Performance cyclists looking for a challenging ride through gorgeous scenery will certainly have their work cut out for them as Thomson Bike Tours opens its King of the Mountains Bike Tour at Giro d’Italia.
As a cycling fan, you may already know that the Giro d’Italia features some of the best and toughest climbs in cycling events (and probably the most famous, as well). This year’s edition is no different, as pro-cyclists will have to take on hardcore ascents at Monte Zoncolan, which is infamous for its reputation as the most difficult climb in all of Europe.
Now, you may not be a professional cyclist yet, but if you’re the kind of rider whose mouth waters at the thought of conquering these slopes, then you will love the King of the Mountains Bike Tour.
First of all, you won’t even have to get on your bike to enjoy this tour, since participants will get to watch the 2010 Giro d’Italia LIVE on the mountains themselves. The bike tour company has established at least four race viewing stations directly on the slopes themselves, so participants will have access to great vantage points and will be able to watch all those pro cyclists ride and climb the stages in person, not in front of their TV screens.
LIVE Viewing of Stage 15 on Monte Zoncolan
LIVE Viewing of Stage 16 on Plan de Corones
LIVE Viewing of Stage 19 on the Passo Mortirolo
LIVE Viewing of Stage 20 on the Passo Gavia
Now for the riding part. Since you have already watched the event, you might as well ride at least a part of it, right? Participants of the bike tour will have the option of challenging themselves on the exact route of the penultimate stage in the 2010 Giro d’Italia.
But that’s not the only riding you’ll be doing, as you will also have the opportunity to do your thing on legendary cols such as Stelvio, Mortirolo, Fedaia, and Giau, among others. Passo Fedaia and Passo Giau have earned a reputation for beingtwo of the toughest climbs in the Dolomites, so if you’re up for a challenge, then this is it.
And no need to worry, because top-notch support will always be there for all the participants. There’s a ride leader and a sag van for every group of 10 cyclists, and the tour company makes sure that their staff are always available, with a high ratio of 1 staff member per 4 participants. As for the accommodations, you will be resting and relaxing in 4-star hotels throughout your cycling vacation, which includes great customer care and delicious gourmet meals.
The King of the Mountains Bike Tour at Giro d’Italia will be from May 22 to May 30, 2010. Participants will have to shell out $3,995, but it’s already for a double-occupancy. For more inquiries, visit their website at Thomsonbiketours.com
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