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Please note that the following trip description refers to our 2019 trip. Full details of our 2020 trip will be published here after the Official Giro d’Italia Route Announcement which usually takes place in November.
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Details of our 2019 Trip
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 Mortirolo
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 Mortirolo, 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 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 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 follow the race route over the Pian del Lupo climb, a new climb that was just paved recently for this years Giro. 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 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 Aosta where the Giro stage will pass through a few hours later. 3 categorised climbs lie between Aosta and our destination - the Hors-Categorie Colle San Carlo. The route is such that it’s possible to skip any of the first 2 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 head out on the bikes from our hotel in Erba. A fantastic descent takes us down to Lake Como and we’ll ride along the shore of this beautiful lake to 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.
Today we leave Piedmont and head over to Lombardy. We’ll drive to the cycling mecca of Aprica where we’ll start our ride.
Our challenge today is the mighty Passo Gavia which the pros will tackle in tomorrows stage. From Aprica we’ll descend to Edolo where the long drag to Ponte di Legno begins. The Gavia begins in earnest in Ponte di Legno and is one of the most spectacular climbs in the Italian Alps. From the summit of the Gavia it’s all downhill to our hotel in Bormio.
GIRO LIVE Viewing: Stage 16
Private Viewing on the Passo Mortirolo
A classic route today featuring one of the most famous climbs in Italy: the Passo Mortirolo. 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.
The Mortirolo, which comes after a 30km descent from the hotel, is one of the toughest climbs on the Pro-Tour circuit with an average grade of 11% for 12km. 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 Mortirolo then ride back 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).
From our hotel in Predazzo we’ll head out in the opposite direction of the race and climb the massive Passo Manghen from the north side. Our race-viewing marquee will be a few km over the top of the climb. For those who’d like some extra climbing, descend to Telve then climb the Manghen from the south side. Our Race-Viewing marquee will be set up a few km before the summit where you’ll be able to 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.