Even though there are three different route choices at the Maratona, each of them can call themselves epic with some justification. Even the 55km Sellaronda course clambers over four high passes, whilst the full Maratona distance takes you over no fewer than seven Dolomitian legends. La Fuga’s base in Corvara itself places us at the heart of affairs. This small, relaxed mountain town, towered over by the iconic Sassongher peak, is noticeably more affable than its too-cool-for-school neighbour, Cortina. We’re lucky enough at La Fuga to travel far and wide, but we can promise you few cuisines anywhere as delicious as the Tyrolean cooking… you’ll enjoy it all the more after topping the beautiful passes this region has to offer.
Our intimate knowledge of the area enables those on our Dolomites Escape and Maratona Tour to experience even more of the Dolomites, as our guides will lead you over some famous passes beyond the Maratona route, such as the Marmolada and the Duran. We’ll be there for you on race day to ensure your ride is as memorable as your stay. Our accommodation caters specially for cyclists and its exclusive wellness centre will allow you to relax in luxury before the big event.
With limited entries available, secure your place at the Maratona dles Dolomites with La Fuga.
- Four star accommodation
- All breakfasts and evening meals at the hotel/restaurant
- Airport transfers
- Experienced guide and dedicated support car on each ride
- Complimentary energy nutrition
- La Fuga welcome pack
- Race registration
N.B. Italian nationals are not eligible for race entry.
What's Not Included?
- Lunchtime meals
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks/soft drinks
- Incidental expenses
- Bike Hire option available at additional cost
Please note tour deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore please ensure you have the appropriate travel insurance in place should you have to cancel at the last minute.
Monday 1 July – ARRIVAL DAY
Arrival at Venice Marco Polo Airport. Transfer to our base in Corvara. Your bike will be unpacked and ready to go. Depending on arrival time, it may be possible to do a short ride.
Tuesday 2 July – Day 1
85km – 2500m climbing
Passo Fedaia (Marmolada) (2131m)
Passo Pordoi (2239m)
Passo Campolongo (1875m)
Our ride today takes us over the Passo Fedaia better known as the Marmolada. The start of the climb takes a single track road that picks its way through a deep rock lined gorge, with numerous spectacular waterfalls adding to the drama. The climb then re-joins the main road for the final ascent to the summit with some steep pitches at the end to test your resolve.
The Fedaia features regularly in the Giro d’Italia, most recently in last year’s Giro d’Italia with Stefano Garzelli taking the points on the top of the steep climb slipping to second on the stage. Mikel Nieve from Euskatel took the stage honours but the hero on the day was Garzelli after being caught a few kilometres from the finish. To complete the loop, we will ascend another legendary climb, the Passo Pordoi from the west and return to Corvara over the Passo Campolongo.
Wednesday 3 July – Day 2
125km – 3000m of climbing
Passo Duran (1605m)
Forcella Staulanza (1773m)
Today’s ride takes in a classic loop comprising the demanding climbs of the Passo Duran and Passo Staulanza. The Duran is one of the steepest climbs in the region climbing almost one thousand metres over its 12.5km length. The Duran is characterised by its lack of hairpins, often taking the most direct route up the mountain with sections up to 13%.
After a hair raising descent into the remote village of Dont, the climb of the Staulanza begins immediately. More benign compared to the Duran, the Staulanza climbs up through ski villages to reach an impressive summit dominated by the barren rockfaces of Monte Pelmo. From there we descend to Selva di Cadore and retrace our steps to Corvara.
There is an option to make this ride short by hitching a ride out of Corvara effectively starting the ride from the next town. These options will be discussed at the previous evening’s dinner.
Thursday 4 July – Day 3
After two days of tough riding you have a day to ride easy as you are joined by those who are on the weekend trip.
Friday 5 July – Day 4
Your bike will be unpacked and ready to go. We will take in a lap of the Sellaronda to give you a taste of what is to come on Sunday. Our guides will be on hand to give you expert advice on how to conquer the Maratona. We will return to hotel, enjoy a late lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon as you wish.
Saturday 6 July – Day 5
Today’s cycle is a gentle ride around Corvara. The aim is to spin the legs and loosen things up for the challenge tomorrow. Lunch will be had at a cafe en route. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax, enjoy the hotel and make your final preparations for tomorrow. Your bike will receive a final check over from our mechanic and your race number fitted.
Sunday 7 July – RACE DAY
The Big Day! The hotel will serve a breakfast suitable for the day’s activities with generous helpings of pasta. We will then make our way to the race start and arrive with enough time to grab a pre-race espresso or two. Your guide will be on hand to pass on some last minute words of wisdom and escort you to the starting pen. After a tough and hopefully enjoyable race, we’ll meet you at the finish with some cold drinks and congratulations. Then we’ll hit the pasta party for some serious refuelling and a chance to check the results board. A refreshing shower and perhaps a power nap await you back at the hotel. The rest of the evening will be spent toasting our success and enjoying some great food and drink in the hotel restaurant.
Monday 8 July – DEPARTURE DAY
A day to relax and enjoy your last few hours in Italy. Your bike will be packed up ready for your flight home. You will be taken by coach back to Venice Marco Polo Airport for the journey home.