Monday, January 5, 2009

A Unique Bike Tour: All of the Giro d'Italia!

I was delighted to learn that one very ambitious bike tour company has organized a tour for the entire 2009 Giro d'Italia del Centenario. The Australian BikeStyle Tours company is offering a 26 day tour "See It All" tour. If you have a month free, $7,500 (at current currency conversion rates; tour priced at 10,000 Australian dollars), like staying in 4 star hotels, riding every day, entry into a gran fondo (Nove Colli, the biggest participant gran fondo in Italy), and much more, this sounds like a once in a life time experience.

Bravo BikeStyle Tours! By the away, I have no affiliation with them.

You can find all the details of the tour at:

Here is a summary:
Who is this trip for?
Someone who wants it all! This tour offers an amazing variety of terrain, race viewing and cycling. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides. You will experience the excitement of the Giro d’Italia centenary edition and see stage starts, finishes, the team time trial, two individual time trials and of course get to cheer the riders up close on the legendary climbs of the Dolomites, the Alps and the mountains of the final week. This tour starts in Milan before moving to Venice for the early stages, then to the rugged beauty and legendary climbs of the Dolomites. From the Dolomites we travel east for a ride on Lake Como, the fast paced stage around Milan and the biggest mountain stage of the Giro over Col D’Izoard and Sestriere, the Italian Riviera, the regions of Emilia Romagna and Umbria, the coastal beauty of the Amalfi Coast, and finally the race finish in Rome.

Our tours to Italy are for those that love cycling but there is so much more to see and do and highlights on this tour include:
-Challenge yourself on famous climbs including Italy’s Passo dello Stelvio, Sestriere, Col d’Izoard, Block Haus and Mont Vesuvio.
-Visit some of Italy’s most beautiful towns including Venice, Bassano del Grappa, Bergamo, Milan, Assisi, Gubbio, Positano and Sestri Levante.
-Ride through some of Italy’s most scenic countryside in the Veneto, Dolomites, the Alps, Italian Lakes, Umbria, the Appenine Mountains, Abruzzo, the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.
-Opportunities for sightseeing including Venice Island and Italy’s fashion capital, Milan, Pompei, the isle of Capri and Assisi’s Basilica of St Francis.
-Stay in a 4 star hotel with a history dating back 700 years in the mountain village of Castelrotto, a converted monastery in Gubbio and a restored villa in Sestri Levante.
-Witness the spectacular opening stage of the Giro d’Italia centenary edition , a team time trial along the shore of the Venice Lido
-Side Trips will incluse a visit to Gibi Simoni’s shop in Trento and the famous cyclists Chapel at Ghisallo incorporating the Museo del Ciclismo above Lake Como.
-The chance to take part in the annual Gran Fondo Nove Colli, Italy’s largest sporting cycling event.
-Witness the final stage of the Giro d’Italia centenary edition, a time trial past the Colloseum and the Roman Forum in the centre of Rome.

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