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King of the Mountains Giro d'Italia


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


Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2014 Trip dates
May 25 › June 1

Start location
Milan Malpensa Airport

Ending location
Venice Marco Polo Airport

Accommodations
SUPERIOR
2 nights in Bormio (****)
3 nights in Alleghe (****)
2 nights in Sappada (****)

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person
$4,495 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $900

Non-riders
20% Discount (in double occupancy)

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The 2014 Giro d'Italia will again provide for a fascinating and highly competitive race. Our trip will focus on the final week with the two Queen Stages on Val Martello and Monte Zoncolan.

Stage 16 is a massive stage with the riders climbing Giro favourites Passo Gavia and Passo Stelvio before the 22km climb to Val Martello at over 2000m.

Stage 20 will provide the final showdown on the infamous Monte Zoncolan and you'll have your chance to test your climbing legs on the horribly steep slopes before the pros!

In addition to these 2 race-viewing days we'll spend a full week riding the classic Italian climbs in the Alps & Dolomites including the Passo Stelvio, the Passo Gavia and the Passo Mortirolo!

Join us for a week of spectacular riding in the Dolomites and Italian Alps!

Witness the 2 Queen stages "LIVE"...

  • LIVE Viewing of the FINISH of Stage 16 on Val Martello
  • LIVE Viewing of the FINISH of Stage 20 on Monte Zoncolan!

The Rider's Trip:
Our trips are not just about watching the Giro. We also have a full program of challenging daily rides that will give you the opportunity to ride many of the legendary climbs in the Dolomites and Italian Alps.

Zoncolan.... Stelvio.... Mortirolo.... Giau.... Gavia.... Fedaia.... Duran.... Tre Croce.... Gardena.... Staulanza.... are just some of the famous climbs you'll ride during this fantastic feast of cycling!

Click here to view the complete list of famous climbs on this trip.


Trip Highlights

  • LIVE Viewing of the 2 Queen stages of the 2014 Giro d'Italia
  • Climb the Zoncolan - the toughest climb of the Grand Tours!
  • Ride the famous Sella Ronda.
  • Climb the legendary Passo Stelvio ahead of the pro peloton!
  • Climb the infamous Passo Mortirolo and the Passo Gavia
  • As always the top support in the industry!

Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

Enjoy your afternoon on the mountain-side in the comfort and safety of our comfortable race-viewing hospitality areas:

  • Prime viewing spots - our teams are in place several days before the race ensuring that we secure prime race-viewing loactions
  • Large marquis tents
  • LIVE Satellite TV race coverage in English
  • Full picnic lunch and refrigerator stocked with cool drinks

The Rides

Day Route Summary Hotel Location
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Bormio › Cancano › Bormio

Bormio
4-star
20 miles
2,461 ft
2

Bormio › Passo MortiroloPasso Gavia › Bormio

Bormio
4-star
71 miles

9,990 ft

3

Bormio › Passo Stelvio Val Martello

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 16
Summit Finish-Val Martello

Val Martello › Laces
Van Transfer to Alleghe



Alleghe
4-star



70 miles



10,010 ft
4

Alleghe › Passo DuranPasso Staulanza › Alleghe

Alleghe
4-star
43 miles
5,899 ft
5

Alleghe › Passo FedaiaPasso SellaPasso GardenaPasso Campolongo › Alleghe

Alleghe
4-star
60 miles
8,189 ft
6

Alleghe › Passo GiauPasso Tre CrociPasso Zovo › Sappada

Sappada
4-star
68 miles
9,321 ft
7

Sappada › Monte Zoncolan

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 20
Summit Finish-Monte Zoncolan

Monte Zoncolan › Sappada



Sappada
4-star
44 miles
6,900 ft
Total:
 
376
52,769
Daily Average:
 
54
7,538

 

Climb these Famous Cols

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

Climb
Elev. Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Monte Zoncolan
3,970 ft
11.5%
6.5 miles
221
Passo Mortirolo
4,265 ft
10.5%
7.7 miles
186
Passo Gavia
4,470 ft
7.9%
10.7 miles
147
Passo Stelvio (from Bormio)
5,030 ft
7.1%
13.4 miles
144
Val Martello
4,557 ft
6.1%
14.1 miles
144
Passo Fedaia
3,474 ft
7.5%
8.8 miles
133
Passo Duran
3,255 ft
7.9%
7.8 miles
126
Passo Giau
3,025 ft
9.1%
6.3 miles
122
Passo Zovo
2,129 ft
7.1%
5.7 miles
90
Forcella Staulanza
2,766 ft
6.7%
7.8 miles
88
Passo Sella
2,487 ft
6.6%
7.1 miles
87
Passo Tre Croci
1,886 ft
7.1%
5.0 miles
76
Cancano
1,857 ft
6.9%
5.1 miles
59
Passo Campolongo
1,007 ft
5.0%
3.8 miles
44
Passo Gardena
820 ft
4.2%
3.7 miles
36

Our Support

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

  • Staff to client ratio of 1:4
  • 3 ride groups of approximately 10 riders in each group - allows us to manage riders of varying ability levels
  • 1 TBT experienced ride leader and 1 SAG van per ride-group of approximately 10 riders
  • Experienced Mechanic
  • Top-of-the-line rental bikes available

What's Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • 3 lunches
  • Pick-up at Milan Malpensa Airport
  • Drop-off 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 Sempre Pro is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.

 

The Thomson Bike Tours Difference

Your trip to Europe may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you deserve the best! Performance cyclists now rate Thomson Bike Tours as the premiere provider of performance trips to Europe. Here are a few details that set us aside from the rest:

LESS VAN - MORE BIKE: Limited Van Transfers between your hotels and the start/finish of the bike rides. With the exception of the transfers after the race-viewings we ride from and back to the hotel. Our local knowledge, extensive planning and vast experience mean that you spend less time in a van and more time on the bike!

Best-in-class Support & ride leaders: another key to our success! Sag van and ride leader for every 10 riders.

Highest Staff to Customer Ratio: 1 staff member per 4 customers!

LIVE Satellite TV coverage in English: our strategically placed mountain-top race vantage points have become the reference for the industry and the envy of the mountain! No-one else has LIVE Satellite TV coverage in English!

THE THOMSON RIDES: over the years we've also gained a reputation for providing the best (and most challenging) rides. 25 years experience riding in the Dolomites and Italian Alps counts!

Choice of rides: shorter distance options are available on most days.