GRINTOSO GRINDERS

GRINTOSO GRINDERS

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AUSTRIA|ITALY|SLOVENIA

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19 - 30 Aug 2018

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START LOCATION

CANAZEI

END LOCATION

VELDEN

DAYS

12

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

95KM

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

2100M

The Grinders group is up for their next epic challenge riding a fanastic itinerary that takes in some incredible climbs in the majestic Dolomites of Italy and stunningly beautiful Alps in southern Austria and Slovenia.

PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR
CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | DINNERS | 3 EXPERT GUIDES | 2 VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GARMIN GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING JERSEY, BIB-KNICKS, SOCKS | DAYPACK | LAUNDRY SERVICE | GROUP TRANSFER ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE SUN 19 AUG | AFTERNOON GROUP TRANSFER TO CANAZEI DAY TWO MON 20 AUG | CANAZEI LOOP TO FEDAIA DAY THREE TUE 21 AUG | CANAZEI TO CORTINA DAY FOUR WED 22 AUG | CORTINA LOOP TO PASSO GIAU DAY FIVE THU 23 AUG | CORTINA LOOP TO TRE CIME DAY SIX FRI 24 AUG | CORTINA TO HEILIGENBLUT DAY SEVEN SAT 25 AUG | HEILIGENBLUT LOOP TO GROSSGLOCKNER! DAY EIGHT SUN 26 AUG | HEILIGENBLUT TO PRESSEGGER SEE DAY NINE MON 27 AUG | AUSTRIA-ITALY LOOP DAY TEN TUE 28 AUG | PRESSEGGER SEE TO VELDEN DAY ELEVEN WED 29 AUG | SLOVENIA-ITALY LOOP DAY TWELVE THU 30 AUG | GOODBYE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL VENICE DEPARTURE VENICE

FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE SUN 19 AUG | AFTERNOON GROUP TRANSFER TO CANAZEI

Set up bikes on arrival, followed by tour introduction and briefing over dinner.

DAY TWO MON 20 AUG | CANAZEI LOOP TO FEDAIA

Beautiful loop ride that takes us to the stunning lake atop the Fedaia Pass.
85KM | 2300M ELEVATION

DAY THREE TUE 21 AUG | CANAZEI TO CORTINA

Great ride around the Sella mountains, part of the renown Maratona dles Dolomiti course, before heading up the Valparola and down the brilliant descent into Cortina.
70KM | 1900M ELEVATION

DAY FOUR WED 22 AUG | CORTINA LOOP TO PASSO GIAU

Classic side of the Campolongo and Giau passes, used in the Maratona and Giro d'Italia before that great descent again into Cortina.
95KM | 2800M ELEVATION

DAY FIVE THU 23 AUG | CORTINA LOOP TO TRE CIME

One of the classic Cortina Dolomites rides and last easy day before Austria! A fantastic loop that takes us to the tranquil Lake Misurina, and then onwards and upwards to arguably the most panoramic view in the Dolomites at Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Short but tough climb with average 11.7%!
55KM | 1500M ELEVATION

DAY SIX FRI 24 AUG | CORTINA TO HEILIGENBLUT

Longer day with lots of descending, and a couple of climbs as we head into stunning Austria.
120KM | 2000M ELEVATION

DAY SEVEN SAT 25 AUG | HEILIGENBLUT LOOP TO GROSSGLOCKNER!

The fabled Grossglockner out and back, with Edelweisspitze. Rest day! Or we can and should also include the out and back to Franz-Joselfshohe from where you have a truly awesome view to the biggest glacier in Austria.
55KM | 2500M ELEVATION

DAY EIGHT SUN 26 AUG | HEILIGENBLUT TO PRESSEGGER SEE

Typical Austrian bike ride - incredible scenery, good climbing, stunning stop at one of the beautiful lakes in Austria, the Weissensee, and downhill to Pressegger See.
95KM | 1400M ELEVATION

DAY NINE MON 27 AUG | AUSTRIA-ITALY LOOP

Brilliant loop ride in and out of Italy riding classic passes that link these two nations.
120KM | 3350M ELEVATION

DAY TEN TUE 28 AUG | PRESSEGGER SEE TO VELDEN

Fantastic route that explores the magnificent Austrian Alps with a loop to Zell, as we ride to our final destination, the 5 star Schlosshotel, Velden. Longer day, but not so many metres to climb. Pace yourself ready for the last amazing day!
150KM | 1900M ELEVATION

DAY ELEVEN WED 29 AUG | SLOVENIA-ITALY LOOP

Best ride of the Tour? This ride is a great example of why cycling in Slovenia is so good - tough but very beautiful.
160KM | 3200M ELEVATION

DAY TWELVE THU 30 AUG | GOODBYE

Morning group transfer to Venice.
Time to say farewell, until next time!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | LUNCHES | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | GUIDE GRATUITIES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

CAN I HIRE A BIKE?

You can!  Check out the details of hiring one of our high-end Cipollini road bikes.

HOW MUCH RIDING DO I HAVE TO DO?

As much or as little as you want. It’s your holiday.  You determine how much you want to ride. You can, on any day, choose to cut a ride short, miss a climb, only do the downhills, have a rest day or ask for more!  The van is always handy if you choose not to ride, and a guide is always willing to do some extra distance if you wish. You just need to ask.

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