Trans Dolomites and Italian Alps Ride the Sella Ronda including the legendary Passo Giau, Fedaia, Valparola, Gardena and many more before riding over to Tackle the Stelvio and Gavia.
Rider Level: 4/5
Cost: £1450 based on a twin room occupancy.
Arrive: Saturday 31 August 2019
Depart: Sunday 08 September 2019
Airport: Arrive / Depart Venice
Transfers: Included in above price
Single room supplement: £35 per person per night
We have adapted this trip to start and finish in the heart of the Dolomites and make the transfers to and from the airport easier. The plan is to include as many of the epic Dolomites trip as possible and then ride the Stelvio and Gavia. This is quite a ‘parcours’ and the riding is truly spectacular. This is a trip for level 4/5 riders who enjoy a serious challenge!
Arrive a Venice Marco Polo airport and transfer to our hotel in Caprile in the heart of the Dolomites.
Our first day starts in the Sella Ronda with the relatively easy Colle de Santa Lucia before we soon hit the Giau! This is a tough one with 10km at 9%. It’s one of the most famous in the Italy and the scenery is stunning. We ride down to the ski resort Cortina before following a relatively flat 40km circuit around the Monte Christalo coming back through Cortina and onto the Passo Falzarego before the 10km descent to the hotel. 105km 2600m climbing Overnight in Caprile
The Sella Ronda circuit is one of the most famous rides not only in Italy but world-wide and once you have experienced the breathtaking scenery you will know why. The 100km circuit takes in 4 major climbs. We start with the Passo Pordoi which is the longest of the day before spending the day up and down the Sella, Gardena and finally the Falzarego this time from Corvara. 100km 2800m climbing Overnight in Caprile
Riding out from the hotel today there is a gentle start before the road ramps up to the Marmolada Glacier and the Passo Fedaia (which has some very steep sections) This is a must for some photos and is often referred to the Queen of the Dolomites. There is a log sweeping descent through some ski stations before we have the short Passo Costalunga before riding onto Bolzano. Here we pick up a cycle path and have 45km on the flat where ‘we can spin out the legs’ in preparation for the Passo Stelvio tomorrow! 130km 1800m climbing Overnight in Merano
This is a slightly shorter day but it includes the mighty Stelvio. The ride to the base of the Stelvio is on fabulous cycle path through the orchards of the Adige valley. We ride the Stelvio from the ‘famous’ side starting in Prato de Stelvio to the summit some 25km and 48 hairpin bends later. It tops out at 2757m. There is a flying descent to the ski resort of Bormio where we will spend the night. 95km 2000m climbing Overnight in Bormio
On the menu today we have the Passo Gavia and we are into the climb immediately. It’s a 25km climb with an average gradient of 5.5% to the summit at 2621m. Time for a coffee and in the mountain top refuge, which has a great display of Giro memorabilia. It’s a long descent to Ponte de Legno and onto the Passo Tonale. The climb to Tonale isn’t so difficult with 11km ride at 6% average. The road then flows downhill before we reach our last climb of a long day! The Passo Mendola is long easier one with 21km at about 4%. 130km 3000m climbing Overnight Bolzano
It’s another spectacular ride back into the Dolomites today and with still 115km to cover it’s not an easy one. The road climbs gradually out of Bolzano and after 35km we peak at 1700m through the ski resort of Carezza Al Lago. The road drops down before we tackle the second climb – the San Pellegrino at 1900m. The last 40km are all downhill or relatively flat as we ride back to our starting point in Caprile. 100km 2500m climbing Overnight in Caprile
Our last day finishes the trip with the brutal Monte Grappa. It’s a slightly downhill ride through the southern Dolomites towards the climb. We reach the Monte Grappa after around 100km and then face 18km at 8% – quite a way to finish what promises to be a fantastic weeks riding. Roll home to our hotel for our last supper.
Fully supported riding.
1 rider and 1 driver/mechanic for each 8 riders.
Minibuses available all day with snacks and drinks
Luggage delivered to your hotel for your arrival.
Medical and mechanical support.
Accommodation either in comfortable 3 star Italian hotels.
Substantial breakfast and three course supper
Most importantly, amazing cycling terrain and scenery.
Lunches and day time drinks.
Drinks and Wine in the hotels.
Holiday sports insurance.