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Trans-Dolomites Challenge


Our warm-up ride near Ravascletto

Day 1

Welcome to the Dolomites!

Our trip starts at Venice Marco Polo airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Ravascletto, in the heart of the Dolomites.

After lunch, an orientation meeting, and bike build-up, we’ll head out on an afternoon ride to loosen up the legs before tomorrow’s big day.

RIDE SUMMARY:
32 miles/4,810ft
52km/1,466m

Today's Climbs

 

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Duron
1325 ft
9.9%
2.6 miles
N/A
N/A
Sella Valcalda
1401 ft
5.3%
5 miles
307

 

 

Our staff climb the Zoncolan during the Giro

Day 2

Zoncolan & Crostis!

Two of the toughest climbs in Italy are on the agenda today. First up is the Monte Zoncolan which, along with the Angliru in Spain, is rated the toughest climb on the European circuit. With an average gradient of over 11% for 6.5 miles, it definitely earns it's reputation!

After the Zoncolan we drop down to Sutrio where we start the short climb up to our hotel in Ravascletto. Another HC climb lies in wait just beyond our hotel - the Monte Crostis. Do you have the legs for another 4500ft of climbing?

RIDE SUMMARY:
50 miles/11,312ft
81km/3,448m

Today's Climbs

 

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Monte Zoncolan
3970 ft
11.5%
6.5 miles
1660
Monte Crostis
4583 ft
9%
9.6 miles
1397

 

 

The Passo Giau is always spectacular

Day 3

Across the Dolomites to Alleghe

Our ride today takes us from the eastern edge of the Dolomites to Alleghe, situated in the heart of this dramatic mountain range.

First up is the long climb to the Cima Sappada, followed by the climb to the small mountain village of Danta. The Passo Tre Croci takes us to an elevation of 1800m before we drop down to the former Olympic town of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Last on the agenda is the stunning Passo Giau with it's incredible vistas from the summit at over 2200m.

RIDE SUMMARY:
82 miles/11,785ft
132km/3,592m

Today's Climbs

 

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Cima Sappada
1319 ft
5.3%
4.7 miles
317
Danta
1385 ft
7%
3.7 miles
319
Passo Tre Croci
2274 ft
6.3%
6.8 miles
523
Passo Giau
2349 ft
8.3%
5.3 miles
624

 

 

On the Passo Sella

Day 4

Sella Ronde

The classic loop around the Gruppo di Sella mountain range has to be one of the most spectacular bike rides in Europe.

From our hotel in Alleghe, we'll head over the Passo Pordoi and the Passo Sella. Enjoy the dramatic views from the Passo Sella to the Passo Gardena - some of the most impressive mountain scenery in Europe. At the bottom of the Passo Gardena we reach the small ski town of Corvara - then it's over the Passo Campolongo and dwonhill to out hotel in Alleghe.

RIDE SUMMARY:
61 miles/9,009ft
98km/2,746m


Today's Climbs

 

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Pordoi
2090 ft
6.8%
5.8 miles
447
Passo Sella
1309 ft
7.3%
3.4 miles
304
Passo Gardena
820 ft
4.2%
3.7 miles
140
Passo Campolongo
1007 ft
5%
3.8 miles
307

 

 

Climbing the Passo Fedaia

Day 5

Passo Fedaia!

We leave our hotel in Alleghe today and head for Bolzano nestled in the valley that separates the Dolomites from the Alps.

First up is the very challenging Passo Fedaia with it's ramps of 12 to 15%. From the Fedaia we can enjoy the descent into Canazei and Vigo di Fassa before the moderate climb to the Passo Costalunga. From the Costalunga it's all downhill to our hotel in Bolzano!

RIDE SUMMARY:
54 miles/6,716ft
87km/2,047m


Today's Climbs

 

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Fedaia
3475 ft
7.5%
8.8 miles
966
Passo Costalunga
1345 ft
4.1%
6.1 miles
270

 

 

The Stelvio - some of the 48 switchbacks

Day 6

The Stelvio!

One of the highlights of the trip. Today we tackle the mighty Passo Stelvio!

15 miles of climbing, 48 switchbacks and an average grade of almost 7.5%, the Stelvio is one of these climbs that every cyclist has to ride in their lifetime. The Stelvio is also one of the most spectacular climbs you'll ever ride and one of the favorite all-time climbs of our staff riders.

Our hotel for the evening is situated in Bormio at the bottom of the descent.

RIDE SUMMARY:
78 miles/9,364ft
126km/2,854m


Today's Climbs

 

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Stelvio
5930 ft
7.4%
15.1 miles
1411

 

 

Climbing the Passo Gavia

Day 7

The Mortirolo and the Gavia

We end the trip with two more legendary Giro d'Italia climbs.

The Mortirolo is considered the "Alpe d'Huez" of the Giro d'Italia...except it's significantly more challenging than it's French counterpart! With an average of 10.5% over 8 miles this is one of the toughest climbs in Europe.

After conquering the Mortirolo we head up the valley to Ponte di Legno where we start the climb to the Passo Gavia. The Gavia will always be remembered for Andy Hampsten's epic ride through a snowstorm to win the 1988 Giro.

RIDE SUMMARY:
71 miles/10,755ft
115km/3,278m

Today's Climbs

 

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Passo Mortirolo
4265 ft
10.5%
7.7 miles
1425
Passo Gavia
4470 ft
7.9%
10.7 miles
1139
 
 

Day 8

Arrivederci!

End of our trip and final transfer to Milan Malpensa airport.