Welcome to Hooked on Cycling Holidays and our cycling holiday in Italy. This biking vacation in Italy will take you from the mountains of the Dolomites to the fabulous city of Venice. The first section of the cycle tour includes many of the legendary climbs of the Dolomites mainly found within the Stella Group. Your tour starts with a transfer to Corvara where the real climbing begins before descending down to the hills in the Prosecco wine region. This tour is only for experienced cyclists who wish to challenge themselves on these famous climbs but are also familiar with long mountain descents.
It is Challenging routes with steep climbs and longer uphill ascents, many ridden by riders of the Giro. This trip is suitable for experienced cyclists.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
During the day arrive at the Bilingual city of Bolzano (Bolzen) which is an important link between the German-speaking Austria in the north and Italian speaking in the south. Arrive earlier enough and enjoy some time absorbing the historic attractions and monuments.
In the morning you have a transfer to the town of Corvara, which is a well-known ski resort in the Sella Ronda park. As you drive to Corvara you prepare yourself for the 4 passes that await you today. One after the other, these ascents have written the history of cycling and of cycling champions like Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Pantani and Contador. Once you get to Corvara, having finished the Ronda, you drop down into Brunico where the final miles are easy on a marvellous cycle path to Dobbiaco.
Short option 50 miles 80 km.
In the morning, a transfer to Brunico, known as “the pearl of the Pusteria valley”. This bike stage takes you up to the Badia valley, where the road levels out and you soon arrive at La Villa and Passo Valparola which is a demanding 4km climb. After a stretch of apparently flat road that actually descends slightly, the last 6 miles is all uphill. The last mile being around 10% gradient. Once over this climb you descend towards Passo Falzarego, then to Cortina and onto Dobbiaco.
Today with Dobbiaco behind you, you follow the cycle path along the beautiful Landro valley, which is at the foot of the three peaks of Lavaredo. Now a slightly uphill stretch brings you to Passo Cimabanche, before descending to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Maybe take time to get a morning coffee and caffeine intake before your ascent of Passo Falzarego, a difference in altitude of 1,200m
over 10.6 miles. Now time to put on a warm top and take the fast downhill to Colle Santa Lucia from where you start climbing again up His Majesty the Giau, a 1,000m difference in altitude over 6 miles.
You will be reward with some of the most amazing scenery in the last few miles of this climb.
Short Option 44miles 70 km, 1700m up
This optional ride is without Passo Falzarego. As you leave Cortina you ride directly up to Passo Giau an 11mile ascent of which the last 10 are more challenging. You reach the top at 2300 m and then return along the same road to Cortina. The Passo Giau, an ascent that is the unquestioned queen of the Dolomites.
As you leave Cortina today it’s up again to Passo Giau from here, an extremely fast downhill ride with lots of hairpin bends towards Selva di Cadore. So time to be careful! After the descent is its then up the Forcella Staulanza pass, which is 4 miles with an 8% gradient. Once at the summit of Forcella Staulanza, you ride down to Zoldo where the Passo Duran starts, with an initial 12% gradient which then eases up a bit, only to finish with a hard last 5 miles. Today’s stage finishes in Belluno with a 25 mile downhill run. The landscape is spectacular with waterfalls, rocks and mountain birds for company.
Optional ride 50 miles 80 km, + 1000m up.
You leave Cortina with a gentle downhill stretch to Venas di Cadore, where you start to climb towards Cibiana di Cadore, along Passo Cibiana 6 miles long and 800m ascent. A fast descent takes place o Forno di Zoldo and Longarone, where you continue for Belluno.
The landscape is now more hilly than high mountains. You leave Belluno by bike over a slightly hilly terrain that is similar to the Tuscan landscape. You will arrive in Valdobbiadene which is surrounded by the famous Prosecco vineyards. Today’s stretch takes you up to Passo San Boldo and Pianezze, two historic ascents for the professionals who train in these hills. You might even meet Bruseghin, Pellizzotti, Ballan, Pozzato or many others and, why not, raise a glass of excellent Prosecco with them!
Optional variation 31 miles 50 km, 1000m up.
You ride up and over Passo San Boldo and some of the Prosecco hills, heading directly towards Valdobbiadene.
Leaving Valdobbiadene you pedal south to the bridge over the Piave River, then up to Montello on one of the many roads that lead to the top. After the descent, you come to the Po valley and this takes you to Treviso, the city of water, at the confluence of the Sile and Botteniga Rivers. On the way you go through Maser, where you can admire Villa Barbaro, a jewel of architecture by Andrea Palladio
After all the hard work at the start of the trip a nice easy day that allows you time to explore Venice on arrival. You leave Treviso and follow the Sile River to Casale. You come across the interesting Cimitero dei Burci (a “cemetery” of half-wrecked, sunken rafts and boats along the canal, a real paradise for water birds, plants and animals). In the end, Venice awaits you for an evening stroll along its canals and alleyways. You overnight Mestre.
Depart after breakfast.
To Venice, Bergamo or Verona airports and catch a train to Bolzano.
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