Catch the best of the Giro d’Italia travelling with Scicon Bags
This year’s Giro d’Italia, the opening Grand Tour of the cycling season, marks the 100th edition of the race, a landmark in the Giro’s grand history. As ever, the parcours offers a host of opportunities for all types of rider, but the main focus will be on the key mountain stages falling in the final week of the race where this year’s victor will be crowned.
Three weeks of racing gives you plenty of opportunities to catch the race, but we’ve highlighted a few of the most exciting locations to watch the action and to be able to test yourselves on the same roads and mountains as the professionals too. And we make your travel that much easier with the AeroComfort Road 3.0 TSA bike bag.
Race Overview – Key Stages
With a spectacular and testing race right from week one, there’s plenty of stages to choose from, however we’ve identified a select few that offer both ease of access, a real spectacle, and also the opportunity to ride some infamous mountain ascents before or after the pros.
Stage 16, 23/05
Covering 222km from Rovetta to Bormio, this is the queen stage of the Alps covering three monstrous mountain ascents, including the Cima Coppi, the highest point of this year’s race. The first climb of the stage is the Passo Mortirolo before the race tackles the Stelvio – scene to many a famous battle at the Giro – from two sides.
For those travelling from Europe or the Middle East, the nearest airport is Orio al Serio International Airport, just a 45-minute drive from the stage start, Rovetta. For others, Milano Malpensa airport falls just under 130km drive from the stage start, while the finish region is also easily accessible.
Where’s there to stay? We recommend the town of Bormio, and paying a visit to Bagni di Bormio, and its thermal baths!
Stage 18, 25/05
The queen stage of the Dolomites, stage 18 tackles five categorised climbs over its relatively short 137km parcours. But the lack of distance is not to be underestimated with the intensity of the climbing being enough to shake the race up today. The two most well known climbs of the day are the first two, Passo Pordoi and Passo Valparola – both of which would make for a good ride the day before the professionals.
The stage start in Moena is just 165km drive from Venice Marco Polo Airport, with the drive itself taking in a stunning route through the mountains and a national park. Other airports to keep as options are Treviso and Verona too.
Where’s there to stay? As you’re in the heart of the Dolomites here, there’s a choice of places to reside. You could stay in Val di Fassa in Trentino, in Canazei – to best follow the race on the Passo Pordoi climb, or in Val Gardena in Sudtirol, in either Ortisei, Selva or Santa Cristina villages – to follow the race over the Passo Gardena climb. Otherwise, you could visit Cortina d’Ampezzo and follow the Passo Valparola and Passo Falzarego climbs, under and between the beautiful mountains Lagazuoi and Sass de Stria.
Stage 19, 26/05
Just the next day comes another testing mountain-top finish on the 191km race from San Candido to Piancavallo. The final climb to the line was the scene of Marco Pantani’s first of two stage triumphs in 1998 on his way to overall victory. Watch the pros tackle the route before taking on the climb yourself the following day, and see how you fair.
The finish in Piancavallo is 100km drive from Venice Marco Polo Airport making it easily accessible from when you land in Italy. Treviso airport is also in quite close proximity from this stage of the race, at just under 90km drive. So put your Scicon AeroComfort Bike Travel Bag into a rental car and you’re on your way.
Where to stay? Stage 19 takes you through San Candido, Sudtirol, on the edge of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Park, which sees you near the early part of the stage. Another picturesque option would be Sappada, Veneto, further through the stage, well known by mountain lovers.
Stage 20, 27/05
The last major opportunity for the riders to make any big differences in the GC falls on stage 20 as the peloton tackles the infamous Monte Grappa – situated not far from Scicon Bags’ base in Bassano del Grappa, together with a host of other Italian cycling brands. After climbing this first category ascent, the riders then have a final climb up to Foza before a flat run in to the finish.
The stage presents several opportunities to get out and watch the action, and with the Monte Grappa at just an hour’s drive from Venice Airport it’s well within reaching distance to see some climbing action from the sharp end of the race.
Where to stay? The towns of Bassano del Grappa, Asolo and Asiago offer scenic Italian settings to relax in after a day out in the saddle or cheering on the pros. As the name suggests, if visiting Bassano it’s worth trying the Grappa, but there’s also the well known, historic Ponte Vecchio to visit, designed by Italian architect Andrea Palladio. We love it here and think you would too!
How to travel to the race?
The best airports to travel to in order to watch the key stages we’ve identified are the major international airports Milano Malpensa and Venice Marco Polo, both of which are easily accessible from major airports around the world. Depending on your location and destination, Treviso and Verona are also good locations.
With your bike safely packed in a Scicon AeroComfort Road 3.0 bike bag, reducing luggage fees and allowing easy travel, all you need to worry about is finding the best spot to watch the race when you’re on the road side.