9th - 17th September 2017
This seven day adventure takes in the very best of North Eastern Italy. 800 km of stunning riding over 22 dramatic and varied climbs. Not for the faint hearted this trip is our toughest and includes many steep and often used climbs from the Giro d'Italia. Riders will climb over 19000 metres during this epic week.
Saturday September 9
Pick up from Venice (Marco Polo) Airport and a short transfer to our hotel in Bassano del Grappa. Plenty of time to relax, make up bikes and a briefing from your guides.
Sunday September 10
Bassano del Grappa – Transacqua 105km, 3000m climbing.
A tough and sudden initiation to this part of the world as we scale the iconic Monte Grappa. This long climb, averaging well over 8%, was time trialled by the pros towards the end of the Giro 2014. Later in the day we'll climb the much easier Croce d'Aune, famed for being where a certain Tulio Campagnolo had his engineering eureka moment.
Monday September 11
Transacqua – Misurina 128km, 3700m climbing
Passo Rolle, Passo Vallees and the Passo Falzarega keep us very busy as we ride deep into the Dolomites. The final climb from Cortina to Misurina will round off a tough day.
Tuesday September 12
Misurina – Canazei 93km, 3000m climbing
From Misurina we get a great view of the 'Tre Cime', three magnificent obelisks of granite and we will ride right up to them. This climb is only 7.5km long but is savagely steep in it's final 4km. The spectacular views of the the Tre Cime might numb the pain a little. The rest of the day takes us via Cortina towards Passo Giao, a spectacular classic. After lunch we'll head up the Passo Fedaia. The Fedaia has a stretch known as the 'Graveyard of Champions'. It will certainly use up any energy we might have left in it's last 7km before decending to Canazei where we'll spend the next two nights.
Wednesday September 13
Canazei – Canazei 67km, 2000m climbing
The closest we come to a rest day! A shorter day but still packed with 4 famous climbs as we complete the legendary 'Sella Ronda' circuit. A beautiful ride with amazing views of the Gruppo del Sella over the whole ride. There will be flexibility on this day to ride more or less than the planned itinarary.
Thursday September 14
Canazei – Schlanders 153km, 2000m climbing
A 'transitional' day as we head west towards the Stelvio. The only significant climb of the day comes early in the shape of the Passo di Costalunga followed by a scenic descent down to Bolzano. The latter part of the ride will follow the valley to Schlanders giving riders a chance to ride fast along the flats.
Friday September 15
Schlanders – Ponte di Legno 111km, 3600m climbing
Stelvio followed by Gavia, the two highest passes on our tour and a major part of Giro d'Italia folklore. We'll scale the 48 hairpins of the Stelvio reaching the summit at a height of 2758m. A tenuous descent to Bormio, then up again to the Passo Gavia, slightly easier than the Stelvio but still a stiff test culminating at 2621m. We'll descend to the town of Ponte di Legno where we'll spend the night.
Saturday September 16
Ponte di Legno – Riva del Garda 125km, 2200m climbing
Today we head south all the way to Lake Garda but not without a bit of work on the way! The Passo del Tonale challenges us right from the off. Then comes the climb up to the ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio after which the rest of the day flattens out as we head to the northern end of Lake Garda.
A well earned glass of Prosecco at the water's edge will be a fitting end to a massive achievement.
Sunday September 17
Transfer to Milan airports.
Riders should look to book flights into Venice (Marco Polo) on Saturday September 9th. Ideal arrival time would be early afternoon or before.
On Sunday September 17th we will return riders to any of the Milan airports (Malpensa, Linate or Bergamo). Ideal flight times would be early afternoon or later.
Please contact us before booking any flights to ensure that your flight times fit into the transfer schedule
What's included in the trip?
- Transfers from Venice Airport (Marco Polo) and to a choice of Milan airports.
- 8 nights twin share accommodation in carefully selected 2 and 3 star hotels
- 7 days of supported rides (mechanical assistance and guiding on all days, vehicle support on all but day 4)
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Informal evening lectures available from a qualified cycling coach offering training advice in preparation for cycling events
- Energy drinks and snacks available at all times
What's not included?
- Travel insurance
Who is this trip aimed at?
This is a tough trip that will suit stronger riders. This trip is much tougher than our Tour des Alpes trip and steeper than anything encountered on the Grand Tour du Sud. Many of the climbs on this trip are considerably steeper than those found on our trips in the French Alps. Riders on this trip will generally need previous experience of long alpine climbs.
Riders on this trip should be capable of climbing at a rate of at least 850 metres/hour for sustained periods.
Please contact us if you would like to book into this trip or to find out more information