Follow in the tracks of the Giro d'Italia as you tackle the legendary climbs of the Dolomites and Italian Alps
Welcome to road cycling – the Intrepid way. This trip takes you from the jagged Dolomite Mountains to the mighty Italian Alps as you ride through the same terrain as the Giro d’Italia. Earn your bragging rights as you conquer the legendary climbs of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Passo Gavia, Passo Pordoi, Mortirolo and the iconic hairpins of the Passo Stelvio. Add the 100 hairpins of the stunning Sella Ronda route, a visit to the Ghisallo, home of the Patron Saint of Cycling, plus uncover some hidden gems that only local cyclists know about, and you’ve got the perfect Italian road cycling trip. This is an adventure that will test your cycling skills while rewarding you with sublime mountain vistas, thrilling downhills, great company and an excuse to eat as much pizza, pasta and gelato as you want!
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Cycle in the tyre tracks of the Giro d’Italia, and up (and down) some of the world’s best climbs, including the 48 hairpins of the mighty Passo Stelvio – Italy’s most famous ascent.
Ride at your own pace among some of the most stunning scenery known to cycling and discover some hidden gems that only local cyclists (and your leader) know about!
Visit the church of the Madonna di Ghisallo – the ‘Patron Saint of Cycling’ and witness an amazing collection of cycling memorabilia from cycling legends including Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx.
Cycle the 100 hairpins of the stunning Sella Ronda route, possibly the best day you'll ever have on a bike.
Enjoy a free day to relax and rest your legs in the beautiful town of Bormio, or if you can’t get enough of the wide-open road, take the opportunity to ascend the Stelvio along an alternate route.
Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
Our ‘Road Cycling’ trips are physically the hardest Cycling trips we do at Intrepid and can be a definite physical challenge. However, we believe that anyone confident and competent on a bicycle, with a good level of fitness, can both complete and enjoy them.
Although this is a group trip, the differing levels of cycling fitness are more pronounced in the mountains. There will be times when you are likely to be riding on your own (but safe in the knowledge that the support vehicle/s and group leader are never too far away). At the initial group meeting we can provide downloadable files of the route for your GPS device to make sure you never get lost.
On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back-marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back-marker. For groups of 8 or more we will have a second support vehicle.
The route is designed so you cycle on the best parts and includes driving portions on most days. The support vehicle/s will almost always be available in case you need to take a break for an hour (or a day).
There may be times when the leader asks you to use the support vehicle for your own safety (such as on steep descents on windy days, or poor weather) – please respect this decision.
As the riding is on sealed roads there are no off-road technical cycling skills required. However, we highly recommend frequent downhill cycling practice before your trip to best prepare for the long and steep descents.
The weather in the Dolomites and Italian Alps is notoriously unpredictable, even in summer. There may be times when we need to reroute ir even cancel a ride due to unsafe weather conditions.
Trip departures are unavailable.
There are currently no scheduled departures on our Cycle the Dolomites & Italian Alps: Road Cycling trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. Bicycle hire is not included in your trip price. Please advise us if you wish to hire a bike at time of booking and provide your height so we can organise a suitable sized bike. See the Transport section of the Essential Trip Information for bike details.
2. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home. There are several local options to purchase a helmet if you do not wish to bring your own.
3. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and a support staff that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker when needed.
4. While we will always endeavour to ride the advertsied route, due to the quickly changing weather in the mountains there may be times when the leader chooses to vary/shorten or even cancel the route due to safety concerns.
5. A Single Supplement is not currently available on this trip.
6. Many of the hotels and restaurants on this trip only reopen in June, and services are usually a bit slower in the early part of the season.
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