The Dolomites

$7,950

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 F10 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:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

388km

Total Elevation:

11,377m

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

Pederoa

This little out-and-back is a short one, but trust us, it packs plenty of action into those 36 kilometers. Heading north to La Val, the day starts out with a descent before kicking up in Pederoa, descending again, and finishing with 14km uphill through the valley back to Corvara.

After that, it's time to leave the mountains. Our drop off point will be the Venice airport, but we suggest spending the evening in the city, because it's the best way to end your trip before your flight home.

YOUR Guides

Manuel Cardoso

The Quiet Crusher

Manuel Cardoso is no longer sitting on the front of the pack, pulling everyone along at what some would describe as a “brisk” pace and what others are unable to describe at all, because they're too busy gasping for breath and holding onto the wheel in front of them for dear life. Manuel is now sitting just slightly off the back of the pack. As I look back, I realize he has that look on his face. The look which struck fear in the hearts of the Pro Peleton for many years. The look which is part grin, part mischievous child and all business. He is about to start some shenanigans. Sure enough, just a few kilometers later and Manuel has picked one lucky contestant out of the pack and they are sitting-in, waiting, like predators, for the perfect moment. For Manuel, just like when he raced pro, this is when the road turns slightly up, a spot in the road where it gets tough for everyone. And he accelerates with his breakaway “partner” in tow. It is something to see. He ramps it up to a speed with which no one can latch onto the back and with such precision you have to question whether or not you actually want to try and close the gap he has created. And you can’t see it, but you just know, he is grinning from ear-to-ear.

André Cardoso

The Zealous One

When he was but a wee-tot André fell in love with the majesty of cycling. The racers used to come to his hometown once a year and he would set his alarm clock to wake him in the wee-hours of the morning, so he could run to town and take in all the majesty of the days races. It wasn’t too much longer he started bugging his father for a bicycle of his own. His father thought it was a fad, his father told him he loved everything and his father thought this love affair would pass like so many young men's dreams. But his father finally caved to young André’s drive to ride the bike and bought him a bright and shiny race machine from the local shop. André went on to finish on the podium in his local race, then pile up a huge list of professional palameres and, luckily for us, his love of bicycling has never faltered.

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 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