Giro d’Italia KOM Challenge

Advance Reservations for 2021 now open!

The 2021 Giro d’Italia route will be announced later in the year (no official announcement date has been confirmed yet).

 

Soon after the 2021 Giro route has been announced, we’ll publish details of our 2021 Giro KOM Challenge trip.

 

Whilst we await next year’s Giro route, we’ve left the details of our 2020 trip on the website – as an idea of what you can expect next year.

 

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Giro d’Italia KOM Challenge

Ready to reach new heights? Take our KOM Challenge and discover why no one does the GIRO like Thomson Bike Tours!

​Witness 4 key Giro stages in the Italian Alps Ride the routes of several key stages, climb Stelvio, Monte Grappa, Piancavallo, Monte Ragogna, Sella Chianzutan and many more…

Overview

Details

Departure

October 17th 2020

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

Yes ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

Daily Av. Distance

Daily Av. Elevation

Overview

Our GIRO KOM Challenge provides the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging rides on the famous routes and climbs of the GIRO in the Italian Alps.

The Giro Organisers have designed another challenging and spectacular route with a focus on long, tough stages with lots of climbing. They’ve also been quite creative with the inclusion of many lesser-known but really spectacular climbs such as Piancavallo, Mount Etna, Sella Chianzutan, Forcella Valbona and a thrilling finale to Stage 16 with the peloton climbing Monte Ragogna 3 times before the finish in San Daniele del Friuli. Of course the legendary Passo Stelvio will play a huge role in the final outcome.

Our trip focuses on the 4 intensive stages at the beginning of the final week. We’ll witness the Stage Finish on the HC climb to Piancavallo, we’ll be on Monte Ragogna for a unique opportunity to witness the race go by 3 times on the same climb. With the help of our bike partner, Basso Bikes, we have a special day in store for you in Basso’s home town, Bassano del Grappa, where we’ll witness the start of Stage 17 followed by a ride up the legendary Monte Grappa. We’ll round off the trip with a special day of race-viewing on the mot famous of Grand Tour climbs, the Passo Stelvio!


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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Benvenuto in Italia! Euro Hotel Palace Maniago
02 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Piancavallo Euro Hotel Palace Maniago
03 The Friuli Dolomites Euro Hotel Palace Maniago
04 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on Monte Ragogna Euro Hotel Palace Maniago
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Bassano del Grappa Hotel Botango
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Passo Stelvio Hotel Botango
07 Arrivederci!
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

Distance

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Benvenuto in Italia!

Our staff will meet you at Venice Marco Polo Airport. From the airport we’ll transfer to our our hotel in Maniago. 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 Category 3 climb to Pian delle Merie.

Day 2

Distance

Elevation


LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Finish-Line Tribune in Piancavallo

The Giro enters the high mountains today with the climb to the Hors-Categorie Piancavallo where Mikel Landa won the stage in 2017.

Riding from the hotel, we’ll head north into the Alps and the town of Poffabro, where we join the race route for today’s Giro stage. Expect to be cheered on by thousands of Giro fans as we climb the Forcella di Pala Barzana. A fantastic descent takes us to Lake Barcis where we start the climb to Piancavallo. At the summit, those who want more climbing can descend to Aviano and climb back up to Piancavallo from the south side.

After the ride, relax and get ready to enjoy a fantastic afternoon of race-viewing from the luxury of the VIP Tribune in Piancavallo.

Day 3

Distance

Elevation


The Friuli Dolomites

A Rest Day for the pro peloton today – but not for us! We have a spectacular route lined up for todays ride – featuring 3 of the climbs from yesterdays Giro stage.

The ride takes us high into the Friuli Dolomites mountains that lie between our hotel in Maniago and the border with Austria. Yesterday we’ll have watched the pros climb the Sella Chianzutan, the Forcella di Priuso and the Forcella di Monte Rest, today it’s our turn to experience this magnificent ride.

Map & Profile

Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
toggle arrow Pian delle Merie
from Navarons
4.5% 3
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toggle arrow Cava de Fanna
from Fanna
7.3% 3
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toggle arrow Forcella di Pala Barzana
from Fornasatte
5% 2
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toggle arrow Piancavallo
from Barcis
6.4% HC
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toggle arrow Piancavallo
from Aviano
7.9% HC
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Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
toggle arrow Orton
from Paludea
5.1% 1
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toggle arrow Sella Chianzutan
from San Franceseco
6% 1
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toggle arrow Forcella di Priuso
from Priuso
7.3% 3
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toggle arrow Forcella di Monte Rest
from Ponte sul Tagliamento
8.2% 1
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Climbs

Stage 14

Conegliano > Valdobbiadene (TT)


Stage 15

Base Aerea Rivolto > Piancavallo


Stage

Rest Day


Stage 16

Udine > San Daniele del Friuli


Stage 17

Bassano del Grappa > Madonna di Campiglio


Stage 18

Pinzolo > Laghi di Cancano


Stage 19

Morbegno > Asti


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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
3 Pian delle Merie (from Navarons) 01 34 4.5%
3 Cava de Fanna (from Fanna) 02 46 7.3%
2 Forcella di Pala Barzana (from Fornasatte) 02 45 5%
HC Piancavallo (from Barcis) 02 80 6.4%
HC Piancavallo (from Aviano) 02 121 7.9%
1 Orton (from Paludea) 03 49 5.1%
1 Sella Chianzutan (from San Franceseco) 03 61 6%
3 Forcella di Priuso (from Priuso) 03 45 7.3%
1 Forcella di Monte Rest (from Ponte sul Tagliamento) 03 82 8.2%
2 Piani (from Borgo Romaniz) 04 34 3.6%
3 Monte Ragogna (from Muris) 04 67 9.9%
HC Monte Grappa (from Semonzo) 05 159 8.2%
HC Passo Stelvio (from Prato allo Stelvio) 06 167 7.4%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
May 2021
Advance Reservations
USD $100
TBD
n/a
Advance reservation
2020
Oct 17 - Oct 23
Bookings Closed
USD $3,995
USD $750
USD $800
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    Trip Hotels

    Euro Hotel Palace Maniago

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    Hotel Botango

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 5 lunches
    • Giro Race Viewing arrow
    • Giro Stage 15: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Summit Finish in Piancavallo
    • Giro Stage 16: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on Monte Rogagno
    • Giro Stage 17: Access to the VIP Hospitality area at the Stage Start in Bassano del Grappa
    • Giro Stage 18: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Passo Stelvio
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Venice Marco Polo Airport
    • Drop-off at Milan Malpensa Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • Luggage transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • Services of our expert ride leaders
    • Experienced mechanic
    • Support vehicles
    • Nutrition: Clif bars, Gu gels and Namedsport sports drink
    • Thomson Bike Tours gpx files for Garmin use
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 5 lunches
    • Giro Race Viewing arrow
    • Giro Stage 15: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Summit Finish in Piancavallo
    • Giro Stage 16: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on Monte Rogagno
    • Giro Stage 17: Access to the VIP Hospitality area at the Stage Start in Bassano del Grappa
    • Giro Stage 18: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the Passo Stelvio
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Venice Marco Polo Airport
    • Drop-off at Milan Malpensa Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • Luggage transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • Services of our expert ride leaders
    • Experienced mechanic
    • Support vehicles
    • Nutrition: Clif bars, Gu gels and Namedsport sports drink
    • Thomson Bike Tours gpx files for Garmin use
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Venice Marco Polo Airport

    9:00am

    OR

    Best Western Hotel Titian Inn Venice Airport

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    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Milan Malpensa Airport

    1:00pm


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes


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