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Stelvio Cycling

Italy's Bullet List climbs

There are bike rides that we passionate cyclists want to ride in our life as an essential part of our experience, mainly uphill.

 

Why?

 

Is it because biking on a climb is a challenge for us? Or perhaps biking along a climb takes us on a different rhythm, still personal and other than in our daily life? Or is it because climbing allows us to view the landscape from a larger perspective? Or because when we bike on the climb, at our rhythm, we enter meditation mode?

Somehow, biking uphill connects us to the feeling of biking an Epic ride.

We don't want to say that each climb is epic, though biking uphill gives us that small piece of feeling. The feeling may be about the bike ride itself and our personal experience.

It doesn't matter the bike ride you take - the Stelvio, the Agnel Passthe GiauMount Grappa, or any other epic bike ride -the point is you, your emotions, and the meaning of that experience for you.

Indeed, biking big climbs like those in significant events such as The Giro or the Tour de France gives a special meaning to that experience regardless of our timing or speed.

 

This bike tour - Italy's bullet list climbs - is one of the best possible combinations of beautiful climbs you can enjoy in Italy due to their narrative and the landscapes.

 

The bike tour combines our usual support along each ride and the comfort of the charming accommodations that welcome you at the end of the rides. At the same time, each meal will refill your energies with the excellent food and wines of the local traditions adding value to the overall experience.

Pick your date; we'll do the rest!

INCLUDED

  • 8 nights in 4 star accommodations;

  • 8 breakfast

  • 2 lunches

  • 5 easy style lunches along rides

  • 5 dinners

  • 1 Museum access and guided tour

  • Van Support

  • Two Italian-English speaking tour leaders (1biking with you; 1on van support)*

  • GPS tracks of the rides

  • Tour agenda of the trip with maps, graphs and daily program

  • Energy gels, drinks, and bars for the rides

  • One cumulative arrival, private transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport

  • One cumulative departure, private transfer to Milano-Malpensa Airport

  • Ride Your Life Cycling jersey

  • Ride Your Life water bottle

*From 7 participants

Price €5390 per person

PRICE FOR EXTRA AND SUPPLEMENTS

 

  • Extra cost for single room: €415,00

  • Officine Mattio high-end Italian Road bike rental: € 350,00 (carbon frame, disk brake, and electronic shift


OM is an Italian artisan bike factory that shares a great passion for cycling with us. The philosophy that guides Officine Mattio is based on a mix of innovative technical solutions and inspiration from the past.

Production, research, and design are totally Made in Italy.

Every bicycle is unique, irreproducible, and authentic. Every detail is essential.

Your choice for this trip: 

1_take the bike rental service only, or…

2_use the bike on tour, and you can decide to take it home while on tour. What a great way to test the bike!

With this option, OM will take off the rental cost from the entire cost of the bike you used on tour or from the cost of a brand-new one.

Thanks to RYL, you will take advantage of a minimum of 10% discount on the final price of the bike.

Day by Day program

Live your dreamed bike ride!

This 9 day bike tour combines three different areas, including the Dolomites, the UNESCO  mountain range in northeastern Italy stretching between Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto.

DAY1: welcome and warm-up.  - Miles/kilometers: 15/25 - Elevation gain feet/meters: 1214/370

Welcome to Bassano del Grappa

A cumulative transfer will take the group from Venezia airport to Bassano del Grappa.

As usual a warm up ride will help us to get confidence with our bikes to have everything in place for the rides ahead.

This is an easy ride with a short climb (4km) in the middle. Welcome cocktail and dinner all together this night.

Meals: Dinner is included

DAY2: Miles/kilometers: 37/62 - Elevation gain feet/meters: 5947//1813 
 

In this trip we are going to approach the peak from its South side, our ride includes the visit at the military memorial of Monte Grappa, the largest Italian military ossuary of the First World War. The Memorial is located on the very peak of the mountain and adds value to the climb experience. The ride is a loop ride with the main climb in the middle. We'll ride back to Bassano by quiet roads that passes through quiet villages.

Easy style lunch on the way, dinner is on your own this night.
Meals: breakfast is included

DAY 3: Miles/kilometers: 39/65 - Elevation gain feet/meters: 2719/829

Valdobbiadene Bike ride in the renowed Valdobbiadene area, this is one of the most famous and finest Italy's wine region. The ride is moderate, perfect to recover from Mount Grappa. We'll have lunch at a family run "mammafood" trattoria and then van transfer to a tiny village in the Dolomites area. Along the way we'll stop at a local winery to understand about the local production. Dinners is altogether included this night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included

DAY 4: Miles/kilometers: 40/67 - Elevation gain feet/meters: 6484/1977

Sellaronda bike loop Today will ride one of the most famous and beautiful loop around the Sella Mountain Group! Four passes, four downhill, great views! A lot of fun! In the afternoon we'll have an interesting guided tour at the local museum of history with our guide Monica who will tell us about the World War and how it impacted in this area. This night we'll have dinner together at a traditional old farm, locally called "Maso" this is an interesting experience for the authentic food of the local tradition.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner are included 

DAY 5: Miles/kilometers: 31/51 Elevation gain feet/meters: 4592/1400

 

Valparola and Falzarego Pass Another loop ride this morning that takes us along two more peaks included into the "Marathon of the Dolomites" Valparola and Falzarego Pass. Dinner is on your own this night.

Meals: Breakfast is included

DAY 6

Miles/kilometers: 49/81 - Elevation gain feet/meters: 2789/850

Brunico to Bolzano Today we'll move West, to Bormio this will be our base for one of the highlights of this trip: the Stelvio. Everyone knows this iconic climb along a beautiful route that connect Italy with Switzerland. 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included 

DAY 7

Miles/kilometers: 13/21 - Elevation gain feet/meters: 5117/1560

Stelvio Pass Today is the big day: Stelvio! The original road was designed to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardy with the rest of Austria, it covers a climb of 1,871 m (6,138 ft). Designer and engineer was Carlo Donegani and the building process was from 1820 to the '25 . The Giro d'Italia often crosses the Stelvio Pass (it was crossed by the Giro for the first time in 1953, when Fausto Coppi beat Hugo Koblet).

Meals: dinner is on your own 

DAY 8

Miles/kilometers: 22 / 38 - Elevation gain feet/meters: 2948 / 899

Cancano Lakes The last ride of this beautiful bike trip is about Cancano Lakes; the 2020 Giro d'Italia included this climb. The climb starts just a few kilometers north of Bormio and has a relatively accessible 7% average gradient, climbing just under 700m over 9km. The road takes us up a spectacular ladder of switchbacks guarded by the imposing Fraele towers. Beyond is the Cancano plateau and the Lago di Cancano and Lago di San Giacomo, two artificial lakes separated by a dam you can ride over. 

Meals: farewell dinner is included

DAY 9

Breakfast and cumulative transfer to Milano Malpensa airport. End of services. 

Arrivederci!

This trip, as well as all the RYL trips, is from a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 12 participants. We believe that small groups give more opportunities for socializing and for creating stronger connections.

Cycling Cancano Lakes by Matteo dell'Oro https://unsplash.com/fr/@dellouss?utm_source=wix-media-manager&utm_medium=referral

This trip aims to give you a memorable bike tour experience along with some of the most beautiful bike rides we may have in Italy. You might experiment much more; this is one of our selections.

The spirit of the trips in RIDE YOUR LIFE is to enjoy the rides at your speed and give you a chance to test your legs at your own pace. None of our bike rides is a race; we know, however, that some riders will be faster than others and that each one likes to keep his/her own pace along the uphill rides; therefore, our way is to enjoy the ride and wait for the last riders at the summits to reconnect the group. Experience is all together! 

 

Regarding difficulty, the trip includes uphill and some more gentle rolling rides, so we suggest the trip is for intermediate or above-level riders. 

For every ride, you'll find the service of the van support to let you have the comfort of snacks, water, and energy drinks along with the rides. The vehicle follows you in case any group participant needs to or prefers to skip any section of the ride.

Image by Samuele Bertoli
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