Verona & Maratona dles Dolomites


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 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

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Group Size:

8 – 12

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Longest Day:

Day 7. Maratona dles Dolomites. 138km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 7. Maratona dles Dolomites. 4,250m


Day by Day Breakdown



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.


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.


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.

Passo Giau

Today we transfer from Verona into the Dolomites and start our climbing adventure.
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.

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.

Passo Campolongo

It is important to take it easy today in preparation for tomorrow’s Maratona dles Dolomites. The beloved pre-race ride that most cyclists do on this day is a ride up the Passo Campolongo and back down to Badia. 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.