Land of big climbs and big plates of pasta.
Start your adventure exploring the epic grandeur of Venice. Then it’s time to ride. After a gentle start along the flat Venetian Plain and into rolling prosecco country you’ll enter one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, the Dolomites. On the agenda are appointments with climbs made famous by the Giro d’Italia: Passo Giau, Passo Gavia, Passo Stelvio and more. All the while you’ll spend nights in excellent family-run hotels in quaint towns and dining of delicious Northern Italian fare. The final descent of the trip is to spectacular Lake Como.
Day 1: Welcome to Venice
Arrive at Venice Marco Polo airport and transfer to our nearby hotel. After building our bikes we’ll meet for our Welcome Reception and head out for dinner in Venice.
Day 2: Cycle to Belluno — 140 km
An easy spin this morning through charming villages and the Venetian plan. Then we climb over the Montello and into prosecco country and up the first challenge of the day, the Passo San Boldo. From there you’ll have your first glimpse of the Dolomites before dropping down to Belluno. Ascent: 2000 meters. Key Climbs: Zuel di La, San Boldo (706m)
Day 3: Cycle to Cortina D’Ampezzo — 125 km
Heading north from Belluno we negotiate a narrow river valley onto the first ascent of the day, the Forcella Franche. Then we climb the steep Passo Duran followed by the Passo Staulanza. The toughest climb is yet to come, the Passo Giau. Then it’s all downhill to the ski resort of Cortina. Ascent: 3500 meters. Key Climbs: Passo Duran (1601m), Passo Staulanza (1773m), Passo Giau (2233m)
Day 4: Cycle to Merano — 115 km
Shortly after you put your cappuccino down you’ll begin the formidable climb to Passo Falzarego. Then it’s a 15 km descent to beautiful Corvara and up to the Passo Campolongo, the challenging Passo Pordoi and Passo Costalunga. Then we descend to the fertile Adige Valley and the spa town of Merano. Ascent: 2750 meters. Key Climbs: Passo Falzarego (2105m), Passo Campolongo (1875m), Passo Pordoi (2239m), Passo Costalunga (1745m).
Day 5: Explore Merano — 130 km
We figured that it’d be a shame to not spend an extra day in this leafy and sunny spa town nestled in the mountains. Besides soaking your aching muscles for hours on end, there’s lots to do here from visiting art galleries to beer gardens. We’ve devised a fantastic ride option if you wish.
Day 6: Cycle to Bormio — 100 km
Today's stage has one focus - the Passo Stelvio, the second highest pass in Europe at 2757m. We climb it from the classic Prato Stelvio side, 24.3km of ascent to the rifugio at the summit. Ascent: 2800 meters. Key Climbs Passo Stelvio (2757m)
Day 7: Cycle to Lovere — 145 km
We begin right away with a 25 km classic climb to Passo di Gavia. The desolate summit of the Gavia is one of the most evocative points of our trip and will bring to life Andy Hampsten's epic ascent and descent in blizzard conditions to win the 1988 Giro d'Italia. Our finish line is the lakeside resort of Lovere where we can dip a toe in the waters of Lake Iseo. Ascent: 3500 meters. Key Climbs Gavia (2600m)
Day 8: Cycle to Bellagio — 140 km
Our final riding day is spent on the tiny and hilly backroads of in the beautiful mountains of Italy’s lake district and the training roads of Giro winner and multiple Giro di Lombardy winner, Damiano Cunego. We’ll descend to the shore of Lake Como and then ferry to Bellagio. From here you’ll gear down for your final 10 km ascent to the famous Madonna del Ghisallo and Museo del Ciclismo and Madonna del Ghisallo chapel - the patron saint of cyclists. Ascent: 3300m. Key Climbs Passo Crocetta (979m), Culmine di San Pietro (1254m), Passo Ghisallo (754m)
Day 9: Arrivederci.
This morning your guide will drive you to the Milan Malpensa airport for your flight home
|Dates:||Monday September 10, 2018 to Tuesday September 18, 2018|
|Duration:||9 Days, 8 Nights|
|Joining In:||Venice, Italy (departing Milan, Italy)|
|Total Distance:||895 km|
|Land Cost:||$3995 CAD|
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