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2017 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 Alps and Dolomites.
Stelvio (both sides), Monte Grappa, Mortirolo, Gavia, Sella Ronda and Alpe di Siusi all feature in our exciting and challenging ride program.
GIRO Race-Viewing Details
Stage 16: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Passo Umbrail
Stage 18: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Ortisei
Stage 20: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on Monte Grappa
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 Passo Umbrail and Monte Grappa
4. VIP access to the Finish of Stage 18 in Ortisei
5. Top Hotels: stay in a 13th century castle and 4-star hotels in Ortisei and Bormio
6. KOMs galore: Stelvio (both sides), Monte Grappa, Mortirolo, Gavia, Pordoi and more…
7. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
NEW in 2017 - TWO fully supported ride levels!
With 2 daily rides from 70km to 150km, you can be sure we have the right ride for you. Check out our Performance and Extreme ride programs.
Total Distance: 634km / 394miles
Total Elevation: 17,664m / 57,953ft
Longest Ride: 126km / 78miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 3,080m / 10,105ft
Total Distance: 867km / 539miles
Total Elevation: 26,433m / 86,722ft
Longest Ride: 154km / 96miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 4,383m / 14,380ft
Benvenuto in Italia!
Our staff will meet you at Milan Malpensa Airport. From the airport we’ll transfer to our hotel in Bormio. 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 takes us up to Lake Cancano, high up in the mountains above Bormio. Enjoy the multiple switchbacks that lead to the summit, a small taste of what’s in store tomorrow on the Stelvio!
Our trip starts with the most famous of all Italian climbs - the Passo Stelvio. Bormio sits at the bottom of the southern approach and we’ll climb the Stelvio from the Bormio side later in the week. We wanted you to also have the opportunity to ride the more famous, 48-switch-back northern side so that is our target for today.
We’ll jump in the vans for a short transfer to the Stelvio summit. From the summit we’ll head down into Switzerland over the Passo Umbrail. We soon cross back over the border into Italy and along the valley to Prato Allo Stelvio which signals the start of the climb to the Stelvio. Enjoy each of the famous 48 switchbacks on your way to the summit. From the summit it’s all downhill to our hotel in Bormio.
Today’s ride targets one of the toughest climbs in the Grand Tours - the Passo Mortirolo.
The Mortirolo is considered the “Alpe d’Huez” of the GIRO - except it’s significantly more challenging than it’s French counterpart, with an average of 10.5% over 12km!
From the hotel in Bormio, it’s mostly downhill for the first 29km until we reach the town of Mazzo di Valtellina. In Mazzo we take the single track road that leads to the Mortirolo. Make sure you have your climbing legs today!
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 16
Private Viewing on the Passo Umbrail
A huge stage at the Giro today: 3 HC climbs - the Mortirolo, the Stelvio from Bormio and the Passo Umbrail (which sits just 3km below the summit of the Stelvio). Our Hospitality Marquees will be set up close to the top of the Passo Umbrail which will allow us to watch the riders as they climb over the Stelvio, then a second time as they reach the summit of the Passo Umbrail.
We’ll set out in the morning and climb the Stelvio from our hotel in Bormio. After reaching the summit of the Stelvio we’ll descend 3km to the Passo Umbrail. Enjoy the wild GIRO scene from the comfort of our Hospitality Tents on the Passo Umbrail. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.
Passo Gardena and Passo Erbe
We take a break from the GIRO today and head off on a spectacular ride through the Italian Dolomites. First up is the Passo Gardena with it’s stunning views of the Dolomites. At 45km we reach the town of San Martino in Badia which signals the start of the Passo Erbe. Not as well known as some other climbs in the Dolomites, the Erbe is a really beautiful climb with quiet roads and surrounded by the typical Dolomites scenery. Next up is the short but steep climb to Gnollhof followed by the long climb back up to Ortisei which will feature in tomorrows Giro Stage.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 18
VIP access to the Stage Finish in Ortisei
The GIRO is coming to town today with the stage finish in Ortisei, 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 the same course as the GIRO. We’ll ride the world-famous Sella Ronde route over the Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo Campolongo and Passo Gardena - just hours before the peloton. Enjoy the views from this stunning ride and expect to be cheered on by thousands of fans as they wait for the race to approach.
Passo Fedaia and down to Grappa
A big ride for us today as we head south to get us in place for the next days assault on Monte Grappa!
We’ll jump in the vans for a quick transfer over the Passo Sella to start the ride in Canazei. From Canazei we have a short ride along the valley floor before the gradient picks up signalling the start ot the Passo Fedaia, an all-time Giro favourite. From the Fedaia, enjoy the 35km descent to Agordo where the roads points up in the form of the 12km Forcella Aurine climb. The next 30km see us riding through the beautiful Belluno Dolomites National Park before our final climb over the Passo Praderadego and the descent to our hotel in Cison di Valmarino.
Our hotel for the next 2 evenings is the spectacular 13th century Castle Brando.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 20
Private Viewing on Monte Grappa
The penultimate stage and the last chance for the climbers to make their impact on the 100th GIRO. The organizers have selected a true classic as the final climb - the famous Monte Grappa.
We’ll head out from the hotel on the bikes, back over the Praderadego from the opposite side, then a gentle ride along the valley to Seren del Grappa. The summit of Monte Grappa lies 28km ahead so hopefully you’ll have left something in the legs for todays epic climb.
Our Hospitality Marquee tents will be set up close to the summit. Enjoy the party atmosphere on the climb with food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage as we wait for the peloton to approach.
Unfortunately, our GIRO 100th Edition trip must come to an end. We’ll drop you off at Milan Malpensa airport. Safe travels!