Dolomites Cycling Tour
Conquer some of the most revered climbs in the world.
This trip will stay with you forever, the Dolomites Cycling Tour is an experience every cyclist should attempt and conquer. With us, you’ll be given exceptional support and encouragement when you crest the Stelvio, Sella Ronda, Monte Grappa, Falzarego & Giau and accomplish the Dolomites. As part of this bucket-list itinerary, you’ll be treated to only the best accommodation and hospitality in some of northern-Italy’s most beautiful destinations. Join us in the Dolomites and have the ride of your life.
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We pride ourselves on creating experiences that are ideal for both recreational and avid cyclists. Whilst you may find some of the rides on this tour quite challenging, our professional support team will ensure that you have a safe, successful and enjoyable time out on the road each day. All we ask is that you come with a determination to give it a go!
Meet your guides Chris and Alice! They'll take you to sought after cycling destinations without making you feel like a tourist. Every ride, town, hotel and restaurant has been carefully researched and selected by these two. They are fun, energetic & are ready to show you a great time."We absolutely love and believe in what we do, and can’t wait to share with you the ride of your life".
Road bike rental is available on this trip. Bikes can be damaged in transit. That's why we suggest renting a bike. Take the hassle out of your travel and arrive in Italy ready to ride. Choose from a selection of premium Willier models to suit your taste and ability. Request bike rental in your booking and we will pair you with your ideal bike.
No e-bikes available for this trip.
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Tuesday 9th June 2020
From Venice International Airport you’ll board a private transfer to Asolo, in the foothills of the Dolomites, to start the trip. Here you’ll enjoy a light lunch with panoramic views back across the Venetian Plain, before getting setup on your bike for the tour and perhaps an afternoon spin around the medieval city. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner on the exclusive terrace of our 5 star ‘Albergo al Sole’ hotel, including a special group toast with local Valdobbiadene prosecco.
Today, we’ll warm our way into the tour with a scenic ride through the hills of the sparkling wine-producing region Valdobbiadene, otherwise known as ‘Prosecco Road’. These rolling hills that sit at the bottom of the Dolomites are arguably the most beautiful part of the Veneto region and the short, punchy climbs provide the optimal terrain for us to build up to some bigger days of climbing to come. After our ride, we’ll visit local Asolo winery Tenuta Amadio for a tasting of their prosecco and other wines complemented with typical local products from the kitchen.
- Distance: 73km
- Climbing: 1300m
This morning we take on the Veneto region’s most notable climb, and one that has featured in the Giro d’Italia on multiple occasions, the Monte Grappa. This 19km (1500m climbing) ascent is more than just a great cycling route for local and visiting riders. The mountain was also a significant battleground in WW1, and we will get the opportunity to feel some of this history at the enormous sacrario ‘shrine’ located at the top. Enjoy your afternoon free before we head to nearby Bassano del Grappa to try one of their signature ‘Mezzo e Mezzo’ aperitivos followed by dinner in the piazza.
- Distance: 72km
- Climbing: 2200m
Following breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Asolo as we board a short 2 hour transfer to the ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo to begin today’s ride over the mighty Passo Giau. This will be our first Hors Category ‘HC’ climbs for the trip and, although we’ll be tackling it from the slightly easier ‘northern side’, you will still need to climb over 700m of vertical on the 8.6km ascent before an exhilarating descent followed by a rolling ride onto Corvara to finish. Those feeling like a rest today can skip the Giau and take a more gentle 35km (1100m climbing.) route straight to Corvara, where we will regroup for dinner at the Hotel Posta Zirm.
- Distance: 58km
- Climbing: 2000m
Welcome to the Dolomites Bike Day! A 52km ride on fully closed UNESCO world heritage listed roads. The circular route, amidst fascinating natural landscapes, leads through some of the most attractive roads and well-known Dolomite passes (Campolongo, Falzarego & Valparola) in South Tyrol & Veneto. Enjoy a day on one of the world’s best cycling routes with hundreds of other cyclists and absolutely no cars! Tonight you are free to explore the main centre of Alta Badia for some traditional ‘Ladin’ cuisine. Don’t forget about the home-made apple strudel to finish of course!
- Distance: 52km
- Climbing: 1400m
No cycling trip to the Dolomites would be complete without riding the Sella Ronda. This world-famous loop, starting and finishing in Corvara, takes us over the 4 passes: Passo Gardena, Campolongo, Pordio & Sella, that form the giant rock fortress in the heart of the Dolomites. Another challenging day in the saddle, though in comparison to some of the longer climbs to the west in the Valtellina region, you will have plenty of opportunity to recover on each of the 4 exhilarating descents as we traverse the ‘Sella’ Group. Tonight we’ll group for a final dinner in Alta Badia before departing tomorrow to the spa town of Merano.
- Distance: 52km
- Climbing: 1700m
After a few days of big mountains, our penultimate ride from Corvara to Merano is an opportunity to rest those climbing legs and enjoy some more fast, flat roads ahead of tomorrow’s Stelvio finale. Like all rides in the mountains though, it’s not without a bit of uphill. We roll out of Corvara and onto the Passo Gardena for one final ascent before a rewarding 35km downhill section to the valley floor in Barbiano, where we join the Valle Isarco bike path to Bolzano. Arriving in Merano this afternoon, we’ll enjoy a visit to the town’s most well known thermal baths ‘Terme Merano’, to sample one of the activities that this spa town is best known for, after which you have the rest of the evening free to play tourist at your own pace.
- Distance: 96km
- Climbing: 1300m
Following breakfast this morning, we’ll take a short transfer to Prato to begin today’s ride up the iconic 24km (1800m climbing) northern face of the Stelvio Pass. Whilst summiting the Stelvio is an experience like none other all on its own, there really is something special about climbing the northern face. When you’re up at 2758m elevation looking down at the 48 hairpins you’ve just conquered to get there, you’ll know what we mean!!! Enjoy a rest, a meal and some warm clothes from the support car at the top before the descent or transfer back to Merano to finish. Tonight, we’ll regroup for a special finale dinner in town, sampling hearty Tyrolean dishes and Alto Adige wines.
- Distance: 54km (optional longer ride finishing in Merano available)
- Climbing: 1900m
Wednesday 17th June 2020
Farewell! It’s always sad to say goodbye, but like all good things, the trip must come to an end. Following breakfast at the hotel, we will arrange private transfers to Venice Airport, where the trip will conclude. Enjoy the rest of your travels and we look forward to seeing you on a Lifecycles Travel trip again soon.
Some of the Hotels & Restaurants You'll experience on tour
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