Alleghe to Corvara
Approximately 20 miles with 3,690 feet of climbing
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Belluno Train Station at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. From there, your guides will shuttle you to Alleghe where, at the foot of these giant Italian mountains, your Trek Travel guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific tips for the Dolomites. After a leisurely lunch, they will spend time familiarizing you to your Trek Domane for the week, and ensure that you have a comfortable fit. The ride warms up in the valley to Caprile then turns off onto a beautiful 10km switchback road that joins up with the main corridor back to Arabba. From Arabba we’ll ascend the backside of Campolongo for 4km and then enjoy a glorious descent into our home for the next 3 nights, Hotel La Perla in Corvara. Enjoy a pre-dinner stroll through this mountain village, as the sun casts its golden light on the beautiful peaks above. This evening, you’ll gather at the hotel and discuss the week ahead before you savor the diversity of flavors from the Italian cucina to fuel up for tomorrow’s adventures.
Corvara to Passo Giau to Falzarego and Valparola Loop
Approximately 50 miles with 8,190 feet of climbing
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you’ll begin another day of spectacular riding. This is one of the best loops in road cycling. Wake up to a 6km ascent of Passo Campolongo, then descend into Arabba. From there enjoy 20km of rollers to the base of Passo Giau. After a grueling 10km climb up the pass averaging 9% grade, celebrate the climb with a hearty lunch on the summit. Continue the loop passing through Passo Falzarego and Valparola, and finally return to Corvara. Tonight you’ll dine at a restaurant of your choice–perhaps a pizzeria or a trattoria will satisfy your craving for the evening?
Sella Ronda Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 5,480 feet of climbing
The Sella Loop will be one of the most memorable rides of your trip as you pedal in the shadows of the Sella Massif and its dramatic, sheer cliffs. The green pastures and beautiful fresh air will complement the vividness of the remarkable grey mountains. The four passes on the route are regular highlights in the Giro d’Italia, and three of them exceed 6,800 feet. These four iconic passes: Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, and Gardena will reward you with incredible views of the jagged peak of the Sassolungo and breathtaking descents into the valleys below. Enjoy lunch at your own pace today, then toast to some stellar riding over dinner with friends back at the hotel.
Spondigna to Bormio via Passo Stelvio
Approximately 30 miles with 6,150 feet of climbing
A private morning shuttle takes you north toward the Austrian and Swiss borders. Along the way you’ll see the gradual change in landscape and tempo from the serenity of the quaint mountains to the hustle and bustle of the meeting point between the Venosta and Adige Valleys. Once deep into the Venosta Valley, Mount Stelvio awaits, and the opportunity to climb up its “classic” side. With over 14 miles and 48 switchbacks you’ll rise from 3100 to 9045 feet to conquer the highest road in the eastern Alps and one of the most beautiful passes imaginable, finishing with endless views into the mountains toward Switzerland from the summit. After a well-deserved lunch you descend to the town of Bormio, located in the Lombardy region of the Italian Alps. It’s a famous ski resort that only recently opened as a cycling destination. Relax this evening and enjoy the excellent facilities of your picturesque hotel to enjoy a hearty traditional dinner before a restful and well-deserved sleep.
Bormio to Torre di Fraele Return
Approximately 18 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
After stocking up on a plentiful mountain breakfast, you’re invited to take your pick from a range of different activities. Enjoy an early morning climb up to the Torre di Fraele – where every switchback rewards you with better and better views of the town of Bormio and the stunning scenery of the surrounding Italian Alps. Enjoy the impressive views from the ruins of an ancient abandoned fortress at the summit before descending back to the hotel. This afternoon, relax in the hotel spa or maybe head into Bormio to do some shopping. Alternatively, take a revitalizing dip in the town’s extensive thermal baths to rest your mind, body and soul in anticipation of tomorrow’s epic double ascent of the infamous climbs of Mortirolo and Gavia.
Bormio to Passo Mortirolo & Passo Gavia Loop
Approximately 75 miles with 11,100 feet of climbing
Today is your chance to climb the Mortirolo and Gavia. It’s a serious challenge after a long week of cycling that will make reaching the top that much sweeter. The route will first take you south and as you lose elevation, you’ll have a chance to spin out your legs. Arriving at the base of the Mortirolo’s classic side will inspire you to push yourself one more time. The narrow, winding road is incredibly steep in parts with an average grade of 10.5% – mercifully the climb is only 7.5 miles. Much of the road weaves through the forest with glimpses of the views below. Your guides will be close by to cheer you on and refill your water as you need it. However, one last climb remains for this trip—the Gavia. It’s a long but steady climb, and we’ll celebrate your successful ascent at the top. This will be your last mountaintop summit for the trip and it promises to be both invigorating and exhausting! You’ll descend back to Bormio and wrap up this epic day – and the trip – with a cocktail at the hotel followed by a farewell dinner.