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Dramatic Mountainscapes and Fairy-Tale Towns, Reach New Cycling Heights on this Thrilling Mountain Adventure
- Best of mountain culture with gourmet dinners
- Discover the ancient city of Bolzano, capital of Sud Tyrol
- Stay in the great mountain villages of Canazei and Corvara
- Daily backdrop of soaring spires, waterfalls, and cool forests
- World War I battlefields and history
- Ride spectacular epic passes in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Improve your cycling skills with downhill and climbing clinics
Experience dramatic mountain beauty and fairytale towns in the Italian Alps. Ride over exhilarating passes, climb among soaring spires and zoom downhill to charming hamlets surrounded by meadows of wildflowers on mountain routes made famous by the world’s greatest cyclists. These are the legendary climbs that have filled Giro history. Challenge your body while you explore a rich mixture of culture and celebrate a sense of accomplishment on this quest through the heart of the Dolomites.
The first natural monument in Italy protected by UNESCO, the Dolomites are a roller coaster of sensational rides between World War I sites and quaint villages. This tour offers a perfect blend of athletic challenge, for advanced cyclists who are ready to radically improve their cycling skills.
Hilly mountain passes
260 miles Daily average: 43 mi
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Day 1: Glorenza and Upper Venosta Valley
After a light lunch and introductions, we begin the tour with a warm-up ride through the towns of Clusio, Laudes, and the small, fortified village of Glorenza.
Day 2: Rabla' and Passo dello Stelvio
Less then 1 mile from the southeast border of Switzerland, we find the Stelvio pass, also known as “the King.” The top of the Stelvio is 2728 mt. and the average gradient of the Stelvio is about 7.5% with maximum elevation of about 13%. The Stelvio was first used in the 1953 Giro that saw Fausto Coppi's famous win.
Day 3: Bolzano, Passo Palade and Mendola
Today’s ride brings us to the capital of the region, the lively city of Bolzano, rich with art, history and shopping opportunities. Our route there includes two spectacular passes, the “Palade” and the “Mendola. The first is a bit more calling with steady inclines and a few switchbacks.
Day 4: Canazei, Pinei and Sella Passes
Our ride will lead us to one of the lesser-known valleys of Sud Tyrol - the Sciliar highplan - where Austrian language and culture are still dominant among the locals. In the afternoon, after having climbed two passes, we’ll reach Canazei, popular ski resort, base for cyclists wishing to explore the Dolomites.
Day 5–6: Corvara, Marmolada, Falzarego passes and Sella ronda
Day 5: We cycle along the same passes as Italy’s annual Giro d’Italia, a three-week bike race that begins in the south and zigzags north. Our first long climb faces the gorgeous “Marmolada,” then rises above the Passo Falzarego, an area where major battles of WW I were fought. Our final descent into Corvara is unforgettable.
Day 6: Today enjoy a popular ride around the four passes of the “Sellaronda,” one of the Alps most beautiful circuits. A dream for skiers, and a challenge for cyclists. This is a 35-mile ride around the majestic Sella Massif, up and down the passes of Sella, Gardena, Campolongo and Pordoi. Here you will discover, “the soul of the sport of cycling” like nowhere else in the world.
Day 7: Arrivederci!
We end our tour in the morning in Corvara with our group shuttle to Bolzano train station.
Peter L. from NY, NY had this to say about Majestic Dolomites:Our guides were complete professionals and they took great care to address the comfort and needs of the group. It was a pleasure to have them leading the rides.
Joyce N. from Centennial, CO had this to say about Majestic Dolomites:Spectacular trip! Beautiful scenery and challenging terrain.
John S. from Golden, CO had this to say about Majestic Dolomites:The best in the business.
Susan P. from Bristol, WV had this to say about Majestic Dolomites:This tour offers challenges with major pay offs. You'll not travel anywhere else in the world that could equal the feeling you get riding the passes the bike heroes of the past and present have ridden.
Susan P. from Bristol, WV had this to say about Majestic Dolomites:Top notch tour with exceptional scenery.