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The 101st GIRO D’ITALIA 2018

Zoncolan Weekend


18th to 21st May 2018


This package is a great opportunity to spend a weekend at the toughest climb in professional cycling; the Monte Zoncolan. Be there for some of key stages of the 2018 Giro d’Italia featuring the Monte Zoncolan stage finish and the stage from Tolmezzo. Guided rides to watch the Giro and minibus support for cyclists and spectators are provided.

The 101st Giro d’Italia:
The Giro d’Italia will have its 101st edition in 2018. The race will include sprint stages, medium mountain stages, high mountain stages and ITT’s. This Year the race has a historic start in Israel and finish in Rome.  This official Giro d’Italia tour gives riders and spectators a chance to get a real taste of Giro d’Italia action. Join us on an exciting weekend tour filled with great cycling exploring the beautiful Italian countryside. Our team of guides will support you with our customised minibuses. Breakfasts and evening meals are included and both cyclists and spectators are welcome.

Our service:
We will provide daily transport with our minibuses with trailers and roof bike racks.
Every day there will be cycling opportunities as well as options for spectators to watch the Giro d’Italia.

Bike rental:
If you don’t want to travel with your own bike, why not make use of our bike rental option? We have Willier bikes available for rental for the duration of our tour. The bikes will be fitted on arrival in and then collected back from you at the end of the tour.

The Hotel:

★★★ Hotel Ristorante Aplis Ovaro:
The 3 star hotel Ristorante Aplis in Ovaro is situated at the foot of the Monte Zoncolan. The hotel is located at just a 10-minute drive from Monte Zoncolan and 12 miles from Tolmezzo. On the hotel grounds you will find, the naturalistic and Venetian saw mill museum, an observatory, two lakes and an animal park.

The restaurant provides a wide variety of typical dishes, all personally prepared by chef Roberto Filaferro, particularly focused on using local materials, like wild herbs and cottage cheeses, which match perfectly with the variety of wines provided.

The hotel and sorrounding touristic and environmental compound was renewed by Consorzio Boschi Carnici, with the specific goal to give new life to the ancient site of Micoli-Toscano sawmill.

Rooms and apartments are soundproofed and come with wooden floors and furnishings. They include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Free WiFi is available throughout. Hiking and mountain biking trails to Monte Zoncolan start 0.6 miles from the Aplis. Villa Santina is 6.8 miles away.

Day-to-day itinerary for this Giro d’Italia weekend tour:
Our team of guides will support you with our customised tour vehicle and minibuses. Breakfasts and evening meals are included most nights. Both cyclists and spectators are welcome.

Friday 18th May, 2018 – Arrival day and transfer to Ovaro:
Please arrive today at Venice Marco Polo airport. We will run 1 airport transfer today at 16.00 from the airport to our first hotel which is located in the town of Ovaro at the foot of the Monte Zoncolan and near Tolmezzo. The transfer will take about 2 hours.

Bikes and bike boxes:
We will help you with assembling your bike if you brought it with you in a bike box. Tonight we will have the evening meal together at the hotel and our team will hold an informal briefing on the exciting days ahead!

Saturday 19th May, 2018 – Stage 14 – San Vito to Monte Zoncolan:
The Monte Zoncolan comes at the end of today’s stage after about 4000 metres of climbing and 4 major climbs. From Ovaro, the riders face the slopes of the Zoncolan with maximums of up to 22% that have made the Zoncolan infamous in recent years. The last time the Giro went up the Monte Zoncolan was in 2014 and Michael Rogers was victorious.

This is the first queen stage across the Alps. The stage is 181-km long and there are 5 categorised climbs with 4400 m cumulative elevation gain. Monte di Ragogna and its steep climbs and, in the final 45 km, Passo Duron, Sella Valcalda and Monte Zoncolan, without a single flat stretch, are the summits in this stage. 6th finish on the Zoncolan, and the 5th one on the “intimidating” side of Ovaro. Monte Zoncolan has gradients topping out 22% in its first part. In Chialina (1.5 km before the foot of the climb) there wil be the usual pit-stop where the followers’ vehicles will be replaced by motorbikes.

Our Itinerary:
Destination for both riders and spectators is the climb of the Monte Zoncolan. The atmosphere will be absolutely electric with many people lining the roads. We will set up a gazebo with chairs and refreshments and make ourselves comfortable just ahead of the rider’s arrival.

Guided ride:
We will take you on our minibus to Villa Santina which is about 25km away from our hotel. You will have the opportunity to ride the final 4 climbs of today’s stage so Vaglio, Passo Duron, Sella Valcalda and Monte Zoncolan. This makes for an 85km ride from Villa Santina. Be aware: this is a tough series of climbs. Some say the Zoncolan is the hardest climb in Italy and possibly the toughest in professional cycling. Of course we are on hand for any support required.

The climb has often been compared to other tough climbs like the Mortirolo, Angliru and Alpe d’Huez. Purely looking at the  average gradients, it is harder than any of these. The Monte Zoncolan averages 11.9 per cent over 10.1km and has a maximum of 22%.

  • L’Angliru in Spain – 12.2km with average of 10.2%
  • Mortirolo in Italy – 12.4km with average of 10.5%
  • Colle delle Finestre – 18.6km with average of 9.1%
  • Passo Gavia – 17.3km with average of 7.9%

Sunday 20th May, 2018 – Stage 15 – Tolmezzo – Sappada:
Today’s stage stars in Tolmezzo which is at just 30km from our hotel. For both cyclists and spectators, we will go to Vigo di Cadore and eventually to Lozzo di Cadore. The riders can ride the 52km directly from the hotel and stop in Lozzo di Cadore, to watch the race as it comes down off the Passo delle Mauria.

Our itinerary:
After breakfast, we will take you to Vigo di Cadore and eventually to Lozzo di Cadore. After we have seen the riders come past, we will return to the hotel in and spend our final night there. The cyclists can return by bike making a 100km loop today and the spectators can return on our support vehicle.  We have our evening meal at the hotel this evening.

Monday 21st May, 2018 – Giro rest day in Trento and departure day:

Our itinerary:
As today the riders of the 101st Giro d’Italia are having a rest day, we will depart. We will provide 1 airport transfer back to Venice Marco Polo airport leaving the hotel at 08.00. Please book flights after 12.00 from Venice Marco Polo.

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£729 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room
£149 per person based on single occupancy of a room

What’s Included:

  • Your own ‘Woolfie’ Giro d’Italia mascot
  • A safe pair of hands – More information
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information here
  • 3 nights in Ovaro at the foot of Monte Zoncolan
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 x three course evening meals with water, wine and coffee
  • Your copy of ‘Il Garibaldi’ the official Giro d’Italia road book
  • A Giro d’Italia merchandise pack
  • Transport in our customised, air-conditioned minibuses with bike trailers
  • Additional support for cyclists from our minibus on guided rides
  • Our support team is made up of English speaking Sports Tours staff
  • Airport transfers, daily transport to the different stages, transfers between hotels and bike storage at the hotels
  • Bike guide and support vehicle
  • Bike storage at the hotels and all hotel taxes

Also available:

  • Bike rental – More information – Willier GTR Carbon with Campagnolo Athena groupset – £140, Willier Ultegra Di2 electronic groupset – £225
  • Travel insurance (Very important) – please visit our insurance page

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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:

Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
For some tips on how to stay safe whilst you travel, please have a look here

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for Italy, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.



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