Giro Cycling Tours Amazing Abruzzo

Tour of Italy Cycling Vacation Abruzzo – Italy’s rocky heart!

Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza will depart from the Abruzzo region and begin with an individual time trial along the Costa dei Trabocchi the most beautiful cycle path in the world, that’s just the start of your Italian Odyssey…18.4km of Adriatic Coastline with speed, colour and the blue sea as your backdrop…A fabulous start to your Practice Bicycle bike race adventures at the Giro!
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, Ride 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

For the second time in its history, the Giro d’Italia will start from the Abruzzo region on the Trabocchi Coast. Will the World Hour Record Holder and prolific time trial star Italian Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) take this year’s first Pink Jersey on the Abruzzo Coast?
In 2022 the Australian Jai Hindley (Bora–Hansgrohe) took the coveted victory with Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) from Ecuador and Spanish climber Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious), joining him on the final podium.
Every stage of the Giro is unpredictable and full of excitement, with all the stars of cycling challenging for the first of the Grand Tours, Vuelta winner, World Champion and Belgium super star Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step Devo), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), Joao Alimeida (UAE Team Emirates), Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) and Giulio Ciccone (Trek – Segafredo) will light up the roads of Abruzzo?
Join us for all the Giro partenza action, whether you are among the Italian fans on the climbs of Chieti, up close to the fastest time trialists on the Costa dei Trabocchi cycle path or among the razzmatazz of the stage start in Vasto, 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 106th 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 PB Cycling have it covered!

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Bike Race Tour

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Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

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Challenging/Epic  40-100km / 25-62mi
Various ride distances each day

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Premium Tour:
3* Hotel Accommodation AUD $4547 pp

One Hotel Cycling



May 2024 (TBC)


7 Days / 6 Nights

Small Group

8 Guests

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Single Room – AUD $350
Bike Hire – AUD $600
Non-Cycling Partner – AUD $4362

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Abruzzo the Ideal Giro Cycling Destination.

Sensational Abruzzo, your Giro d’Italia cycling destination the untouched region of Italy, the tranquility of the Abruzzo Region, the right place for you to experience authentic Italian living at the Giro d’Italia.
Abruzzo gem of natural beauty. The land is defined by the Apennine Mountains, which pose a grand backdrop to the gently rolling hills that cascade into the Adriatic Sea. The region is home to numerous national parks and reserves and hidden magical villages, extraordinary Abruzzo. Imagine yourself cycling through this coastal nature framed by vineyards and olive trees.
Abruzzo will take your heart with the warm hospitality of its people, and appetizing flavours of its extensive cuisine, join Practice Bicycle for the ride of your life at the Giro d’Italia.

The Giro was my second tour with you guys, and both were great experiences. I love the way you make sure that everyone feels confident that they can get through the rides organised each day. I think that primarily this comes from your ability to assess each rider’s capacity and potential, and work with us to achieve that potential.
On the TDF in 2014, it was me who needed a lot of coaching! If you had told me beforehand what hills I would climb, I may not have had the audacity to attempt them. I think I told Bridget during the Giro Tour, just how much confidence I gained as a cyclist from my time with you guys on the TDF. I think some of it is coaching on the fly, but most importantly I suspect it is your attitude. A calm confidence the route set is achievable, even if it stretches riders like me a lot – in a good way!
It was fabulous to see that your approach hasn’t changed. I’m sure Dylan’s wife Sharon would feel the same way after her Giro experience.
The way you guys look after the riders on your tours is exceptional!
The idea of setting up in One Hotel for the week is great, and our Giro Hotel stay was very comfortable.
I love the way you guys mix the riding with food and wine! Getting to experience different types of restaurants, with their varied offerings enhances the experience. Some of the little out of the way cafes and restaurants were the best. As a tourist you are generally hard pressed to find these gems. PB local contacts definitely add value!
A great week with great people doing something we all love, and the riding was great too!
Testimonial by Bob – Australia
Bob – Australia


Giro d’Italia small group cycling fun in Italy, join the tour click on the ‘Enquire’ button

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Giro d'Italia Itinerary

Join all the great times on and off the bike at the Tour of Italy, Forza Italia!
Wednesday 3rd May - Arrival Day in Abruzzo
Arrival Time: Midday
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 38km/24mi Ascent 495m/1600ft route Calvario
Arrival Day in Abruzzo and welcome to the Giro d’Italia 2023 and the start of your action-packed dream bike tour experience on the Adriatic coast!
The PB team will meet and greet you at Abruzzo Airport (Italy) or Pescara railway station (Italy) with your private transfer to your hotel and Spa, between the sea and the mountains, immersed in the vineyards of the Canosa Sannita hills. Relax, and unwind from your travels should time permit we can enjoy a welcome ride together in this very natural part of Italy, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees with the Majella Mountains as our backdrop and the Monte Amaro snowcapped peak!
This evening enjoy an Aperitivo as we officially welcome you to the Giro d’Italia partenza 2023, followed by classic Italian dinner, finished in true Italian style with a Gelato and Grappa!

*Ride Options are led by the Practice Bicycle highly experienced cycling guides, with a unique skill set for the perfect small group tailored ride each day, in addition the option of the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace should you wish.

Thursday 4th May – Aprutino Pescarese
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 52km/32mi Ascent 300m/990ft route Loretto Aprutino
Distance 60km/37mi Ascent 520m/1700ft route Pianella
Distance 98km/60mi Ascent 570m/1900ft route Cepagatti

Today we have the perfect opportunity to enjoy a great day of cycling together without time restrictions as we ride the roads of the golden triangle of Pescara.
Located in the hills surrounding the valley of Pescara are some of the finest olive groves in Italy, with the three villages of Loreto Aprutino, Moscufo & Pianella. This famous Abruzzo Extra virgin olive oil is heralded as amongst the most prestigious in all of Italy.
The unique PB cycling philosophy is focused on sharing with you the very best of Italy, with the ideal balance of fantastic 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, today’s reward includes a well-deserved lunch off the beaten path with the very best flavours of Italy, the ultimate Italian cycling vacation both on and off the bike.

Friday 5th May – Lago di Scanno
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 31km/19mi Ascent 740m/2400ft route Scanno
Distance 80km/50mi Ascent 750m/2500ft route Sulmona
Distance 100km/62mi Ascent 1360m/4400ft route Gole del Sagittario

The excitement is building for our first live viewing of the 2023 Tour of Italy tomorrow; this gives us a second perfect day to explore the Abruzzo region by bike and in true PB cycling style an amazing lunch spot together!
Our first ride enjoyed the coastal plains among the olives and vines our second adventure takes us deeper into the Apennine mountains and the nature reserve Monte Genzana.
Your variety of ride routes allows you to gain the perfect appetite as you enjoy the Sagittario Gorges and the amazing mountain top lake of Scanno, with its heart shape and surrounding rocks it will take your breath away!
We’ve ridden, we’ve admired its now time we celebrate cycling in Abruzzo, it’s time for that amazing Italian lunch to complete the perfect experience with your PB cycling pleasures.
We may not be part of the professional peloton tomorrow, although we are certainly ready for the Pink of the Giro d’Italia roadside tomorrow!

Saturday 6th May - View Giro d'Italia Stage 1 Costa dei Trabocchi - Fossacesia Marina – Ortona 18,4 km (ITT)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 50km/31mi Ascent 600m/1900ft route Fossacesia Marina
Distance 72km/44mi Ascent 875m/2800ft route Lanciano

This is what we have all been waiting for live viewing action at your 2023 Giro d’Italia with the opening stage 1 along the Abruzzo coast. This individual time trial runs almost entirely along the Trabocchi cycle path, retracing the disused Adriatic railway line. Almost entirely flat for its 18.4km towards the hilltop town of Ortona before a final 1km climb to the finish line in the medieval town centre.
Be part of the race for Pink as your ride includes this amazing Ciclovia dei Trabocchi cycle path with its spectacular coastal views of the Adriatic Sea including the famous ‘trabocchi’ traditional fishing huts dotted along the route.
This is a day of speed as we catch all the stars of World Tour cycling individually passing you by at short intervals and approaching 55 kph!
Immerse yourself in all the fun with cycling in Italy, who will wear the first Pink Jersey at the Giro d’Italia 2023?

Sunday 7th May – View Giro d'Italia Stage 2 Teramo - San Salvo 204 km (Colle)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 26km/16mi Ascent 480m/1500ft route Chieti (305m)
Distance 50km/32mi Ascent 720m/2300ft route Ripa Teatina (196m)
Distance 94km/58mi Ascent 950m/3000ft route Pescara

Your second stage Giro race action comes on the rolling hinterland often seen during the Tirreno-Adriatico early season stage race. Starting in Teramo in the north this is supposed to be a stage for the sprinters in the peloton, although you never know at the Giro! With a combination of several climbs including the Chieti and Ripa Teatina before continuing along the coast, reaching the finish line on the promenade of San Salvo Marina.
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 year’s 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 Abruzzo with all the excitement of the race for pink.

Monday 8th May - View Giro d'Italia Stage 3 Vasto – Melfi 210 km (Start)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 54km/33mi Ascent 390m/1200ft route Vasto
Distance 99km/61mi Ascent 1350m/4400ft route Largo di Bomba

Today is your final Giro stage viewing opportunity with stage 3 starting in the hilltop medieval town of Vasto.
The peloton has a long day in the saddle with a 210km route following the Foggia plains, crossing the Monte Vulture massif before the finish of the stage in Melfi.
Enjoy riding from your hotel once again this morning, as our ride will follow the spectacular Adriatic Coastline passing the Regional Nature Reserve of Punta Aderci, one of the most evocative and spectacular stretches of the Abruzzo coast before joining the electric atmosphere of a Giro stage start.
Enjoy the razzmatazz of the Giro d’Italia cycling extravaganza, witness all the flash and glitz of a fashion parade at one of the biggest bike races in the world! Among 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 part of Italy for a small moment in time and at the perfect spot to be Italian just for the day with a long lunch to celebrate the Giro d’Italia 2023!

Tuesday 9th May – Departure Day from Abruzzo
Departure Time: Midday

Departure Day and It’s unfortunately time for your Giro d’Italia dream cycling vacation to draw to an end as we transfer you this morning to Abruzzo Airport (Italy) or Pescara railway station (Italy) for your onward travels.

Arrivederci’ from Practice Bicycle 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.

Tour Arrival & Departure Meet Point: Abruzzo Airport (Italy) or Pescara Rail Station (Italy).

Your Premium Giro d’Italia bike tour package includes an Abruzzo Airport (Italy) or Pescara Rail Station (Italy) pick-up and drop-off service to your hotel tour arrival and departure days.

The closest airport is Abruzzo Airport (Italy) serviced by the airlines Ryanair & Alitalia from London & Milan.
The International Airport of Rome is serviced by many airlines including, British Airways, American Airlines, Alitalia, EasyJet, Cathay Pacific, Jet2 and Ryanair.

By train (ITALIARAIL) from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Pescara takes approximately 4hrs

By bus (FLIXBUS) from Rome to Pescara takes approximately 2.30hrs

By rental car for those who are looking for some excitement with their holiday takes approximately 2.30hrs via A25/E80 and A24/E80
The Italian motorway (autostrada) is connected to the Italian motorways that lead to Milan, Florence, and Rome.

Buono! Squisito! Ottimo! Eccellente! Is Italian tastes…

We will experience together local Italian, homemade, historic family Italian regional recipes, from the land to the sea, to the formaggio to the local wines, beers & home made liquors.
Your Giro Odyssey includes a ‘wow’ Welcome dinner & Aperitivo, followed by the traditional Italian dinner courses including wine
Antipasto + Primo + Secondo + Formaggi + Dolce + Digestivo

To celebrate each day at the Giro, a new location, a new taste, a new memory, you will be aghast at the choice, selection, of fresh, plentiful food which will keep those legs, heart and head filled until we do it all again tomorrow, in the style of Practice Bicycle…Buon appetito!
(Drinks are not included in the daily lunches on offer)

Evenings are free for you to dine at your leisure, should you have some small gaps (stomach space to fill), a campari & olives in the village square, share a pizza, time to stroll it all off with a gelato.

We had a wonderful honeymoon at the Giro with Paul and Bridget. The small group allowed for a personalized experience, with individualized advice and rides that were customized for our group’s unique range of abilities. Paul and Bridget are experts at designing routes that are enjoyable for all while also navigating access to the race course. They are truly experts at the complex logistics of curating the ride/race watch experience. The food selection was also incredible. Every day Paul and Bridget found amazing off-the-beaten-path restaurants where we were welcomed like locals.
We also loved the home-base approach to cycling touring. It made the trip far more relaxing than scrambling to pack up every evening. This was one of the main reasons we chose Practice Bicycle and were very happy we did.
Dylan & Sharon – USA

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.
Carol, Paul, Margaret & Ray – Australia

Having nearly done every trip on the menu, from every bike race tour on offer, to their luxury trips to their challenging ride weeks PB are exceptional, they are a rare couple and so are their tours! We not only love them as people, they have tailored, personalised, made our many cycling holidays to various Italian locations (including fine food, wineries, bespoke accommodation). If ‘personable’, premium small group riding, relaxing roadside is La Dolce Vita!
John & Cath – Australia

Our specialty bike race viewing 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 PB Tours 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 see the quality of rides you will enjoy, take a look at the detailed daily itinerary above.

The Practice Bicycle Giro d’Italia Cycling Tours offer the perfect location of the Magnificat Hotel & Resort beautifully surrounded by the famous vineyards of Abruzzo and located 10km from the Adriatic Sea. From your hotel, guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Lido Riccio sea on one side, and on the other side the view of the beautiful Majella mountains.
Perfect for your great stay at the Giro d’Italia, a superb restaurant offering unique and traditional dishes is available to you each evening, everything you’ll love about cycling and Italy…including gelato.

Magnificat Hotel & Resort 3 Star Canosa Sannita Abruzzo Italy    Magnificat Hotel & Resort 3 Star colazione Abruzzo style    Magnificat Hotel & Resort 3 Star Double Room                                                                Magnificat Hotel & Resort amongst famous Abruzzo vineyards    Magnificat Hotel Menicucci Wine Cellar    Magnificat Hotel Relaxation Beauty Wellness

We have the ideal package for any fan of world class cycling who does not wish to ride and prefers to spectate during our Giro d’Italia cycling tour.
The perfect solution for a non cycling wife/husband/partner to accompany the bike tour rider on their spectacular Tour of Italy bike tour.

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.

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 Bianchi, Cannondale and Fuji, 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    Bianchi Road Bike Carbon Disc Shimano Ultergra 2x11    Bianchi Road E-Bike Disc Shimano Ultegra 2x11

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bike you’ll love cycling and bike 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.

If its a challenge that you are looking for with your Tour of Italy bike tour, look no further!  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 cold and snow with the added 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, Switzerland, Portugal and Italy.

‘Unpack Once, Ride 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, Ride Everyday!

Your Giro d’Italia bike tour package includes:

  • 6 nights of Quality 3* Hotel Accommodation – immersed in the vineyards of the Canosa Sannita hills
  • Colazione Italian style Breakfast each morning
  • 5/6 Superb fully guided rides tailored for your enjoyment during the Giro tour
  • Daily ride options – ideal for how much you wish to ride!
  • 3 spectacular live viewing opportunities of contrasting opening stages of the Giro d’Italia stages 1,2 & 3
  • Welcome Aperitivo & Classic Italian Dinner experience in true Italian style.
  • 5 Lunch time Italian restaurant feasts including on 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 Abruzzo Airport (Italy) or Pescara railway station (Italy) to your accommodation midday arrival/departure days

Giro d’Italia Bike Tour Highlights:

  • The ancient hill city of Ortona full of culture and sea, amazing panorama from the “Oriental Walk”
  • Relax & unwind each day in the quiet of the vineyards & garden, enjoy an igloo sauna overlooking the olive grove
  • Memorable Giro d’Italia unique live roadside viewing on the Abruzzo – Costa dei Trabocchi
  • Spin your wheels & feel the emotion on the Iconic cycling roads of Italy
  • Join the glitz & razzmatazz of a Giro stage start in the charming medieval hilltop town of Vasto
  • Regional Nature Reserve of Punta Aderci, one of the most evocative and spectacular stretches of the Abruzzo coast
  • Lago di Scanno, your heart shaped lake in the Apennine Mountains
  • Celebrate the Giro d’Italia in style with a fine glass of the king of Abruzzo! The red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun
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