We consider this our signature Rapha Randonnée, the perfect mixture of spectacular riding, food and culture. The route sets off from Venice and winds its way north through the Südtirol to Lake Como. Along the way the Randonneurs will pass through some of the Giro d’Italia’s most renowned and respected passes, and sample the Südtirol’s unique cuisine and inimitable culture.
“For dramatic scenery, smooth roads and incredible food and drink, the Dolomites are hard to beat. The Sud Tirol 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
Venice » Lake Como
Sunday 20th July to Sunday 27th July 2014
Sunday 31st August to Sunday 7th September 2014
Giau, Falzarego, Pordoi, Gavia, Stelvio.
- Total distance: 711km
- Total elevation: 16,110m
Full price of trip: £3000
Arrival day at our hotel just north of the Venice lagoon. A tranquil area away from the bustle of the city, it is ideally situated near Marco Polo International Airport (Venice). In the afternoon there will be a short ride to allow riders to orientate with their bikes and the terrain is flat.
Day 1 VENICE – BELLUNO
Stats: 114km (2000m of climbing)
Main climbs: Zuel di La, San Boldo (706m)
Description: A spectacular start as we leave Venice and head north towards our first appointment with the mountains.
Day 2 BELLUNO – CORVARA
Stats: 125km (4600m of climbing)
Main climbs: Giau (2233m)
Description: Day Two promises to be a very demanding day in the saddle with the Passo Giau taking us to 2233m.
Day 3 CORVARA – MERANO
Stats: 113km (1496m of climbing)
Main climbs: Pordoi (2239m)
Description: 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 (2500m of climbing)
Main climbs: Stelvio (2757m)
Description: Today’s stage has one focus – the awesome Passo dello Stelvio, the second highest road pass in Europe at 2757m. We climb it from the classic Prato dello Stelvio side and ahead is 24.3km of ascent to the rifugio at the summit.
Day 5 BORMIO – CASTIONE DELLA PRESOLANA
Stats: 124km (3266m of climbing)
Main climbs: Gavia (2600m) Vivione (1824m) Presolana (1297m)
Description: Day Five immediately starts with the climb of the Passo di Gavia, a climb made famous by American Andy Hampsten’s exploits at the 1988 Giro d’Italia.
Day 6 CASTIONE DELLA PRESOLANA – LAKE COMO
Stats: 140km (3500m of climbing)
Main climbs: Passo di Zambla (1238m) Passo Culmine San Pietro (1300m), Passo Agueglio (1149m)
Description: Our final day is spent in the beautiful foothills to the north of Bergamo and Lake Como. The day will be spent on tiny backroads with stunning scenery, followed by a ferry journey across Lake Como.