Dolomites: The Sella Ronda Experience

$7,950

The Sella Ronda might be the world’s greatest bike ride. With four stunning mountain passes back-to-back, bringing you right into the heart of the Dolomites, there is nowhere else in the world that can challenge it in terms of beautiful views, challenging climbs and thrilling descents. 

You can look forward to roads steeped in history and some of the sport’s most legendary climbs such as the Passo Pordoi, where Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali fought one of their most famous battles, all the time surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of a mountain range that has forged legends and shaped our sport.

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, while enjoying some luxurious lodgings and delicious local food.

Included With Trip:

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

Venice (VCE)

Finish Location:

Venice (VCE)

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

384km

Total Elevation:

10,229m

Longest Day:

Monte Grappa, 86km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Passo Fedaia, 2,669m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Molinetto della Croda – Rolle

This little loop is short but sweet, with just enough hills in it to stretch the legs after your journey and introduce you to the terrain of the Veneto region.
2

Monte Grappa

After a gentle opening, this ride gets serious and heads straight for the slopes of the famous Monte Grappa, a climb synonymous with cycling in Veneto and a firm favorite with generations of local riders. At the top, we’ll be greeted by the imposing Sacrario militare del Monte Grappa, a monument to those lost in WWI that was built in the 1930s, but before that there’s the small matter of 26 kilometers uphill with more than 1,500 meters worth of elevation.
3

Prosecco & il San Boldo

Aside from a couple of short hills, the opening 50km of this route is relatively flat until we reach the historic Passo San Boldo, one of the region’s most iconic mountain passes, connecting the province of Treviso to that of Belluno. Dating back to Roman times, the modern road is known as the "road of 100 days," because of the speed of its construction by Austrian troops during WWI.
4

Cortina – Corvara

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 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 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.
6

Sella Ronda day

The Quattro 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 Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, and Passo Campolongo in 52km with 1,800m of climbing. No ride in this part of the world can be called “easy”, but compared to some of the brutes around here, you can look forward to a civilised, fun day on the bike with some incredible scenery.
7

Depart Home

This is our final morning together and after a leisurely breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least arrivederci, until we meet again. Transfers to the airport will be arranged by our hard-working crew but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with reservations or a few recommendations.

YOUR Guide

Eros Poli

The Champion

The night before Eros Poli took victory atop Mont Ventoux he couldn’t sleep. It was not like he was dreaming of victory or even had the slightest idea the next day's stage would change his life forever. It was just that it was hot. Unbearably, unsleepably hot in his less-than stellar French hotel. His roommate had taken his mattress off the bed and was sleeping on the small balcony outside their room. And the man who would shortly become known as Monsieur Ventoux was watching football, Italy vs. Brazil in the World Cup final, to be exact. Italy lost. The following morning as Eros dragged his weary, tired legs out of bed and down the stairs, as there was no lift, James Brown came into his head. “I feel good, I knew that I would now,” started to repeat over and over in his head. As it would the rest of the day. He felt good and the rest, as they say, is history.

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