100th Edition of the Giro d’Italia

$7,950

InGamba is going to celebrate the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia – and we officially invite you to join the fun! Our very own Eros Poli is going to be your guide to the Corsa Rosa, arguably the season’s most difficult, and most beautiful, Grand Tour.

With a palmarès that includes an Olympic gold medal and a legendary stage of the ’94 Tour de France, Eros is the perfect guide for this race, and he will not only share his vast knowledge of the pro peloton, but also show you some of the most amazing rides that Italy has to offer.

Eros will take you behind-the-scenes with the teams, onto the routes and aboard the Pinarello F10s for some of the epic climbs of the Giro, including the legendary Stelvio and Pordoi passes. We’ll also tackle some fearsome climbs that aren’t on this year’s route, like the infamous Monte Grappa, while making sure to catch of the racing action – and bear witness to what promises to be a historic finish in Milan.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 bike rental with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit and one additional Giordana FRc Inline cycling kit
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

 

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Milan

Finish Location:

Milan

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

10 - 14

Total Distance:

360km

Total Elevation:

9,000m

Longest Day:

Day 5. Bassano del Grappa. 109km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 5. Bassano del Grappa. 2,100m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Arrival and test ride

Welcome to Italy! After a pickup in Milan or at Malpensa airport we'll whisk you away from the hustle and bustle to Bormio, in the heart of the Italian Alps. It's a rest day for the Giro, so we can use the time to get ourselves ready for tomorrow's stage, which feature's the infamous Passo dello Stelvio. In the afternoon we'll have an opportunity to try out our bikes for the week. With the surrounding peaks, it is difficult to find a place for an easy test ride, especially so early in the season with the threat of snow, but Eros has a few tricks up his sleeve, and if the snowfall has been light, we'll ride to Lago di Cancano. This is the time to make adjustments to the fit of your whip for the week. If something doesn’t feel quite right, please talk to your mechanic for a quick change.
2

Passo dello Stelvio & Giro Stage 16

Although today is not technically the Queen Stage of this year's Giro, the Passo dello Stelvio (elevation: 2,757m) is the Cima Coppi, the title given to the race's highest point every year, and we will should see some snow-melting fireworks from the main contenders as they battle for the GC and the honor of being first to the top. Our ride will be a little more sedate and a lot more fun, starting from our hotel BagniVecchi at the base of the Stelvio, heading straight up before settling in to watch the race pass the Cima Coppi from the famous rifugio at the summit, with a mug of hot chocolate in hand. After all the pro action, we'll descend on the bike – or in the cars if the weather is nasty – to see the stage finish back in Bormio either live, or from the comfort of our hotel.
3

Val di Fassa & Giro Stage 17

Today, we get to experience an inevitable part of life in the pro peloton: The transfer. Getting from the end of one stage to the start of another isn't always easy, but in recent years race organizers have tried to limit distances to make it easy on the riders and the thousands of support staff and journalists who follow them. We'll start with a three-hour drive to the beginning of our ride, which covers the last 62km of the race course, so expect fans lining the road as we climb, which should give you an extra little bit of motivation. Our hotel for the evening is at the 3km-to-go banner, so we can either go to the finish line, or watch as the race passes outside and then follow the final minutes in indoor comfort.
4

The Queen Stage

Today is the Giro's Queen Stage, and we'll be tackling the best parts of the course. It promises to be the hardest ride of our week, but we'll only climb two of the four major passes that the pros tackle, so it won't be a sufferfest either. The day starts with the Passo Pordoi (elevation 2,239m) and the Passo Campolongo (elevation 1,875m), up to the Passo Gardena (elevation 2,136m), where we'll wait for the race to pass. This position gives us a great vantage point to see the pros climb, and also descending the first few kilometers afterwards. You’ll hear the cowbells ringing during the ascent and then the tires of the follow cars squealing during the descent. But the primary reason we picked this spot is that it is a simply stunning location to stop and stay a while and enjoy the beauty of the Dolomites. After the race passes we will climb the Passo Sella (elevation 2,244m) that gives its name to this loop. And from the summit, it's a long, enjoyable descent right to our hotel door.
5

Bassano del Grappa

We're taking a break from the race today, because after experiencing the controlled chaos that comes with following the Giro, we think we'll all be ready for some time alone. The day starts with a short drive to the beginning of our route, which shouldn't be taken too lightly. Technically, we descend more than we climb, but it won't be easy. At the end of the day, we'll arrive in Bassano del Grappa, and enjoy a glass of the local spirits at the most famous distillery in town.
6

Monte Grappa

This route ascends the notorious Monte Grappa, one of the most iconic climbs in the Venetian Prealps. You won't be able to see the summit from Bassano, but trust us, it is up there. We're climbing all the way to the top, where we can stop to take a moment at the imposing military cemetery, which is dedicated to the memory of over 30,000 soldiers who lost their lives there defending Italy in WWI. After that, we'll spend some time along the race course to relax and have a pasta party, and maybe enjoy a glass of Prosecco. And after the GC leaders scream past we'll take a smaller road back to town in time to see the final few kilometers on TV.
7

The Giro Finale

This is an off-the-bike day, so leave the bib shorts in your luggage and dress to impress for one of the world's great fashion capitals. First up, we transfer to the start of the Giro's final stage in Monza, where we'll watch some of the riders depart for their time trial. After cheering the early starters, it'll be time to head to the finish in Milan, in plenty of time to see the race's main contenders. If time gaps are tight after the mountains, this could decide who wins the historic 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. After the award ceremony we will have one final celebration dinner together before saying goodbye the next morning.
8

Departure

After breakfast we will say goodbye and take the short trip to the Milan Malpensa airport. If you feel like you haven't ridden enough this week we will offer the opportunity to tackle two more climbs, Muro del Surmano and Madonna del Ghisallo.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp alloy 30

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820