DOLOMITES TOUR 2018
Using our in-depth knowledge of the Italian Alps and Dolomites , Live Life Cycling Adventures has created a unique 11 day itinerary to join together the most majestic climbs and unique culture that the Dolomites has to offer.. The riders will be supported by a follow vehicle, mechanic and soigneur. The trip is inclusive of breakfast, morning tea and lunch. Live Life Cycling Adventures offering is industry-leading, with Pro-level support, laundry, on-road support, route GPX files and an experienced ride guide.
Dates August 8th – August 18th
Day 1 August 8th
Riders arrive at Milan the night before and will be picked up from your airport hotel and then will be transferred to the start hotel in Bormio. The afternoon allows for final bike tune-up and settling in before dinner. We will spend 5 nights here. Please contact us for pick up times before booking
Day 2 August 9th
Today you will discover one of the hidden gems in the Bormio area, Lake di Cancano. Cancano is a plateau at almost 2000 m in altitude among the mountains of Bormio, Livigno and the Switzerland. There are two large artificial lakes which are used to power the nearby hydroelectric dam in Premadio. The view of the Fraele towers - the former defensive outpost in the Bormio area - is beautiful from there. The last part is full of hairpin bends, until you get to two small tunnels before the towers.
Total distance is 39km and 930m of climbing.
Option after this climb, is to climb the Passo di Gavia from the Bormio side
Total distance is 56km and 1520m of climbing
Day 3 August 10th
Today we will get to experience something very special, the Passo dello Stelvio. We will make our first ascent up from Bormio. Through the tunnels and open landscape, before descending into Switzerland and coming back up the classic side, negotiating the 48 hairpins on the way to the summit.
If the classic side is all you are after, then you can ride in the car up the first summit, then descend and climb the classic side.
Total distance is 105km and 3340m of climbing (2 ascents)
Total distance is 84km and 1950m of climbing (1 ascent)
Day 4 August 11th
Today will be a chance to explore the town or Bormio or its surroundings. You can stay at the hotel and relax in the spa or make a day of it and take in a wine tasting. The day is totally yours, but we will be there to assist you.
Day 5 August 12th
The Mortirolo Pass is a legendary pass in the Italian Alps, and if you combined that with the Passo di Gavia from the side made famous by Andy Hampsten in the 1988 Giro d’Italia, it will make for a magical day in the saddle.
The Mortirolo Pass has featured several times in the Giro d'Italia, usually as the last or penultimate climb before the finish. Since the death of Marco Pantano in 2004, stages of the Giro that go over the Mortirolo feature a special prize to the first man at the top of the pass, called Cima Pantani .
The Passo di Gavia stands at 2652m and has often been on the route of the Giro d'Italia, with its magical views on the ascent on the lesser ridden side.
Total Distance 108km and 3097m of climbing
Day 6 August 13th
Today we will transfer by car to our hotel in the Alta Badia Valley where we will spend the next 5 nights. This will give you a chance to put your feet up and relax, or explore the surroundings.
Day 7 August 14th
This area of the Dolomites is famous for a route called the Sella Ronda. It is comprised of 4 climbs, the Passo Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena. Today we will do it in a clock-wise direction.
Total distance is 67km and 1845m of climbing
Day 8 August 15th
Today we will start the famous Sella Ronda route in the anti-clock-wise direction, before turning off and tackling the Passo Falzarego from its southern side. At the top of the Falzarego is a WW2 monument and it leads to an amazing descent back down to the hotel
Total distance is 100km and 3100m of climbing
Day 9 August 16th
We will have an organised recovery ride or you are free to explore the valley. As always, we will be on hand to help you enjoy the day.
Day 10 August 17th
Today we will climb up to the mystical and breathtaking peak of the Tre Cime. With this being the last day of the tour you will get to test your legs before a well earned beer or wine.
Distance 65km and 2000m of Climbing
Day 11 August 18th
Transfer to Milan Malpensa airport. Please email us with departure times.
Inclusions: Transfers to and from the airport
· All breakfast, morning tea and lunches
· Cycling Laundry throughout the trip
· Bikes assembled, maintained and re packed
Trip details Based on double-occupancy. Single occupancy is available for an additional $700 of the total trip price per person.
Double/Twin Occupancy - $4,000 AUD per person, Single Occupancy - $4600 AUD
Full GPX routes are provided prior to departure.
Live Life Cycling Adventures will provide luggage transport during the event from hotel to hotel. We do recommend guests pack appropriately but limit their luggage to 1 medium size bag and 1 hand carry item.
Bicycles are not included in the package. Bicycles Riders can fly from Australia with their personal bicycle. Alternatively it will be possible to hire a Pro-level bicycle from Live Life Cycling Adventures
Deposit Upon confirmation of the trip, each rider is required to pay a $1000 AUD deposit. Final Payment The remaining balance must be received by 60 days prior to departure.
Included in the price is a limited-edition Giro d’Italia Live Life Cycling Adventures cycling kit. Please email me with sizes.
Live Life Cycling Adventures reserves the right to change or modify any of the above itinerary.