24 Jun - 03 Jul 2017 (Closed - ask us about the next departure date)
The Queen of all Italian Granfondos, with only 10,000 getting to do it and over 35,000 wanting to every year! This is a spectacular race, amongst the most beautiful mountains in the world - the Dolomites. Our tour starts in Bolzano and we discover the most fascinating climbs in the Alps and take in some of the most enchanting towns such as Canazei, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Corvara. A few of the climbs we’ll tackle include Costalunga, San Pellegrino, Pordoi, Fedaia, Sella, Giau, Falzarego, Campolongo and Gardena! Some of which we’ll do again in the Granfondo - it’ll be great having that insider knowledge! The Maratona is a cycling festival second to none, with passionate riders from all over the world. This tour has limited spots (12 Only!) so don’t hesitate and book now to ensure you’re not one of the 25,000 who miss out!
Check out the Maratona dles Dolomiti here.
- All hotel accommodation in minimum 4 star hotels (twin share)
- Introductory Lunch
- 1 lunch & all Dinners (except 1)
- Guaranteed entry in the Maratona dles Dolomiti & race jersey
- 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
- Van support throughout tour
- All in-tour transfers
- Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes, gels and energy bars during tour
- Activities which depend on the region we are visiting
- Garmin 800 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
- 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
- 1 Day pack per guest
- Detailed printed Tour information booklet
Day One - Bolzano Warm-up Ride
Main Route: 40km – 25mi
Total Ascent: 1,000m – 3200ft
Bolzano is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city with strong German influences. Lots of Beer and Weisswurst! Easy ride over undulating terrain to tease out the jet lag and enjoy the fresh air.
Day Two - Bolzano to Canazei
Main Route: 80km – 50mi
Total Ascent: 1,700m – 5500ft
We enter the Dolomites with a beautiful climb up to Passo Nigra, followed by the Passo Costalunga to Canazei. At the end of the ride, we have the option to climb up to the Rifugio Gardeccia, on top of the Catinaccio mountain used in the Giro d’Italia several times. You’ll be enchanted by the little ski town of Canazei. Great warm up ride for some bigger days ahead.
Day Three - Canazei Loop to Marmolada
Main Route: 90km – 55mi
Total Ascent: 2,700m – 8800ft
Today we get serious! Two big, well-known passes, the Passo Fedaia and the San Pellegrino. We traverse the scenic Val di Fassa and the Valle Agordina. We pass through dozens of mountain villages and the Marmolada Glacier provides an impressive backdrop!
Day Four - Canazei to Cortina d'Ampezzo
Main Route: 90km – 55mi
Total Ascent: 2,800m – 9200ft
Today we enjoy some challenging climbing through spectacular mountain terrain. Passo Pordoi and the Giau are the highlights of the day, together with the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’ premier ski resort and host to the 1956 Winter Olympics.
Day Five - Cortina Loop to Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Main Route: 80km – 50mi
Total Ascent: 2,000m – 6500ft
Turn left and head up hill! Today our route takes us to the tranquil Lake Misurina, and then onwards and upwards to arguably one of the most panoramic views in the Dolomites at Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Day Six - Cortina to Corvara
Main Route: 100km – 62mi
Total Ascent: 2,500m- 8200ft
Another great ride to Corvara, the headquarters of the Maratona dles Dolomiti!
We climb the passo Tre Croci (you can always do the 3 cime again!!) cross Dobbiaco and then up to Passo Furcia. Save your legs, the Maratona is tough!
Day Seven - Corvara loop to Sella Ronda
Main Route: 60km – 37mi
Total Ascent: 2500m – 8200ft
A classic ride of the Dolomites! We will do 4 passes around the Massif of the Sella: Passe Sella, Pordoi, Campolongo e Gardena.
We will do all these passes again on the race on Sunday, so time for you to plan your strategy!
Day Eight - Corvara rest day & race registration
Today it’s better we take a day off the bike, have a massage and get the bike ready for the big day. The race village will welcome us with all the exhibition stands of the major sponsors … any last minute shopping?
Day Nine - Maratona dles Dolomiti
Main Route: 106km or 138 km; 65mi or 85mi
Total Ascent: 3090m or 4190m; 10100ft or 13700ft
The race has 2 different routes both challenging: 6 passes on the short route and 7 on the longer one!
We’ll do almost all the same passes we did on the previous days..but all on the one day! The secret is conserve and survive. Can’t wait!
Day Ten - Arrivederci
Transfer to Bolzano (2 hours) or Venice (3 hours)
Recommended Arrival Airport: Milan Malpensa or Venice
Recommended Departure Airport: Milan Malpensa or Venice
(Airport transfer not included)