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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Cycle the Dolomites & Italian Alps: Road Cycling tour
Alps Dolomites Cycle the Dolomites & Italian Alps: Road Cycling Trip

Cycle the Dolomites & Italian Alps: Road Cycling

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Physical Level: High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 2,295 $ 287 / day
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  • Cycle in the tyre tracks of the Giro d’Italia, and up (and down) some of the world’s best climbs, including the 48 hairpins of the mighty Passo Stelvio – Italy’s most famous ascent.
  • Ride at your own pace among some of the most stunning scenery known to cycling and discover some hidden gems that only local cyclists (and your leader) know about!
  • Visit the church of the Madonna di Ghisallo – the ‘Patron Saint of Cycling’ and witness an amazing collection of cycling memorabilia from cycling legends including Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx.
  • Feel the breeze of the Italian alps on your face as you descend through multiple switchbacks to the skiing mecca of Bormio.
  • Enjoy a free day to relax and rest your legs in the beautiful town of Bormio, or if you can’t get enough of the wide-open road, take the opportunity to ascend the Stelvio along an alternate route.

Short Description

Welcome to road cycling – the Intrepid way. This trip takes you from the jagged Dolomite Mountains to the mighty Italian Alps as you ride through the same terrain as the Giro d’Italia. Earn your bragging rights as you conquer the legendary climbs of the Passo Gavia, Passo Fedaia, Mortirolo and the iconic 48 hairpins of the Passo Stelvio. Add in a visit to the Ghisallo, home of the Patron Saint of Cycling, plus uncover some hidden gems that only local cyclists know about, and you’ve got the perfect Italian road cycling trip. This is an adventure that will test your cycling skills while rewarding you with sublime mountain vistas, thrilling downhills, great company and an excuse to eat as much pizza, pasta and gelato as you want!

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Treviso
End City Como



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Day 1 Treviso (Venice)

Benvenuto a Treviso! Your cycling adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. If you arrive early, check out the Treviso Cathedral, Casa dei Carraresi, wander the ancient walls or chill out with a good Italian expresso in the charming Piazza dei Signori. Alternatively, you may want to spend some time in vibrant Venice, located a short 30-minute train ride away. If you’ve brought your own bike, it’s a good idea to assemble it today to ensure that everything is in perfect working order. There are a number of good quality bike shops in Treviso, but please note that most close around 7 pm on a Saturday and don't open Sundays or Monday mornings. For those that have brought their own GPS device, we can upload each day's ride directly to your device so that you never get lost no matter what pace you’re going.

Day 2 Romano d'Ezzelino

Start the day with a short drive approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Treviso to the small city of Romano d'Ezzelino, at the base of the impressive Monte Grappa. After a quick bike check, set off on your first ride. Start by finding your cycling legs on a quick warm up ride on the relatively flat road before commencing your first climb of the trip, up to Monte Grappa (1745 m/5725 ft). It can be steep going at times, but the 18 switchbacks in the first 10 kms keep things interesting, and the roadside trees help to cool things down during the summer months. As you climb higher, the trees disappear, and the rocky open ground of Monte Grappa comes into view. Monte Grappa has great significance for the Italian people due to its substantial WWI and WWII history, evidenced by an impressive memorial near the summit. Take a short break for a coffee or cool drink from the café and admire the excellent views before descending the same road back to Romano d'Ezzelino.

Day 3 Bolzano

Depart early and drive approximately 115 kilometres (72 miles) from Romano d'Ezzelino to the small commune of Rocca Pietore, located in the heart of the Dolomites and at the foot of the dramatic Marmolada mountain range. This is pure cycling country and the nearby climbs are a regular feature in the Giro d’Italia. Today you have a double treat in store as you climb two nearby legendary passes: the Passo Giau (2236 m/7335 ft) and the Passo Fedaia (2057 m/6750 ft). Beginning your ride in Rocca Pietore, you’ll soon ascend the mighty Passo Giau – one of the more challenging climbs in the Dolomites. The effort is well worth it for the amazing panoramic mountain scenery, on a clear day it is a truly unforgettable sight! After the obligatory photos (believe us when we say you’ll take plenty!) descend back down to Rocca to top up your energy levels with a well-earned drink and bite to eat before commencing your next challenge. The climb begins almost immediately but stays steady for the first 7 kilometres (4 miles), before ramping up on the second half of the climb. This is a tough ascent, but once at the pass you are rewarded with yet more stunning scenery – Fedaia Lake on your left and the Marmolada Mountains to your right. Then, it’s time to rest up those weary legs and pack the bikes into the support vehicle for the 65-kilometre (40-mile) drive to the South Tyrol province and the charming city of Bolzano where a hot shower and relaxing afternoon awaits.

Day 4 Bormio

After an early breakfast, depart Bolzano and start the day with a 72-kilometre (45-mile) drive towards the Italian Alps and on to Laas, a delightful small-town featuring a beautiful variety of pastel-painted buildings. To warm the legs up after yesterday’s exertion, enjoy a leisurely ride of approximately 10 kilometres (6 miles) along the flat valley before commencing perhaps the cycling highlight of the trip – the mighty Stelvio Pass. Often designated the ‘Cima Coppi’ (the highest point of the Giro d’Italia), at 2758 metres (9050 feet), it’s the second highest paved road in the Alps and a formidable – and beautiful – climb. Starting from Prato, cycle up the ‘quieter’ side of the Stelvio, a 24-kilometre (15-mile) climb with stunning mountain and forest scenery, and 48 hairpin bends to help keep your mind off your legs along the way. Those hairpin bends are numbered backwards from the Pass so that you always know how far you are from the top! After reaching the top, the real fun begins as you ride the long descent through multiple switchbacks down to the cycling and ski mecca of Bormio. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and perhaps enjoy a tasty pizza or pasta dinner.

Day 5 Bormio

Time to relax! Today is officially a rest day and you may choose to simply put your feet up or walk around town – there's plenty to see and do in Bormio. For those craving more cycling, there are a number of optional rides nearby, including going back up the Stelvio from the Bormio side (approximately 40 kilometres/25 miles and 1540 m/5050 ft of elevation gain), or a loop ride up and down Passo Gavia (2618 m/8590 ft). Please bear in mind that these optional rides will be unsupported, and you will need to navigate the routes without the assistance of your guide.

Day 6 Lecco

Leaving early from Bormio, ride 20 kilometres (12 miles) mostly downhill along the green valley before heading back uphill through the forest to the Passo del Mortirolo (1854 m/6080 ft). Keep an eye out along the way for the monument honouring Il Pirata (Marco Pantani). This is a challenging climb, at an average gradient of 11% over 13 kilometres (8 miles), so hopefully yesterday’s rest day will have helped you recover! Once at the top, enjoy the fast descent down to Edolo where your ride concludes for the day. From here drive to the beautiful city of Lecco (140 kilometres/87 miles), located on the southeast shore of Lake Como.

Day 7 Como

Today is your final ride, and it’s a good one. Leaving the mountains behind, experience more breathtaking scenery as you enjoy a flatter ride with frequent views over picturesque Lake Como. Start riding early from Lecco and follow the road beside the water all the way to the delightful lakeside village of Bellagio, known as the ‘Pearl of Lake Como’. From here, cycle inland and follow the sinuous roads featured in Il Lombardia, Italy’s famed cycling monument, up to the church of the Madonna di Ghisallo – the Patron Saint of Cycling. This small church, (probably the only religious site in the world that welcomes people wearing tight lycra!) is home to an amazing collection of cycling memorabilia from Fausto Coppi, to Eddy Merckx and more modern champions – this is a ‘must visit’ on any cyclist’s wish list. After paying your respects to the cycling legends, start the long descent to the flatter plains around Erba, then cycle on to the charming city of Como – the heart of Lake Como. Often known as a playground for the rich and beautiful, Como is famous for its Gothic Como Cathedral, a scenic funicular railway and a waterfront promenade, as well as the jump off point for boat tours around the lake itself. This evening, celebrate your achievements – perhaps over dinner and a few beers or wines on the waterfront with fellow travellers – you've earned it!

Day 8 Como

Your cycling adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave at any time, but with so much to see and do in the city of Como and its surrounding area, you may wish to stay on for a day or two and we will be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).


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Maximum Number of People in Group: 12


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All of our Road Cycling leaders have excellent experience in running cycling trips in their local region, and have a good insight into the local conditions. There may be times when they offer you advice on how to improve your cycling in the mountains (it really is different than back home) and the are always happy to share their knowledge. There may also be times when they notice aspects of your cycling experience or health/fitness that may cause a potential safety issue. In these situations they will discuss it with you but may ask you to travel in the support van if there are particular sections of the route, or local weather conditions such as high winds, that they feel will be a realistic risk to you. Please respect this decision. All Intrepid cycling group trips are accompanied by one of our cycling leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Our cycling leaders are all passionate cyclists, as you’d expect, but they also go through some pretty rigorous cycle-trip specific training. Each one has undergone on-road training and supervision and knows how to do safety checks, basic repairs and emergency first-aid. And at the end of the day they’re still regular Intrepid leaders, which means they will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed) There may be times when a client is asked to be the back marker, ensuring no one else rides behind them, if the vehicle cannot travel directly behind the group. Your leader will discuss this at the initial group meeting.

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