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9 Days Giro Dolomiti Plus Stelvio Cycling Holiday in Italy
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(No availability) 9 Days Giro Dolomiti Plus Stelvio Cycling Holiday in Italy

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Cycling Tour Italy

2019 will mark Alpine Cadence's seventh year of riding in the incredible Dolomites and their new and flexible ride format means it will be their best ever. Seven fantastic days of riding in the most stunning scenery you're likely to ever come across. All the classic climbs of the beautiful Dolomites as well as a dramatic climax to the trip on Stelvio, Mortirolo, and Gavia.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: mostly paved, many steep and sustained climbs and descents
  • Starts in: Bassano de Grappa
  • Ends in: Bormio
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 600 - 800 kilometers / 373 - 397 miles
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • Maximum 12 participants

Highlights

  • Experience Stelvio's 48 hairpins ride
  • Options to take regular or challenging routes
  • Service of guide, mechanics, and support vehicle
  • Daily breakfast and dinner are provided
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Venice Marco Polo Airport
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Accommodation

When "on the road," you'll stay in small-family run hotels that provide you with ideal locations for your stopovers.

Program

Saturday, September 7

Arrival into Venice airport and short transfer (one hour 15 minutes) to your ride start town of Bassano de Grappa.

Sunday, September 8: Bassano del Grappa to Agordo

The magnificent Monte Grappa will be your first challenge of this tour providing a spectacular and tough start. A long descent follows towards Feltre before a lovely afternoon of climbing takes you up to the Forcella Franchi before descending to Agordo.

  • Standard route: 100 kilometers and 2500 meters climbing
  • Challenge route: 120 kilometers and 3300 meters climbing

Monday, September 9: Agordo to Cortina d'Ampezzo

A valley ride to start the day as you pass through the beautiful lakeside town of Alleghe. Then you'll scale the epic Passo Giao before descending to Cortina. From Cortina you'll climb the Passo Tre Croce before having the dilemma of whether to take on the option challenge of the fearson Tre Cime di Lavaredo! Whatever happens you'll face a a very pleasant descent all the way back to Cortina for your overnight stop.

  • Standard route: 100 kilometers and 2500 meters climbing
  • Challenge route: 120 kilometers and 3000 meters climbing

Tuesday, September 10: Cortina to Canazei

Today you'll head out of Cortina and up Passo Falzarego. Decending down the other side, you'll join the Sella Ronda loop at Arraba where you'll scale the Passo Campolongo. A pretty descent down to Corvara will then lead you into the climb of the Passo Gardena. Passo Sella will complete a stunning day of scenic and challenging riding. You descend down to Canazei for the first of two nights that you'll stay there.

  • Standard route: 80 kilometers and 2300 meters climbing
  • Challenge route 115 kilometers and 3000 meters climbing

Wednesday, September 11: Canazei to Canazei

Passo Pordoi will be your first challenge of the day with it's seemingly never ending bends to look forward to. After a long descent to Caprile you'll then tackle to infamous Passo Fedaia with its very tough climax.

  • Standard route: 70 kilometers and 2000 meters climbing
  • Challenge route: 110 kilometers and 3000 meters climbing

Thursday, September 12: Canazei to Schlanders

The transition day! A long and contrasting day as you ride away from the Dolmites and into the Sud Tirol area in preparation for an assault on Stelvio the follow day. Most of the climbing will be done early in the day followed by lots of flatter riding through the apple orchards between Bolzano and Merano.

Friday, September 13: Schlanders to Bormio

Stelvio is the focus of the day with its famous and spectacular 48 hairpins. Lunch on the top after a truly memorable morning. You'll descend down to Bormio where you'll spend the next two nights. The afternoon will be filled with more ride options to keep you busy including the spectacular and lesser known climb up to Lago delle Scale.

  • Standard route: 65 kilometers and 1800 meters climbing
  • Challenge route: 100 kilometers and 2600 meters climbing

Saturday, September 14

A stunning, iconic and very challenging day to complete your adventure. The fearsome Mortirolo will more than provide your morning's entertainment followed by the incredible and wild Passo Gavia. A long descent back to Bormio will complete a very memorable day. Today's route: 108 kilometers and 2700 meters climbing.

Sunday, September 15

Transfers to either of Milan's main airports, Malpensa or Linate.

Who is this trip aimed at?

This is a challenging trip with some steep and sustained climbs. The format of the trip means that riders will have plenty of flexibility on most days to take on a "standard" route or an extra "challenge" route. This flexibility means that stronger riders will have the opportunity to be as challenged as they wish whereas more moderate level riders will still be able to enjoy riding in this incredible region.

Distances and amount of climbing will vary each day but as a guide each day will be between 70 - 130 kilometers and 2000-3000 meters of climbing. Those riders taking on the "standard" route that the tour offer can expect to ride around 600 kilometers in the seven days with around 13000 meters of climbing. Those taking on all the "challenge" options will be looking at around 800 kilometers and 18000 meters climbing.

VAM rating

Alpine Cadence uses VAM as one way of determining a rider's level and therefore their suitability for a given tour. Riders on this trip should be capable of climbing at a rate of around 700 meters on a long climb. This does not mean that riders have to ride at this level for the duration of the trip but it's simply a measure of what a rider is capable of when they are at or close to their limit.

VAM is something that you've all got! Don't be put off by it, it's one way of measuring a riders fitness level but certainly not the only one. VAM stands for Velocità Ascensionale Media, Italian for average climbing speed. It is a value that can be applied to all bike riders that expresses the rate that a rider gains altitude in metres per hour.

A top pro rider like Chris Froome will attain a VAM of around 1600 on a long climb. A strong amateur rider who aspires to get up the full length of Alpe d'Huez in under an hour will need a VAM of 1170 to achieve that goal.

The VAM figure that is used for various trips by Alpine Cadence is NOT the rate at which the trip gets run, it's simply a clear measurement of a rider's level when they are pushing themselves to their limit. VAM figures need to be calculated on sustained hills of at least 20 minute duration to provide a useful figure as to what can be sustained over a long period. VAM figures are provided automatically for riders using STRAVA.

Please send inquiry to Alpine Cadence if you would like to book into this trip or to find out more information.

Support vehicle

Vehicle support offers you first aid facilities, essential spares and tools, spare clothing, snacks and drinks and the peace of mind that if you run out of steam you've always got the option of jumping in the van! You will also receive the support of at least one of the team members riding with the group, spending some time with each rider to help motivate, advise and observe how you are doing to help you get the most out of your ride.

Location

This tour takes place in the Dolomiti area, Italy. You'll enjoy an opportunity to conquer the Stelvio, Mortirolo, and Gavia passes.

Food

Daily breakfast, dinner, and snacks are included. Energy drink will also be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Transfers from Venice Airport (Marco Polo) and to a choice of Milan airports
  • 8 nights twin share accommodation in carefully selected 2 and 3-star hotels
  • 7 days of supported rides (mechanical assistance, vehicle support and guiding on all days)
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Informal evening lectures available from a qualified cycling coach offering training advice in preparation for cycling events
  • Energy drinks and snacks available at all times

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Bike hire

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport Airport transfer included: Venice Marco Polo Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12.1% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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