Italian Dolomites Cycling trip
Located in the far northeast corner of Italy bordering Austria & Switzerland is one of the most visually spectacular mountain regions in the world, known as the Dolomitii (or Dolomites). It is a great backdrop for the Italian Dolomites cycling trip. This region is famous for its steep craggy mountains, Ladin culture (mixture of Austrian and Italian) and some of the most challenging cycling in all of Italy. There is no better time to ride the Italian Dolomites cycling trip.
Your Italian Dolomites cycling trip starts in the Alto Adige valley dividing the eastern Dolomites with the western Italian Alps. After a few days exploring the most famous and beautiful loops in the Dolomites, you’ll crisscross the valley through Bolzano into the Italian Alps. It’s here you’ll experience a diversity of landscape and the unforgettable climbs of the Gavia, Stelvio and Mortirolo. The daily distances together with climbing elevations are challenging and there are options for shorter or longer variations each day. The Italian Dolomites cycling trip is also designed, however, to have you back at the hotel by mid-afternoon to relax, explore the town or indulge in a locally made Italian gelato.
- 6 days cycling, riding the Italian Dolomites cycling trip average 6,000ft vertical & 55 miles/day
Testing your legs on the famous Sella Ronda loop
Fresh Italian mountain cuisine
Riding the dramatic Stelvio and leg crushing Mortirolo
Soaking up the summer sun in the mountain spa town of Bormio
Beautiful 3&4-star accomodations
Italian Dolomites cycling trip Includes:
- Services of one or more of our smiling domestiques (i.e. guides);
- 7 nights accommodation in 3&4 star charming hotels;
- A hearty breakfast daily (except arrival day) and 5 dinners;
- Energy snacks and hydration in the SAG;
- Luggage transfer and sag support;
- Cycling route maps, profiles & Garmin routes; and
- Ride Strong Travel Planner.
Travel and Bikes
- You are responsible for travel expenses to and from the arrival and departure city. We’ll send you a travel planner to help with all of the logistics of getting there;
- You should bring your own bike and helmet (we will help arrange bike rentals if you prefer). Contact us during the registration process if you’d like to rent a bike; and
- Passports are needed for all international tours.
Reservations, Travel Insurance & Cancellations
To reserve your space on our bike tour, please complete the short registration form by clicking on ‘book this tour’ and send a deposit of $700 USD/person. Ride Strong Bike Tours strongly recommends purchasing travel insurance for unexpected trip cancellations or any necessary medical insurance covering you during international travel. Please also see our Terms and Cancellation Policy. Ride Strong Bike Tours reserves the right to make modifications to hotels, dates, routes or tours pending confirmation of our hotels and registrations. We will notify you of any material modifications at our earliest possible convenience. Ride Strong Bike Tours also reserves the right to cancel a tour in the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, inclement weather, wars or other matters outside of our control.
Italian Dolomites cycling trip overview
Day 1 – Arrival Day, Trento.
Boungiorno! We will meet for the Italian Dolomites cycling trip in the historic center of Trento. It’s a charming town situated in the shadow of the majestic mountains of the Dolomites. After assembling and fine-tuning our bikes, we will take a short spin on relatively flat car-free roads. The afternoon is free to explore the cafés, cobblestone streets or relax at our hotel. The evening is reserved for a cocktail reception, trip overview and group dinner. As needed, provision will be made for train station pick-ups between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. this afternoon). .
Day 2 – Trento to Alleghe.
We will warm up our legs cycling on smaller passes riding into the heart of the Dolomites. Beginning in the local wine vineyards moving north into successively smaller villages and pine forests. Through the Val di Fiemme you’ll connect to the Passo San Pellegrino for our biggest climb (and even longer descent) of the day. Ride: 105 km, 7,250ft climbing
Day 3 – Sella Ronda Loop.
A big day of adrenaline producing passes, the Sella Ronda loop comprises the most classic set of climbs in the Italian Dolomites. Made famous by the Giro and the ‘Maratona del Dolomities’ gran fondo, this route circles a large castle-like mountain known as “Gruppo di Sella.” It’s a big day of 4 moderate intensity climbs in probably the most dramatic mountain scenery in Europe. Ride: 100 km/62 miles and 8000′ climbing (Passo Campolongo – Passo Gardena – Passo Sella – Passo Pordoi).
Day 4 – Alleghe to Bolzano or Merano.
Today you’ll transition from the Dolomites towards the Italian Alps to the west, cycling only 2 passes this morning. The challeging Passo Fedaia will be your biggest challenge followed by the Category 3 Passo Costalunga before descending 30km into bustling Bolzano and the flat Alto Adige valley. Enjoy the afternoon in Bolzano centro storico, the cosmopolitan capital of South Tyrol. Dinner on your own tonight! Enjoy the authentic South Tyrol faire at one of the many local eateries. Ride: 85 km/53 miles & 5,100ft (Passo Fedaia and Passo Costalunga).
Day 5 – Merano to Bormio via Passo Stelvio
Following our hearty Austrian-style breakfast the day is simple: 1 up and 1 down, over the mighty Passo Stelvio. Perhaps the most photographed pass in the Alps, the Stelvio boasts 48 perfect switchbacks for 24 km of climbing at an average of 7.5%. Built by the Austiran Empire in early 1800’s, it’s one of the most jaw-dropping roads of the world. You’ll descend to your lovely hotel in the heart of Bormio. Ride: 10o km/62 miles, 8,000ft climbing (Passo Stelvio).
Day 6 – Mortirolo Loop
The Mortirolo is considered the toughest mountain one can climb in Italy and many professionals consider it the most difficult mountain to be climbed in any of the three major tours. From Mazza di Vallentina it’s 10.4 km long averaging 10.5%. It’s a slog! You will traverse the pass looping back to Bormio for an afternoon of relaxation and perhaps massage. Dinner on your own tonight in the fun town of Bormio. Ride 82 km/51 miles, 7,100ft.
Day 7 – Bormio to Trento via the Passo Gavia.
The last day cycling the Italian Alps, you’ll wake up to the Passo Gavia, a 25.6 km ascent climbing 1404 meters just outside the hotel door. From the summit, there’s a beautiful descent into the Val di Sole where there is just one more final challenge, the Passo del Tonale (2,120ft gain). We will stop for lunch before an afternoon of gradual descending all the way back down to the Alto Adige Valley floor and Trento. Your Ride Strong gran fondo day! Ride: 140 km/87 miles, 8,o00ft (Passo Gavia, Passo del Tonale). A well-deserved celebration dinner tonight.
Day 8 – Departure – Trento.
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll provide morning transfers to the train station in Trento. Shuttles to the Venice or Verona airport are also available at an additional fee.
Book this Tour
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Selected Tour: Italian Dolomites cycling trip – August 2016
We will have great memories of the trip for a lifetime. I was thrilled with the entire trip.Rhonda Gessow, CA. Mallorca 2015