Difficult road bike tours: 400 KM & 11.000 m difference in level in 4 days

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, British author
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980,00 €

Description

DAY 1: Arrival
Arrive to Alta Badia on your own or private transfer on request.
Check into your family run B&B (3 or 4*Family run hotel on request)
D,... 3* Hotel in Alta Badia

Day 2 – Passo delle Erbe – Val Gardena – Alta Badia
A beautiful bike tour awaits you today... Cycle to the Passo delle Erbe at 2,006 m and enjoy the spectacular view of the Dolomites. Descend towards Bressanone, along a road with little traffic. In the afternoon cycle through the Val Gardena, back to Alta Badia
cycling time: 5:30 hours
length: 106,40 km
difference in level: + 3.053 m, difference in level: - 3.034 m
highest point: 2.122 m, lowest point: 461 m
B,D,... 3* Hotel in Alta Badia

Day 3 – Passo Giau (3 Passes) – difficult
This is one of the legendary passes of the Giro d'Italia, especially from the side of Colle Santa Lucia, for its hardness (measuring 10.1 km with an average gradient of 9.1%) and its constancy, while the side of Ampezzo is shorter (8.6 km) and slightly easier (8.3% average gradient) although it remains very challenging because the average gradient is distorted by some easy initial stretches, while in the middle and final part is very hard and constant.
The last passage of the Giro d'Italia dates back to 21 May 2016.
cycling time: 5:30 hours
length: 85,1 km
difference in level: + 2.521 m, difference in level: - 2.521 m
highest point: 2.232 m, lowest point: 1.313 m
B,D,... 3* Hotel in Alta Badia

Day 4 – Passo Fedaia (4 Passes) – difficult
The Fedaia Pass is well known among cycling lovers, especially on its Venetian side, famous for its natural beauty and for the difficulty of the climb. The Fedaia Pass is located at the foot of the Marmolada Glacier, the only glacier we have in the Dolomites and also known as "the Queen of the Dolomites".
cycling time: 6:30 hours
length: 87,3 km
difference in level: + 2.776 m, difference in level: - 2.756 m
highest point: 2.245 m, lowest point: 1.000 m
B,D,... 3* Hotel in Alta Badia

Day 5 – Passo Furcia & Passo Falzarego
The Furcia pass is 19 km long, with a difference in height of 744 meters, a gradient of 12%, with peaks of 15%. The road has attracted 7 times the Giro d'Italia (1981, 1994, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010), the "Transalp" (crossing the Alps by bike), and many other bike enthusiasts.
At the end of this day tour you will reach Passo Falzarego at 2.183 m above the sea level - on this pass Fausto Coppi defeated Gino Bartali for the first time in a mountain climb, in the Giro d'Italia of 1946. Your last pass of today will be Valparola pass, several times faced by the Giro d'Italia, it was the Cima Coppi of the 1977 edition, when the Spaniard Faustino Fernández Ovies was the first to reach the summit.
cycling time: 5:30 hours
length: 130 km
difference in level: + 2.985 m, difference in level: - 2.985 m
highest point: 2.197 m, lowest point: 985 m
B,D,... 3* Hotel in Alta Badia

DAY 6: Departure
Breakfast and departure on your own or private transfer on request.
B, ...
The price includes
  • Local English-speaking professional bike guide for 4 guided days,
  • 5 night accommodation at a 3*Family run hotel with half-board,
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing
  • Maps of the area
  • Italian VAT
Not included in the price
Insurances, tips, drinks, lunches, food & beverage during the excursions, souvenirs, private expences and anything NOT mentioned in "cost includes".
Additional information
B = breakfast
L = lunch
D = dinner

Cost for self-guided trip is on request

Accommodation possibilities:
  • hotel: 3* Family run Hotel
  • apartment: apartment accommodation (without meals)

In high season period July & August the cost can raise between 6 – 12% of the given cost.

Please note, that all guided tours may be subject to changes, depending on:
  • weather conditions
  • the physical condition of each participant
  • equipment and clothing not suitable for the excursion (e.g. sneakers instead of mountain boots, clothing not suited to the weather conditions...)
On request
  • option to rest a few more days in Alta Badia (Family run B&B, 3 or 4 star hotels) and/or to add a hiking or Via Ferrata day with a local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide... contact us!
  • Bike rental
  • Transfers during the itinerary
  • in & out privat airport transfers
  • helicopter transfers
  • holiday extensions
  • dinners at special locations
  • wine tastings
  • Via ferrata experience with a local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide
  • a guided or self-guided hiking day