The Dolomites

$8,450

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.

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 at two unique hotels: The Hotel My Arbor in Bressanone, and Hotel La Perla in Corvara. Both of these destinations epitomize the comfort, warmth, and style that has made this part of Italy so famous, while also offering unrivaled access to Italy’s great mountains. 

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 Passo delle Erbe, where a young Marco Pantani first grabbed global attention with a stunning solo victory during the 1994 Giro d’Italia. 

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:

Venice

Finish Location:

Venice

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

352km

Total Elevation:

10,567m

Longest Day:

Day 6. Passo Giau. 82km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 6. Passo Giau. 2,492m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Bressanone

Our first day in South Tyrol involves a gentle spin, but there is no such thing as a flat road in this special part of the world, so expect some fun descending and a gentle climb to test your 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

San Pietro

This loop involves two long climbs, the first of which begins just as we leave the town of Bressanone, lasting just over six kilometers. A quick, curvaceous descent brings us down to the Isarco river, where the climbing begins in earnest, gaining around 1,200 meters in 17 kilometers as we head east, with the famous peak of Sass de Putia in front of us. Once we reach the Puez-Geisler nature reserve, it’s time to turn to home, with the final 15 kilometers all downhill on winding, quiet roads and plenty of stunning views.
3

Passo Pinei

This route starts out by following the Isarco river for the opening 25 kilometers, passing through several picturesque towns. Keep an eye out and you’ll also spot the famous Castel Trostburg on the slopes above Ponte Gardena just after we cross the river. Shortly after, the day’s main climb begins, bringing us east for the next 15 kilometers, past the quaint town of Castelrotto. Once you reach the Church of San Michele, sitting on a bend in the road, you’re almost done climbing, but the ride is only halfway done so you’ll want some gas left in the tank to keep the pace up as we turn north for home. There is also a little climb in the final stretch to the hotel, which looks perfect for an attack if you’ve still got the energy.
4

Passo delle Erbe

The Passo delle Erbe isn’t one of the best-known climbs in the Dolomites, but we think it should be because it’s incredibly scenic and offers just the right mix of challenge and fun. It’s also a great climb for the racing cognoscenti, because this is where the legendary Marco Pantani won his first Giro d’Italia stage, obliterating the opposition with a dramatic long-range attack in woeful weather conditions. This is a point-to-point ride, bringing us into the Badia valley and on to our new home at the Hotel La Perla.
5

Quatro Passi

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 Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, and finally the Passo Campolongo in a loop that is jam-packed with beautiful roads and wonderful scenery.
6

Passo 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.
7

Departure

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. 

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