In the heart of Dolomites
- The 4 Passes -
It will be an exciting challange for cyclist that loves grinding km on the road by Road bike.
We will stay at Auronzo di Cadore, the main starting point of the routes that we have arranged for this edition. We will climb up passo Zoncolan, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, passo Giau , passo Falzarego.
Auronzo di Cadore is located in the northest part of Veneto, near Cortina, Comelico and Alta Pusteria, and Lake Santa Caterina. Ideal for those who want to climb some of the most famous peaks in the world by bike, surrounded by woods and from some of the most beautiful Dolomite groups.
We will be thrilled knowing that we will ride on the same tracks become famous in the cycling world by Bartali, Coppi, Moser, Saronni, Pantani...
The effort of the hardest climbs will be rewarded by the breathtaking views that the Dolomites will give us.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
1st Day: Arrival at Venezia airport. Transfer Venezia - Auronzo di Cadore. Check in. Accomodation in hotel, in Auronzo di Cadore. Meeting for the starting briefing with the Staff. Dinner.
2nd Day: Breakfast. First tour by bike "From Veneto to Friuli". Packed lunch. Return. You can use the SPA. Dinner.
3rd Day: Breakfast. Second tour by bike "Along the river Boite". Packed lunch. Return. Dinner.
4th Day: Breakfast. Third tour by bike "Tre Cime di Lavaredo". Packed lunch. Return. Possibility of use the SPA. Dinner.
5th Day: Breakfast. Fourth tour by bike "From Belluno to Bolzano". Packed lunch. Return. Dinner.
6th Day: Breakfast. Transfer to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Fifth and last tour by bike "the 4 Passes". Packed lunch. Return. Possibility of use the SPA. Dinner.
7th Day: Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to Venezia airport.
TOUR 1 - "FROM VENETO TO FRIULI" -
From Ovaro we will ride up the steepest peak in the world: the legendary Zoncolan.
And not only!!!!!
Campolongo: is between the river Piave and the Frison stream, it develops along the two main roads that cross it: the
state road to Sappada and the old military road that reaches fork Merendera, and from there Casera Razzo.
Cima Sappada, at 1292 m above sea level, was considered three times the Grand Prix of the Mountain.
The Passo della Mauria is located at 1298 m a.s.l. in the Veneto area not far from the border with Friuli‐Venezia Giulia.
Monte Zoncolan: The ascent from Ovaro is shorter but a real challenge. In just over 10 km you climb 1.200 m in
altitude with an average gradient of 11.5% and a maximum that reaches 22%. It is well known as the "Kaiser", from the Ovaro side it is considered to be the hardest climb in Europe.
The road climbs for 1.210 m in altitude in just 10.2 km, for an average gradient of 11.4%, with peaks that reach 22% for a hundred meters after about 3 km of ascent.
In the first 2 km we already can taste what awaits us further on.
At the church of Lenzone a stretch over 11% welcomes us like a wall.
After turned right and after the center of Liariis, we can find
intimidating Dante’s citations. For the next 6 km the average slope is
15%, with peaks over 22%.
Only around the ninth kilometer the slopes return to 7%.
Subsequently, the road paves near the three short rectilinear galleries
with cemented base (equipped with lighting on from the occasion of
the Giro d'Italia in 2007).
The last 500 m reach gradients around 12%.
These are the numbers of Zoncolan (1750 m a.s.l.)! Beyond the
cold impressive numbers, the reality is that to face the "Kaiser" you
need to have a good training, the right speed (34x32), and a great
relationship with fatigue!
You cannot afford to go "out of sight" because there are no points where you can slow down and take a breath: you are forced to put your foot on the ground.
TOUR 2 - "ALONG THE RIVER BOITE" -
For the second day we thought of a less tiring route, always full of amazing landscapes. In this way we manage to dose strength.
We will have the opportunity to admire the enchanting Cortina D'Ampezzo. From where, in the north, the river Boite is born, which we will skirt, crossing the Cadore.
We will flank the river for about 45 km crossing its two artificial lakes Vodo and Valle di Cadore.
Cortina, nicknamed the "Queen of the Dolomites", is the largest and most famous of the 18 municipalities that make up the Ladinia region. It is also a renowned winter and summer tourist destination, which hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics and is the scene of numerous international sporting events related to the mountains and winter sports.
For six times Cortina d'Ampezzo was the arriving point of a stage in the Giro d'Italia, the first in 1939, the last in 2012.
1939 14th stage Gorizia‐Cortina, won by Giovanni Valetti
1948 16th stage Auronzo di Cadore‐Cortina, won by Fausto Coppi
1951 17th stage Trieste‐Cortina, won by Louis Bobet
1955 18th stage Trieste‐Cortina, won by Angelo Conterno
1977 17th stage Conegliano‐Cortina, won by Giuseppe Perletto
2012 17th stage Falzes‐Cortina, won by Joaquim Rodríguez
Total km in bike: about 150 km
Total difference in altitude: about 3800 m
Total km in bike: about 83 km
Total difference in altitude: about 1290 m
TOUR 3 - "TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO" -
We will climb the mythical Tre Cime di Lavaredo: the Sorapiss, the Cadini and the Cristallo, reaching 2333 m a.s.l., riding for about 7,2 km, with an average gradient of 7,6% and a maximum gradient of 18%.
Before arriving on the Tre Cime, we will coast the Misurina Lake. Known as "Oasis of good breath" and "Pearl of the Dolomites" thanks to its beneficial microclimate, the balsamic air and the natural beauty of colors and crystalline waters, and the largest natural basin of Cadore, which rises to 1756 m a.s.l.
Reached the majestic peaks, the panorama will give us endless emotions, almost comparable to those tested on other Dolomite passes conquered by bike.
Here, the majestic landscape joins the sky through the three spiers called the Tre Cime. A little higher, there is God. Afterwards, we will descend until we reach Dobbiaco, in the direction of Sesto, Passo Monte Croce Carnico, and finally Auronzo di Cadore.
Total km in bike: about 113 km
Total difference in altitude: about 2400 m
TOUR 4 - "FROM BELLUNO TO BOLZANO" -
Also for the fourth day, the route will be less challenging to allow us to regain our strength. We will head to Cortina d'Ampezzo passing through Giralba, and on the way back we will cross the Misurina Lake.
It is a route of about 84 km, reaching the highest altitude level of almost 1800 m. Also there we some of the most famous cyclists have climbed these passes.
Giralba rises to 1288 ‐ 3094 m a.s.l. and belongs to the municipality of Auronzo di Cadore, in the province of Belluno, in Veneto.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, well‐known as the "Queen of the Dolomites", is the largest and most famous of the 18 municipalities that form the Ladinia, as well as a popular winter and summer tourist destination, which hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics and is the scene of numerous sporting events of international relevance related to the mountains and winter sports.
Lago Misurina takes the name of Perla delle Dolomiti for its extraordinary beauty. It is located at 1756 m a.s.l., where the south‐west slope of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo overlooks it. We are immerse in the heart of the Dolomites.
Total km in bike: about 84 km
Total difference in altitude: about 1750 m
TOUR 5 - " THE 4 PASSES" -
We will go to Cortina by bus and we will start the fifth and last tour of this amazing experience. We will ride for about 118 km with a total difference in altitude of about 3800 m.
We will climb up the 4 passes: Giau, Fedaia, Pordoi and Falzarego.
The Giau pass will give us amazing panoramic views that will reward the effort spent to climb it. Often it has been protagonist of commercials but we find it above all in the famous movie Ladyhawke.
About 16 km long, we will reach a quota of 2236 m a.s.l. with an average gradient of 6,6% and a maximum of 12,5% with a series of hairpin bends that will allow us to see wonderful landscapes.
The Fedaia pass is well known among cycling lovers, in fact, it has been several times traveled by the Giro d'Italia: on the 24th of May of 2008, the 15th stage was won by Emanuele Sella with the arrival on the pass.
Famous among the cyclists is the straightaway of Malga Ciapela, which starts with about 3 km completely straight up to an average gradient of over 12%.
It is one of the most difficult stretches of all the Dolomites climbs and one of the alpine roads that allow very high downhill speeds, even over 100 km/h. We will tackle it from Caprile 1223 m a.s.l. about 13 km long reaching an altitude of 2050 m a.s.l. with an average gradient of 8,2% and a maximum of 18% with a series of hairpin bends that will allow us to see amazing views. The views in fact, will be an unforgettable reward that will alleviate our fatigue.
The Pordoi pass is an alpine pass in the Dolomites at 2.239 m a.s.l. It is located between the Sella Group to the north and the Marmolada group to the south. It joins Arabba, a village in the municipality of Livinallongo of Col di Lana in Val Cordevole in the Venetian province of Belluno, with Canazei, a municipality in the Val di Fassa in the province of Trento. Passo Pordoi has been several times the stage of the Giro d'Italia and considered a legend since 1965, the year in which Cima Coppi was established. We can find a monument dedicated to the famous Fausto Coppi. We will tackle it from Canazei at 1450m a.s.l. about 13 km long we will reach a quota of 2240 m a.s.l. with an average gradient of 6% and a maximum of 9%. 27 bends that will allow us to see wonderful landscapes.
The Falzarego pass does not present particular difficulties except for the length, which is over 15 km of ascent on both sides, and is much loved by cyclists due to the scenic beauty it offers. We will climb it from Caprile 998 m a.s.l. about 20 km long we will reach an altitude of 2105 m a.s.l. with an average slope of 5.5% and a maximum of 11%.
Total km in bike: about 118 km
Total difference in altitude: about 3800 m
PRICE OF THE PACKAGE
Cost per person for group of almost 8/9 partecipants:
Staying in hotel 3/4 stars with half board treatment and SPA;
Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner;
Integration (protein bars, energy bars e gels)
Van in tow with technical assistance and stuffs;
Transfer Auronzo di Cadore - Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Not included services:
Admission for museums;
Bike and helmet rental;
We offer the possibility to buy flight tickets for groups that have confirmed their booking.
Who prefers, can use our bikes with a supplement of €50,00.
Who wants, could be accompanied by a relative or a friend that doesn't take part to bike tours. These people will have a reduction of €70,00.
On request customized tour.
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