We are returning to the Italian Alps & Dolomites to revisit the trials and triumphs of team 7-Eleven in 1988. Andy had some good races here, and 30 years later, his stories from the snowy pass earning him the pink jersey and the subsequent fight to retain it seem more vivid than ever. Our riding will follow some stage sections and routes and will be accompanied by Andy’s stories. More importantly these master passes will give each of our guests their own stories of conquering their limits and common sense. At the end of each day we will relax and enjoy the cuisine (and beer) of northern Italy’s mountainous frontier. For the bike-obsessed and mountain lovers, this is the Grand Tour. The emphasis here is on going high every day on the bike.Book this tour
We will ride for 3 days in Bormio to tackle the Stelvio and the Gavia passes. From Bormio we will set out over the Stelivo to Bolzano 140 kilometers away. This will involve 38 switchbacks on the way up, and 48 hairpins on the descent. The rest of the ride will be along a cycling route through apple orchards and villages. From Bolzano our second transfer stage will tackle passo Costalunga and Pordoi to arrive in the Dolomites. Here we will stay in Allege where rides range from 35 to 90+ miles, most looping over one to four mountain passes. Our last transfer day will take us up over Passo Duran and into Vittorio Veneto, where the ’88 Giro finished.
We don’t sugarcoat the fact that this is some stiff riding—experienced riders only, please. Or routes will tackle some of the longest and toughest climbs in the world with very technical descents. That means fun for those experienced enough for the challenge—come fit and prepared and you’ll do just fine in good company.
The trip is not well suited for non-riders because we are on our bikes for most of the day. However we have had non-riding guests come who had a great time. Write us if you are interested and we will discuss your interests and see if this would be a good trip for you.
The Italian Alps are long, steeped in history, littered with switchbacks to keep the grades reasonable, and an absolute blast to ride over. The Dolomites offer long, demanding climbs and blissful descents, while towering limestone crags loom over the dozens of switchbacks we pedal. Culturally we will enjoy the transition from old- school Italian style in Lombardy, into old Austria on our first transfer days, end up in the mountain culture of Alleghe for loop rides in the Dolomites, and end in the prosecco area of Vittorio Veneto. Passes on the itinerary also include the Sella Ronda collection (Fedaia, Gardegna, Sella and Campolongo passes), the grand Pordoi, Falzarego, Giau, and more if we can stand it.
The Italian Alps & Dolomites tour begins with transportation in Venice at the Antony Palace Hotel and ends with transportation to Venice airport VCE or train stations.
Pick-up: 12:00 Saturday, August 25th
Drop off: Monday, Sept 3rd to the Venice Airport or train stations