Giro d'Italia 2024 - Classic

STARTING PRICE

$2299

Ride from Lake Garda along the breathtaking Valsugana Valley and up the Passo Manghen to the beautiful Renaissance city of Bassano del Grappa, where the winner of the Giro will be decided.

Bucket List Climbs
Passo Manghen
Monte Grappa

Overview

TRIP DATES

From
20 May
-
26 May, 2024

DURATION

7-days/ 6-nights

STARTING PRICE

$2299
Pick-Up Location
Verona
Drop-off Location
Verona/Venice/Treviso Airport
Accommodations
Terrain
road
Distance
373‑596km
Elevation
7,270‑12,990m
Difficulty
Quite challenging

Starting on the shores of Lake Garda, this itinerary includes two mountain stage viewings of the Giro 2024, as well as a stay in the Stage 20 finish city of Bassano del Grappa.

Along the way, there are some epic climbs to tick off your bucket list, including the mythical Passo Manghen and the imposing and historic Monte Grappa. Get ready for some great riding and some serious Giro action!

Included in this trip

  • 6 nights accommodation in select boutique hotels including breakfast.
  • All transfers, incl. pick-up from and drop-off to the airport.
  • Support with set-up of rental bike, or assembly/disassembly of own bike.
  • Orientation meeting on day 1.
  • All on-trip luggage transfers.
  • Daily CyclingHero van support.
  • Exclusive access to the CyclingHero Companion App with daily multiple route options and local insights.
  • Access to Hammerhead Karoo-2 bike computer with pre-installed CyclingHero route options.
  • Bike box storage for the entire duration of the trip.

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Day-to-Day Schedule

Day
1
From Malcesine to Levico Terme-Classic

A short van transfer from Verona along the shores of Lake Garda brings you to Malcesine, where you will continue by bike up the Garda lakeshore towards Riva del Garda. Legs suitably warmed up, the short but challenging Via Europa provides one last vista of the lake before heading toward the Adige River Valley. If you’re up for more climbing, an alternative is the appropriately named Monte Velo, which also rewards with spectacular views of Lake Garda . One final push up the Salita di Martarello and it's mostly downhill to the shores of the Lago di Caldonazzo and the spa town of Levico Terme, your base for the next three nights.

Distance
67‑80km
Elevation
1,130‑2,320m
Via Europa
Distance
1.6km
Elevation
148m
Salita di Mattarello
Distance
8.5km
Elevation
503m
Monte Velo
Distance
14.3km
Elevation
1,178m
Day
2
Tackle the Passo Manghen or Explore the Asiago Plateau

The principal challenge of the day is a loop ride that includes the mighty Passo Manghen. Although infrequently included in the Giro in comparison with other climbs in the Dolomites, the Passo Manghen ranks up there among the greatest climbs of Northern Italy, both for its spectacular scenery and its 23 km length. 

From the Manghen summit, a long descent and quiet undulating roads bring you back for a well-earned spa treatment at the hotel or a visit to the thermal baths that are a few minutes walk from the hotel.   For the slightly less ambitious, there is also some very interesting riding on the opposite side of the Valsugana Valley. The Strada Montador loop options that climb toward the Asiago Plateau take in some equally spectacular scenery and also qualify for a post-ride spa treatment!

Distance
52‑106km
Elevation
1,380‑2,700m
Strada Menador
Distance
8.8km
Elevation
857m
Cima Valbona
Distance
23km
Elevation
960m
Passo Sommo
Distance
2.6km
Elevation
180m
Passo Manghen
Distance
22.5km
Elevation
1,690m
Strada delle Quadrate
Distance
1km
Elevation
100m
Day
3
Giro Viewing on the Passo Brocon

For this rendezvous day with the Giro, your cycling route heads east to the Passo Brocon, the final climb on a very hard stage of the Giro that includes both the Passo Sella and the Passo Rolle. The pros actually climb the Brocon from two sides; you will catch them on their second ascent directly before the summit finish. 

Giro finish viewing accomplished, follow the actual Giro route back down to the Valsugana Valley for a mostly flat run home. An optional return route follows the switchback descent to the town of Grigno before returning along the Valsugana. 

Distance
90‑106km
Elevation
1,930‑2,400m
Special Event
Bacino di Pradellano
Distance
7.2km
Elevation
510m
Val Malene to Passo Brocon
Distance
11.5km
Elevation
794m
Ronchi Valsugana
Distance
6.3km
Elevation
431m
Day
4
Levico Terme to Bassano del Grappa

The destination for the day is the historic Renaissance city of Bassano del Grappa. With several excellent ride options available, you can opt for a challenging or an easier approach to your day. The easier route follows the Brenta River and is both spectacular and mostly downhill.

A mid-range alternative is to climb to the Asiago Plateau and continue through the town of Asiago before descending back down to the Brenta River at Valstagna to join the easier route for the final cruise into Bassano. 

The most challenging option follows the Brenta River route to Valstagna, then climbs UP this switchback dream to the Asiago Plateau before descending directly into beautiful Bassano.

Distance
69‑112km
Elevation
400‑1,660m
Accommodations
Strada Menador
Distance
8.8km
Elevation
857m
Passo Vezzena
Distance
3km
Elevation
170m
Valstanga Foza
Distance
14km
Elevation
970m
Day
5
Marostica or Asolo, or Marostica and Asolo

Bassano is a great base for cycling, as it offers a lot of riding options. A wonderful loop that takes in Marostica and the climbs of San Luca and La Rosina can be done on its own or combined with another loop ride that passes through picturesque Asolo and Possagno.

Make sure to leave enough time and energy to explore Bassano with its multitude of bars, restaurants, and boutique shops.

Distance
33‑91km
Elevation
680‑1,510m
Accommodations
Marostica-San Luca
Distance
5.3km
Elevation
345m
La Rosina
Distance
1.9km
Elevation
140m
Asolo-from Pagnano
Distance
1.3km
Elevation
93m
Via le Valle to Castelli di Monfumo
Distance
3.2km
Elevation
131m
Via Olivi to Possagno monument
Distance
1.3km
Elevation
93m
Day
6
Giro Battles on the Famed Monte Grappa

This is likely to be THE big day of the Giro as the race climbs the Monte Grappa not once but twice. It is also a big day to test yourself on the Monte Grappa, a deceptively challenging climb, even when only tackled once. 

If you didn't get to ride the Possagno loop the prior day, you can either combine your Grappa ascent with this ride or simply head straight for the Monte Grappa, as the ride out of Bassano provides adequate warm-up before the ascent begins. Choose your Giro viewing point on the mountain itself or climb it first then head for the finish to watch on the big screen and see the finish live. Either way, it's going to be meravigliosa!

Distance
62‑101km
Elevation
1,750‑2,400m
Special Event
Accommodations
Monte Grappa
Distance
16.8km
Elevation
1,499m
Via le Valle to Castelli di Monfumo
Distance
3.2km
Elevation
131m
Via Olivi to Possagno monument
Distance
1.3km
Elevation
93m
Day
7
Arrivederci!

After a last breakfast, it’s time for the transfer back to Venice for your trip home or further explorations in the area.

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