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Italy / Bolzano – Venice

From the legendary Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea

A tour that includes the legendary ascents of the Dolomites: the Sella Group is the beginning of a ride for real athletes starting in Corvara, with a total difference in altitude of 12,000 metres. You will come down into the Prosecco hills and finish this fantastic adventure in Venice: what more could you possibly want?
  • Day by Day

    1. Bolzano
    Cyclists make their own way to Bolzano. This bilingual city is an important centre for business and tourism and, above all, it stands as a cultural, historical and linguistic link between Italy and Germany.

    2. Bolzano – Corvara – Dobbiaco (120 km, + 2,200 m, 6.30 h)
    Private transfer in the morning to Corvara, the well-known ski resort in the Sella Ronda park. Here 4 passes await you, one after the other, ascents that have written the history of cycling and of champions like Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Pantani and Contador.
    Once you get to Corvara, having finished the Ronda, you drop down into Brunico and from here the final kilometres are easy on a marvellous cycle path to Dobbiaco.
    Variation (80 km). Private transfer in the morning to Brunico, “the pearl of the Pusteria valley”. The bike stage takes you up to Badia valley, where the road levels out and you soon arrive at La Villa and Passo Valparola (a demanding 4 km climb). After a stretch of apparently flat ground that actually slopes slightly downhill and the last 10 km all uphill (up to 10% gradient over the last km), you ride down towards Passo Falzarego, then to Cortina and finally to Dobbiaco.

    Ferri says:
    the legendary mountain passes, the colour of the rock and the scents in the air make this a mystical place. The last part includes a lot of downhill route, so don’t be put off by the kilometres.

    3. Dobbiaco – Cortina (100 km, + 2,500 m, 6 h)
    With Dobbiaco behind you, you follow the cycle path along the Landro valley, at the foot of the three peaks of Lavaredo. A slightly uphill stretch brings you to Passo Cimabanche, then it’s down and southwards to Cortina d'Ampezzo and from here up again towards Passo Falzarego, a difference in altitude of 1,200 m over 17 km. Then there’s a fast downhill stretch to Colle Santa Lucia from where you pedal up His Majesty the Giau, a 1,000 m difference in altitude over 10 km, the last 3 through the most amazing scenery.
    Variation (70 km, + 1,700 m, 4.30 h). Variation without Passo Falzarego: from Cortina you ride directly up to Passo Giau, 18 km uphill of which the last 10 are really challenging. You reach the top at 2,300 m and then return along the same road to Cortina.

    Ferri says:
    both itineraries are lovely and include Passo Giau, an ascent that is the unquestioned queen of the Dolomites. You really need 34–29… trust me!

    4. Cortina – Belluno (100 km, + 2,500 m, 5.30 h)
    From Cortina it’s up again to Passo Giau: from here, an extremely fast downhill ride with lots of hairpin bends towards Selva di Cadore, then up to Forcella Staulanza pass, 6 km with an 8% gradient and long straight stretches at first. From Forcella Staulanza, you ride down to Zoldo and Dont di Zoldo where the Passo Duran starts, with an initial 12% gradient which then eases up a bit, only to finish with a truly tough 8 km. Today’s stage finishes in Belluno with a 40 km downhill run.
    Variation (80 km, + 1,000 m, 4.30 h). From Cortina a gentle downhill stretch to Venas di Cadore, where you start to climb towards Cibiana di Cadore, along Passo Cibiana (10 km, + 800 m). A fast descent takes you to Forno di Zoldo and Longarone, where you continue for Belluno.

    Ferri says:
    a stage included in the 2012 Giro d’Italia, here ridden in the opposite direction… which does not make it any easier, in fact this slope of Passo Duran will have your lungs and legs screaming! The landscape is spectacular with waterfalls, rocks and mountain birds for company.

    5. Belluno – Valdobbiadene (70 km, + 1,000 m, 4 h)
    From Belluno you pedal over slightly hilly terrain that recalls the Tuscan landscape and then arrive in Valdobbiadene, surrounded by the famous Prosecco vineyards. Today’s stretch takes you up to Passo San Boldo and Pianezze, two historic ascents for the professionals who train in these hills.  You might even meet Bruseghin, Pellizzotti, Ballan, Pozzato or many others and, why not, raise a glass of excellent Prosecco with them!
    Variation (50 km, + 1,000 m, 3 h). You ride up and over Passo San Boldo and some of the Prosecco hills, heading directly towards Valdobbiadene.

    Ferri says:
    fascinating route for the two hill passes (I recommend a 34-25 gear ratio for the Pianezze pass). The beauty of this stretch is also its scenery, with field after field of grapes on the vine! Recharging your batteries with a good glass of wine is a must.

    6. Valdobbiadene – Treviso (70 km, + 1,000 m, 3.30 h)
    From Valdobbiadene you pedal south to the bridge over the Piave River, then up Montello on one of the many roads that lead to the top. After the descent you come to the Po valley and this takes you to Treviso, the city of water, at the confluence of the Sile and Botteniga Rivers. On the way you go through Maser, where you can admire Villa Barbaro, an jewel of architecture by Andrea Palladio.

    Ferri says:
    we have over thirty-three different asphalted ascents to choose from to climb this hill. The gradients often reach 10–12%, and even 18% at times. Cyclists that love hard work can have fun and try out more than one ascent, or you can pedal along the 13 km crest and quickly reach and visit the beautiful city of Treviso.

    7. Treviso – Mestre/Venice (50 km, + 300 m, 2.30 h)
    You leave Treviso and follow the Sile River to Casale. You come across the interesting Cimitero dei Burci (a "cemetery" of half-wrecked, sunken rafts and boats along the canal, a real paradise for water birds, plants and animals). In the end, Venice awaits you for an evening stroll along its canals and alleyways. You overnight in Mestre, but on request you can stay in Venice with a surcharge (rental bikes have to be left in Mestre).

    Ferri says:
    enjoy your day in Venice, a city that is one of its kind in the world! But if you really must pedal, there are always the Asolo and Castelfranco hills and back.

    8. Mestre/Venice
    After breakfast, end of services.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

     

  • Route profile

    This is a demanding tour because the itinerary reaches many famous climbs for the Giro. However, different or shorter ways to reach the next hotel are proposed, too.

    Challenging routes with steep hills and longer uphill stretches. Suitable for fit, experienced cyclists only.

     

  • How to get there

    Bolzano is connected with the following airports:
    Innsbruck: 120 km, Verona: 150 km, Bergamo: 240 km, Venice: 280 km, Treviso: 280 km, Milan: 300 km

     

    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated in 3/4* hotels.

    All hotels have en suite facilities. Some hotels located in mountainous places of northern Italy can be without air conditioning.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    The rental bike for this tour is a MERIDA bike with the following features:
    - carbon frame top range;
    - Shimano 105 or Ultegra group: 50 X 34 front gear, 12-28/32 rear gear;
    - 25 mm wheels;
    - no pedals: please bring your own pedals (and wrench to fix them).

    Due to the lack of rear rack these bikes do not have panniers. We suggest you to bring a small backpack.

    We remind you to bring your own pedals (and wrench to fix them).

    Bike insurance
    An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. In cases of careless or improper behavior the insurance will not cover the costs.

    Accessories
    The rented bike is provided with:
    - 1 bottle cage
    - 1 combination lock
    - reparation kit (2 inner tubes, pump, tire levers)

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
    - hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival
    - GPS tracks and maps of the itinerary

     

     

  • By your side

    On day 2 (first cycling day) a transfer from Bolzano to Corvara will take place between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m.

    Once in Corvara you will be delivered the rental bikes.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details

 

from 650 €

8 days / 7 nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SU 26.04 - 27.09.2020

Special departure dates for at least 5 people

 

Seasons
Season 1: 26.04 - 23.05 and 20.09 - 27.09.2020
Season 2: 24.05 - 27.06 and 6.09 - 19.09.2020
Season 3: 28.06 - 5.09.2020

 

Price per person
650 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Maps
  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)  
  • Private transfer Bolzano-Corvara
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
  • GPS device
  • Everything not mentioned in the section "Included"


Supplements
230 € single room
80 € Season 2
120 € Season 3

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
75/100 € in Bolzano
70/100 € in Mestre
from 90/150 € in Venice*
*On request night in Venice instead of Mestre with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.

70 € transfer Mestre-Bolzano (bike included), to be confirmed when booking the tour. Available on Sunday (other days only on request).

Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
230 € high-end road bike

Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

Reductions
120 € 3rd person in room


 

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Our speciality! Once you have chosen the itinerary, we study the route and find accommodation; what’s more, a tour leader can join you, not only as a travel companion but also as technician and trainer. Our options are diversified:

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