La Fuga have been running trips in the Dolomites ever since we formed back in 2008 so there is no shortage of expertise on this trip. We know just how beautiful and rewarding riding in these mountains can be but the Passo dello Stelvio and the Passo Giau do not come easy, you’ll sure to have earned a relaxing beer having tackled these giants of the Italian Alps and Dolomites.
We have modified what had already become a classic trip to make it even better. The Dolomites Raid & Maratona now starts in the beautiful town of Bellagio on Lake Como allowing an easier journey from the airport on the arrival day. You'll take in some spectacular riding close to the lake as well as experience one of the most famous tourist attractions in Italy. We have devised the route to bring you some spectacular riding across the most mythical mountain range of Italy. You will start in the famous mountain town of Bormio, before climbing and descending your way over to Tyrol and the Ladin heart of the Dolomites. Our chosen roads are often used during the Giro d’Italia professional stage race, where they battle it out for the ‘Maglia Rosa’ or pink leader’s jersey. The route will offer tough challenges and spectacular roads in equal measure, and we hope that by the end, you will have had an experience of a lifetime.
- Excellent accommodation at each location
- Guaranteed Maratona race registration
- All breakfasts and evening meals at the hotel/restaurant
- On the road lunches freshly prepared daily
- Airport transfers
- Experienced guide and dedicated support car on each ride
- Complimentary energy nutrition
- La Fuga welcome pack
- GPX files and route maps for each day of riding
What's Not Included?
- Lunchtime meals at cafes
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks/soft drinks
- Incidental expenses
- Bike Hire option available
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.
Sunday 30 June – ARRIVAL DAY
La Fuga will run a transfer from the airport to the beautiful lakeside town of Bellagio. Bikes will be built ready for riding and if time allows a short ride up the Ghisallo and to the church dedicated to cyclists awaits. Your Tour manager will introduce the week over dinner.
Monday 1 July – Day 1
The first real day of riding will start with a journey across the lake to the Eastern shore and the town of Varenna. From there you’ll climb immediately to the top of the Passo della Culmine. You’ll descend to the towards the town of San Pellegrino Terme before starting to climb the Passo San Marco which is the highest climb of the day at just under 2000metres. All that remains is a a descent and some flat riding to arrive in Sondrio for the evening and some relaxation.
Tuesday 2 July – Day 2
123km with two major climbs signals a tough day in the saddle. Today’s ride takes us up two very different, legends of the Giro d’Italia. The super steep, enclosed Mortirolo and the long, 17.5km open climb of the Passo Gavia. Descending the Gavia you’ll arrive into Bormio at the base of the Stelvio where you’ll be able to make use of the hotel’s spa facilities to rest and relax
Wednesday 3 July – Day 3
With the legs still sore from yesterdays Tappa Regina – Queen Stage – today will seem almost like a rest day.
We roll out of the hotel directly up the Stelvio but once at the top we have an enjoyable downhill of around 75km all the way to our new home in Merano.
Thursday 4 July – Day 4
After a relatively easy previous day, today we have a 100km ride as we climb out of the Adige valley and into Val Badia. You’ll tackle two major passes today with the Costalunga taking you away from the Adige valley and into Val di Fassa. You’ll then climb the Passo Pordoi and continue to the Sella and the Gardena before decending into the Alta Badia valley. You’ll notice the change in scenery and culture on reaching our next destination in Val Badia.
Friday 5 July – Day 5
With 4 days of riding in your legs you may want to take it easy today in the anticipation of the Maratona dles Dolomites on Sunday. There will be an optional ride around the infamous Sellaronda circuit which is used in the first part of the Maratona dles Dolomites
Saturday 6 July – Day 6
A gentle 30km spin around the village of Corvara to loosen the legs for the granfondo. The aim is to spin the legs and loosen things up for the challenge tomorrow. Lunch will be had at a cafe en route. Race registrations will be collected, race numbers fitted and final preparations made.
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. Your guide will brief you before dinner giving you all the information you need regarding the course and the event for tomorrow.
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.