Giro Dolomiti plus Stelvio

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Giro Dolomiti plus Stelvio                     


9th - 17th September 2020

2020 will mark our eighth year of riding in the incredible Dolomites and our new and flexible ride format means it will be our best ever. 8 fantastic days of riding in the most stunning scenery you're likely to ever come across. All the classic climbs of the beautiful Dolomites as well as a dramatic climax to the trip on Stelvio, Mortirolo and Gavia. 

The schedule

Wednesday September 9

Arrival into Venice airport and short transfer (1 hour 15 minutes) to our ride start town of Bassano de Grappa

Thursday September 10

Bassano del Grappa to Agordo

The magnificent Monte Grappa will be our first challenge of this tour providing a spectacular and tough start. A long descent follows towards Feltre before our lovely afternoon of climbing takes us up to the Forcella Franchi before descending to Agordo.

Standard Route  100kms and 2500m climbing
Challenge Route  120kms and 3300m climbing

Friday September 11

Agordo to Cortina d'Ampezzo

A valley ride to start the day as we pass through the beautiful lakeside town of Alleghe. Then we'll scale the epic Passo Giao before descending to Cortina. From Cortina we'll climb the Passo Tre Croce before having the dilemmna of whether to take on the option challenge of the fearson Tre Cime di Lavaredo! Whatever happens you'll face a a very pleasant descent all the way back to Cortina for our overnight stop.

Standard Route 100kms and 2500m climbing
Challenge Route 120kms and 3000m climbing

Saturday September 12

Cortina to Cortina

We'll head east today inour vehicle to set you up to take on the infamous Zoncolan! 

Sunday September 13

Today we'll head out of Cortina and up Passo Falzarego. Decending down the other side well join the Sella Ronda loop at Arraba where we'll scale the Passo Campolongo. A pretty descent down to Corvara will then lead us into the climb of the Passo Gardena. Passo Sella will complete a stunning day of scenic and challenging riding. We descend down to Canazei for the first of 2 nights that we'll stay there.

Standard Route 80kms and 2300m climbing
Challenge Route 115 kms and 3000m climbing

Monday September 14

Canazei to Canazei

Passo Pordoi will be our first challenge of the day with it's seemingly never ending bends to look forward to. After a long descent to Caprile we'll then tackle to infamous Passo Fedaia with it's very tough climax.

Standard Route 70kms and 2000m climbing
Challenge Route 110kms and 3000m climbing

Tuesday September 15

Canazei to Schlanders

The transition day! A long and contrasting day as we ride away from the Dolmites and into the Sud Tirol area in preparation for our assault on Stelvio the follow day. Most of the climbing will be done early in the day followed by lots of flatter ridiing through the apple orchards between Bolzano and Merano.

Wednesday September 16

Schlanders to Bormio

Stelvio is the focus of the day with it's famous and spectacular 48 hairpins. Lunch on the top after a truly memorable morning. We'll descend down to Bormio where we'll spend the next 2 nights. The afternoon will be filled with more ride options to keep you busy including the spectacular and lesser known climb up to Lago delle Scale.

Standard Route 65kms and 1800m climbing
Challenge Route 100km and 2600m climbing

Thursday September 17

A stunning, iconic and very challenging day to complete our adventure. The fearsome Mortirolo will more than provide our morning's entertainment followed by the incredible and wild Passo Gavia. A long descent back to Bormio will complete a very memorable day.

108kms and 2700m climbing

Friday September 18

Transfers to Milan Malpensa airport

Cost  £1750

What's included in the trip?
  • Transfers from Venice Airport (Marco Polo) and to a choice of Milan airports.
  • 9 nights twin share accommodation in carefully selected 2 and 3 star hotels
  • 8 days of  supported rides (mechanical assistance, vehicle support and guiding on all days)
  • 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?
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches

Who is this trip aimed at?

This is a challenging trip with some steep and sustained climbs. The format of the trip means that riders will have plenty of flexibility on most days to take on a 'standard' route or an extra 'challenge' route. This flexibility means that stronger riders will have the opportunity to be as challenged as they wish whereas more moderate level riders will still be able to enjoy riding in this incredible region. Distances and amount of climbing will vary each day but as a guide each day will be between 70 - 130km and 2000-3000m of climbing. Those riders taking on the 'standard' route that we offer can expect to ride around 600km in the 7 days with around 13000m of climbing. Those taking on all the 'challenge' options will be looking at around 800kms and 18000m climbing.

VAM rating

We use VAM as one way of determining a rider's level and therefore their suitability for a given tour. Riders on this trip should be capable of climbing at a rate of around 700m on a long climb. This does not mean that riders have to ride at this level for the duration of the trip but it's simply a measure of what a rider is capable of when they are at or close to their limit. Find out more about VAM in our Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us if you would like to book into this trip or to find out more information
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