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13-Day Challenge


 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
... you have to ride:


Duration
13 days / 12 nights

2015 Trip dates
May 20 › June 1

Start location
Venice Marco Polo Airport

Ending location
Milan

Accommodations
SUPERIOR - 4 star!
3 nights in Alleghe
1 night in Bolzano
3 nights in M. di Campiglio
2 nights on Lake Iseo
2 nights in Sestriere
1 night in Milan

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person (USD)
$6,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $1,100

Non-riders
10% Discount (in double occupancy)

book this trip!

Climb the quintessential cols, witness 3 critical mountain stages, ride the course, and experience the pure cycling passion of Italy. Join us for the 2015 Giro d’Italia! Hugely popular with avid cyclists, our King of the Mountains Challenge combines prime race viewing with a full schedule of challenging Giro-inspired routes. 

We'll be at the Summit Finish in Madonna di Campiglio to witness the first high-mountain stage. The legendary Mortirolo is next and we'll ride the famous climb on the morning of the race, cheered on by thousands of passionate tifosi. The trip reaches a climax with the spectacular Colle delle Finestre, a 19km climb at an average of over 9% - and the last 8km are on a gravel road! We last rode the Finestre at the 2011 Giro and it was unquestionably the highlight of our trip.

In true Thomson style we'll do a substantial bit of riding during the trip - 1050km (670 miles) with 27,000m (88,000 ft) of elevation gain over the 12 days.

With the help of our legendary Italian partner, Bianchi, we'll be providing a few "insider" surprises throughout the trip!

Ready to reach new heights? Take the King of the Mountains Challenge and and discover why no one does the Giro like Thomson!

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the best of the action in the Italian Alps:
      • Stage 15 - Madonna di Campiglio SUMMIT FINISH
      • Stage 16 - Mortirolo - LIVE Viewing
      • Stage 20 - Colle delle Finestre - LIVE Viewing
      • Stage 21 - Final Stage in Milan
  • Ride key segments of the Giro d'Italia route just hours before the peloton
  • 4 days of spectacular riding in the Dolomites - includes the Sella Ronda, Passo Giau, Passo Duran, Passo Fedaia and many more
  • Guided Tour of the Bianchi Factory in Bergamo
  • VIP passes to the Final Stage in Milan
  • VIP farewell dinner in Milan (surprise venue!)

Shorter Trip also available

Can’t get out of work for 13 days? We also have an 8-day trip option that follows the first week of this schedule.

For full details of our 8-Day Giro Trip - click here

NEW: Non-Rider Program

We have a fantastic Spectator Trip running simultaneosly and non-riders are invited to join the Spectator group. The Spectator trip includes Giro d'Italia race viewings, access to the riders, teams and celebrities, special visits, cultural activities and more.

For full details of our Spectator program - click here

The Thomson Rides

Day Route Summary Hotel Location
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Alleghe › Colle Santa Lucia › Alleghe

Alleghe
4-star
31km
19 miles
723m
2,372 ft
2

Alleghe › Passo DuranPasso StaulanzaPasso GiauPasso Falzarego › Alleghe

Alleghe
4-star
118km
73 miles

3,759m
12,333 ft

3

Alleghe › Passo PordoiPasso SellaPasso GardenaPasso Campolongo › Alleghe

Alleghe
4-star
98km
61 miles
2,896m
9,501 ft
4

Alleghe › Passo FedaiaPasso Costalunga › Bolzano

Bolzano
4-star
85km
53 miles
2,184m
7,165 ft
5

Bolzano › Passo Mendola › Madonna di Campiglio

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 15
Summit Finish in Madonna di Campiglio


Madonna di Campiglio
4-star
95km
59 miles
2,763m
9,065 ft
6

Madonna di Campiglio › Passo Daone › Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio
4-star
69km
43 miles
1,756m
5,761 ft
7

Madonna di Campiglio › Passo Tonale › Passo Mortirolo

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 16
On the Passo Mortirolo

Passo Mortirolo › Vezza d'Oglio
(then transfer to hotel)


Madonna di Campiglio
4-star

147km
91 miles
3,807m
12,490 ft
8

Madonna › Passo ManivaPasso Tre Termine › Lake Iseo

Colombaro
4-star
141km
88 miles

2,393m
7,851 ft

9

Lake Iseo › San GiovanniColle GalloColle San Fermo › Lake Iseo

Colombaro
4-star
90km
56 miles

1,928m
6,325 ft

10

AM: Transfer to Sestriere
PM: Bike Ride - Sestriere › Colle della EscalaCol de MontgenevreColle del Sestriere

Sestriere
4-star
91km
57 miles

2,078m
6,818 ft

11

Sestriere › Colle delle Finestre

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 20
On the Colle delle Finestre

Colle delle Finestre › Sestriere


Sestriere
4-star

93km
58 miles
2,570m
8,432 ft
12

Transfer to Milan

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 21
Final Stage Finish in Milan


Milan
4-star

NO RIDE

TOTAL:

1058km
657 miles

26,857m
88,114 ft


Climb these Famous Giro d'Italia Passes

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary passes in the Italian Dolomites and Alps! Here's the list of passes included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index).

Click on the icon to view the elevation profile of each climb.

Climb
Elev. Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
Difficulty
Index
Colle delle Finestre
1694m/5558ft
9.1%
18.6km/11.6 miles
1564
Passo Mortirolo
1300m/4265ft
10.5%
12.4km/7.7 miles
1425
Passo Fedaia
1059m/3474ft
7.5%
14.1km/8.8 miles
966
Colle San Fermo
900m/2953ft
8.6%
10.5km/6.5 miles
923
Passo Duran
992m/3255ft
7.9%
12.5km/7.8 miles
898
Passo Giau
922m/3025ft
9.1%
10.1km/6.3 miles
849
Passo Maniva
1054m/3458ft
6.9%
15.2km/9.4 miles
841
Passo Daone
765m/2510ft
9.2%
8.3km/5.1 miles
719
Passo Mendola
958m/3143ft
6.5%
14.8km/9.2 miles
627
Forcella Staulanza
843m/2766ft
6.7%
12.6km/7.8 miles
597
Passo Tonale
919m/3015ft
6.0%
15.2km/9.4 miles
590
Passo Falzarego
913m/2995ft
5.6%
16.4km/10.2 miles
576
Madonna di Campiglio
746m/2448ft
5.6%
13.3km/8.3 miles
461
Passo Pordoi
637m/2090ft
6.8%
9.4km/5.8 miles
447
Colle del Sestriere
693m/2274ft
5.0%
13.9km/8.6 miles
421
Col de Montgenevre
494m/1621ft
6.4%
7.7km/4.8 miles
325
Passo Sella
399m/2487ft
7.3%
5.5km/3.4 miles
304
Colle delle Escala
476m/1562ft
5.4%
8.8km/5.5 miles
289
Passo Costalunga
410m/1345ft
4.1%
9.9km/6.1 miles
270
Passo Gallo
435m/1427ft
4.0%
10.8km/6.7 miles
235
Aprica
501m/1644ft
3.3%
15km/9.3 miles
223
Passo Tre Termine
388m/1273ft
4.8%
8.1km/5.1 miles
212
Passo Campolongo
307m/1007ft
5.0%
6.1km/3.8 miles
192
Passo Gardena
250m/820ft
4.2%
5.9km/3.7 miles
140


Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

Enjoy your afternoon on the mountainside in the comfort and safety of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas:

  • Prime viewing spots - our teams are in place several days before the race ensuring that we secure strategically placed viewing locations close to the summits of the climbs
  • Large marquis tents
  • Catered lunch and refrigerator stocked with cool drinks. Hot drinks in case of cold weather!
  • LIVE Satellite TV race coverage in English: This is a Thomson specialty. No other Tour operator has pulled off this feat on the mountain!

The peloton rides by our Race Viewing Hospitality Area on the Passo Stelvio in 2012

The Top Support

Quite simply, we provide the best support in the industry - guaranteed!

  • Staff to client ratio of 1:4
  • The best staff in the industry - check out our testimonial page...!!!
  • Small Ride-groups - we split the overall group into ride-groups of approximately 10 riders. This allows us to have riders of similar ability within the same ride-group and provides a far superior cycling experience with full support but less waiting
  • 1 TBT experienced ride leader and 1 SAG van per ride-group
  • Experienced Mechanic
  • Top-of-the-line Bianchi Rental bikes

What's Included

  • 13 days / 12 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All accommodations (4-star hotels)
  • Free access to our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas on Stages 16 & 20
  • MILAN: VIP passes to witness the Final Stage on the Finish Line
  • MILAN: Farewell VIP Dinner (venue still to be confirmed - but we're hoping to secure a really cool place!)
  • All breakfasts
  • All but 2 dinners
  • 5 lunches
  • Pick-up at Venice Marco Polo Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.