Sfida Stelvio + Dolomites
Sfida Stelvio + Dolomites

CLIMB LIKE NEVER BEFORE WITH SFIDA CYCLING

We have done it! we are proud to introduce you to the ultimate Italian climbing trip. SFIDA Stelvio + Dolomites title is short compared to what we are about to offer you on this trip.

Starting in Bormio and ending in Bassano del Grappa, we are covering a good number of epic climbs along the route we have designed for this new trip.

Stelvio (3 times for the bravest), Mortirolo, Gavia, Nigra, Pordoi, Fedaia, Sella, Valparola, Giau, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Zoncolan, Crostis, Monte Grappa…if you ever wanted to ride on the wild side, this is your opportunity to join SFIDA Cycling and tick off your personal bucket list of incredible climbs.

We will offer alternative shorter rides for the riders that prefer to take it a bit easier, so as to always keep your legs fresh…

As we are in Italy, expect the food and coffee to be great too. We have chosen excellent accommodation so you can relax after our challenging days on the road.

SFIDA Cycling only provides first-class support, so you just need to train and join, we take care of all the details to make sure any trip with us is an unforgettable experience.

 

 

DISTANCE: 910km*                  CLIMBING: 28,300m*

*for the riders doing the full daily routes proposed.

Prices in Australian dollars.

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  • Destination:Italy
  • Duration:10 days
  • DATES : Jun 14 - Jun 24
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Milano (MXP)
    • DEPARTURE:Venice (VCE)
    • NON RIDER:N/A
  • PRICE :

    $6,550.00

DAY 1

Welcome to Bormio!

Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP) or at the designated hotel nearby. We will travel by van to our first destination: Bormio, where every road takes you to an epic climb, besides being a very nice town.

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 Lago di Cancano and back, this climb is also named little Stelvio as it has a fair number of switchbacks and it is very scenic. A great introduction to the phenomenal riding that lies ahead for our group.

 

RIDE: DAY 1
34km / 1,100m
CLIMB: Lago di Cancano 1,890m.
HOTEL: Baita dei Pini

DAY 2

1, 2 or 3 Stelvios…your choice…our support will be there!

Triplo Stelvio day for the keenest riders of our group. In this order: Bormio, Prato and Santa Maria sides, this is a SFIDA (Challenge) that will stay in your memory for a long time.

For the riders that think that the Triplo is a bit too much, don’t worry, you can choose to climb the Stelvio from one side or two.

The Stelvio is a legendary climb in the cycling world, climbed for the first time in the Giro d’Italia 1953 and summited by nonetheless legendary Fausto Coppi. Since then it has been a cycling dream for many aficionados.

Each side of the Stelvio has a different characteristic, Bormio has nearly as many switchbacks as Prato’s 48. The view of the glaciers close to the summit is one not to forget!

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 2
124km / 4,725m
CLIMBS: Stelvio from Bormio, Stelvio from Prato, Stelvio from Santa Maria.
HOTEL: Baita dei Pini

DAY 3

Mortirolo and Gavia, a classic duet!

Today we propose another epic ride: Passo del Mortirolo and Passo Gavia.

The Mortirolo marked the start of the introduction of steeper climbs in the Grand Tours. Later climbs like Monte Zoncolan or L’Angliru, with much steeper gradients, have surpassed the Mortirolo in toughness. Still, the history associated with this climb, especially with the exploits of Marco Pantani, is hard to forget for cycling aficionados.

Don’t miss the memorial dedicated to Pantani at tornante 11 of the Mortirolo, a tragic reminder of a great rider that had a dramatic end to his life.

After summiting the Mortirolo we will descend towards Monno and start the approach to Ponte di Legno, where the Passo Gavia starts. This is another mythic climb that the Giro d’Italia has passed through a few times, the most memorable one being in 1988 under a severe snowstorm that saw the riders arriving one by one to the finish line in Bormio.

We will descend back to Ponte di Legno where our hotel is located for the night.

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 3
105km / 3,330m
CLIMBS: Passo del Mortirolo from Mazzo 1,852m. Passo Gavia from Ponte di Legno 2,612m.
HOTEL: Blu Hotel Aquaseria

DAY 4

Last day in the Alps, Dolomites here we come!

Today we are leaving behind the Lombardia region via the Passo del Tonale, an important link towards the Trentino region. From there we will continue riding until we reach the

Passo della Mendola. This road, built in the late 1800s, is the entry to the South Tyrol region and its capital, Bolzano, which is our destination for the day.

During our ride, we will start seeing the change in landscape between the Alps and the approaching Dolomites.

RIDE INFO: DAY 4
110km / 2,030m
CLIMBS: Passo del Tonale 1,883m.  Passo della Mendola 1,363m.
HOTEL: Hotel Eberle

DAY 5

Ride to the heart of the Dolomites via Passos Nigra and Pordoi.

Leaving behind Bolzano we are entering the Dolomites via the Passo Nigra. Probably not the easiest way but definitely one of the most scenic introductions to this impressive region.

With a distance of 25km and about 1300m of elevation gain, the Passo Nigra has many of the characteristics we will enjoy in the next few days: great scenery, different gradients with double digits and some faux flats…

At the top of Passo Nigra we will join the Passo Costalunga summit before descending to the Val di Fassa, where we will ride towards Canazei. This is the starting point of one of the most famous climbs in the area, the Passo Pordoi, at the top there is a Fausto Coppi memorial, we are in Giro d’Italia terrain!

A nice descent to Arabba before we start the last climb of the day, the Passo Campolongo, short and easy.

Corvara is our destination and where we will be based for the next couple of nights.

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 5
92km / 3,150m
CLIMBS: Passo Nigra 1,689m, Passo Pordoi 2,239m, Passo Campolongo 1,870m.
HOTEL: Hotel Posta Zirm

DAY 6

Four Passos around Corvara, including the Marmolada!

Corvara is in the heart of the Alto Adige region, surrounded by imposing rocky mountains, there are a good number of interesting climbs around.

Today our ride will involve climbing four of this Passos in this order: Campolongo, Fedaia, Sella and Gardena. Passo Fedaia, also known as La Marmolada, is definitely one of the hardest climbs in the Dolomites, especially from the Malga Ciapella section to the top.

This is a great loop as the distance is not too long but it has a lot of elevation. For the riders that prefer a shorter ride, we propose another epic loop: the Sella Ronda, 50km and 1,600m of climbing.

The Sella Ronda includes the Passos: Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena.

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 6
85km / 2,760m
CLIMBS: Passos: Campolongo 1,875m. Fedaia (Marmolada) 2,057m. Sella 2,244m. Gardena 2,121m.
HOTEL: Hotel Posta Zirm

DAY 7

Giau and Tre Cime di Lavaredo, amongst others….

Another big day in the Dolomites, starting with the Valparola followed by the nice descent on the Falzarego, today is a very scenic ride.

Our second climb is the Passo Giau. The Giro d’Italia has gone through this summit a good number of times and always creates a great expectation. After descending to Cortinad’Ampezzo we will then go up the Passo Tre Croci before arriving at Misurina. This is where the Tre Cime di Lavaredo start, a short climb but with ramps up to 19%.

A shorter ride option will skip the Passo Giau and go directly to Cortina d’Ampezzo to follow the rest of the ride.

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 7
96km / 3,280m
CLIMBS: Passos: Valparola 2,192m.  Giau 2,236m. Tre Croci 1,805m. Tre Cime di Lavaredo 2,333m.
HOTEL: Gran Hotel Misurina

DAY 8

…rest day at SFIDA Cycling?

Leaving Misurina we ride East towards the Carnic Alps, on our way we will climb the Sella Ciampigotto, a long and steady climb on a quiet road.

After descending to Comeglians we will climb the short Sella Valcalda to reach Ravascletto, a small town with an idyllic location for tomorrow’s ride.

We are getting close to some steep climbs, the Carnic Alps hold a few surprises ahead. We hope that today feels almost like a rest day for what lays ahead…

 

RIDE INFO: DAY 8
85km / 1,680m
CLIMB: Sella Ciampigotto 1,790m. Sella Valcalda 958m.
HOTEL: La Perla Hotel

DAY 9

Montes Zoncolan and Crostis, can it be any steeper?

When your bike computer marks that at km 48 you have climbed 2,800m, it can be that either it is not working well or that you are on one of those crazy SFIDA days when Tony tells you…” is all good, you are going to love the next climb!”

Today you are in luck, as you are with SFIDA Cycling and enjoying the double Zoncolan + Crostis combo. Monte Zoncolan has become an epic climb of the Giro d’Italia, even though it has been climbed only 6 times since 2003, its 10kms at 12% with peaks close to 20% makes this mountain a very special ride for any cyclist.

As we like to challenge our clients a bit further, we will you to the nearby and less known Monte Crostis, a hidden monster climb of 14km at 10% to complete a short but very intense ride.

After descending back to Comeglians we will have a van transfer to Feltre.

RIDE INFO: DAY 9
67km / 2,885m
CLIMBS: Monte Zoncolan 1,735m. Monte Crostis 1,982m.
HOTEL: Hotel Doriguzzi

DAY 10

Monte Grappa, way to end this epic trip!

Climbing the Monte Grappa is the way to go to end an epic Italian trip. From Feltre we will ride towards Caupo and climb from this side, used also in the 100th Giro d’Italia in 2017.

Monte Grappa is a very symbolic place for Italians, as well as many other nationalities that participated in World Wars I and II. On the summit of Monte Grappa lies the giant Sacrario del Grappa which can be seen from far away on a clear day.

Back to our riding, as this mountain has as many as nine different ways up, we are offering to climb it twice, the second time from the Semonzo side.

For the riders that decide that they have had enough climbing, it is an easy descent to our hotel in Bassano del Grappa.

RIDE INFO: DAY 10
113km / 3,540m
CLIMBS: Monte Grappa from Caupo 1,738m.  Monte Grappa from Semonzo 1,738m.
HOTEL: Hotel Ca’Sette

DAY 11

After breakfast, SFIDA staff will transfer you to Venice Airport (VCE), arriving there by 11:00. Plan your departure flights accordingly.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICE:

TWIN room:  $6,550 AUD
SINGLE Supplement:  $850 AUD
Rental bike:  $800 AUD

PAYMENT TERMS:
$1,000 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

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

ALL MEALS:
10 breakfasts.
10 lunches with a mix of quick trattoria pasta stops and picnics.
10 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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