Sfida Dolomites + Stelvio
Sfida Dolomites + Stelvio

RIDE IN THE DOLOMITES WITH SFIDA CYCLING

What can be said about the Dolomites and Stelvio region that you haven’t heard yet? Only that if you want to ride there, SFIDA Cycling is offering you an itinerary covering the most iconic climbs that this region of Italy has to offer. From the Sella Ronda to the Mortirolo, the climbs and landscape are amazing.

We are in Giro d’Italia terrain,  “epic”  is in the air. To complement the exceptional riding, we only choose the best accommodation for you to relax after our rides and enjoy the local cuisine – always tasty and fresh.

NEW for 2019! Participate in the Gran Fondo Sportful on the 16 of June 2019 www.gfsportful.it . We are offering you a two-day package before the start of our trip so you can ride in the 25th edition of this memorable event. We have secured a number of entries, check with us at tony@sfidacycling.com for information on the package inclusions.

DISTANCE: 605km                    CLIMBING: 17,300m

Prices in Australian dollars.

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  • Destination:Italy
  • Duration:7 days
  • DATES : Jun 17 - Jun 24
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Venice (VCE)
    • DEPARTURE:Milano (MXP)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
  • PRICE :

    $4,850.00

DAY 1

Welcome to the Dolomites!

Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Marco Polo Venice’s airport (VCE) or at the designated hotel nearby. We will travel by van to our first destination: Corvara in Badia, right in the heart of the Dolomites.

After check in at our hotel we will proceed with our orientation meeting, lunch, and then build up our bikes.

Our afternoon ride will take us up to Passo Gardena and back. Afterwards, we will head to the town of La Villa and have a bit of fun climbing the Mur dl Chiat, used by the Giro d’Italia in 2016, it’s short and steep…

 

RIDE: DAY 1
29km / 780m
CLIMB: Passo Gardena 2,121m. Mur dl Chiat
HOTEL: www.postazirm.com

DAY 2

3 Dolomites giants.

Today’s ride will comprise three of the most iconic Dolomites climbs: Passos Valparola, Giau and Falzarego. The views on this route are astonishing. After a short descent from Corvara, we will turn right and start climbing Passo Valparola, the first over 2,000m summits of the day. The descent towards Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the fastest, so extra care will be needed. Passo Giau, one of the most iconic climbs of the Giro d’Italia won’t leave you feeling indifferent, from the top, a 360-degree view never to be forgotten.

Descending the Passo Giau towards Cortina, and the road junction we will turn left and start the last climb of the day, Passo di Falzarego.

We will return to Corvara via the Passo Valparola descend. Another great day of riding in the Dolomites!

RIDE INFO: DAY 2
92km / 2,820m
CLIMBS: Passos Valparola 2,198m. Giau 2,233m. Falzarego 2,105m. (from Passo Giau junction).
HOTEL: www.postazirm.com

DAY 3

Sella Ronda, make it bigger with the SFIDA route.

Today is Sella Ronda day, the classic ride of the Dolomites! SFIDA Cycling will offer you two options: the classic 51km loop, a wonderful ride in the clockwise direction, covering the Passos: Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena.

And the longer and harder SFIDA version, taking in the Passo Fedaia (Marmolada) via the Serrai di Sottoguda, a spectacular narrow and steep road up to a canyon, no cars allowed, followed by the passos  Sella and Gardena. You can choose and enjoy a fantastic ride in the very heart of the Dolomites/Alto Adige region.

RIDE INFO: DAY 3 CLASSIC
51km / 1,680m
CLIMBS: Passos Campolongo 1,870m. Pordoi 2,239m. Sella 2,244m. Gardena 2,121m.

RIDE INFO: DAY 3 SFIDA 
84km / 2,685m
CLIMBS: Passos Fedaia 2,057m. Sella 2,244m. Gardena 2,121m.

DAY 4

Passo delle Erbe, unknown and beautiful.

Today’s ride will take us to a less visited part of the Alto Adige region in the Dolomites. After a descent to San Martino in Badia, we will climb the Colle delle Erbe, a hidden gem that will take us just above 2,000m. This is followed by a long descent to Gudon to mark the start of the Passo Laion, however we will only do the last 4km, which happens to be the hardest part with maximum gradients of 15%, it’s short and step to test our legs!!!

The last climb of the day is the Passo Gardena from Ortisei, 20km long and one of the most popular rides in the Dolomites.

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 4
109km / 3,130m
CLIMBS: Passo delle Erbe 2,005m. Lajon 1,210m. Passo Gardena 2,121m.
HOTEL: www.postazirm.com

DAY 5

It is a long ride to Bolzano…

We will be leaving the Alta Badia region and ride into Bolzano, the industrial capital of the Alto Adige. To get there we will go via Passo San Pellegrino, one of the big climbs of the Dolomites. After a short climb up the Campolongo we will ride down to the Agordina region, where there are great views from the top of the valley.

From Passo San Pellegrino we will descend to Moena and, shortly after, start climbing up to Passo Costalunga: the top marks the entry to the Bolzano region. Our Hotel tonight is in the middle of the steep wine hills which surround all the valley – an epic way to end the ride with fantastic views over Bolzano from the terrace!

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 5
125km / 2,600m
CLIMBS: Passos Campolongo 1,870m. San Pellegrino 1,915m. Costalunga 1,752m.
HOTEL: www.hotel-eberle.com

DAY 6

Passo Stelvio, 48 switchbacks to Glory

STELVIO day! This is one of the most dreamed-of climbs for serious cycling aficionados around the world. Our route will see us climb the classic 48 switchbacks from Prato allo Stelvio. First climbed at the Giro d’Italia in 1953, each meter of this long climb is etched with cycling history – after today it will be part of yours too.

We will transfer from our hotel in Bolzano to Prato and start riding from there. This will make
sure that your legs are fresh so you can enjoy the Stelvio!

Once you had enough time at the top, enjoy the thrilling descend into Bormio at your pace. The views are so amazing that a couple of stops to take pictures are necessary.

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 6
47km / 1,850m
CLIMB: Passo Stelvio 2,758m. from Pratto.
HOTEL: www.baitadeipini.com

DAY 7

Mortirolo and Gavia, way to end this epic trip!

Our last day will also be the hardest ride of the trip. Taking on the Mortirolo and Gavia on the same ride is a great challenge. These two iconic Giro d’Italia climbs are like no other in term of  gradient, length and landscape.

Starting with a 30km long descend from Bormio to Mazzo in Valtellina, the Passo del Mortirolo with its steep ramps is waiting for us. Take a short break halfway up to see the Marco Pantani monument.

From the bottom of the Mortirolo to the start of the Passo Gavia we have a long faux flat, in fact, at some point, it becomes a climb.

The Passo Gavia is one of those big climbs that changes its landscape from the bottom to the top in a radical way. At the summit the high mountain scenery is incredible!

This is an ideal way to end another epic trip with SFIDA Cycling. Enjoy the long descent down to Bormio feeling the job is done.

RIDE INFO: DAY 7
117km / 3,300m
CLIMBS: Passo del Mortirolo 1,852m. Passo Gavia 2,621m.
HOTEL: www.baitadeipini.com

DAY 8

After breakfast, SFIDA staff will transfer you to Milano Malpensa (MXP), arriving there by noon. Plan your departure flights accordingly.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICE:

TWIN room:  $4,850 AUD
SINGLE Supplement:  $750 AUD
Rental bike:  $700 AUD

PAYMENT TERMS:
$700 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

WHAT´S INCLUDED:
7 nights accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS:
7 breakfasts.
1 lunch on day 1.
6 Picnic lunches during the rides.
7 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.
Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.
Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
91 days before the trip starts – the return of deposit less $300 AUD cancellation fee.
61 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $300 AUD cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from our hotel and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
31 days before the trip starts- the return of 50% of the full amount paid.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

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