Challenge your body and elevate your soul while you explore a rich mixture of cultures and celebrate a sense of accomplishment on this quest through the heart of the Dolomites.
Experience dramatic mountain beauty and fairytale towns in the Italian Alps. Each day during your ride you’ll be surrounded by stunning Alpine scenery as you make your way through some of the most beautiful towns and villages of this breathtaking area. Although the focus is very much on the riding, we’ll make sure you get your daily caffeine fix and also have some time to explore places such as Bolzano, Cortina, Corvara and lake Resia. Ride over exhilarating passes, climb by soaring spires and coast downhill to charming hamlets surrounded by meadows of wildflowers on mountain routes made famous by the world’s greatest cyclists.
We’ll stay at some very nice hotels in the Dolomites. And because we won’t be changing hotels every day you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the amenities: spas, saunas, pools, and massages.
Cortina - 25 miles - Rolling
We’ll pick you up at the Venezia airport and transfer you to the first hotel. After a light
Cortina - 63 miles - Mountains
Passes: Falzarego, Valparola, Giau
Sella Ronda - 35 miles - Mountains
Next is the Badia valley, a popular ski resort and base for cyclists wishing to explore the Dolomites. In the Val
Passes: Falzarego, Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, Gardena
Corvara - Bolzano - 45 miles - Mountains
This ride leads us to one of the prettiest areas of Sud Tyrol, the Sciliar high plain where the Austrian language and culture are still dominant among the locals. Road signs, language, food
Val Venosta - 45 miles - Mostly flat
Today we change areas by following the Adige River Valley upstream. We ride to Merano (Meran), where we will catch the Val Venosta train. The combination of bike and train in South Tyrol is easy and highly recommended. It’s one of the most modern train infrastructures in Europe and inarguably one of the most scenic. After 37.5 miles and over 2,000 feet of elevation
Passo Stelvio - 42
It’s the day many of us have been waiting for and perhaps feared. It’s time to climb the king, the Stelvio Pass. We’ll go up its "classic" side from Prato
The Riding Terrain The Dolomitic riding terrain is one of our most demanding road cycling and the rides are exactly what you might expect from one of Europe’s major mountain ranges: mountain pass after mountain pass. The route includes numerous serious Giro d’Italia passes, and as such involve a lot of climbing. Two or more significant climbs a day is not uncommon and many will include steep sections. The Stelvio will be the highest pass and we climb it from the Prato allo Stelvio side (read our Stelvio blog here). Road surfaces are generally good although mountain weather can take its toll. Caution should be exercised when descending as downhills are as frequent and long as the ascents and many feature numerous tight bends and switchbacks. Competent and confident descenders will undoubtedly enjoy the downhill stages whereas less confident riders will be expected to exercise caution. Traffic is generally light throughout however it can become busier on occasional sections especially when nice weather attracts motorcyclists.
The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 meters and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.
Pordoi, Campolongo, Gardena, and Sella. The sequence of those passes comprises a loop called the Sellaronda (the loop of the Sella massif 3151 mt - 10335 ft). Cycling legends have been made on these passes for nearly a century. Mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia – the iconic three-week professional bike race - have seen legendary riders both rise and fall, as riders could gain the Pink Jersey (the leader jersey) and seal the final victory, or lose it all on a bad day. It all happens on the Dolomites year in and year out. Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Gimondi, Hinault, then Pantani and a few others, all left their mark there. Sellaronda is in practical terms a loop that became a mountain cycling stadium in the middle of the Stunning UNESCO-recognized mountains. Nearly all sports have their sacred venues. Dolomites’ Sellaronda is that venue for mountain cycling.