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‘Marathona dles Dolomiti’ cycling weekend

In 2016 the Marathona dles Dolomiti celebrated its 30th year. Known as a Gran Fondo, rather than a sportive, it is the closest enthusiastic riders can get to experience a professional event. With three distances, 34, 66 and 86 miles, it is famously tough with 4,000 metres of combined climbing with virtually the entire course being steep ascents and descents. It is also a truly international affair with riders from around the globe taking part. During the event you may not have time to absorb the beauty of the area but with our 4 night trip you will be gently introduced to the region, have your equipment checked by a professional and have time at the end to reflect on a unique achievement.

At a glance

 

  • Race in the Maratona dles Dolomites – one of the most popular Granfondo bicycles races in Italy – 1 July 2018
  • Ride over breathtaking Dolomite mountain passes, enjoying fabulous ascents over high mountain passes and exhilarating descents into beautiful valleys
  • Visit one of the most beautiful places in Hidden Europe

 

 

  • Experience a blend of three cultures in the Dolomites – Italian, German, and Ladin – with their many traditions that make this region so unique
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of 9,000 cyclists from over 40 nations
  • Choose one of three courses distances to suit you; 85, 65 and 35 miles

 

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Location

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Armentarola, the heart of the Alta Badia valley...

Arrive in Armentarola, the heart of the Alta Badia valley...

Arrive by private transfer and check in at the Hotel La Majun in La Villa( just 200m from the start line) before relaxing with afternoon tea and freshly made pastries.

Day 2 - Warm up ride withy local guide...

Warm up ride withy local guide...

Your first day on the bike in the Dolomites starts with a guided warm up! Begin this morning checking your bike over with our mechanic. You’ll meet your local English speaking professional bike guide at your hotel, receive a trip briefing, and enjoy a warm up ride in the local area (itinerary can be discussed directly with the local English professional bike guide).

Day 3 - - Cycle the Sella Ronda...

Cycle the Sella Ronda...

Today bike the Sellaronda – the short course of the Maratona with its 55km / 34.1 miles – 4 Passes: Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,151′), Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356′), Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349′), Passo Gardena (2,137m / 7,011′).

In the afternoon, take a private transfer to San Leonardo (25 minutes each way) and pick up your race number for the Maratona!

Day 4 - - Race Day...

Race Day...

Maratona dles Dolomites day! In the morning, at 04.00hrs, enjoy an early breakfast before you head out to ride the Maratona for a start at 6.30hrs! Fuel up with Italian pasta: the perfect ingredient to boost your energy!

You have three course options to choose from:
Short Course: 55km / 34.1 miles – 4 Passes – Altitude gain 1780 m/ 5,839’
Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,151′), Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356′), Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349′), Passo Gardena (2,137m / 7,011′)
Middle Course: 106km / 65.8 miles – 6 Passes – Altitude gain 3130 m/ 10,269’
Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,151′), Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356′), Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349′), Passo Gardena (2,137m / 7,011′), Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,151′ – again), Passo Valparola (2,200m / 7,218′)
Long Course: 138km / 85.7 miles – 8 Passes – Altitude gain 4230 m/ 13,877’
Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,151′), Passo Pordoi (2,242m / 7,356′), Passo Sella (2,240m / 7,349′), Passo Gardena (2,137m / 7,011′), Passo Campolongo (1,875m / 6,151′ – again), Colle di Santa Lucia and Passo Giau (2,236m / 7,336′), Passo Falzarego (2,109m / 6,919’), Passo Valparola (2,200m / 7,218′).

All three courses lead riders through the Dolomite mountains around the Sella Group and over roads, where legendary rides by great champions of the Giro d’Italia have taken place. The roads are lined with tens of thousands of cheering spectators, and the entire event is broadcast live on Italian national TV broadcaster RAI. Along the course, seven refreshment stations are manned by volunteers, where riders can strengthen themselves with food and drink, varying from sports drinks to coffee, and strudel to speck sandwiches.
As a participant, you are free to select the route best suited to your ability at the start of the event, and may also alter your course during the event. All riders complete the four pass Sellaronda course first. After completing the Sellaronda course, riders can either choose to finish the race or proceed directly onwards with the Middle course, followed by the Maratona course. All courses end in Corvara in Badia (end 1,561m / 5,120′).
When you complete the ride, enjoy the huge post event celebration – meet people from around the world and enjoy special foods prepared for the event! Enjoy the scenery, the fabulous support, and cherish your finisher certificate from the best ride of your life! You can even get instant results and information about your ride by providing your mobile phone number and email address (details at race registration). At the end of the race ride back to La Villa.

Day 5 - - After a gentle start to the day...

After a gentle start to the day...

After breakfast, depart for home with the T-shirt, new friends and a ton of great memories. Alternative take a couple more days in the Dolomites this time enjoying gentle exercise, perhaps enjoying some of their more unique spa treatments such as a Hay Wrap to help aching muscles or perhaps a gentle stroll to a delightful mountain refugio.

Accommodation

Marathona dles Dolomiti