Maratona dles Dolomites
Dramatic Mountain Views and Fairytale Towns With an Exclusive Finale: Maratona dles Dolomites
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. Celebrate the joy and challenge of cycling with on the most important Italian “Gran Fondo”: the “Maratona dles Dolomites.” Feed off the energy of riding and racing side by side with 10,000 other cycling enthusiasts from around the World. Filled by a lottery with almost 50,000 applicants, this Gran Fondo is also among the most popular in Europe! It is also the most prestigious, non-competitive race/ride in Europe and this is your opportunity to participate.
- 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
- Race for “Ciclismo Classico” on Italy’s main cycling amateur event
Day by Day
June 28: OPTIONAL Pre-Tour Package
Pick up at 12 pm at Milano airport (MXP) and transfer to Hotel Garberhof for 1 pre-night hotel stay, breakfast included. You're guaranteed to stay in the same room on June 29 if you book with us. Price: $275 (single), $475 (double). Call us to book! 800-866-7314.
June 29: Glorenza and Upper Venosta Valley
Today we meet you at 12 pm at Bolzano’s train station for a 1.5-hours shuttle ride to our hotel in Malles. At 1:30 pm we meet at the hotel for a light lunch and intro meeting followed by a warm up ride to the towns below Burgusio: Clusio, Laudes and the small, fortified village of Glorenza.
June 30: Rabla and Passo dello Stelvio
Less then 1 mile from the southeast border of Switzerland, we find the Stelvio pass. This road has a lot of history as it was used in the Bronze Age as a trading route between what is currently known as Austria and Italy. 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.
July 1: Bolzano, Mendola and Palade passes
Today’s ride brings us to the capital of the region, the lively city of Bolzano. 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. After a quick break, climb the Palade, which has a more relaxed incline and is the starting point for one of the most spectacular descents of the whole tour. The final stretch into Bolzano is along a bike path passing a line of beautiful vineyards.
July 2: Canazei, Pinei and Sella passes
The first 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. Road signs, language, food and tradition are German. In the afternoon, after having climbed two passes, we’ll reach Canazei, base for cyclists wishing to explore the Dolomites.
July 3: Corvara, Marmolada and Falzarego passes
We cycle along the same passes as Italy’s annual Giro d’Italia. Our first long climb faces the gorgeous “Marmolada,” then rises above the Passo Falzarego, an area where major battles of WW I were fought. Today we experience the landscape’s current peace and tranquility. In addition, we partake of the international cycling present in the summit of the climbs. Our final descent into Corvara is unforgettable.
July 4: Corvara Rest Day
The day before the race day we have some registration logistics to deal with and then feel free to enjoy plenty of relaxation, or do a bit of “light training” on 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 50-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.
July 5: The Big Day!
The Maratona starts at 6:30 am, there are 3 options: short, medium and long, ranging from 40 miles with 4 passes to 88 miles with 8 passes. Enjoy the scenery, the fabulous support, the special foods and the huge post event celebration. Meet people from around the world! By providing your cell phone number and email address, get instant results about your ride. You can learn more about the Maratona at www.maratona.it.
July 6: Arrivederci!
After breakfast, around 9 am, we will provide one shuttle to the Bolzano train station (1.5 hrs) to catch your next connections, so please make your plans accordingly. Or, extend your stay!
July 7: OPTIONAL Post-tour extension
Stay an extra day and explore beautiful Alta Badia! The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage site, have a look at what else it has to offer while your legs rest up! Check out: http://www.altabadia.org/. Price $250 pp (deluxe single, half board), $150 pp (double occupancy, half board)
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Transfers from, during and to end of tour
On The Tour
- Advanced cycling clinics
- Entry to the Maratona dles Dolomiti and jersey from the organizers
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
Accommodations & Meals
- All Accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 6 dinners
- 2 lunches
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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The 4-star Hotel Garberhof is located at the foot of the Dolomites. This modern hotel has an award-winning spa with a heated outdoor pool. Rooms
are equipped with modern comforts, large balcony or terrace, and Wi-Fi.
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Located in the center of town, enjoy modern-style, comfortable rooms at the foot of the Alps. Complete with a spa and wellness center, the staff are warm and inviting.
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A charming and picturesque mountainside chalet, well furnished with every new comfort. Our hotel offers a wonderful fitness and spa center including whirlpool, sauna, and massages.
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