Giro Cycling Tours Unique Liguria

Tour of Italy Cycling Vacation

With 3 Grand Tours in the professional world of cycling it’s the Giro d’Italia (Corsa Rosa) that challenges the very best stage race riders first each year. Blue skies the Italian Riviera and the Pink of the Giro d’Italia awaits you with this exciting QR week, Quality Riding + Quality Relaxing + Quality Race Viewing this Spring!
Experience the Tour of Italy with the team of Practice Bicycle Tours with all the race background and passion for life both on and off the bike with your own Giro d’Italia cycling tour escape! (Owner/Operator Bridget Evans participated in Giro d’Italia Donna 1999 & 2001)
Giro d’Italia tours are more enjoyable when you Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday with this small group Italian cycling vacation.  With an exciting variety of 3 contrasting Giro stages on offer this year, join the action live and enjoy a selection of superb, tailored rides to suit all abilities come and experience a bike tour with a difference at the Tour of Italy!

Tour of Italy Cycling Tours

The Giro d’Italia fun does not have to be about climbing every day in the snowcapped Dolomite’s! Our Giro d’Italia bike tour will be your bike race experience of a lifetime, with our quality bike tour philosophy, live Giro Stages, small group and tailored fully guided rides in the unique style of Practice Bicycle.  In 2015 we enjoyed the opening stages of the Giro action in Sanremo and the blue Mediterranean coastline as our backdrop for a fantastic week of true Italian cycling.
Join us for all the action in 2022, whether you are among the Italian fans and the final attacks of the stage, up close to the climbers on the hills of Liguria or among the razzmatazz of the stage start in Sanremo, it will be pure Giro d’Italia!

If you are a fan of bike racing share the race for Pink at the Giro d’Italia 105th edition with this exciting memorable lifetime bike tour. Are you the ‘discerning’ cyclist wanting to be challenged, be relaxed, be excited or be in admiration, which ever you wish to be the Professional team at Practice Bicycle Tours have it covered!

Can’t get enough of cycling in Italy?

Private ToursCome and discover the fantastic Italian Riviera our Imperia Bike Trips and Liguria Cycling Tours run the whole summer. Extend your holiday and turn it into the cycling trip of a lifetime!

View Liguria Cycling Tour
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Bike Race Tour

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Flexible – 40km/25mi – 100km/62mi
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 40km,75km or 100km

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Premium Tour:
3* Hotel Accommodation $3191 per person
4* Hotel Accommodation $3435 per person

One Hotel Cycling

Sanremo, Italy

Dates

17 – 22 May 2022

Duration

6 Days / 5 Nights

Small Group Size

4 to 8 Persons

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Single room – $439
Bike hire – $500
Non-cycling partner – $2960

Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday

The Perfect Giro Cycling Destination.

Your Giro d’Italia cycling destination the untouched corner of Italy, Liguria known as The Italian Riviera, the right place for you to experience authentic Italian living and the 2022 Giro d’Italia.
Liguria is a narrow land squeezed between the mountains and the Mediterranean sea with a mild climate, breathtaking views and spectacular cliffs.  With the coastline dotted with small fishing villages and the interior terraces into the Liguria hills full of olive trees and vines.
This is the perfect location to live the Italian “dolce vita” by bicyclettes. Soak up the atmosphere in the typical alleyways of the village, San Stefano al Mare by letting yourselves be guided by the sound of the sea.

Our Giro Bike Tour in Italy was absolutely fabulous. First class all the way. Bridget and Paul were amazing hosts. The quality of accommodation, food, day excursions (magnificent wine tasting), cycling, watching the Giro(everything) and care they gave us was fantastic.
We would highly recommend Practice Bicycle Tours to any customers that wish to experience an amazing cycling holiday with their partners. They would have to be the best in the business and know their stuff.
I can’t speak highly enough about how professional they are and how precisely they can tailor to the specific needs of their guests.
Testimonial by R & M Mogridge, P & C Tovo – Australia
R & M Mogridge, P & C Tovo – Australia

Dates

2022

Itinerary

Look at the great times on and off the bike at the Tour of Italy, Forza Italia!
Tuesday 17th May - Arrival Day in Sanremo
Arrival Time: Midday
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 25km/15mi Ascent 100m/300ft route Cycling Riviera (Riviera dei Fiori cycle path)
Distance 38km/24mi Ascent 495m/1600ft route Dolcedo
Inclusions: : Nice Airport (France) or Sanremo – Imperia Train station (Italy) Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner in one of Liguria’s finest Restaurants
Non-Cycling Guest: Share the spectacular tour day sights
Arrival Day on the Liguria coast and welcome to the Giro d’Italia 2022 and the start of your action-packed dream bike tour experience on the Mediterranean coast! Once transferred to your hotel, relax, and unwind should time permit we can enjoy a welcome ride together in this very special part of Italy. Amazing panoramic views await you with the blue Italian Riviera with your bike ride along the winding coast of Italy.
This evening enjoy an Aperitivo as we officially welcome you to the Giro d’Italia, followed by classic Italian dinner, finished in true Italian style with a Gelato and Grappa!
Wednesday 18th May – Impero Valley
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 44km/27mi Ascent 160m/500ft route Pontedassio
Distance 75km/46mi Ascent 540m/1800ft route Pieve di Teco(380m)
Distance 98km/60mi Ascent 1270m/4200ft route Colle di Nava(936m)
Inclusions: Breakfast, Ligurian Alps Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guest: Share the spectacular tour day in the Impero Valley
The excitement is building for our first sight of the 2022 Tour of Italy tomorrow, this gives us the perfect opportunity to enjoy a great day of stress free cycling adventures into the Valle Impero. This valley follows the Impero river and is dominated with olive groves, all the way from the coastal city of Imperia to the Colle di Nava high into the Ligurian Alps.
We’re exploring the actual roads of the Giro route of stage 13, where you can experience as much or as little of these amazing roads with a choice of ride distances suitable for all abilities as we ride the Ligurian Alps for ourselves.
The unique Practice Bicycle philosophy is focused on a quality cycling holiday, with the balance of the very best bike rides each day and sufficient quality time for relaxing. It wouldn’t be a Practice Bicycle cycling vacation if it did not include great meals, todays reward includes a well-deserved lunch off the beaten path with the very best flavours of Liguria, the ultimate Italian cycling vacation both on and off the bike.
Tonight is a free evening to explore and dine at your leisure.
Thursday 19th May - View Giro d'Italia Stage 12 PARMA – GENOVA (Colle)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 45km/28mi Ascent 590m/1900ft route Rapallo
Distance 65km/40mi Ascent 790m/2600ft route Ruta(281m) GPM
Distance 96km/60mi Ascent 1445m/4750ft route Monte Beco(727m) GPM
Inclusions: Breakfast, Giro Riviera Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guest: Share the spectacular Giro tour day on the Italian Riviera
Live viewing action starts today at your 2022 Giro d’Italia with stage 12, this testing route will force the Giro d’Italia contenders to have good legs as they spend the stage climbing and descending before they return to the coast at the stage finish line in Genova.
Today we will transfer by vehicle to catch up with the Giro stage on the roads of the Cinque Terre and the hills of the Lavante Liguria region. Pick up the actual race route with a perfect choice of rides as we join the race spectacle and action on the slopes of Monte Beco (727m) where our legs can also be tested on the magnificent hillside roads of this beautiful part of Italy.
Like fine wine, the team at Practice Bicycle offer refined bike tours with a choice of superb ride options. Take the challenge of all 4 climbs including the Ruta Chiesa Vecchia GPM 3 and Monte Beco GPM 2 or save your energy with the coastline route and relax amongst the Giro action …with lunch included. An amazing and unforgettable day whichever ride option you decide at the Giro d’Italia…
Tonight feel more Italian than you thought possible with a traditional evening promenade and dinner of an Italian feast at your leisure.
Friday 20th May - View Giro d'Italia Stage 13 SANREMO – CUNEO (Start)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 35km/22mi Ascent 100m/300ft route Sanremo
Distance 47km/30mi Ascent 430m/1400ft route Cipressa(239m) Poggio(160m)
Distance 65km/40mi Ascent 1170m/3800ft route Passo Ghimbegna(898m)
Inclusions: Breakfast, Giro Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guest: Share the razzmatazz at the Giro d’Italia stage start
After yesterday’s medium mountains, stage 13 will be an opportunity for the super-fast sprinters to win a prestigious Giro d’Italia stage. This is a historic stage start on the streets of Sanremo, the legendary finish line of the one-day Spring Classic Milan – Sanremo. The stage route takes the grupetto over the Ligurian Alps before the finish line in the neighboring region of Piedmont.
Enjoy riding from your hotel once again this morning, as our ride will be just as historic as our route takes us on the mythical roads of the Italian classic bike race, with the La Cipressa (239m, 5.6km, 4.1%) and Poggio (160m, 3.7km, 3.7%) climbs available to you along with some of the best views in the world as we join all the sights and delights of the stage start.
Enjoy the razzmatazz of the Giro d’Italia, witness all the flash and glitz of a fashion parade at one of the biggest bike races in the world! Amongst the spectacle look out for your favourite teams and cycling stars in a relaxed mood as they sign-on for work each day on the podium, it’s a great opportunity for you to get that special memento picture of the Pink Jersey of the Giro!
We are truly on the Italian Riviera and at the perfect spot to be Italian just for the day with a long lunch to celebrate the Giro d’Italia 2022 amongst the cafes and palms of this coastal playground.
Saturday 21st May – View Giro d'Italia Stage 14 SANTENA – TORINO (Colle)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 42km/26mi Ascent 790m/2500ft route Pecetto Torinese
Distance 50km/32mi Ascent 1200m/3900ft route Colle della Maddalena(698m) GPM
Distance 92km/57mi Ascent 1900m/6200ft route Superga(620m)
Inclusions: Breakfast, Torino Giro Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guest: Share the spectacular tour day sights in Torino
The Giro d’Italia peloton may not be in the high mountains of Italy, although todays stage 14 around the city of Torino with 3470m of climbing will challenge the best and could be a key stage in this years Giro.
The pro riders have 5 category climbs to battle over and no flat roads in between with this tough circuit that they must complete twice.
The uniqueness of your Practice Bicycle bike tour comes from a skill set developed with over 20 years of international cycling and bike racing experience which today they enjoy sharing with you. Choose your perfect bike ride as we join the race action live from the roadside in this wonderful region, a thrilling opportunity to see the best professional cyclists in the world at this years Giro d’Italia amongst the tifosi Italian cycling fans!
Your ‘Unique Live Viewing Spot’, is also the perfect spot to relax with a Giro d’Italia lunch and the best flavours of Italy with all the excitement of the race for pink.
This evening celebrate your Giro cycling holiday together with a local glass of Ormeasco di Pornassio Wine.
Sunday 22nd May – Departure Day from Sanremo
Departure Time: Midday
Inclusions: Breakfast, Transfer Nice Airport (France) or Sanremo – Imperia Train station (Italy)
Departure Day and It’s unfortunately time for your Giro d’Italia to draw to an end and so must the dream as we transfer you this morning to continue your onward travels.

Arrivederci’ from Practice Bicycle Bike Tours until the next time.

*As with all the Practice Bicycle Tours planned rides you always have the option of taking it easy and enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace.

Our specialty bike race tours are designed to give our guests an unique insight into the world of bike racing, which includes viewing the Giro d’Italia race on a variety of different stages each year.
Tailoring the best selection of daily guided rides with a choice of routes available for all cycling abilities.
The Practice Bicycle team have a unique skill set and a world of experience in developing great routes for riders of all levels with over 20 years of cycling the roads of Europe.
To get an idea of the quality of rides you will take part in, take a look at the Itinerary above.

Our Giro d’Italia cycling vacation this year is in the town of Santo Stefano al Mare, between Imperia and Sanremo on the Italian Riviera.

The closest airport is Côte d’Azur International Airport Nice (France) and serviced by many airlines including, British Airways, American Airlines, Alitalia, easyJet, Cathay Pacific, Jet2 and Ryanair.

For train lovers the Rail Europe network brings you direct to the Mediterranean with convenient stops in both Sanremo and Imperia train stations (Italy).

By rental car for those who are looking for some excitement with their holiday the Highway A10/E80 Genoa-Ventimiglia, Autostrada dei Fiori exiting at Arma di Taggia.
The motorway is connected to the Italian motorways that lead to Milan, Florence, and Rome.  From France, you can reach Italy via the A8/E80 Côte d’Azur motorway.

This is all about the magic of the Tour of Italy with the ideal one perfect location for all your bike race viewing and riding experience this year at the Giro d’Italia.
We understand that your time with us in Italy is valuable, each days Giro race action will be thrills, excitement and packed full of energy. Should you still have energy to spare then Italian culture is waiting…
You may choose to explore the unique streets, do some shopping, or just sit at the cafe admiring the amazing views and watch Italian life pass you by.
Spend your evening enjoying a great meal just like a local, recharged and ready for your next day full of race action and cycling adventures at the Tour of Italy.

The Practice Bicycle Giro d’Italia Cycling Tours offer the one perfect location on the shores of the Mediterranean in the charming village of Santo Stefano al Mare for your Tour of Italy cycling vacation.
With a choice of handpicked quality 3* and  4* Hotel accommodation available to you.
For your great stay at the Giro d’Italia and everything you’ll love about cycling and Italy…including gelato.

Albergo Lucciola 3 star Hotel Santo Stefano al Mare Liguria Italy            Best Western Hotel Anthurium 4 Star Santo Stefano Al Mare Liguria Italy

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bike you’ll love cycling and race viewing at the Tour of Italy.
We believe everyone can Practice Bicycle and with a choice of cycling routes available each day, one will certainly be perfect for you. Our small group policy and skilled cycling professional guides make for the perfect ride…your ride.

As a Giro d’Italia Non-Cycling guest and bike race fan you experience all the spectacle, excitement and action up close and personal of this classic grand tour bike race live from the roadside.  Our support team will share with you authentic Italy culture and villages on route whilst catching up with the cycling group at our ‘unique live viewing spots’ and handpicked Giro restaurant lunch together.

We love a challenge as much as we love cycling. The team at Practice Bicycle tours has an incredible history in professional bike racing and coaching.  Your host Bridget Evans spent several seasons racing professionally in Italy including participating in the Giro d’Italia Donna 1999 & 2001!
Your Giro cycling challenge does not have to include climbing in the snow and the risk of not cycling.  With our unique skill set and world of cycling experience we can find just the right challenging rides for you in Italy.

If you are looking for a ‘challenge’ with your next cycling vacation, take a look at our Challenging Bike Tours category, with fantastic cycling opportunities in superb destinations including Australia, French Alps, Portugal and Italy.

‘Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday’
The one location Giro cycling tours experience is the brainchild of Bridget Evans (Owner/Operator). On retiring from professional cycling, it was the pure pleasure of cycling that evolved the proven Practice Bicycle formula of one hotel location.  To include everything enjoyable and removing the less pleasurable is our goal of your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day was tiring, stressful and time consuming. Often with insufficient time to relax, enjoy and experience the destination before it was time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering only the very best locations to Practice Bicycle with an endless choice of ride options exploring these different routes in every direction all from the one perfect location.
Experience the very best cycling of your life when you Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday!

For your added convenience we have quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with all our bike race tours.
Many of our guests prefer their own bikes for maximum cycling pleasure. Should logistics and travel arrangements make this too difficult then our bike hire is the perfect solution.
Depending on availability and size we have several brands available including Cannondale, Fuji, Focus, and Fondriest carbon bikes with Shimano Ultegra or 105 componentry.

Cannondale Synapse Carbon Road Bike Shimano compact 50/34 x 12-32                    Fuji Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50,34 x 12-34          Focus Izalco Race 9.8 Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano Ultegra 52/36 x 11-30

Your 2022 Giro d’Italia bike tour package includes:

  • 5 nights of Quality 3* or 4*Hotel Accommodation – in Sanremo overlooking the Mediterranean
  • Colazione Italian style Buffet Breakfasts each morning
  • 5 Superb fully guided rides tailored for your enjoyment during the tour
  • Daily ride options – ideal for how much you wish to ride!
  • 3 spectacular live viewing opportunities of contrasting stages of the Giro d’Italia stages 12,13 & 14
  • Welcome Aperitivo & Classic Italian Dinner experience in true Italian style.
  • 4 Lunch time Italian feasts including the Giro d’Italia stages
  • Support person & vehicle for all rides with ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance
  • Sports drinks & nutritional bars to keep the legs turning
  • Transfers from Nice Airport (France) or Sanremo – Imperia Train station (Italy) to your accommodation midday arrival/departure days

Giro d’Italia Bike Tour Highlights:

  • Relax & unwind each day in Santo Stefano Al Mare, charming village on the shores of the Mediterranean
  • Memorable Giro d’Italia unique live roadside viewing on the hills of the Cinque Terre and city of Torino!
  • Spin your wheels & feel the emotion on the Iconic cycling roads of the Italian Riviera
  • Challenge the roads of Liguria & Piedmont, Colle di Nava(936m), Pieve di Teco(380m), Monte Beco(727m), Ruta(281m), Cipressa(239m), Poggio(160m), Passo Ghimbegna(898m), Colle della Maddalena(698m), Superga(620m), enjoy one, enjoy them all!
  • Join the glitz & razzmatazz of a Giro stage start in the historic cycling city of Sanremo.
  • Celebrate the Giro d’Italia in style with a fine glass of Ormeasco di Pornassio & Eat the ‘rich traditions’ of Italy
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun
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