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Bienvenuti! The bellisimo vistas of the Italian Alps welcome you. After meeting your guides at the train station in Bergamo, you will board a private 90-minute shuttle to the beautiful mountains of Lombardy region. Today we get right into the race parcour (terrain) with an exploration of tomorrow's Stage 16 via car and bicycle. After enjoying a light lunch, your guides will fit you to your award-winning Trek Domane. Today's ride is a stunning introduction to the challenging riding that makes northern Italy famous. Our route takes us on the official race course and climbs up to the finish village of Ponte di Legno, the ski resort alongside Passo Tonale, and your home for the next two nights. Along the way, you'll enjoy incredible views of the jagged, dramatic mountains that surround you. This evening we'll gather for a cocktail and to discuss the week ahead before indulging in hearty Lombard cuisine, famous for risotto, maiz dishes, meat stewed in wine and other specialties. Consider it fuel for tomorrow's big day, as we're headed to ride one of the race's queen stages and tackle some of its most famous climbs.
Schilpario to Ponte di Legno
Approximately 40 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Buongiorno! We'll waste no time in getting into the heart of this race with a challenging charge up all your favorite mountain passes. You will start early to get ahead of the peloton with a long and spectacular climb of Gavia. This climb has been featured nine times in the race, most famously as the site where Andy Hampsten snatched the race lead by riding through an epic snowstorm in 1988. Enjoy the cheering crowds and enthusiastic fans gathering to watch the pros while we conquer this giant. The final switchbacks award you with breathtaking views and the landscape continues to change as you ascend toward the lake close to the summit. Grab a hot chocolate before a long descent to the other side of the valley, into the town of Bormio for a quick refreshment. Then, we'll continue to follow the race course and descend to Grosio, where you will start to climb the legendary Mortirolo. This steep and narrow climb, with painted graffiti all the way, is an iconic climb of this spectacular race. It's a long and mighty beast at 9 miles in length with 8% average gradient, but don't worry; the excitement of the race day is sure to spur you all the way up to the top. Once you reach the summit, it's time to wind down and have a cold beer at the Refigui while you enjoy a private Trek Travel party in the middle of the race excitement, complete with great food and live TV coverage of the race below. Grab a drink and have your camera ready for the pros as they battle to the last meters before the finish. After we watching the stage finale, we'll descend back to the valley and shuttle to the hotel for a delicious and well-deserved dinner.
Ponte di Legno to Gavia and Mortirolo
Approximately 50 miles with 8,500 feet of climbing
Stage 16: Rovere to Ponte di Legno
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
After a hearty alpine breakfast, we'll set off on the road to shadow the race once again. Choose to ride or shuttle over the Passo Tonale, a famous race climb of 7 miles at an average gradient of 5%. Then, we'll descend to the "Valley of the Sun" and the town of Commezzadura where today's stage starts. We'll snake our way through a hustle of departure village and the pre-race action. Snap a picture and continue on down into the valley, partly on a bike path, and if time allows we will climb Passo della Mendola, which is the stage's first climb and also featured in the race in 2016. Then, it's all downhill to Appiano, our home for the evening, where we will watch the stage finish on TV at the hotel. Appiano is known as the land of castles and has a reputation as the largest connected wine-growing area of South Tyrol. It's the only place where 20 different kinds of world-famous wines are produced in one general location. Tonight we'll try some of them before we sit down for a local dinner and enjoy this magic place.
Ponte di Legno to Appiano via Passo Tonale
Approximately 60 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing
Val di Sole to Appiano
Approximately 40 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing
Stage 17: Commezzadura (Val di Sole) to Anterselva/Antholz
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Today's stage runs flat or downhill all the way to the Veneto region, so we'll take advantage of open roads and ride the next two mountain stages. After your morning breakfast of cappuccino and brioche, we will shuttle one hour to Trentino region. We'll set off on the road less traveled in the Valsugana Valley and make our way to the foothills of the Dolomites where the majestic Passo Manghen awaits us. This is a monster 15-mile climb of the Dolomites and one of the centerpieces of the race's queen Stage 20. It's also famous s one of the hardest features of the Sportful Dolomiti, one of the hardest gran fondos in Europe. After a beautiful descent from Manghen Pass, we will fuel up with a light lunch before conquering another climb, Passo Rolle, which takes us to the picturesque ski town of San Martino di Castrozza and our 4-star spa hotel. This is our home for the rest of the trip and also the finish town of Stage 19. Take a moment to stroll its streets and feel the pre-race jitters before we have dinner together at a local bistro.
Valsugana valley to San Martino di Castrozza
Approximately 55 miles with 10,300 feet of climbing
Valsugana valley to Predazzo with shuttle
Approximately 40 miles with 6,700 feet of climbing
Stage 18: Valdaora/Olang to Santa Maria di Sala
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Today you will discover some other beautiful routes of the Dolomites and put some more elevation in your legs. We will start with climbing Passo Rolle from the other side, soaking up its views before we descend into the valley to the Lake of Cencenighe and ride along the river. We'll stop for a lunch in a local bistro before we start climbing again toward the Passo Cereda, which is one of the lesser known climbs of the Dolomites but an excellent route with picturesque switchbacks in green hills. A short descent from the Cereda takes us to Siror where we join the race route for the final ascent to San Martino di Castrozza. We'll catch our breath at the finish village and freshen up before heading to our special VIP area right at the finish line. Grab a glass of classic Italian wine and enjoy the excitement as the pros arrive at the finish, exhausted. This evening you'll have a chance to unwind at our luxury hotel and explore the town for dinner of your choice. Be sure to rest up and refuel to be ready for all the live race action tomorrow!
San Martino di Castrozza to Passo Cereda loop
Approximately 60 miles with 10,500 feet of climbing
San Martino di Castrozza to Agordo with shuttle
Approximately 30 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
Stage 19: Treviso to San Martino di Castrozza
Breakfast | Lunch
Today we face the last mountaintop finish prior to the final time trial in Verona. Don't forget your camera as we'll be in prime viewing proximity to witness the battle right on the top of the last climb! The stage itself is one of the hardest with four big climbs, two of which you've already conquered on your own two legs. We start with a descent from San Martino to the bottom of the final climb of Croce d'Aune Monte Avena. If you have extra spring in your legs, your guides will lead you to a nice loop close to the race action. Enjoy your final ascent to the finish line and drink in the glory as you get to the summit right before the pros. Then, descend again and watch the finish of this epic battle. Once the results are posted, we will make our way back to our hotel for some rest and recovery. Our final evening consists of a special farewell dinner and toast to new friends, stellar riding and the ultimate race experience!
San Martino di Castrozza to Croce d'Aune
Approximately 40 miles with 5,400 feet of climbing
Stage 20: Feltre to Croce d’Aune to Monte Avena
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
All great vacations have to end, and sadly, today is our day. This morning is a chance to sleep in or take a final stroll through the town. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast with a cappuccino while enjoying views before you bid a final ciao! to this charming village. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Colbricon and then shuttle 3 hours to the Verona Train Station (Verona Porta Nuova), arriving at approximately 1:00 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.
Stage 21: Time Trial in Verona
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Avid Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Milan (MXP) or Bergamo (BGY).
Trains depart the Central station in Milan (Milano Centrale) daily for Bergamo train station with a travel time between 40 and 50 minutes.
Buses depart the Bergamo Orio Al Serio Airport to Bergamo every 30 minutes and only takes 10-15 minutes, for further info visit www.atb.bergamo.it.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip at the Bergamo Train station (Piazza Marconi, 7, 24122 Bergamo, Itay). A shuttle will bring you to your ride start in the mountains in Lombardy. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.
If you will be late for the pick-up or will miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first Hotel Mirella (+39 0364 900500) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi from the train station to your first hotel for approximately 100 Euros.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Colbricon. You’ll then shuttle three hours to the Verona Train Station (Verona Porta Nuova), arriving at approximately 1:00 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.View our post hotel recommendations
Weather in the mountains of Italy in May is always unpredictable. Be prepared for any kind of weather, including snow and icy conditions. Temperatures range from 30 to 70 degrees and we recommend to pack your warmers, winter and spring gloves, rain jacket, windbreaker, and booties. Being prepared for the weather can make a challenging ride much more enjoyable! Packing List
A lot has been said and written about Milan. It's a town of ancient origins, founded by the Celts and conquered by the Romans. It reached its pinnacle during the Renaissance, when the Visconti and Sforza families ruled the city. During this period, the magnificent gothic Duomo was built, and artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante came to work in the city, producing great masterpieces like the “Cenacolo di Leonardo.” During the Austrian imperial dynasty of the Hapsburgs, the world-renowned Scala Theatre was built and instantly became the fulcrum of artistic life in the town. Milan is also an international capital of fashion and design, with a very lively cultural scene. Major theaters and the hundreds of art galleries and events keeps the city vibrant day and night. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:
A town rich in history and culture, Verona is a gem of northern Italy. Celebrated by Shakespeare, who made it famous as the romantic setting for Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a splendid, ancient corner of the Veneto region. The city is nestled between the river Adige and Lake Garda, and intimately linked to their waters. You’ll find plenty of attractions to keep you occupied in one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. We recommend the following accommodations for before and/or after the trip:
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