Total tour distance: 275 miles
Daily tour distance: 40 miles
Difficulty: 80 / 100
The Giro d'Italia is one of the three grand tours of cycling. In the opinion of Beer & Bike it is also the one with the most soul. In 2014 Beer & Bike Tours will bring you along for the fun. Our 2014 Giro tour will take to the Dolomites for the final week of action. This is where the tour will be decided. 6 of the final 7 stages of the race are mountain stages and we will be there to ride and enjoy all of the action.
Saturday May 24 - Bergamo
Our tour begins in the town of Bergamo for a short ride around to make sure everything is set on our bicycles for the adventures to come. In the evening we will have our first meal together and get acquainted.
Sunday May 25 - Tirano - Stage 15 between 20-80 miles
The first of the real mountain stages of the Giro finishes at Montecampione. You may either ride out from Bergamo early to the summit finish or start a little farther up the road at Costa Volpino. Either way you will be treated to gorgeous terrain on your way to the viewing spot on the final climb. After the riders go by we will descend back to our hotel and a great meal.
Monday May 26 - Passo Stelvia - 53 miles
Climb the Passo Stelvio from the same directions the racers will on Tuesday. After we have lunch at the summit in Bormio we will descend the same direction as the race and meet at our hotel to refuel.
Tuesday May 27 - Stage 16 - Rest Day
Today is a rest day for us but not for the racers. We will find a spot at the finish and enjoy an afternoon of racing and laughter.
Wednesday May 28 - Bolzano - Passo San Pelligrino ~ 50-75miles
Today we will ride the famous Passo San Pelligrino. The riders will descend the same we ride up on stage 18. We will then descend back to Bolzano.
Thursday May 29th - Trento ~ 24 miles
We will ride from our hotel in Trento to watch the summit finish at Rifugo Panarotta.
Friday May 30th - Monte Zolcolan ~ 20 miles
Okay Stelvia was not so bad...Today we ride to the final summit finish of the Giro. The winner on this climb will most likely win the race.
Saturday May 31- Monte Zolcolan
Today we will ride to the spot we struggled most at on Friday and see how the professionals fair. After the race we will head out to a celebration dinner because today was the final riding day of the tour.
Sunday June 1 - Trieste
We will transfer to Trieste to watch the finish of the Giro and say good bye.