The Dolomites

$7,950

This trip takes you into the beating heart of the Dolomites, where we’ll take on some of the most revered climbs in the world, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of a mountain range that has forged legends and shaped our sport. 

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, a climb synonymous with one of the world’s most prestigious races, the 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, combined with the unparalleled comfort and charm of the Hotel La Perla, a truly unique destination that brings together all that’s best about this part of the world and combines it into one unforgettable package. 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 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba 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:

Venice

Finish Location:

Venice

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

353km

Total Elevation:

10,567m

Longest Day:

Day 6, Marmolada, 86km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 6, Marmolada, 2,674m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Pescoll

Bëgnodüs to Alta Badia! There is no such thing as a flat road in this special part of the world, but our first day is a relatively easy one, with a couple of friendly climbs to test those legs – and to make sure that your bike is working perfectly. If it isn't quite right, or you'd like to fine-tune something, now is the time to speak to your mechanic.
2

Sella Ronda – Counter Clockwise

The Quatro Passi – Italian for Four Passes – of the Sella Ronda loop is one of the most popular rides in the Dolomites because it manages to cover four well-known climbs without being too difficult. We’ll tackle the Passo Campolongo, Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella, and finally the Passo Gardena, in a loop that is jam-packed with beautiful roads and wonderful scenery.
3

The Giau

The stunning cliff faces of Cinque Torri have stood as sentinels looking over the switchbacks that climb to the summit of Passo Giau for centuries. During the First World War the Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers battled each other and the elements for control of the strategically important mountains. These slopes have witnessed grand battles between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, bore witness to the genius of Eddy Merckx and carried the late Marco Pantani to glory.
4

Rifugio Pederü

At just under 12km with an average gradient of 3%, the climb to the Rifugio Pederü isn't the most difficult in the Dolomites but it is stunning, and thanks to the relatively gentle gradient, you'll be able to enjoy your surroundings on both the climb and the descent. This is roughly an out-and-back route, with some variations on the way back, and it also takes us through San Vigilio di Marebbe, a quaint little town surrounded by the dramatic high peaks of the Dolomites.
5

Passo Valparola

The Valparola is no pushover, but compared to some of its neighbours, this climb is a merciful one and unless someone decides to attack, you should be able to take in the stunning panoramas while ascending to its peak. After that, we hit the Passo Falzarego, as the other side of this famous climb is known, for some fun switchbacks and a thrilling descent.
6

Marmolada

It's time for the Passo Fedaia, but to mix it up we'll be tackling it from the lesser-known side. There will be climbing from the gun today, with the Gardena and Sella passes right at the start, before a long and enjoyable descent to Canazei. From there, it's 13.9 kilometers to the summit of the Fedaia, at an average gradient of 4.4 %. It's worth saving something for the finish though, because we have to get over the Passo Campolongo before returning to base.
7

Corvara - Venice

Today is a travel day from the high slopes of the Dolomites to the farmlands of the plains. Our drop off point will be the Venice airport, but we suggest spending the evening in Venice. It is the proper way to end your trip before your flight home.

YOUR Guides

Manuel Cardoso

The Quiet Crusher

Manuel Cardoso is no longer sitting on the front of the pack, pulling everyone along at what some would describe as a “brisk” pace and what others are unable to describe at all, because they're too busy gasping for breath and holding onto the wheel in front of them for dear life. Manuel is now sitting just slightly off the back of the pack. As I look back, I realize he has that look on his face. The look which struck fear in the hearts of the Pro Peleton for many years. The look which is part grin, part mischievous child and all business. He is about to start some shenanigans. Sure enough, just a few kilometers later and Manuel has picked one lucky contestant out of the pack and they are sitting-in, waiting, like predators, for the perfect moment. For Manuel, just like when he raced pro, this is when the road turns slightly up, a spot in the road where it gets tough for everyone. And he accelerates with his breakaway “partner” in tow. It is something to see. He ramps it up to a speed with which no one can latch onto the back and with such precision you have to question whether or not you actually want to try and close the gap he has created. And you can’t see it, but you just know, he is grinning from ear-to-ear.

André Cardoso

The Zealous One

When he was but a wee-tot André fell in love with the majesty of cycling. The racers used to come to his hometown once a year and he would set his alarm clock to wake him in the wee-hours of the morning, so he could run to town and take in all the majesty of the days races. It wasn’t too much longer he started bugging his father for a bicycle of his own. His father thought it was a fad, his father told him he loved everything and his father thought this love affair would pass like so many young men's dreams. But his father finally caved to young André’s drive to ride the bike and bought him a bright and shiny race machine from the local shop. André went on to finish on the podium in his local race, then pile up a huge list of professional palameres and, luckily for us, his love of bicycling has never faltered.

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820