“For dramatic scenery, smooth roads and incredible food and drink, the Dolomites are hard to beat. The Südtirol region combines a splendid culture with immaculate towns and glorious mountain passes. From there you will visit the Mortirolo, Stelvio and Ghisallo, revisiting the same roads and climbs as heroes like Coppi, Gimondi and Pantani, with the shouts of the tifosi in your ears”
– Simon Mottram, Rapha CEO
Day 0: Arrival Day
Arrival day to our spectacular hotel in Cison di Valmarino. A tranquil area on the edge of the mountains. You will be met by Rapha Travel at Marco Polo International Airport (Venice). In the afternoon there will be a short ride to allow riders to get their bearings and spin the travel out of their legs.
Day 1: Cison Di Valmarino – Belluno
Stats: 111km, and 2,950m of climbing
Major Climbs: Passo Praderadego (910m), Passo Nevegal
The stunning Castelbrando at Cison, is an incredible starting point to discover the Dolomites. The road to Praderadego will lift you out of the hassles of everyday life and settle you in for the mountainous roads ahead.
The climb to Nevegal will test the legs, but the view from the top will calm the pain, before you descend towards Belluno and Villa Carpenada.
Day 2: Belluno – Corvara
Stats: 125km, and 4,600m of climbing
Major Climbs: Passo Giau (2,233m)
A very demanding day in the saddle, as the stunning Passo Giau, one of the gems of the Dolomites, takes us up to 2,233m.
Day 3: Corvara – Merano
Stats: 113km, and 1,500m of climbing
Major Climbs: Passo Pordoi (2,239m)
Yet more climbing, as the route heads to the beautiful spa town of Merano. We depart Corvara via the gentle Passo Campolongo and then tackle the fantastic Passo Pordoi, a climb regularly featured in the Giro d’Italia.
Day 4: Merano – Bormio
Stats: 97km, and 2,500m of climbing
Major Climbs: Passo dello Stelvio (2,757m)
Today’s stage has one focus: the awesome Passo dello Stelvio, the second-highest road pass in Europe, at 2,757m. We climb it from the classic Prato dello Stelvio side, from which base there is 24.3km of ascent to the rifugio at the summit.
Day 5: Bormio – Castione Della Presolana
Stats: 124km, and 3,266m of climbing
Major Climbs: Gavia (2,600m), Vivione (1,824m), Presolana (1,297m)
The day starts directly with the climb of the fearsome Passo di Gavia, a climb made famous by American Andy Hampsten’s exploits in the snow at the 1988 Giro d’Italia.
Day 6: Castione Della Presolana – Lake Como
Stats: 140km, and 3,500m of climbing
Major Climbs: Passo di Zambla (1,238m), Passo Culmine San Pietro (1,300m), Passo Agueglio (1,149m)
Our final day is spent in the beautiful foothills to the north of Bergamo and Lake Como. The day will be spent on tiny back roads with stunning scenery, followed by a ferry journey across the lake.