be even more welcomed.
Maybe we should request a grand start in Australia for our home town hero Jai Hindley. I believe direct flights from Australia to Europe are a thing these days.
If the race ventures to Slovenia, it would be reasonable for our tour to visit the Monte Zoncolan.
Another early suggestion for 2023 is that race organisers have made a request to the UCI to host the Grand Tour of Italy a week later in the cycling calendar. If it were the case it would return to a more favourable weather for high mountain passes, such as a return to the Gavia. The final weekend would coincide with the National Holiday in Italy and would make an epic final three days of the race.
Giro Route Revealed in Late 2022
We will not know for sure where the race goes until October/November of 2022. You can be assured that we Bikestyle Tours will be following announcements closely to give our guests an unrivalled experience at the 2023 Giro d’Italia.
We will again follow the final 10 to 12 days of racing in the North of Italy, where the biggest mountains, and most spectacular scenery combines for an incredible cycling holiday.
You’ll experience the very best riding in Italy and see the Giro d’Italia 2023. Great pizza, pasta, gelato, coffee, and the best hot chocolate and all things that are very, very Italian.
Don’t Experience another year of FOMO
Our 2022 Giro d’Italia guests returned and their expectations were exceeded. They followed the race through the Piedmont region, Valtellina valley where the mighty Stelvio pass soars its way up from Bormio. Experienced the the dedicated passage used for the Giro di Lombardia – Muro di Sormano – brutal.
But their highlight was witnessing an Australia climb to the top of the podium from their luxury hotel on race route in the Dolomites. A luxury spa hotel at the base of the Sella Ronda and San Pellegrino for the final stages.
Ride Challenging Climbs with the most experienced Tour Operator at Grand Tours
Bikestyle Tours has been organising and operating Grand Tour cycling tours for more than 25 years, 2022 marks our 27th year of sharing the excitement to see the biggest bike races in Europe.
Our Italy bike tours travel to North Italy to ride the Dolomites and the Italian Alps. Irrespective of the season, mountain conditions can change and for some of our guests, it’s the first time they’ve seen snow while on a bike. Each year, road closures in the mountains are possible and Giro stages are sometimes rerouted or cancelled because of late season snowfalls. But rest assured, our professional guides understand the conditions, manage safety, and have contingent plans to ensure your experience of a most memorable riding experience.
Snow is not unusual even at the height of Summer, during August or September – it does enhance the scenery! Our local knowledge, mountain experience and thorough planning minimises any disruption to your cycling holiday.
Stay in quality accommodation with Italian hospitality and Italian food
We choose 3-star and 4-star accommodation on our Italy bike tours and regularly return to family run hotels that have dedicated bike facilities – they have bike washdown areas, secure bike storage rooms, mechanical stands and some have an evening laundry service for cycling apparel. Rest assured, we also travel with a good supply of bike-washing equipment, mechanical spares and we have a tool-kit complete with a professional bike mechanic.
On many nights we eat at a local restaurant or from the great hotel kitchen. Italian culture is the most celebrated through its food – influenced by local ingredients and lovingly evolved from their “Nonna”, their grandmother’s recipe. A most welcoming sound over a home-cooked Italian meal “Mangiare, Mangiare”, eat-eat. Remember to restrain yourself on the first 2 courses, as often Italian meals have 4 or 5 courses. Yes, an Italian dessert is better in Italy.
Why Pre-Book with Bikestyle Tours?
Our pre-booking system is risk free way to reserve your place. That means you have first right of refusal once we’ve released the official trip itinerary. You’ll have 10 days to decide from when you receive the itinerary to confirm or cancel the booking. If the itinerary doesn’t suit you, you can cancel your booking within the 10-day period and your pre-booking deposit is fully refunded to you.
A COVID-Safe plan
- All staff and guests must complete a pre-travel questionnaire prior to the start of the trip
- Bikestyle Tours complies with the COVID requirements of the local authorities (Tourism and Accommodation, Bike Tours); such as controls for social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, vehicle transport
- All guests must be fully vaccinated to join the tour
- Check your departure and return requirements for your country of residence
Are Trips Guaranteed Departures?
We make every effort to guarantee departures to give you peace of mind that once you’ve booked your trip – you’re going! We do not cancel trips due to insufficient numbers leaving you stranded.