The Ruta Negra: Over 1000 miles through the Italian Alps and Dolomites - TBT - Insider. The Thomson Bike Tours Blog

It was two years ago that Peter came up with the idea of the Ruta Negra.  He wanted to design a trip that would make you sit up and go: “WOW, now that’s a real challenge!”

A two week long trip is not the norm at Thomson Bike Tours however to be able to fit in all the amazing climbs in northern Italy it was a logical move.

Absolutely all the classic climbs

Taking in both France and Italy our guides take you over the Col d’Izoard, Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia, Zoncolan, Monte Grappa, Finestre and many others for a total of close to 155,000 feet of elevation over the 14 days.  That works out at a daily average of 11,000 feet or 3400m.

I survived the Ruta Negra

Paul Moulton, who did the inaugural Ruta Negra last year says,

this was the most fun I have ever had on vacation. It was a tremendous amount of climbing but with the gearing and the fact that it was not a race made it difficult but doable, and not once did I doubt my ability to complete the trip or finish the climb. You do not need mountains at home to train for this trip. Make sure you are in good shape though!

While Morten Jurs opines,

The Ruta Negra Italy included everything I could ask for in 14 days of cycling. Professional guides, challenging cycling and great accommodation.

Starting in Turin and finishing in beautiful Venice, this year’s 2017 trip starts on July 29th and runs through to August 12th.  For all the stage details click here.

Ruta Negra - view from the top of Col de Finestre

View from the top of Col de Finestre

Down time on the Ruta Negra

Down time on the the Ruta Negra is an important part of the trip

Food Stop during the Ruta Negra

Food makes the legs go round

Tunnel on the Gavia - Ruta Negra

The Support Van barely makes it through the Zoncolan tunnel

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