Follow in the tracks of the Giro d'Italia as you challenge yourself cycling up (and down!) 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 Passo Gavia, Passo Fedaia, Mortirolo and the iconic 48 hairpins of the Passo Stelvio. Add in a visit to the Ghisallo, home of the ‘Patron Saint of Cycling’ plus some hidden gems that only local cyclists know and you’ve got the perfect Italian road cycling trip. This is a trip to test your cycling skills but rewards you with sublime mountain vistas, thrilling downhills, great company and an excuse to eat as much pizza, pasta and gelato as you want!


Start
Treviso, Italy
Finish
Como, Italy
Destination
Italy
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures, Cycling
Code
ZXXD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Cycle in the tyre tracks of the Giro d’Italia and up (and down) some of the world’s best climbs

  • Challenge yourself to the 48 hairpins of the mighty Passo Stelvio, Italy’s most famous climb

  • Visit the church of the Madonna di Ghisallo, the ‘Patron Saint of Cycling

  • Discover some hidden gems that only local cyclists (and our leader) know about

  • Ride at your own pace in some of the most stunning scenery in cycling

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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 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 (if needed)

  • The route is designed so you cycle on the best parts, and includes driving portions on most days. The support vehicle 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) – 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.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where and when exactly it will take place. If you can't arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Your leader will also collect the optional food/drink kitty at this meeting.

If you arrive early into Treviso, check out the Treviso Cathedral, Casa dei Carraresi, wander the ancient walls or chill out with a good Italian expresso in teh charming Piazza dei Signori. Alternatively you may want to spend some time in vibrant Venice, located a short 30 min. train ride away

If you have brought your own bike it is a good idea to assemble it today to ensure that everything is in perfect working order. There are a number of good quality bike shops in Treviso but please note most close around 7pm on a Saturday and don't open Sundays or Monday mornings.

For those that have brought their own GPS device (e.g. Garmin) we can upload each day's ride directly to your device so that you never get lost no matter how fast (or slow) you are.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
You have the choice of contributing to an optional food kitty (EUR75p/p). Our crew will use this to purchase food to prepare lunch picnics and on-ride snacks such as cakes/fruit, and drinks such as coffee or cola along the way. This is purely optional, but those that do not wish to participate will need to source their own lunches/snacks along the way.
Start the day with a short drive (approx 50kms/31 miles) from Treviso to the small city of Romano d'Ezzelino, at the base of the impressive Monte Grappa.

After a quick bike check, set off on your first ride. Start by finding your cycling legs on a quick warm up ride on the (relative) flat before commencing our first climb of the trip up to Monte Grappa (1745m/5725ft).

It can be steep going at times, but the 18 switchbacks in the first 10kms keep things interesting and the roadside trees help keep things cool during the summer months. As you climb higher the trees disappear and the rocky open ground of Monte Grappa comes into view.

Monte Grappa has great significance for the Italian people with a substantial WWI & WWII history, evidenced by an impressive memorial near the summit.
After a short stop for a coffee/cool drink from the café and to admire the excellent views descend the same road back to Romano d'Ezzelino.

Feature climb/s: Monte Grappa (1745m/5725ft)

Ride - Approx 53kms/33 miles, in forest for the first part, with one significant climbs descent, 1,700m/5580ft of elevation gain. Approx 3-4hrs of riding time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart early and drive (approx. 115kms/72 miles) from Romano d'Ezzelino to the small commune of Rocca Pietore, located in the heart of the Dolomites and at the foot of the dramatic Marmolada mountain range. This is pure cycling country and the nearby climbs are a regular feature in the Giro d’Italia.

Today you have a double treat in store as you climb two nearby legendary passes, the Passo Giau (2,236m/7335ft) and the Passo Fedaia (2,057m/6750ftm). Starting riding from Rocca Pietore we first ascend the mighty Passo Giau, among the more challenging climbs in the Dolomites. The effort is well worth it though for the amazing the 360 degree mountain scenery on the top. On a clear day it is a truly unforgettable sight. After the obligatory photos (believe us when we say you’ll take plenty!) descend back down to Rocca to top up your energy levels with a well-earned drink and bite to eat before commencing your next challenge.

The climbing along the excellent asphalt begins almost immediately but stays steady for the first 7kms/4 miles before ramping up on the second half of the climb, hitting a maximum of 18% (for a very short distance) on one of the last hairpins. This is a tough climb but once at the pass you are rewarded with yet more stunning scenery with the still Fedaia Lake on your left and the Marmolada Mountains to your right.

It’s time to rest up those weary legs and pack the bikes into the support vehicle for the 65km/40 mile drive to the South Tyrol province and the charming city of Bolzano where a hot shower and relaxing afternoon awaits.

Feature climb/s: Passo Giau (2,236m/7335ft), Passo Fedaia (2,057m/6750ftm)

Ride: Approx 54kms, with two significant climbs and one significant descent, 2,600m/8530ft of elevation gain. Approx 3-4hrs of riding time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After an early breakfast start the day with a drive (72kms/45 miles) towards the Italian Alps from Bolzano to Laas, a delightful small town featured building painted in a multitude of pastel colours. To warm the legs up after yesterday’s exertions enjoy a leisurely ride of approx. 10kms/6 miles along the flat valley before commencing perhaps the cycling highlight of the trip – the mighty Stelvio Pass. Often designated the ‘Cima Coppi’ (the highest point of the Giro d’Italia) at 2758m/9050ft it is the second highest paved road in the Alps and a formidable – and beautiful – climb.

Starting from Prato we cycle up the ‘quieter’ side of the Stelvio, a 24km/15 mile climb with stunning mountain and forest scenery, and 48 hairpin bends helping to keep your mind off your legs along the way. Those hairpin bends are numbered backwards from the Pass so that you always know how far you are from the top!

After reaching the top the real fun begins as you ride the long descent through multiple switchbacks down to the cycling and ski mecca of Bormio. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and perhaps enjoy a tasty pizza or pasta dinner.

Feature climb/s: Passo Stelvio (2758m/9050ft)

Ride: Approx 52kms/32 miles, with one significant climb and descent, 2,000m/6560ft of elevation gain, almost all on the single climb. Approx 3-4hrs of riding time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Time to relax! Today is officially a rest day and youmay choose to simply put your feet up or walk around town - there's plenty to see and do in Bormio

For those craving more cycling there are a number of optional (unsupported) rides nearby, including going back up the Stelvio from the Bormio side (approx. 40km/25 miles & 1540m/5050ft of elevation gain) or a loop ride up and down Passo Gavia (2,618m/8590ft), often the highest point of the Giro d’Italia.

Ride: None included – options available
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leaving early from Bormio we ride a mostly downhill 20kms/12 miles along the green valley before heading back uphill through the forest up to the Passo del Mortirolo (1,854m/6080ft). Keep an eye out along the way for the monument honouring “Il Pirata”(Marco Pantani). This is a challenging climb, at an average gradient of 11% over 13kms/8 miles so hopefully yesterday’s rest day will have helped you recover.

Once at the top enjoy the fast descent down to Edolo where our ride concludes for the day. From here drive to the beautiful city of Lecco (140kms/87 miles), located on the southeast shore of Lake Como

Feature climb/s: Passo del Mortirolo (1,854m/6080ft)

Ride: Approx 54kms/34 miles, slight downhill for 22kms/14 miles then one significant climb and descent. Climb is tough through the middle section but eases off. 1,270m/4170ft of elevation gain, all on the single climb. Approx. 3-4hrs of riding time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is your final ride, and it’s a good one. Leaving the mountains behind we change scenery and enjoy a flatter ride with the frequent views over picturesque Lake Como.

Start riding early from Lecco and follow the road beside the water all the way to the delightful lakeside village of Bellagio, known as ‘the Pearl of Lake Como’. From here cycle inland and follow the sinuous roads featured in Il Lombardia, Italy’s famed ‘cycling monument’ up to the church of the Madonna di Ghisallo, the ‘Patron Saint of Cycling’. This small church – probably the only religious site in the world that welcomes people wearing tight lycra – is home to an amazing collection of cycling memorabilia, from Fausto Coppi, to Eddy Merckx and more modern campions, is a ‘must visit’ on any cyclists wish list.

After paying our respects we start the long descent down to the flatter plains around Erba then cycle on to the charming city of Como, the heart of Lake Como. Often known as a playground of the rich beautiful Como is famous for its Gothic Como Cathedral, a scenic funicular railway and a waterfront promenade, as well as the jump off point for boat tours around the lake itself.

Celebrate your achievements – perhaps over dinner and a few beers/wines on the waterfront with fellow travellers - you've earned it!

Feature climb/s: Ghisallo (754m/2470ft)

Ride: Approx 58kms/36 miles, mostly flat for 20kms/12 miles then one significant climb to the Ghisallo, with approx. 1,270m/4170ft of elevation gain. Approx 3-4hrs of riding time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your cycling adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave at any time but there is so much to see and do in the city of Como and its surrounding area so you may wish to stay on for a day or two. We’ll be happy to assist with booking accommodation.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

5 breakfasts

Transport

Bicycle, Support vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

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Important notes

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 available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
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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