Verona & Maratona dles Dolomites

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This incredible trip combines the beauty of fair Verona with some of Europe’s most dramatic mountain passes, culminating in the famous Maratona dles Dolomites, cycling’s most iconic amateur event.

We’ll explore the countryside around Verona and the rolling hills above Garda alongside Eros Poli, the local boy who went on to win Olympic gold and one of the most famous Tour de France stages of all time. And then, we’ll transfer to the gorgeous Hotel La Perla, deep in the mountains and right at the heart of the Maratona action.

You can look forward to roads steeped in history and some of the sport’s most legendary climbs, from the Passo Pordoi, where Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali fought one of their most famous battles, to the iconic Passo Gardena, which promises to be one of the highlights of the 2017 Giro d’Italia. And because you’re with inGamba, you’ll experience all of this with the kind of equipment and support that normally only professionals can enjoy. There is no better way to get a taste of the pro cycling life.

 

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 bike rental with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit and one additional Giordana FRc Inline cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Verona

Finish Location:

Venice

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

556km

Total Elevation:

14,150m

Longest Day:

Day 7. Maratona dles Dolomites. 138km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 7. Maratona dles Dolomites. 4,250m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Valpolicella

Welcome to Italy! For our bike fitting and test ride we will discover the hillsides of the Valpolicella wine area. Second only to Chianti in terms of production, this region is most famous for its light, fragrant, red wine that is meant to be consumed quickly after harvest, and for it’s heavyweight Amarone, a perennial favourite among connoisseurs. Our ride begins on the flat plains of Verona, but quickly begins to climb. This is the time to make adjustments to your bike fit. If something isn’t quite right please have the mechanic make the adjustments.
2

Erbezzo

Twelve years ago the World Championships visited Verona, and today we'll ride the best part of the course, including the famous, Cyprus-lined climb of Torricelle. Although the stencilled names of that day's biggest champions have long since faded from the tarmac, our own Eros Poli still has vivid memories of the action and will be sure to regale you with some colorful highlights. After our ride, it's time to enjoy a great pizza lunch in the city center, before relaxing with massages in the afternoon.
3

Lessinia

Today we ride through two distinct areas: The Lessinia mountains, and Soave wine country. In the valleys and on the lower slopes of the Lessinia for the first part of our ride, we will be riding through vineyards and olive groves. As we continue upwards to the plateau that characterizes the heart of Lessinia, the hillsides shift to orchards of heartier walnuts and chestnuts. We will finish our ride by descending into the Soave wine region which is world renowned for its production of a wonderfully dry, white wine of the same name.
4

Lake Garda

The largest lake in the country, Lake Garda is a perennial favorite of the rich and famous, who have flocked here since Roman times for the incredible views, calm waters and perfect climate. Our ride will begin with a flat leadout from Verona west towards the western edge of the Veneto plains. From the east, the climb to the summit of Marciaga bordering Lake Garda is relatively gentle compared to the heart pounding descent to the lake. After lunch we will have a 2 hour transfer to Corvara and Hotel La Perla, our home in the Dolomites.
5

Passo Fedaia

The climb up Passo Fedaia is one of the most popular summit finishes for the Giro d’Italia. From Caprile the climb is 14km long at an easy average grade of 7.5%. The climb is especially difficult when it pitches up to 18% after a few long days of riding. At the summit, beautiful Lago Fedaia is perched on the northern flank of Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites. After descending Passo Fedaia there is still a lot of work to do: Passo Sella and Passo Gardena await.
6

Passo Valparola

It is important to take it easy today in preparation for tomorrow’s Maratona dles Dolomites. The standard pre-race ride that most cyclists do on this day is a ride up the Passo Campolongo and back down to Badia. Since that is a bit boring, we will reverse the route and climb Passo Valparola in the opposite direction we will ride it tomorrow. Don’t push it too hard today. You will need your strength for tomorrow.
7

Maratona dles Dolomites

This is it. The day we’ve all been waiting for. The Maratona dles Dolomites. There are three courses available so be sure to choose the most comfortable one for you and go have fun. The shortest is just 55km but still climbs almost 1,800m, so it’s hardly a walk in the park. The medium route has 3,090m of elevation over 106km, and then there’s the full Maratona, an unforgettable challenge that ascends some 4,230m over 138km. It’s not for the faint of heart.
8

Corvara – Venice

After breakfast we will say goodbye to the Dolomites and take the winding trip down the mountains to the Veneto plains and the Venice airport. If you would like to stay a few additional days in Venice there is a boat service that departs from the airport directly into the heart of Venice. After a week in the mountains, and the hustle and bustle of the Maratona it would be nice to relax among the sights of Venice for a few days.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp alloy 30

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820