Giro d’Italia 2016 Dolomite Stages

Join us in the Dolomites for the 2016 Giro d’Italia! Watch the Giro, live and in person, experiencing the rush of wind as Giro riders whiz past. Plus, challenge yourself as you ride in the tire tracks of many famous Giro d'Italia stages!

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Giro d’Italia 2016 Dolomite Stages

Join us in the Dolomites for the 2016 Giro d’Italia! Watch the Giro, live and in person, experiencing the rush of wind as Giro riders whiz past. Plus, challenge yourself as you ride in the tire tracks of many famous Giro d'Italia stages!

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Follina > Bressanone - Brixen
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Watch event + ride
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20
  • Grade
    • Moderate riding
    • Challenging riding
  • Mountain cols
  • Distances
    • 50-75km/day
    • 75-100km/day
    • under 50km/day

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Highlights

  • Ride through the breathtaking Dolomite Mountains, enjoying fabulous ascents over high mountain passes and exhilarating descents into beautiful valleys
  • Experience the Giro d’Italia: watch as cyclists ride in five of the stages through Asolo and the Dolomites
  • Join the locals and experience the true Italian spirit as you cheer for this sport!
  • Cycle over many of the same roads and passes included in past and current Giro d’Italia races
  • Explore many of the highlights of the Dolomites: Alta Badia, the Sella Massif, and Bolzano to name a few!

Group Departures Available

This trip is available as a group departure from May 18-26, 2016.

Activity Level: Moderate to Challenging

For cyclists in good physical conditions.

Distance & Elevation:

  • 55-90km (35-55 miles) road biking per day

  • 1,550-2,9000 (5,085-9,515’) ascent per day
  • 3,430 (11,253’) optional challenging ascent

Guided

Group Departure Cost: Eur 1790 per person (minimum 6 members)

Cost Includes:

  • Private transfer upon arrival
  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 6 nights accommodation in bike friendly 3-star hotels
  • 1 night accommodation in bike friendly 4-star hotel
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking professional bike guide
  • Luggage transfer during the entire itinerary
  • Local tourist taxes
  • Italian VAT tax

Available on request:

  • Bicycle and helmet rentals.
  • Private transfer for departure.
  • Local medical and evacuation insurance.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, 18 May 2016) ~ Arrival – Giro Stage 11

Arriveat Venice’s Marco Polo International Airport (VCE), and enjoy a private transfer to the Prosecco region (1 hour), arriving at your Relais & Châteaux hotel in Follina. Situated on the “Strada del Prosecco” (the Prosecco wine route), Follina is a picturesque village with ancient origins, immersed in the lush green landscape of Veneto’s “pre-Alps” (foothills).

Meet your bike guide for a trip briefing and orientation, and to check out the bike you will use for your exciting days riding in Northern Italy. Bike to Asolo to see the 11th stage arrival of the Giro d’Italia. (Bicycle ~40km / 25 miles, 745m / 2,444’ elevation change.)

Dinner in the hotel grill restaurant this evening. D… Hotel in Follina (4-star)

Day 2 (Thurs, 19 May 2016) ~ Giro Stage 12 ­– Dolomite Mountains

Today you will see the 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia ride by, and then you’ll take your bikes and cycle up to Passo San Boldo, known as “The Road of the 100 Days,” built in 100 days during WW1 in the Spring of 1918.

From the pass, bike towards the Valle del Mis. The Valle del Mis represents one of the main entrances to the natural reserve Parco delle Dolomiti Bellunesi. At one side there is a river and artificial lake, which both take the name of the valley, while at the other side the peaks of the Monti del Sole Group, a sort of wall between this territory and the neighboring valley of Agordo. Reach the cozy alpine town of Agordo, your home for tonight. (Bicycle 68km / 42.2 miles, 2,120m / 6,955’ elevation change.) B,D… Hotel in Agordo (3-star)

Day 3 (Fri, 20 May 2016) ~ Alta Badia

Today is a long and hard day, but you’ll discover it’s worth it! From Agordo, bike up to Passo Duran (1,605m / 5,266’), continue to Passo Staulanza (1,783m / 5,850’) and Colle Santa Lucia (1,500m / 4,921’), ascend Passo Falzarego (2,109m / 6,919’), then Passo Valparola (2,192m / 7,192’), and enjoy your final descent to Alta Badia. The Giro d’Italia will arrive tomorrow in Corvara, a cozy Alpine town of the Val Badia (Badia Valley). (Bicycle 78km / 48.4 miles, 2,900m / 9,514’ elevation change.)

Passo Valparola was the Cima Coppi of the Giro d’Italia in 1977. Cima Coppi is the title given to the highest peak of the course each year, so the Cima Coppi elevation and pass changes from year to year, depending on the altitude profile of the Giro d’Italia. This categorization was first introduced for the 1965 Giro d’Italia, in honor of the late Fausto Coppi who won five editions of the Giro d’Italia and three mountain classification titles during his career.

Still want more of a challenge? You have the option for a longer and harder ride, by including the Passo Giau (2,236m / 7,336’). (Bicycle 88km / 54.6 miles, 3,430m / 11,253’ elevation change.)

B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-star)

Day 4 (Sat, 21 May 2016) ~ Sellaronda – Giro Stage 14

Today you will bike the famous Sellaronda, the classic Dolomites cycling route that circumnavigates the Sella Massif! This route leads you over four major passes – three of which are higher than 2,000 meters (6,600’), and each of which has been included in a past Giro d’Italia stage – as you cycle clockwise around this incredible mountain. The route starts from Alta Badia and takes you over Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,152’), which has been included in the Giro d’Italia 14 times. Then down to Arabba (1,601m / 5,253’). Ascend the famous Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356’), famous for its 33 hairpin turns, and for being Cima Coppi of the renowned Giro d’Italia 13 times – more times than any other pass. Descend through Canazei (1,842m / 6,043’), and up over Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349’) – Cima Coppi twice, over Passo Gardena/Grödner Joch (2,137m / 7,011’), and finally back to Alta Badia. (Bicycle 67km / 41.6 miles, 1,849m / 6,066’ elevation change.)

Once back in Alta Badia you will watch the 14th stage of the Giro d’IItalia pass at the “Mür dl Giat“ in La Villa – a short but very steep climb toward the end of stage 14, with a slope of up to 19%! B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-star)

Day 5 (Sun, 22 May 2016) ~ Alpe di Siusi – Giro Stage 15

Start cycling from Alta Badia up to the Passo Gardena (2,137m / 7,011’), and then down to the Val Gardena. The valley of Val Gardena is best known for skiing and rock climbing, and for woodcarving, which has flourished here since the 17th century. Past the town Ortisei 1,230m / 4,035’, climb Passo Pinei (1,437m / 4,714’), descend to Castelrotto / Kastelruth, and up to the Alpe di Siusi for the last climb for the day. Today the Giro d’Italia (stage 15) will climb to Alpe di Siusi, and we will find a good spot to watch them. (Bicycle 55km / 34.1 miles, 1,750 m / 5,741’ elevation change.) B,D… Hotel in Alpe di Siusi (3-star)

Day 6 (Mon, 23 May 2016) ~ Bolzano – Bressanone

Today you will start cycling from Alpe di Siusi downhill for 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) towards Bolzano/Bozen (240m / 787’), the capital of South Tyrol. Green surroundings and lovely mountains frame the urban area of Bolzano: the space of the town is closely interwoven with that of nature. Here you will find a lovely mixture of cultural displays, open-air markets, restaurants, and high-end shops. When you depart Bolzano, you will climb through the vineyards up to the valley of Isarco in direction of the Brenner Pass until you reach Chiusa, and on to Bressanone/Brixen (560m / 1,837’), your final destination for today. The third largest city and oldest town in the province, Bressanone is the artistic and cultural capital of the valley. (85km / 52.8 miles, 1,550m / 5,085’ elevation change.) B,D… Hotel in Bressanone (3-star)

Day 7 (Tues, 24 May 2016) ~ Giro Stage 16 – Depart

Watch the departure of the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Bressanone, and departure on your own. On request, option to stay an extra night in Bressanone. B…

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Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World!

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The Giro d’Italia. The Tour of Italy, in English. This incredible cycling race, along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, makes up cycling’s prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours. An annual multiple stage bicycle race, the Giro d’Italia is primarily held in Italy, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. And with the intense, vertical terrain found in the Dolomites, it’s no surprise that these mountains have regularly been featured in the stages of this demanding race!

On this incredible itinerary, you have the opportunity to watch five stages of the 2016 Giro d’Italia, as well as cycle over many of the same passes the racers are competing on! Do you enjoy the challenge of steep cycling ascents? Crave altitude? And enjoy the rush of breathtaking scenery racing by as you accelerate down off the mountain? Then this trip is for you! The incredible geography of the Dolomites provides just this: a high density of mountain passes within a relatively small area, affording steep ascents and descents on rural roads without traffic.

In 2016, the 99th running of the Giro d’italia begins on May 6 in Apeldoorn, riding the first three stages in the Netherlands, before flying Catanzaro in Southern Italy. It concludes after 21 days, on May 26 in Torino. The highlight of the race, of course, is the mountain stage… with multiple days of climbing in the Dolomite Mountains. And you can be here to see it! Watch as the cyclists chase each other over the short, but steep, Mür dl Giat with it’s with a maximum slope of 19%. You’ll ride ahead of the race from Castelrotto / Kastelruth up to Alpe di Siusi, and stop to watch the racers whiz past (now that’s how you do it!). And check out the organized chaos of a stage start as the riders depart from Bressanone in stage 16.

But this trip offers more than “just” cycling. All the while, you’ll enjoy exploring the Prosecco region of Northern Italy, the delicious, hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of the South Tyrol, and experience the three different cultures that define the region – German, Italian, and Ladin. Explore the charming Italian town of Asolo, the traditional Ladin valley and towns of Alta Badia, and the oldest town and artistic and cultural capital of the South Tyrol, Bressanone. Plus, you’ll relax after a long day’s ride at luxury hotels, complete with gourmet cuisine and spas! Now that’s what we call a vacation!

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