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21 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
Fabulous cycling experience, met my expectations. Thanks Thomson.
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!
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.
Awesome trip. Everything was super easy, except the riding!
Outstanding trip with staff who truly care about the guests. It was awesome.
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….
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.
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.
A superb trip.
This was my first bike tour and for a non hill climber, I had concerns that it may be a struggle. However, I found the KOM superb. The communication before and during the trip was excellent. I felt prepared. The support and organisation during the rides was brilliant. The rides were challenging, but with three different groups, all with their own guides and support vans, it meant that I could go at my own pace without pressure. The guides were friendly, knowledgable and encouraging. The scenery was breathtaking. I look forward to riding with Thomson again
This is the third trip we have done with Thomson. It will for sure not be our last. Every aspect of this trip was so well planned out and executed. The rides were challenging and enjoyable, the accommodation was top notch and the team was fantastic. I have yet to come back from a Thomson trip with any wishes unfulfilled. This was a different dynamic for us, getting to experience a grand tour, and it exceeded my expectations in every way. Kudos on another great trip - we’ll be back!
Almost every ride was the best ride I’ve ever done, and the guides always make you feel good about your riding, even when you’re at the back of the bus.
An excellent combination of riding and tour (Giro) viewing. The rides were challenging and beautiful. Thomson did great job of route selection to have us experience some of the best climbs in the area. All the guides were excellent. They were knowledgeable, personable and a pleasure to ride and interact with.
The ride manager and ride leaders are the reason I keep coming back for more trips. Their professionalism, support and friendship makes these trips super fun.
Amazing trip. Excellent climbing and descending. Some of the most memorable rides I have ever done. The support, food and accommodation were great.
Well organised & well executed. It was our first trip with a bike tour company, having organised things ourselves in the past. Thomson bike tours was worth every cent.
I am just an average rider so this was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. It was also the best trip of my life and will do another when I can.
I found the whole Thomson experience to be first class, from booking through to riding. The team were all first class and happy to help and accommodate anything required. I will be back!
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 Italian Alps & Dolomites.
The Giro Organisers have designed an exciting route this year with a climb-intensive last 10 days. They’ve also been quite creative with the inclusion of many lesser-known but really spectacular climbs such as the Colle del Nivolet, Colle San Carlo and Passo Manghen.
Our trip focuses on these last 10 days and is almost as climb-intensive as the Giro itself. Join us and you’ll ride the actual routes of several key stages and you’ll conquer an impressive list of the best climbs that Italy has to offer. Colle del Nivolet, Colle San Carlo, Passo Manghen all feature in our challenging ride program as well as the Passo Mortirolo, Passo Gavia, Passo Ghisallo, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi and the Passo San Pellegrino, and of course the Passo Stelvio (weather-permitting).
GIRO Race-Viewing Details
Giro Stage 13: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Summit Finish on Colle del Nivolet
Giro Stage 14: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Colle San Carlo
Giro Stage 15: Road-side Race-Viewing on Colma di Sormano
Giro Stage 16: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Passo Gavia
Giro Stage 19: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Summit Finish in San Martino di Castrozza
Giro Stage 20: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Passo Manghen
Top 6 reasons to choose Thomson
1. Our trips are designed for avid riders - no-one rides like Thomson!
2. VIP access to the Finishes of Top Stages: Stage 13 on Colle de Nivolet, Stage 19 in San Martino di Castrozza
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquees on the key climbs: Stage 14 on the Colle San Carlo, Stage 16 on the Passo Gavia, Stage 20 on the Passo Manghen
4. Top Hotels: stay in a 15th century castle, a historic villa in Piedmont and luxury hotels in Bolzano and Bormio
5. KOMs galore: Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo, Nivolet, Manghen, Ghisallo, Pordoi, San Pellegrino and more…
6. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
Final Stage of the Giro d’Italia in Verona
Contact Leeanne Wills in Customer Service if you’d like to add an extra day to your trip to include viewing of the Final Stage in Verona.
Benvenuto in Italia!
Our staff will meet you at Milan Malpensa Airport. From the airport we’ll transfer to our our hotel in Romano Canavese. 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 the Catgory 2 climb to Castelnuovo Nigra.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 9:00am - either at Milan Malpensa Airport or at the Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa Hotel
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 13
VIP access to the Finish on the Colle del Nivolet
The Giro d’Italia enters the high mountains today with the climb to the Hors-Categorie Colle del Nivolet. The Nivolet is considered by many to be the most beautiful climb in the Alps so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to ride up the Nivolet and witness the Summit Finish. At 2612m the Nivolet is the 3rd highest paved road in Italy and with an overall length of over 40km and total elevation gain of 2000m, it’s a monster!
Riding from the hotel, enjoy the first 20km to the town of Cuorgne which are mostly flat. In Cuorgne we’ll leave the race route for a few km to ride the climb to Alpette before re-joining the race route in Sparone. The Nivolet summit lies 47km up the road through some of the most amazing scenery you’ll find in Europe. Enjoy!
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 14
Private Viewing on the Colle San Carlo
A extra-special ride today with our entire ride taking place on the actual route of today’s Giro d’Italia Stage. Expect to be cheered on by thousands of passionate “tifosi” as we tackle the same climbs a few hours ahead of the peloton.
Our ride starts in St Vincent where the Giro stage will also start a few hours later. 4 categorised climb lie between St Vincent and our destination - the Hors-Categorie Colle San Carlo. The route is such that it’s possible to skip any of the first 3 climbs - so you can choose just how much climbing you want to put in before the final ascent to the Colle San Carlo. Our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Marquee on the San Carlo. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 15
Race Viewing on Colma di Sormano
We’ll start the morning with a short transfer to our next hotel in Erba. After arriving at the hotel we’ll jump on the bikes and head out along the shore of Lake Como to the beautiful lake-side town of Bellagio. In Bellagio we start the climb to the legendary Passo Ghisallo stopping at the summit to visit the famous Chapel and cycling museum.
From Ghisallo, after a short descent we’re soon on the climb to Sormano. If you’re up for it, leave the race route in Sormano and test yourself on the 15% slopes of the Muro di Sormano. Alternatively follow the race route up the gentler slopes of the Colma di Sormano climb. Both routes join at the summit where we’ll stop to watch the race go by.
After the race we’ll continue our ride, following the race route along the other shore of Lake Como, over the climb to Civiglio and eventually back to our hotel in Erba.
Lago di Cancano
Today we leave Piedmont and head over to Lombardy. We’ll drive to the cycling mecca of Bormio where we’ll have lunch then head out on the bikes.
After 3 days of intensive riding we’ll enjoy a shorter ride today to give the legs a bit of a break before the next few intensive days. From our hotel we head west towards the Passo Stelvio, but turn off after a few km and take the road to the Lago di Cancano climb. The climb is quite spectacular with 17 switchbacks squeezed into 5km - and the views from the castle at the summit are equally spectacular.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 16
Private Viewing on the Passo Gavia
A classic route today featuring 2 of Italys most famous climbs: the Passo Mortirolo and the Passo Gavia. Again we’ll be riding the race route just hours ahead of the peloton so expect to be cheered on by thousands of Giro fans.
Our first climb is the Mortirolo which comes after a 30km descent from the hotel. The Mortirolo is one of the toughest climbs on the Pro-Tour circuit with an average grade of 11% for 12km. After descending the Mortirolo we face the long drag up to Ponte di Legno and the start of the infamous Passo Gavia. Our teams will be waiting for you with drinks, lunch etc close to the summit where we’ll stop and watch the race approach on our satellite TV screens. After the race goes by we’ll descend the Gavia to our hotel in Bormio.
Today’s ride doesn’t need much of an introduction. The Passo Stelvio is one of the most famous climbs in cycling and the climb starts outside our hotel in Bormio. Of course our ride will depend on weather conditions and if the Stelvio has been cleared of winter snow. It usually opens up around the end of May, beginning of June, so hopefully we’ll be in luck and we’ll be able to conquer this majestic climb.
From the Stelvio we’ll descend to Prato then enjoy a fairly flat ride through the vast apple orchards to our next hotel in beautiful Bolzano.
Today’s ride features some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Europe as we ride through the Dolomites mountain range. From our hotel in Bolzano we head straight into the Dolomites over the Passo Sinei to Ortisei. From Ortisei we start climbing towards the famous Sella Mountain, eventually arriving at the Passo Sella after almost 20km of climbing. Enjoy the amazing scenery around the Passo Sella, part of the famous Sella Ronda loop.
From the Sella we’ll head down towards Canazei - but half-way down we’ll turn off and take the road that leads to the famous Passo Pordoi. Again, enjoy the stunning views from the Pordoi before we turn around and head down to Canazei then on to our hotel in Predazzo.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 19
VIP access to the Finish in San Martino di Castrozza
We pick up the Giro again with the first of 2 intense stages in the Dolomites. Stage 19 finishes on the climb to San Martino de Castrozza and we’ve booked entries to the VIP tribune at the Finish Line.
To get to San Martino di Castrozza we’ll ride over another famous Dolomites climb, the Passo San Pellegrino. From the summit enjoy the 30km descent to Agordo where we start climbing again in the shape of the Forcella Aurine and the Passo Cereda. A short descent from the Cereda takes us to Siror where we join the race route for the final ascent to San Martino di Castrozza.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 20
Private Viewing on the Passo Manghen
The pen-ultimate stage and the Giro organisers have provided us with a real gem of a stage. The stage follows the route of the annual Sportful Gran Fondo over the Passo Manghen, Passo Rolle and the final climb to the Passo Croce d’Aune (where Tullio Campagnolo had the inspiration to go on and invent the quick release skewer).
We’ll join the race route directly outside our hotel in Predazzo and we’ll follow the stage over the Passo Rolle. After the Rolle we’ll take a short detour over the Passo Gobbera and the Passo Brocon before re-joining the race route for the huge Passo Manghen. The toughest climb of the day, we’ll set up our Race-Viewing marquee a few km before the summit and enjoy drinks, picnic lunch and watch the peloton approach on satellite TV. After the race has finished we have an easy descent back to our hotel in Predazzo.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Milan Malpensa Airport, arriving at approximately 1:00pm.