The Maratona dles Dolomites Weekender


The Maratona dles Dolomites is the queen of grandfondos. It’s gruelling, beautiful, fun, overwhelming, unforgettable. It’s breathtaking, both figuratively and literally. And for an amateur rider, there’s simply nothing else like it. In fact, the scale of it is probably enough to shock a lot of lower level pros.

These roads have seen grand battles between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, bore witness to the genius of Eddy Merckx and carried the late Marco Pantani to glory. These mountains stand as immovable monuments to the greats of cycling’s past and the stars of its future, yet to come.

More than 9,000 riders take part, with an electric atmosphere, bands and fans lining the roadside, with camera crews, photographers on motorbikes and helicopters overhead. It’s even broadcast live on Italian TV. There’s simply nothing else like it. Our Maratona Weekender distills as much action as possible into four incredible days of riding, all in preparation for what should be the most unforgettable ride of your life.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging* at Hotel Ladinia
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and 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:


Finish Location:


Days Riding:


Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:


Total Elevation:


Longest Day:

Day 4. Maratona dles Dolomites. 138km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 4. Maratona dles Dolomites. 4,230m


Day by Day Breakdown


Badia Valley

Welcome to the Dolomites. We’re not going to rush anything here in Italy’s highest mountains, so our first day is going to be an easy loop down to Valgiarei, Badia and La Villa to sample the roads and the fresh, Alpine air. There’s nothing flat around here, but with just 800m of climbing, this is as close as you’ll get to a warm up ride. Use it to check your bike fit, shake off the jet-lag and prepare yourself for what’s to come later in the week. This evening we will gather in the Pinarello Passionate Lounge for an aperitivo before dinner at Hotel La Perla’s restaurant Les Stües.

Passo Fedaia

The climb up Passo di 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 di 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.

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.

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.

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.