Classic climbs of the Dolomites
DAY 01 NOVA LEVANTE / PASSO COSTALUNGA / MOENA
Basic Option: Nova Levante to Passo Costalunga to Moena
Approximately 25 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing
Private transfer to Bolzano. From there, your guides will lead you to Nova Levante where, surrounded by the mountains, your guide will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific tips for the Dolomites. You’ll ride out of town with your cycling companions and quickly begin your first climb, heading east out of the Adige Valley and into the Eastern Dolomiti. Stop to see the colorful waters of Lago di Carezza in the forests approaching the summit. You’ll ascend the Val d’Ega and reach 5751 feet at Passo Costalunga before a great descent into the Val di Fassa and the town of Moena. Enjoy a pre-dinner stroll through this mountain village, as the sun casts its golden light on the beautiful peaks above.
DAY 02 MOENA / MARMOLADA / PASSO FEDAIA
Basic Option: Moena to Marmolada Loop Approximately 50 miles with 7,200 feet of climbing
Short Option: Moena to Passo Fedaia Approximately 30 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Avid Option: Passo Valles add-on Approximately 65 miles with 8,900 feet of climbing
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll begin another day of spectacular riding by heading north through the ski village of Canazei where the climbing really begins. You’ll pedal in the shadows of Marmolada Glacier to the summit, to enjoy views of Lago di Fedaia. On the steep descent, the route shows off the great Monte Civetta and takes you through Alleghe, a picturesque lakeside community. Refuel at a bistro in Alleghe before the next climb. Take your pick of the charming cafes overlooking this azure alpine lake. Shortly after your break, it will be time to climb Passo San Pellegrino. Just under 6560 feet, the Passo has one particularly grueling section.
DAY 03 SELLA RONDA / PASSO DI SELLA / MOENA
Basic Option: Sella Ronda Loop Approximately 62 miles with 7,900 feet of climbing
Short Option: Moena to Passo Sella Return Approximately 36 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing
Avid Option: Passo Fedaia add-on Approximately 77 miles with 10,700 feet of climbing
The Sella Loop will be one of the most memorable rides of your trip as you pedal in the shadows of the Sella Massif and its dramatic, sheer cliffs. The green pastures and beautiful fresh air will complement the vividness of the remarkable grey mountains. The four passes on the route are regular highlights in the Giro d’Italia. The first climb, Passo di Sella, is the more challenging climb, with the most elevation gain, but also rewards you with an incredible view of the jagged peak of the Sassolungo. The next three passes - Gardena, Campolongo, and Pordoi - are still challenging, but as luck would have it, you don’t start from the valley bottom for these climbs. Three of these four passes exceed 6800 feet and command amazing views across the range. You will enjoy a packed lunch on the summit of Passo Campolongo before the last ascent of the day, Pordoi. The ride finishes with a breathtaking downhill into the valley toward Moena to prepare you for your dinner, back at the hotel.
DAY 04 PRATO ALLO STELVIO / BORMIO
Basic Option: Prato allo Stelvio to Bormio via Passo Stelvio
Approximately 29 miles with 6,150 feet of climbing
A private morning shuttle takes you north toward the Austrian and Swiss borders. Along the way you’ll see the gradual change in landscape and tempo from the serenity of the quaint mountains to the hustle and bustle of the meeting point between the Venosta and Adige Valleys. Once deep into the Venosta Valley, Mount Stelvio awaits, and the opportunity to climb up its “classic” side. With over 14 miles and 48 switchbacks you’ll rise from 3100 to 9045 feet to conquer the highest road in the eastern Alps and one of the most beautiful passes imaginable, finishing with endless views into the mountains toward Switzerland from the summit. After a well-deserved lunch you descend to the town of Bormio, located in the Lombardy region of the Italian Alps - a famous ski resort only recently opening up as a cycling destination. Relax this evening and enjoy the excellent facilities of your picturesque hotel to enjoy a hearty traditional dinner before a restful and well-deserved sleep.
DAY 05 BORMIO / TORRE DI FRAELE
Basic Option: Bormio to Torre di Fraele Return
Approximately 18 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
Afternoon in Bormio
After stocking up on a plentiful mountain breakfast, you’re invited to take your pick from a range of different activities. Enjoy an early morning climb up to the Torre di Fraele - where every switchback rewards you with better and better views of the town of Bormio and the stunning scenery of the surrounding Italian Alps. Enjoy the impressive views from the ruins of an ancient abandoned fortress at the summit before descending back to the hotel. This afternoon, relax in the hotel spa or maybe head into Bormio to do some shopping. Alternatively take a revitalizing dip in the town’s extensive thermal baths to rest your mind, body and soul in anticipation of tomorrow’s epic double ascent of the infamous climbs of Mortirolo and Gavia.
DAY 06 BORMIO / PASSO MORTILORO / PASSO GAVIA
Basic Option: Bormio to Passo Mortirolo
Approximately 25 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing
Short Option: Passo Gavia
Approximately 50 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing
Avid Option: Passo Mortirolo & Passo Gavia
Approximately 75 miles with 11,100 feet of climbing
Today is your chance to climb the Mortirolo and Gavia. A serious challenge after a long week of cycling that will make reaching the top that much sweeter. The route will first take you south and as you lose elevation, you’ll have a chance to spin out your legs. Arriving at the base of the Mortirolo’s classic side will inspire you to push yourself one more time. The narrow, winding road is incredibly steep in parts with an average grade of 10.5% - mercifully the climb is only 7.5 miles. Much of the climb weaves through the forest with glimpses of the views below. Your guides will be close by to cheer you on and refill your water as you need it. However, one last climb remains for this trip—the Gavia—a long but steady climb, with a celebration at the top. This will be your last ascent for the trip and you will be both invigorated and exhausted! You’ll descend back to Bormio and wrap up this epic day - and the trip - with a cocktail at the hotel followed by a farewell dinner.
DAY 07 DEPARTURE
Transfer to Milan airport for your flight home.