Verona & The Maratona dles Dolomites

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The Maratona dles Dolomites is the queen of grandfondos. It’s gruelling, beautiful, fun, irresistible, unforgettable. It’s breathtaking, both figuratively and literally. It’s a celebration of cycling. It’s also incredibly inclusive and with three different courses to choose from, there’s something for every fitness level. Its roads are steeped in history and include some of cycling’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 di Giau, the race’s highest point, where you’ll be 2,236 meters above sea level, surrounded by snow and rock and little else.

This incredible trip combines the thrill of amateur cycling’s greatest event with the beauty of fair Verona. Starting out near the city, the first few days of this package explores the surrounding countryside and the rolling hills above Lake Garda, all with the best guide possible: 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.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F12 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:

Verona

Finish Location:

Venice

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

423km

Total Elevation:

11,537m

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

Marciaga

Welcome to Italy! Our opening loop is a gentle introduction to the area, which should give you plenty of time to shake out those legs and make sure your bike is perfect. If something isn’t quite right, this is the day to dial it in with your mechanic. The route brings us around the Bardolino and Costermano municipalities, which boast some wonderful views of the lake and are famous for the production of the Bardolino DOC wine varietal, a light red that’s often drank very young and one that pairs well with fish.
2

Lumini

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. This ride begins rolling roads for the first 18km, before we tackle the climb to Lumini – a challenging ascent on quiet backroads that’s typical of the region. You’ll find a church at the top, before a long, heavenly descent down to the waterfront.
3

Lessinia Mountains

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

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.
5

Passo Falzarego

The Passo Falzarego is named after a myth about a wicked ruler turned his back on his people and was turned to stone. In the local Ladin language, it means “False King”. There's nothing fake about this climb's pedigree though, because it was where the legendary Fausto Coppi secured his first mountain victory over Gino Bartali, in the 1946 Giro d'Italia. The gradient overall is a manageable 6.3% over 16.4 kilometres, and includes plenty of switchbacks and gorgeous views. Towards the top, it gets harder, but the dramatic surroundings always seem to add a little bit of kick to the pedal stroke!
6

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.
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, but if you’re up to it, it will be one of the greatest days you ever have on a bike.
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.

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F12 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F12 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