Tahoe Wilderness Medicine and Thomson Bike Tours take you to the spectacular Dolomites region of northern Italy. Ride the mythical Sella Ronda and key climbs made famous by the Giro d’Italia.
The Dolomites are an essential pilgrimage for cyclists ever since the Giro d’Italia’s first foray here in 1937. They have graced the Giro more than 40 times and famous Italian cyclists such as Bartali, Coppi and Alfredo Binda carved out their reputations here. The elegant names of the climbs – Campolongo, Falzarego, Valparola – roll off the tongue with a gentle rhythm and cadence that evokes the long, meandering roads that cross them.
This trip takes you on an intensive week of riding through the Dolomites and includes the chance to ride the roads of the Sella Ronda, one of the most beautiful cycling loops in the world.
You will be staying in Badia for the first part of the trip and then in Cortina d’Ampezzo. This gives you the opportunity to ride all the key climbs in the area.
Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.
We do offer a non-CME course option which is available for non-medical participants to enjoy the trip with a medical professional registered for the course.
The non-CME option does not include the Summer Wilderness Medicine training and education and is priced at $4,595 USD. Please let us know after booking if you would like the non-CME option.
- Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
- Wilderness Patient Assessment
- Heat Related Illness
- Wound Management and Burns
- Drowning/Submersion/Dive Injuries
- Bites, Stings, Animal Attacks
- Cold Related Illness
- Wilderness Trauma - Case Based Workshop
After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate increased awareness of medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments
- Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location
- Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8- AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Hour for hour instructor based California Continuing Education credits are available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
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Welcome to the spectacular Dolomites!
Our trip starts at Venice airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Badia.
After lunch, an orientation meeting, and bike build-up, we’ll head out on an afternoon warm-up ride that takes us to Longiarú, high in the Dolomites mountains above the hotel.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 8:30am - either at Venice Marco Polo Airport or at the Best Western Hotel Titian Inn Venice Airport.
Today’s ride doesn’t need much introduction - the famous loop around the Gruppo di Sella mountain range is one of the most spectacular bike rides in Europe.
From our hotel in Badia, we’ll head over the Passo Campolongo, Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella and finally the Passo Gardena before the long descent back to the hotel.
Klaus, the owner of our hotel in Badia, is also a passionate road cyclist, and he has designed an absolutely stunning ride for us today.
From the hotel we descend to San Martino where we start the first ascension of the spectacular Hors-Categorie Passo Erbe which rises to almost 1900m. From the Passo Erbe enjoy a stunning 50km loop on traffic-free roads through pristine Alpine landscapes before we climb back up the Erbe from the opposite side, and back to our hotel in Badia.
Passo Valparola & Passo Giau
It’s time to move on to the beautiful town of Cortina d’Ampezzo and look for more mountains to climb.
Riding from the hotel, our first challenge is the Passo Valparola topping out at over 2000m. A fantastic descent takes us to Caprile and the start of one of the most beautiful and spectacular climbs in the Dolomites, the Passo Giau.
From the Giau it’s all downhill to our hotel in glamorous Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Tre Cimi di Lavaredo
Today’s highlight is the climb up to the refuge at Tre Cimi di Lavaredo. Nibali won a stage of the Giro here, back in 2013 and Eddy Merckx once said it was one of the hardest climbs he’d done - he won a Giro stage here, back in 1968.
From the Tre Cimi, we take the fast descent back down to Cortina d’Ampezzo via the Passo Tre Croci.
Passo Giau & Passo Falzarego
Our last ride of the trip takes us back over the Passo Giau, but from the opposite side. The Passo Giau is a firm favorite in the Giro d’Italia and the final few km present some of the most spectacular views in the Dolomites. It’s also quite a challenging climb with several sections above 10% - but the views at the top are well worth the effort.
From the Giau we tackle our final climb of the week, the Passo Falzarego at over 2200m, then enjoy the long descent back to our hotel in Cortina.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Venice Airport, arriving at approximately 9:00am.