True Italian cycling at the Giro d'Italia

In 2017 join the team of Practice Bicycle with all the race background and passion for life both on and off the bike with your own Giro d’Italia cycling tour experience! (Owner/Operator Bridget Evans participated in Giro d’Italia Donna 1999 & 2001!)

The Region of Lombardy is synonymous with great Italian cycling and Lago d’Iseo has to be the ideal location to turn your pedals each day!  With a magnificent selection of Giro stages on offer, join the action and enjoy a selection of superb tailored rides to suit all abilities come and experience a Bike Tour with a difference at the Giro d’Italia in May 2017!

2017 Giro d’Italia Cycling Tours

Our 2017 Giro d’Italia bike tour will be your bike race experience of a lifetime, with our quality model of one perfect location, 3 x live Giro Stages, small group and tailored fully guided rides in the unique style of Practice Bicycle.

If you have ‘Amore infinito’ for cycling share the race for Pink at the Giro d’Italia 100th edition with this exciting memorable life time bike tour in 2017. 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 based just a short hop over the Alps in Annecy, France have it covered!

Can’t get enough of cycling in the Alps?

Classic ToursOur classic Annecy bike trips are run the whole summer and start just a short hop away from the Giro. Why not extend your holiday and turn it into the cycling trip of a lifetime?

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Bike Race Tour

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Flexible – from 40 km/day to 100 km/day
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 50km.75km or 100km (Unique in the Industry for a Bike Race Tour)

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Premium: $3494 per person
Includes deluxe 4* Hotel Capovilla Accommodation and 5x exclusive Italian Feasts.

Dates

20 – 25 May 2017

Duration

6 Days / 5 Nights

Group Size

4 to 8 Persons

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Single room – $458
Bike hire – $500
Non-cycling partner – $3196

Non-cycling partner?

That’s ok, we cater to non-cyclists too!

This tour package is designed so that you can experience all the quality race viewing opportunities and sight-seeing on offer. In fact, you will enjoy all the same benefits as your wife/husband/partner from the Giro d’Italia Bike Tour Package only your choice is to enjoy the sights, sounds and activities of the tour from the comfort of the support vehicle.

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, (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 C & P Tovo, M & R Mogridge – Australia
C & P Tovo, M & R Mogridge – Australia

Dates

Itinerary

Below is the 2017 itinerary! Don’t miss out in 2017 and register above.
Saturday May 20th - Arrival Day in Lombardy
ARRIVAL TIME: Midday
Distance 30km Ascent 100m route Riva di Solto
INCLUSIONS: Milan Malpensa Airport (Italy) Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner on Lago d’Iseo
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share the spectacular tour day sights
Arrival Day in Lombardy and welcome to the Giro d’Italia 2017 and the start of your dream bike tour experience on the magnificent shores of Lake Iseo nestled in the foot hills of the Italian Alps! Once transferred to your Hotel and should time permit we can take a relaxing bike ride along the shores of Lake Iseo and admire this beautiful part of Italy. The town of Pisogne is the perfect location for your Giro adventure and proudly belongs in the prestigious club of “The most beautiful small historical towns in Italy”, thanks to its considerable well-preserved artistic and cultural heritage.
This evening relax and 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!
Sunday May 21st – View Giro d'Italia Stage 15: VALDENGO - BERGAMO (Colle/Finish)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 92km Ascent 1450m route Selvino GPM (948m 12km @ 5%)
Distance 72km Ascent 1000m route Aviatico
Distance 48km Ascent 300m route Bergamo
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Giro ‘Polenta Taragna’ Restaurant Lunch
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share the spectacular tour day sights & Giro d’Italia stage finish
Here it is! The Giro 2017 live from the roadside, the first of our thrilling opportunities to see the best professional cyclists in the world at this years Giro d’Italia. We will be riding on very famous roads today as we pick up the final 30km of todays stage on some of the most iconic roads of international cycling the route of the classic ‘Il Lombardia’. Known as the ‘race of the falling leaves’ the event is the final Monument of World Tour cycling each year and considered to be the most prestigious and oldest race in cycling! Once we arrive on the outskirts of Bergamo feel the electric atmosphere of the Giro d’Italia finish line on the historic streets of Bergamo Alta and be immersed in the Tifosi fans of cycling!
We’re sure you’ll agree only the very best of rewards are fitting for cycling of this calibre with an unforgettable Italian Polenta restaurant lunch feast; there is so much to experience at the Giro d’Italia 2017!
Monday May 22nd - Lago d’Iseo
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 105km Ascent 1200m route Colli di San Fermo (1064m 16km @ 5.2%)
Distance 65km Ascent 300m route Circuit Lago d’Iseo
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Franciacorta Wine Tasting & Lunch
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share the spectacular tour day sights
It’s a rest day for the Giro d’Italia professionals, so in the true spirit of Italian lifestyle we can also slow down the pace a little for the day! We have a great choice of bike routes available for us this morning with a circuit of Lago d’Iseo not to be missed, passing quaint little towns and enjoying the views of the three islands: Loreto, Monte Isola and San Paolo. You can see for yourself why Lago d’Iseo is one of Italy’s secret treasures, smaller than Como and offering far greater charm. If you find your legs twitching for a challenge from the shores of the lake, don’t worry there’s always a hidden gem available with Practice Bicycle Tours with one of the local spectacular climbs overlooking the lake.
After the perfect ride, reward yourself by spending the afternoon relaxing with Franciacorta sparkling wine tasting or shopping and wandering the streets of Lovere. Tonight is a free evening to explore and dine at your leisure.
Tuesday May 23rd - View Giro d'Italia Stage 16: ROVETTA - BORMIO (Passo)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 128km Ascent 900m route Giro Lovere
Distance 84km Ascent 1700m route Passo del Mortirolo GPM (1854m 17km @ 6.7%)
Distance 64km Ascent 900m route Mono
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Giro Alps Restaurant Lunch
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share the spectacular tour day sights & Giro d’Italia in the Alps
The Giro d’Italia contenders are now starting the critical stages of this year’s event and the Alpine Queen stage in the Alps with a staggering 5,400m of ascent facing the professionals! We can feel a sample of this epic day with our unique ride options, including the Mortirolo (one for the strong legs).
With today’s stage passing by Lovere we will be amongst the action from the ‘Go’, riding the route from our Hotel door, a fantastic opportunity to follow the valley to our ‘unique live viewing spot’ and all the Giro action from the roadside on today’s spectacular climb. We have also just the perfect place for our Giro Alps restaurant Lunch together.
With the Passo del Mortirolo (1854m) GPM climb on offer will this be your target for the day, a challenge for only the most determined of us or if you prefer enjoy the lower slopes before relaxing over a leisurely lunch the Italian way. An amazing and unforgettable day whichever ride option you decide at the Giro d’Italia in the Alps…with all the action of the Grupetto live.
Tonight feel more Italian than you thought possible with a traditional evening promenade and dinner of an Italian feast at your leisure.
Wednesday May 24th - View Giro d'Italia Stage 17: TIRANO - CANAZEI (Start)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 90km Ascent 775m route Aprica GPM (1173m 12km @ 6%)
Distance 60km Ascent 100m route Edolo
Distance 0km Rest Day
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Giro Farewell Dinner to remember!
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share the spectacular tour day sights & Giro d’Italia stage start
The Giro Organisation have left no doubt that the winner of this Giro d’Italia will be determined on the roads of this final week, with the peloton taking on 3 GPM climbs during this stage. Like fine wine, the team at PRACTICE BICYCLE offer refined Bike Race Tours, only possible with all the experience of International racing and now shared with you. We have witnessed the excitement of the finish in Bergamo Alta, the admiration of suffering on the Passo del Mortirolo, it’s time to complete the show with all the razzmatazz of a Giro stage start in Tirano!
Today we have called this the ‘flexible day’, with firstly a transfer to the stage start followed by the options of riding the Aprica GPM and the downhill route back to Lago Iseo or alternatively take a well-earned rest day from the bike and enjoy the comfort of the support vehicle at your Giro 2017.
Experience for yourself why we love Italian cycling and the Giro d’Italia at the stage start with all the flash and glitz of a fashion parade at one of the biggest bike races in the world! Whilst you wander amongst the start area, look out for your favourite teams and cycling stars in a tired but tranquil mood after the tension of a Grand Tour bike race. It’s a great opportunity for you to get that special memento picture of the Pink of the Giro!

Tonight join us to celebrate a great Giro d’Italia experience together with that marvellous Italian institution Farewell Dinner on the shore of Lago d’Iseo.

Thursday May 25th - Departure Day from Lombardy
DEPARTURE TIME: Midday
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Milan Malpensa Airport (Italy) Transfer
Departure Day and It’s unfortunately time for your Giro d’Italia 2017 to draw to an end and so must the dream as we transfer you to the Airport and your homeward travel, ‘Arrivederci’ from PRACTICE BICYCLE until the next time.

*As with all the Practice Bicycle 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.

Practice Bicycle choose hand picked  4* Hotel Capovilla accommodation conveniently located for a great week at the Giro d’Italia and everything you’ll love about Italy…including gelato.

With only the very best location for your Bike Race Experience and should you have the energy to explore then Italian culture is waiting…
You may choose to wander the unique streets, do some shopping or just sit at the cafe and watch Italian life pass you by. Spend your evening enjoying a great meal just like a local, ready for your next day full of race action and cycling adventures in Italy.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bicycle, you will love cycling in Italy. As long as you love bike racing, this trip is for you!
With a choice of cycling routes available each day, one will certainly be perfect for you. Our small group policy and skilled cycling professionals make for the perfect ride…your ride.

We love a challenge as much as we love cycling. The team at Practice Bicycle has a history in professional bike racing and coaching, so if it’s a challenge you are looking for, we can definitely find just the right rides for you.

If you are looking for a challenge to improve your cycling and professional coaching advice during your vacation, then consider our winter and summer training camps.

On each of our bike race tours we tailor the daily rides to the riders with a choice of ride options available. The Practice Bicycle team have a world of experience in developing great routes for riders of all levels with over 20 years cycling in Europe. To get an idea of what sort of rides you will be doing, have a look at the Itinerary.

As a Non Cycling guest and bike race fan you experience all the spectacle, excitement and action up close and personal of the bike race live. Our local support team will share with you culture and villages on route whilst catching up with the cycling group at our ‘Unique live viewing spots’ and handpicked restaurant lunch together.

Our specialty bike race tour weeks include viewing the Giro d’Italia race on 3 stages. We believe that this is the perfect ratio of maximising your enjoyment of viewing the race action live, contrasting with your own variety of personally tailored rides and the opportunity of enough time to relax and experience your idyllic location for the week.

Your Giro d’Italia 2017 bike tour package includes:

  • 5 nights of Luxury 4*Hotel Accommodation – on the shore of Lake Iseo
  • 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 unique and spectacular live viewing of contrasting stages of the Giro d’Italia 2017
  • Welcome Aperitivo in true Italian style
  • 2 Classic Italian Dinner experiences to welcome and celebrate your tour
  • 3 Lunch time Italian feasts at the Giro d’Italia 2017
  • Lombardy Wine Tasting – Franciacorta wine region
  • Support team & vehicle for all rides offering mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars
  • Transfers from Milan Malpensa Airport (Italy) to your accommodation midday arrival/departure days
  • Complimentary Gift Pack including Practice Bicycle Cycling Jersey

Giro d’Italia Bike Tour Highlights:

  • Visit the hilltop medieval town Bergamo “Città alta”
  • Giro live action at its best on the – Passo del Mortirolo 1852m (GPM)
  • Escape to Lago d’Iseo – ‘The Pearl’, one of Italy’s secret treasures!
  • Spin your wheels & feel the emotion on the Iconic cycling roads of Lombardia
  • Join the glitz & razzmatazz of a Giro stage start in Tirano
  • Drink the wine & eat the ‘antique flavours’ of Northern Italy