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We consider this our signature Rapha Randonnée, the perfect mixture of spectacular riding, food and culture. The route sets off from the spectacular Cison di Valmarino 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
- Airport transfers
- Double-occupancy rooms
- Expert guiding and ride support from Rapha Travel cars
- Training advice
- All meals and on-bike nutrition
- Daily massage and top-level mechanics
- Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
Flights, some alcohol and single-occupancy accommodation are extra.
My second Randonnee in 2014 and service was outstanding. The bike wash and tune ups where excellent.
The Rapha personnel on the trip were all exceptional in terms of knowledge, skill and attention to detail. The vehicle support and quality of bikes was excellent.
Rode further than I thought possible. It was exhilarating.
Rapha, and the staff. The Rapha Randonnee was the perfect experience to get to ride the roads of another country; roads that have been graced by the pros and world travelers alike. I must say, I’m hooked!
Rapha manages to strike the balance perfectly every time, with days that appear too tough but aren’t, that allow for a great sense of achievement but also have room for adventure.
The logistics were executed impeccably: every breakfast, feed-stop and dinner was well-stocked and nutritious; every hotel we reached had bike storage and room keys ready; and all our other needs, whether mechanical or personal, were also attended to. I can only guess at what goes on behind the scenes at Rapha Travel to create this appearance of perfection.
The route was gorgeous, with amazing scenery and a wonderful mix of gorges, mountains, beautiful towns and more.
“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.
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