We are pleased to return to our grandaddy climbs in the Dolomites and Alps. Visiting these great climbs without hitting the crowds in the valleys is a challenge, but we just can’t seem to stay away for long. In the spirit of finding routes off-the-beaten-path we have a very fun route looping north over the Giove and Erbe passes to take us from the Dolomites to the Alps. We will ride classic Giro d’Italia climbs in the Dolomites, then drop of the tourist radar on our transfer days before hitting the Italian Alps.
Our big day is 140k, most other days will be 80k to 100k, because we all like to keep our legs simmering…
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Our start will land us in Badia, the Laudin speaking area of the Tirol. We know the food here is great and the rides around the Sella Ronda loop is a step away. We have many climbs to choose from nearby, with the Falzarego, Giau, Val Parola, and Pordoi on our menu.
One spectacular day of riding will bring us to Merano for a night, then on to Bormio climbing the fearsome Stelvio pass from the east. Known in cycling lore as the 2,500m pandemic of climbing.
From Bormio we have two days to choose from to tackle the Gavia from both sides and ride to the Lago Cancano.
We don’t sugarcoat the fact that this is some stiff riding—experienced riders only, please. Our 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. This a solid 4-pigger!
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.
These northern Italian routes offer long, demanding climbs and blissful descents, through forested passes with towering limestone crags looming over the dozens of switchbacks we pedal. Culturally we will experience old-school Austria/Italy in mountain villages that thrive on winter and summer tourism. And the luster of Lombardia’s chic northern outpost of Bormio.
This tour begins and ends in Venice. Book flights to/from Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE).
We will begin the tour on the morning of Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 am at the Antony Palace hotel with transport to our first location of Badia. We recommend arriving in Italy on August 27th or before.
You are responsible for accommodation in Venice, either at the Antony Palace hotel or another of your choice prior to August 28. Please be ready for transport in the lobby of Anotony Palace Hotel by 8:30 a.m.
We will finish the tour by driving on the 4th to Venice for our final night stay at Antony Palace Hotel. The hotel has shuttles to the airport. This night is included in the cost of the tour. Flights home/continuing travel should be scheduled for Sept 5th.
Write to us if you have ideas or questions about traveling in Italy before or after the tour.