Join us for the last weekend of the Giro d’Italia, watch the last 3 stages as riders battle for the pink jersey. If you are limited with time but still want to experience the thrill of the Giro d’ Italia then this is the package for you. A perfect mix of mountain stages and a spectacular last stage in the beautiful city of Rome. This package is popular with riders and non-riders. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and should you wish to add extra day’s to this trip of a cycling lifetime then please do ask.
Our friendly team will meet you at Torino airport before transferring you immediately to the heart of Piemonte. Clients will have time on arrival at the hotel to relax and unwind and watch the stage finish in Prato Nervoso with glass of processed on hand. Our mechanics will be on hand in the late afternoon to assist with bikes and our guide will take you on a short ride to test bikes and take in the wonder of this beautiful part of Piemonte.
Dinner will be served in a nearby restaurant and offer clients the opportunity to enjoy local dishes made of course from local produce found on the surrounding mountains. The wine in Piemonte is of course incredible and no doubt a bottle of Barolo will be sampled during the meal.
For fans of Eddie Mercx, Jafferau is a special place, as in 1972 his win on Jafferau is immortalised in cycling folklore. The climb is relatively short at just over 7km, however its average gradient and many switchbacks make for great riding and viewing. Of course clients will have the chance to ride the climb! After breakfast we will offer riders two options to decsend or take the mini bus to Bardonecchia.
Bardonecchia was the home of the 2006 Winter Olympics and non-riders can look forward to a trip on a ski lift to arrive at this famous little town. Clients riding Jafferau will experience the thrill of riding on a closed road only a handful of hours before the pro peloton reach the summit. With plenty of time to take a shower, relax and change in to some comfy clothes, you will really feel the benefit of having a hotel in such a great location.
We have arranged for a great viewing point for you to watch the stage, which will be surely one of the most important stages in the 2018 Giro d’Italia. Famed for it’s great cheeses and salami offers foodies a great chance for clients to explore local restaurants in the evening.
This morning we leave our mountain base in Jafferau and head north towards the mountains in north Piemonte. Today’s stage will in essence decide the tour as the challenging route will offer an opportunity to for GC contenders to attack tired rivals. This morning riders will dropped off at approximately 20 kms from the start of today’s final climb. The climb to Cervinia is long, very long but its average gradient of only 5% allows riders to get in a steady rhythm.
We are delighted to offer a very special viewing experience at the top of Cervinia with riders and non-riders meeting to enjoy the final few 100 meters of today’s stage with a glass of processeco in hand. Clients will have plenty of time to watch the podium presentation and potentially a new pink jersey wearer. Dinner will be served in a nearby restaurant as we watch the sunset over the Alps for one last time.
Following dinner we will transfer you to our hotel near Torino airport in preparation for your early morning flight to Italy’s capital.
Our flight lands in Rome at 8:00am and with the day’s final stage starting in the evening you will have plenty of time to enjoy spectacular Rome. With so much to do and see we are sure you will be eager to explore the area the moment you arrive. We once again have arranged for a short guided walking tour for those interested in getting the insider knowledge of Rome.
The short individual time trial circumnavigates around some of Rome’s most famous monuments including the Colosseum, Trevi fountain, Basilica and the Vatican. With the sun shining this promises to be the most memorable of days. This evening’s dinner will be enjoyed in a superb restaurant as we enjoy our last night together.
All good things must come to an end and this morning we will organise your transfer to Rome international airport.
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No cycling holiday can be enjoyed without the right amount of challenge and the right amount of coffee breaks. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients and have a range of different packages that cater for all levels of ability and cycling aspirations. Of course one rider’s ‘easy’ is another rider’s ‘medium’ but we hope with the information we have given in our itineraries and support and advice we give before booking, that everybody finds what they are looking for.
Below is how we categorise our cycling breaks. If you are unsure about anything then we will be delighted to answer your questions.
Barbaro – Packages designed by people who enjoy pain! If you are a rider that gets a thrill from hours in the saddle and riding uphill on a regular basis then these trips are for you. An excellent level of fitness is needed as the demands placed on you and the bike from riding one of these packages is savage!
Difficile – It is too easy to say that these packages are for club cyclists. However they are for club cyclists along with riders who take cycling and training seriously. An appetite for long distances and riding uphill are needed as the rides will be long, challenging and at times fast.
Medio – Designed with the average cyclists in mind these packages offer the rider the chance to experience flats, rolling hills and the odd mountain top finish. If you have realised your days in the pro peleton are over but you still love cycling, then these holidays are for you.
Facile – If you are booking on one of our ‘Easy’ packages then prepare yourself for plenty of flat riding and flat white coffees. These steady paced and enjoyable weeks are designed to appeal to those looking for a holiday with cycling.