DOLOMITES & STELVIO (6 NIGHTS)

You can’t beat the Dolomites for stunning scenery, not to mention famous passes that have been included in the Giro countless times. We spend 3 days here and then head west to ride the mighty Stelvio, as well as the Gavia and the incomparable Mortirolo.

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DOLOMITES & STELVIO (6 NIGHTS)

You can’t beat the Dolomites for stunning scenery, not to mention famous passes that have been included in the Giro countless times. We spend 3 days here and then head west to ride the mighty Stelvio, as well as the Gavia and the incomparable Mortirolo.

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Alleghe > Lecco
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 16
  • Challenging riding
  • Mountain cols
  • Distances
    • 100-150km/day
    • 75-100km/day
    • under 50km/day
  • Features
    • Bar
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Secure bike storage
    • TV/DVD
    • Wifi

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport Transfers
  • Ensuite accommodation in 2 - 4* hotels, in shared rooms. Single rooms are available and a supplement of £225 applies.
  • Buffet-style breakfasts.
  • 3- or 4-course evening meals every night with wine, a beer or a soft drink.
  • Snacks to keep you going during the day, such as bananas, chocolate, and quality energy gels and bars.
  • Bottled water and carbohydrate powder for your bottles, as well as High5 Zero electrolyte tablets.
  • Maps of the route for you to refer to as you ride and GPS files for you to upload to your device.
  • Souvenir full-zip Owayo Dolomites & Stelvio jersey.
  • As many photos of you as we can take during your trip - usually a few hundred pictures - so you can relive your journey from start to finish when you get home.
  • We’ll never be more than a few kilometres from you at all times, so you don’t need to carry loads of kit with you “just in case”. We’ll try to be at the bottom of every climb so you can shed unwanted clothing, top up your water bottles and grab a snack or energy bar, and at the top of every col so you can add a windproof layer before you start your descent.

ITINERARY

Arrival Day

We pick you up from Venice, Treviso, Verona or Milan and take you to Lake Alleghe where we’ll have everything you need to assemble your bike. When you’ve finished, we’ll have a good dinner and probably a reasonably early night, ready to start the following morning.

Day 1 - Lake Alleghe to Arraba - 95 km, climbing 2,800 metres

After a sound night’s sleep on the quiet banks of Lake Alleghe, followed by a hearty breakfast, we mount up and descend into Cencenhige, giving everyone a nice warm-up before we turn into the climb to the Passo di San Pellegrino (1918m). This is a fairly long climb, with some tricky sections. We descend into Moena, and then a rather slow and gentle climb to Canazei, where we’ll probably stop for lunch. It ramps up a bit as we approach the Passo di Sella (2244m) before we drop down a little, and then we climb to the Passo Gardena (2136m), through some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll ever see. Down again into Corvara and then one final, reasonably short climb to the Passo di Campolongo (1875m) and then we descend into Arabba, where we’ll stop for the night.

Day 2 - Arabba to Santa Fosca - 112 km, climbing 3,100 metres

We climb straight from the hotel today, up to the Passo Pordoi (2239m), where there are several cafés and various monuments, including Gilberto Simoni’s actual bike, which has been set in stone, gears and all. We descend into Canazei, and then start our second climb of the day, the Passo di Fedaia (2057m), which is topped by a beautiful lake. We’ll stop for lunch in Agordo, and then we head up the Passo Duran (1601), which is one of the hardest climbs on our trip. Dubbed the “Duran Duran” by some former clients, who said it was so bad it should be named twice, it’s become a tradition for cyclists to sing Duran Duran songs for as long as they have breath. We descend into Dont, and then tackle the final climb of the day, the Passo Staulanza (1773m). We descend into Santa Fosca, where we’ll be staying.

Day 3 - Santa Fosca to Lake Misuria - 45 km, climbing 1,700 metres or 60 km, climbing 2,300 metres

It’s our final day in the Dolomites, and we wanted to make it spectacular. A short warm-up from the hotel to the foot of the unbelievable Passo di Giau (2233m), and on through Cortina, where you may like to stop for a coffee. Then we ride the Passo Tre Croci (1809m) before we follow the undulating road to Lake Misurina. At this point you have a choice. If you’re feeling strong, you can tackle the very challenging climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2340m), the scene of many stage finishes in the Giro d’Italia. The view from the top is absolutely stunning. For anyone who doesn’t want to do it (in our experience that’s about half the group), there’s a cafe by the lake where you can get changed and enjoy a beer or a coffee while you’re waiting for the brave ones to come back. Finally we all regroup and pack up the vans to head to Glurns at the foot of the Stelvio, which takes around three hours, so we’ll be there in plenty of time for dinner.

Day 4 - Glurns to Ponte di Legno - 98 km, climbing 3,200 metres

For many people Stelvio has a certain dreadful fascination. Its famous 48 hairpins have been included regularly in the Giro, and the view back down the valley from the top is amazing At 2757 metres, it’s the highest pass we’ve ever included on an event. It seemed a shame to be in this part of the world and not include it, so here it is. We’ve picked a hotel a short ride away to give you a warm-up before you start the climb. Time for a coffee break at the top and then down into Bormio, where we’ll stop for lunch. Then onwards and upwards to the Passo di Gavia (2621m) and down again into Ponte di Legno and the hotel.

Day 5 - Ponte di Legno to Mazzo di Valtellina - 39 km, climbing 1,300 metres

It’s the last day, and we aim to round off the trip in style, with the infamous Passo di Mortirolo - or Foppa in Italian - (1852m), a climb that Lance Armstrong once claimed was the most difficult he had ever done. We leave the hotel and ride along the valley for about 10km before we head up the south east climb, dropping down into Mazzo di Valtellina via the more difficult south west side, which is usually associated with Pantani (in fact there’s a monument to him on this side and he still holds the record). Then you have a choice. Anyone who wants to can retrace their steps and ride the hard side while the rest of the group packs up their bikes and enjoys some refreshment. When everyone is back in Mazzo di Valtellina, we load up the vehicles and head for Lecco on the banks of Lake Como, where we will be spending the night and enjoying a celebratory dinner.

Departure Day

The transfer from Lecco is two hours and there are three airports in Milan - Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo. We’ll drop you back to whichever is most convenient.

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Good quality accommodation every night, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are sometimes available and a supplement applies.

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The Dolomites is more or less a self-contained massif with criss-crossing paths. You don’t get the long valleys that are typical of the Pyrenees or the Alps to provide recovery time between climbs - you’re basically either going up or down!

There are only so many passes in the Dolomites that you can string together to make a coherent and enjoyable route without covering the same ground again and again, so we’ve limited it to three fairly challenging days, with as many of the famous passes as we can pack in.

It seemed a shame to be in this part of the world and miss out one of the most famous climbs of all, so when we’ve finished in the Dolomites we head off to the Eastern Alps, and we ride Passo Stelvio. Its 48 famous hairpins have been featured time and again in the Giro, and at 2757 metres, this is the highest pass of all our events so far. We round the day off with the Passo di Gavia, an amazingly beautiful pass that starts as a wooded, green mountain and ends up rocky and barren, with a lake that is almost always part frozen. We finish with the Passo di Foppa (otherwise known as Mortirolo) before packing up and heading off to Lake Como, where we spend the night.

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