July 6-17, 2014 $5495
At CycleItalia, we think the Dolomites must be where God takes His vacations. Storybook
green countryside rests in the shadow of spectacular rock
spires, offering some of the most scenic - and
challenging - cycling in the world. In addition, we've designed this tour to offer you most
of the famous mountain passes
of the regions bordering
Austria and Switzerland.
Make sure you've got low gearing and get ready to "pedala
forte, mangia bene!"
July 6 - Departure for overnight flights to Milan.
July 7 - Benvenuto
in Italia! A
short transfer from the
Malpensa airport will have
relaxing in the wine country.
Do an easy warm-up ride
or relax by
the pool and meet your fellow travelers before our welcome dinner.
8 - Our
cycling adventure starts after
a morning transfer
by private van. Wind up the beautiful Éores and Erbe Passes before descending
to our lodging in the panoramic village of Antermoia. Edith, Enzo and
spoil us with Ladina hospitality and traditional mountain cuisine at
our group dinner.
July 9 - We'll
be sorry to say good-bye to
our hosts but we've got
a big day ahead of us on our way to the Olympic village of Cortina - heart
of the Dolomites. We'll scale the Passo Furcia then cruise the scenic
Val Pusteria before climbing past Lake Misurina and over Passo Tre Croci
with a steep option to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. A final descent leads to
our charming hotel just steps from Cortina's lively downtown piazza.
July 10 - Fuel up at our buffet
today we climb the Passo Giau and the
short but steep Colle Santa Lucia before
tackling the twin passes of Falzarego
and Valparola. The 20k descent to Corvara
ends with a few last
up to our luxury
hotel featuring a
panoramic view of
Val Badia. Tyrolean
wine and cuisine
July 11 - This
could be the most scenic
and challenging cycling loop there is. Start
with Passo Campolongo then a twisty descent before the notorious
Passo Fedaia (Marmolada).
Continue the challenge and attack the Sella and Gardena passes
before the thrilling descent into Corvara -- but don't forget
the final "sting in the tail" climb to our hotel!
July 12 - Say "Arriverderci" to
Corvara as we depart
Alta Badia over the spectacular
Passo Pordoi. Next we'll
tackle the Passo Costalunga
and a final climb to
Monte San Pietro before
coasting to our hotel.
Another tasty group dinner
awaits in the panoramic
13 - Today
we cross the valley and scale the picturesque
Mendola and Palade passes on the way to Val Venosta where a
peaceful bike-route will carry you among fruit trees to our
night's hotel. A hearty group dinner of SudTirol cuisine will
fuel us for tomorrow's highlight climb.
July 14 - This
is it — the big one! It's time for
the Passo Stelvio and the 20k spin from our hotel is a perfect
warm-up. Tackle the 48 numbered switchbacks
as you recall images of champions like Merckx, Gimondi and
Coppi, imagining what it's like to be cheered by screaming tifosi.
Descend into Bormio and relax at our luxury hotel
then share tales of the epic climb at a sumptuous dinner of
July 15 - Today's your chance to
do one of the most challenging
loops in all of cycling.
Start with a descent from
Bormio followed by Passo
Mortirolo - 12 km of
sheer pain with an average
grade of 10.25%
and pitches of 14%. Don't
admire the haunting Pantani
Memorial for too long as
we're off to the epic Passo
Gavia, scene of American
Andy Hampsten's frozen
triumph in 1988. Return
to Bormio for a relaxing
afternoon and group dinner
in the lively ski town.
July 16 - Today we head for Lake Como.
After a brief transfer
we'll be spinning
along the quiet eastern
before a scenic ferry
crossing from Varenna
Then it's up the historic
climb to Madonna
shrine of Italian cycling.
After paying our
respects at the
chapel - museum and
in the fantastic
view, we'll transfer
by van to our headquarters
hotel, pack our
bikes and enjoy a final
July 17 -
Morning airport shuttles.
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