Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, the Italian Dolomites are some of the most notorious, dramatic and transcendent peaks in all of Europe. They are a rite of passage for every avid cyclist.
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The Stelvio, the Gavia, and the Mortirolo are just a few of the famed climbs that make cyclists flock to the region. Our newly designed route includes the infamous Monte Zoncolan and Monte Crostis! The Zoncolan, along with the Angliru in Spain, is widely considered the most difficult climb of the Grand Tours. The climb starts under a banner that reads “Welcome to the Gates of Hell.” We’ve also added the Monte Crostis, a climb that was removed from the Giro because it was considered too brutal. The Giro had nets set up along the edge of the descent to catch riders, but don’t worry, we’re not going down that way!
Beyond the celebrated cycling culture, enjoy the breathtaking landscape, majestic mountains, charming Alpine villages, and that renowned Italian food and wine. The Dolomites do not disappoint. We’ve designed one of the hardest routes across the region, and you’ll thank us for it.
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 Ovaro, 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.
Todays ride features the most challenging climb of all the Grand Tours - the Monte Zoncolan. 10km at an average gradient of 12% - make sure you brought your climbing legs!
Our hotel in Ovaro is perfectly situated just a few km from the bottom of our first climb - the infamous Monte Zoncolan. After the Zoncolan our next obstacle is the 13km Monte Crostis - another HC climb with a total distance of 14km at over 10% average!
A stunningly beautiful ride today takes us 130km west into the heart of the Dolomites.
First up is the long climb to Cima Sappada. Enjoy the views in the Sappada valley before the next climb up to Danta. A steep descent takes us down to Auronzo where we start the climb to Passo Tre Croci. A quick coffee stop in chic Cortina d’Ampezzo will give us the much-needed energy for the last climb of the day - the HC Passo Giau.
The classic loop around the Gruppo di Sella mountain range is one of the most spectacular bike rides in Europe.
From our hotel in Alleghe, we’ll head over the Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella and the Passo Gardena to Corvara. From Corvara, our final climb is the Passo Campolongo before the long descent to Alleghe.
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 its 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!
Today we tackle the mighty Passo Stelvio!
24 km, 48 switchbacks and an average grade of almost 7.5%, the Stelvio is one of the climbs that every cyclist has to ride in their lifetime. The magnificent scenery will distract you from the effort. Our staff names this among their all-time favorite ascents. Rejoice at the top before heading to our exceptional hotel in Bormio at the bottom of the descent.
The Mortirolo and the Gavia
We end the trip with two of the most 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 13 km, 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.
Unfortunately our trip must come to an end. We’ll transfer you to the Milan Malpensa airport. Safe travels!