Giro delle Dolomiti
Be enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites and explore the roads you know from the Giro d’Italia.
FROM SÖLDEN TO SÖLDEN
Ciao ragazzi! The Italian Dolomites are among the most beautiful cycling areas in Europe. Perfectly maintained roads run through beautiful, rugged mountain scenery. To save travel time, and because Tirol has some fantastic climbs that should be ticked off your list, we start and finish in Sölden, Austria. We will ride a tour with a prologue and six stages. Along the way, we will climb the following mythical Grand Cols: Timmelsjoch, Passo di Sella, Passo Pordoi, Rifugio Auronzo, Passo di Giau, Passo di Fedaia, Mendelpass, Passo del Rombo and Retten bachferner. This is a tough mountain tour for well-trained cyclists with climbing experience. In this round you will cover 680 kilometres and overcome a total of 19,000 metres altitude or 700 kilometres and 17,500 metres altitude if you choose the red routes.
Prologue + 6
best time of year
Red routes: 700
Red routes: 17,500
THE ÖTZTALER RADMARATHON AND SELLARONDA
We start our Giro delle Dolomiti in the Austrian ski resort of Sölden. After an enjoyable prologue, where you gently shake off your legs, we skip the après-ski and climb the Timmelsjoch (2,474 metres), the more friendly side of the final col of the Ötztaler Radmarathon. This Grand Col forms the border between Austrian Tirol and Italian Süd Tirol. We descend to Sankt Leonard in Passeier (German is the first language in this part of Italy). From here, we ride towards the illustrious Dolomite cols and soon join the route of the famous Sellaronda, including Passo di Gardena (2,121 metres), Passo di Sella (2,244 metres) and Passo Pordoi (2,239 metres).
‘Perfectly maintained roads run through the beautiful, rugged landscape of the Dolomites.’
STEEP, STEEPER, STEEPEST
In the famous area known from the Maratona dles Dolomites there are few flat metres to be found; you climb or you descend. The climbs are irregular with many steep sections. The metres altitude increase quickly as we attack the short, ultra steep climb to Rifugio Auronzo (2,357 metres). Some great champions won here in de Giro d’Italia, such as: Gimondi, Merckx and Nibali. The Passo di Giau (2,236 metres) and Passo di Fedaia (2,057 metres) also have very steep finals. Perhaps that is precisely why Jai Hindly in 2022 waited until the last kilometres of the Fedaia before making his decisive break. He defeated Richard Carapaz and won the Giro d’Italia.
HIGH, HIGHER, HIGHEST
After a loop over the Passo San Pellegrino (1,918 metres) and Passo di Valles (2,032 metres) we leave the famous Dolomites area. Don’t worry, there are still a few beautiful cols waiting for us. Via the Mendelpass (1,363 metres) we cycle towards the romantic town of Merano, where Empress Sissi used to stay. We ride over the long, grueling final col of the Ötztaler Radmarathon back to Austria. This is indeed again the Timmelsjoch, which is called Passo Rombo in Italian. If you still have energy left, you can enjoy yourself on the very steep Ötztaler Gletscherstraβe towards the highest climb in Austria: the Rettenbachferner (2,795 metres).
What's included in the price?
The price includes:
- Hotel accommodation in nice, cycle-friendly hotels (minimum 3 stars) on the route (double room, 7 nights)
- Breakfast (7 times) and dinner (7 times)
- Participation in the stages prepared by Grand Cols Cycling Tours (prologue on the day of arrival + 6 stages)
- Professional, digital road book with all relevant route information
- GPX files for uploading routes to navigation devices
- Picnic lunch, coffee stop with good coffee and sports nutrition (sports drink, water, bars, etc.) during the stages
- Support during the stages with a support car, for example: handing over clothing and carrying out minor repairs
- Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
- The use of a bicycle pump, lubricant and bicycle tools
- Grand Cols Cycling Tours cycling jersey (contact us if you would like to design a custom jersey)
- Participation in the VZR guarantee scheme
The price does not include:
– The outward journey to the starting location and the return journey from the finish location
– Personal insurance, such as travel and cancellation insurance
– Drinks during the dinners
– Equipment (you participate with your own equipment, such as: bike, helmet and clothing)
- Upgrade to a single room € 210, –
- Additional overnight stay (without dinner) before the start of the cycling tour (double room): € 100, –
- Commonly used spare parts, such as: tyres, cleats and batteries (at cost price)
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