THE DOLO'BIKE RIDE:
The Dolomites like you dreamed them !

Ride the Dolomites:
A region full of mythic tales with many more to be made on bike…

Huge rose coloured towering cliffs define these rocky ‘mountainous islands’
which we experience in their majestic scale; dry rocky technical singletracks, fast descents, lush green pastures and traditional Tyrolean chalets.
ALPSMOUNTAINBIKE calls them the DOLOBIKES!!


This Dolomite Mountain Bike trip is for ‘the brave’, it is very mountainous but also very unforgettable !

Mountain biking in the Dolomites… the dream has come true ! Their singletracks have long been calling us and now after hours spent looking at maps and testing the trails, we can propose to you the highlights of the DOLOMITES.

Rosengarten, Val di Fassa, Passo Sella, Dolomiti della Sella, Alta Badia, Passo Falzarego, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti di Fanes... the list of legendary spots is long and they are waiting for you!

The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these mountains are unique. The Dolomites are home to a hardy population as proud of their historic culture and region as the mountains which stand here, with a grace and warmth which echoes the pink hues the rocky cliff faces exude.

The scenery is breathtaking, South Tyrol has a style of its own which can be seen in the local architecture and the cuisine of the region. The accommodation is typical South Tyrolean in style and the hearty cuisine a fusion of Austrian and Italian flavours, Knödel soup, polenta and apple strudel. Energy drinks around here consist of an espresso and a shot of grappa, Italian style! Mountain biking in the Dolomites is like nowhere else.

We will ride from one ‘mountainous island’ to the next, contouring their dry rocky mountainsides via singletracks and appreciate long and challenging descents, cycle through quaint South Tyrolean villages with their intricate wooden sculptures, recharge our batteries in warm friendly hotels and mountain refuges and refuel with local mountain food ready to face new challenges and impressive Dolomite magic!

The Dolomites are incredible ALPSMOUNTAINBIKE loves them and we are proud to offer this tour…
We know you will fall in love with them too!


INCLUDED

ALPSMOUNTAINBIKE cycling jersey 7 nights accommodation all meals from dinner on Saturday of arrival to breakfast Saturday of departure picnic lunches Professional guiding luggage transfer to evening accommodation (inc. mountain refuge) Pick up and Drop off at Geneva airport return transfer to Geneva airport on Saturday of arrival/departure

NOT INCLUDED

Flights/Travel etc Expenses of repair and maintenance of bikes Cancellation/medical insurances and repatriation costs Acces to and from Bolzano Departure point Bike hire Alcohol and extra drinks All that is not included/understood in the heading 'Included'.

Warning: This itineray is given for your information and may be changed at the discretion of the guide depending on the weather conditions, physical ability of clients and the trail 'options' we decide together.

The Schedule : arrival Saturday

DAY 1 of arrival (Saturday) : 'Meet and great' by ourselves at Bolzano train station, Italy. A 30 minute transfer will drive us to our cosy hotel at the foot of the huge rocky cliffs of the Rosengarten. Unpacking and preparation of bikes.

DAY 2 (Sunday) : Welcome in the Dolomites.
The first ride in the Dolomites is always a fantastic experience! We will contour the Rosengarten range by the south, riding one of these famous mountain side singletracks with a breathtaking view over the huge range of the Dolomiti d'Ampezzo!
Night in Refugio ( mountain hut wich is more like an hotel with fantastic italian food)

Ride distance: 40km Uneven positive: 1000m Uneven negative: 1200m Physical difficulty: 2/5 Technical skills: 3/5


DAY 3 (Monday) : A new balcony trail along a singletrack under the unforgettable cliffs of the Sasso Piato enabling us to gain 500m of altitude through this beautiful mountain landscape of the Val Duron. Contouring the Sasso Piato and Sella Ronda to Passo Gardena by singletrack is amazing, and involves some short hike-a-bike section in some places!
The arrival to Passo Gardena will leave you voice less as the view and Dolimiti di Fanes and Dolomite di Senes is mind blowing!
A short stop in a mountain hut for a cappucino and there we go for a long fun descent to the tyrolian style town of Alta Badia.

Night in Alta Badia.

Ride distance: 50km Uneven positive: 1350m Uneven negative: 1500m Physical difficulty: 4/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 4 (Tuesday) : A warm up climb to the Passo Falzarego, under the watchful eye of the giant peaks of the Pic des Conturines (3012m)will take us to Passo Valparola then to Passo Falzarego. From the Passo Falzarego, a new dream singletrack awaits us, contouring the mountainside at the foot of the cliffs of the imposing Tofane (3244m) which dominate the famous valley of Cortina d'Ampezzo where we stay for two nights.
This singletrack has lots of ups and downs with techy rocky sections, short hike-a-bike sections and stuning sceneries and finishes in the picturesque town of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Night in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Ride distance: 45km Uneven positive: 1250m Uneven negative: 1300m Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 5 (Wednesday) : A short transfer will drop us at the entry of Fanes Park for a long climb on dirt road to acces to the altitude plateau of Fanes where a coffee stop in Refugio di Fanes is very welcome !
We are in the heart of the Dolomites at 2500 metres ! A short technical descent on singletrack then comes the short but killer ascent to Refugio Fodara in the heart of the park di Dolomiti di Senes ! A long descent back to Cortina d'Ampezzo, a beer and a pizza will be the reward of the long day.

Night in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ride distance: 48km Uneven positive: 1450m Uneven negative: 1600m Physical difficulty: 4/5 Technical skills: 3/5


DAY 6 (Thursday) : A great day on the program! We will ride at the foot of the super famous and mythic Tre Cime di Lavaredo! From refugio Auronzo a techy descent of 1000 meters 100% singletrack followed by a long uphill to acces to Refugio Fratelli for the mandatory coffee stop! A traversing trail with ups and downs will take us to passo Tre Croci and then bomb down to Cortina d'Ampezzo via a fun and flowy singletrack directly at the accomodation.

Night in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ride distance: 48km Uneven positive: 1500m Uneven negative: 1900m Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 7 (Friday) : The scenic grassy shoulder of Pralongia os teasing us since the beginning of the week so we have to ride it!!! The climb to reach the top is on a large dirt road and the view coffee stop at the refugio is breathtaking. A techy descent to Arraba to catch the cable car and we are facing the highest summit and the only glacier of the Dolomites : the Marmolada (3343m). The traversing singletrack to passo Pordoi is absolutly fantastic!
A last technical and fun descent to Canazei and a last beer and it is time to pack the bikes.
Dismantle and pack bikes ready for departure the following day.

Night in Canazei

Ride distance: 45km Uneven positive: 1300m Uneven negative: 1500m Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5

Total ride distance: 285km !!!

Dismantle and pack bikes ready for departure the following day. Yes I think a well earned cold beer or two is a definite!

Day 8 : departure day (Saturday) : early Departure to Bolzano or stay another night and appreciate this beautiful city…



NB: this tour is run with a minimum of 4 clients. Lunches on Saturday of arrival and Saturday of departure are not included, but can be arranged at an additional cost.

Departure
possible
Every Saturday from June 15th to October 12th
Level
MORE INFOS


Physical
difficulty
  • You are a mtb fan and ride 3-4 times a week at least for 2 hours non stop or more.
  • You can ride at intense pace for short periods (15 minutes)
  • You are able to cope with longer anaerobic efforts( 3-5 minutes).
  • You are comfortable with cycling more than 5 hours at steady pace per day.
  • you are able to climb 1 hour non stop.
  • you do not mind riding in rain if it occurs.
  • you are able to climb more than 1000 meters (3000 feet).
  • vertical ascent a day over 5 days including hike-a-bike sections ( more than 10 minutes).


    Technical
    difficulty
  • You are experienced and have ridden in a lot different situations ( dust, gravels, rocks, roots, mud, slippery terrain) and different types of singletracks.
  • You can go down a drop above 30 centimeters (about 1 foot).
  • You rarely walk uphill or downhill.
  • You are not afraid of steep singletracks uphill and downhill
  • You like the technical challenge and you would like to improve your skills.
  • You can cope with tight corners while downhill with rock and roots.
  • You can ride along a technical descent for at least 30 minutes.
  • You are confident in riding with little exposure.
  • YOUR BIKE
  • The best option is to ride on your own mountain bike, as it is familiar to you.
  • PLEASE NO XC bikes or short travel bikes (below 130mm)
  • A full suspension bike with at least 130 mm of front and back travel is required.
  • You need to have big grippy tires front and back, minimum 2.3 solid casing.
  • Possibility of renting a full suspension bike from 365 euros a week in the local sports stores (list on request).
  • Distance : 280 km - Ascent : 7850 m - Descent : 9000 m
    Duration8 days: arrival on saturday , departure on saturday
    7 nights accomodation
    6 days riding
    Saturday to Saturday
    Terrain
    From easy to very technical singletracks (some very technical) 'rocky and rooty' trails.
    Several hike a bike sections
    Accomodation
    You'll be accomodated in hotels every night. They all have hot showers and a safe place to store the bikes. Rooms are shared from two to four persons. They offer good comfort and make it really possible to rest after a good day of mountain biking! Single room option: 490 euros supplement (rates from the 12/2018) Possibility of washing and repairing the bicycles at the hotels.
    the meals
    They are taken at the hotel (breakfast and dinner) The food and wines in Italy are amazing! Breakfast is usually continental breakfast. Dinner is 4 courses in huuuge portions! At lunchtime, a genuine cold meal, generally composed of varied salads, pork-butchery, regional products, etc.
    Lunch
    Our gourmet sandwiches are now reknown as we love to prepare some " deeluxe" lunch for fill your biker's hungry stomchs! So we provide a different sandwich freshly prepared everyday with delicious bread ( organic or whole wheat when possible) and local specialities. In addition we propose unlimited acces to trail snack and fruits!
    Location
    Starts and finishes in Bolzano Italy
    Pick up / Drop Off / Meeting point
    The closest international airport is VERONA / ITALY, about one hour and half transfer from the meeting point in BOLZANO. The pick up and drop off from / to VERONA airport are NOT included in the price of the trip. You will meet your guide and driver in BOLZANO. Please do not assemble your bike before you have arrived in at the hotel you'll stay in on saturday evening. Dependding wich trip you ride , you can leave your bike box safely at the hotel and find it back on friday
    Lodging
    7 nights accommodation in a mix of hotels
    (based on double occupancy twin bedrooms)