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10 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
A very challenging, inspiring trip. Memorable. Well-organized. I want to find a way to improve my own performance, so that I could enjoy the trips even more.
Thomson is the best in the business of high-performance bicycle trips. I have traveled with many companies in the past, but for challenging trips where the emphasis is on bicycle riding, there are none better than Thomson. The van support is excellent. In a typical Thomson tour, the clients are divided into several small groups, according to ability, with around 10 people/group. Each group has a support van and 1-2 guides. Although I have been the “lanterne Rouge” on many occasions, I have never felt that I was poorly supported, or forgotten. Many times it seems as if one is training and supported as in a professional team ! The guides are all excellent cyclists, and there are several of them riding at a time. There are enough vans on the roads to carry every single rider in a tour, unlike many other companies. I hope to do many more trips with them.
I’ve had some memorable weeks cycling with Thomson and had such high expectations of the Giro trip. They were blown away. Quite simply the best week that I’ve had on a bike - many thanks.
The trip was well organised, as was the weather; wet weather gear not used at all! There were great options to suit all abilities and tiring legs as the week progressed, though I was glad I had done some training first.
This particular trip represented many personal goals, all met in one trip. The Sella Ronda circuit was the single best day of my life on a bicycle. The others, particularly Passo dello Stelvio, were challenging and satisfying.
There is a Thompson signature, you should try to have more guide like Toni Folque….
Fabulous cycling experience, met my expectations. Thanks Thomson.
Awesome trip. Everything was super easy, except the riding!
Outstanding trip with staff who truly care about the guests. It was awesome.
Great trip! I really have to hand it to Peter to be able to change plans quickly to meet weather restraints, border guard problems, and time tables with the Giro to come up with excellent variations! Although, the Monte Padrio might not have been the best alternative to the Gavia!
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2018 Trip Details
Our GIRO KOM Challenge provides the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs of the GIRO in the Dolomites.
Monte Zoncolan, Monte Crostis, Monte Grappa, Sella Ronda and the Passo Giau all feature in our exciting and challenging ride program.
GIRO Race-Viewing Details
Stage 14: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Monte ZONCOLAN
Stage 15: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Sappada
Top 7 reasons to choose Thomson
1. Our trips are designed for avid riders - no-one rides like Thomson!
2. Extensive Ride Program: choose from 2 fully supported rides. Only with Thomson!
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquees on the Monte Zoncolan
4. VIP access to the Finish of Stage 15 in Sappada
5. Top Hotels: stay in a 13th century castle and luxury hotels in San Cassiano and Sappada
6. KOMs galore: Zoncolan, Crostis, Grappa, Giau, Pordoi, Sella and more…
7. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
Benvenuto in Italia!
Our staff will meet you at Venice Marco Polo Airport. From the airport we’ll transfer to our spectacular Castle Hotel in Cison di Valmarino. After checking in to the hotel we’ll have our Orientation Meeting followed by lunch, then our mechanics will be on hand to help you get the bikes ready for the first ride.
Our warm-up ride gives us our first taste of climbing in the Italian mountains with 2 passes on the agenda. First up is the 8km Passo Pradaredego followed shortly by the 9km Passo San Boldo. A fantastic start to a spectacular week of cycling in the mountains of Italy!
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 8:30am - either at Venice Marco Polo Airport or at the Best Western Hotel Titian Inn Venice Airport
Today we’ll ‘Fare il Grappa.’ One of the most storied and difficult climbs in Italy, Monte Grappa is in the same category as Stelvio or Ventoux in length and elevation.
There are 10 ways up the mountain and we’ve chosen one of the most scenic (and most challenging) routes. From our hotel in Cison di Valmarino we have a 25km “warm-up” through the Prosecco vineyards before reaching the town of Alano di Piave. In Alano we start the climb to Grappa with the summit lying 23km ahead. From the summit we’ll descend to Alano then ride over to Valdobbiadene where our second climb of the day awaits - the 15km climb to Pianezze. From Pianezze it’s all downhill to the hotel.
For those wishing a shorter ride, skip the final climb to Pianezze for a 95km ride with 2500m elevation.
Into the Dolomites
A stunning route takes us into the heart of the Dolomites. Our destination is the beautiful ski town of San Cassiano, situated close to the bottom of the Passo Valparola.
Riding from the hotel we head north over the Passo San Boldo then the Forcella Franche to Agordo. A long false flat takes us to Alleghe where the serious climbing starts as we head for the famous Passo Falzarego and Passo Valparola. From the Valparola summit it’s all downhill to our hotel in San Cassiano.
Shorter ride option: start the ride at the Forcella Franche for a 64km ride with 2095m elevation gain.
One of the most famous and spectacular rides in Europe today with the loop around the Sella Mountain Range.
We’ll start the ride with a 7km gradual descent to La Villa Stern where we take a left turn on the road to Corvara. In Corvara we start our first climb of the day - the 6km Passo Campolongo. The Passo Pordoi is next followed in quick succession by the Passo Sella and Passo Gardena. The descent from the Gardena leads us back to La Villa and the short climb up to our hotel in San Cassiano.
Make sure you take the time to look around and enjoy this ride which boasts some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Europe!
Today’s ride takes us into more quintessential Dolomiti terrain. The Passo Giau, an HC climb that averages 9% over 10km is a stunning ascent and frequently the Cima Coppi in the Giro d’Italia. The dramatic rock formations create a spectacular distraction from all the climbing.
After the Giau, enjoy the fantastic descent to trendy Cortina d’Ampezzo. We’ll stop for a cappuccino in one of the many cafes that line the pedestrian centre. From Cortina the road heads upward again as we tackle the slopes of Passo Tre Croci followed by the Passo San Antonio and the long climb to Cima Sappada. Our final hotel in Sappada sets us up nicely for the next 2 days Giro d’Italia viewing - only a short ride from the Stage 14 finish on the Zoncolan and only a few metres from the finish of Stage 15 in Sappada.
Shorter ride option: Climb the Passo Giau and end your ride in Cortina d’Ampezzo - 59km and 1834m elevation.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 14
Private Viewing on the ZONCOLAN
The Queen Stage of the GIRO today with a summit finish on the toughest climb of all the Grand Tours - the Monte Zoncolan.
We’ll set out in the morning from our hotel in Sappada. A 25km descent takes us to Ovaro and the start of the dreaded Zoncolan. We’ll climb the “beast” then descend the other side to join the final 60km of the Giro route in Zuglio. We’ll climb the Passo Duron and the Sella Valcalda before making our way back to Ovaro. Enjoy the wild GIRO scene from the comfort of our Hospitality Tents situated directly on the roadside of the climb to the Zoncolan. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.
Shorter ride option: Climb to the summit of the Zoncolan then descend to our Hospitality tents - 45km and 1500m elevation.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 15
VIP access to the Stage Finish in Sappada
The GIRO is coming to town today with the stage finish in Sappada, just minutes from our hotel. We’ll celebrate the finish in style in the VIP tribune directly on the Finish Line.
Before watching the finish we’ll get out on the bikes for a ride over another super-challenging climb that never did make it into the Giro. In 2011, Stage 14 of the Giro was intended to be the highlight of the race with the introduction of a new HC climb - the Monte Crostis. Unfortunately the descent over the back-side of the Crostis was deemed too dangerous and the Crostis was cut from the stage. So guess our destination today - correct - Monte Crostis. But we’ll turn around at the summit avoiding the dangerous descent that eliminated the climb from that 2011 Giro. The climb itself is a beauty - almost as tough as the Zoncolan but with spectacular views of the Dolomites off to the North and West.
After climbing Crostis we’ll head back up to our hotel in Sappada and get ready to watch the stage finish from the VIP Finish Tribune right next to our hotel.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Venice Marco Polo Airport, arriving at approximately 10:00am.