If there is a European Gran Fondo that you must ride at least once in your life, it is the Maratona dles Dolomites! And what better way to join in the Maratona than with our Boutique Cycling Experience package. Our package provides you the best of everything when cycling is your idea of a perfect holiday. The experience doesn’t begin or end with the Maratona but highlights this epic event as part of a holiday which includes beautiful hotels, gorgeous scenery, gourmet wine and dining and of course, more fabulous cycling.
The Dolomites are one of the most beautiful and dramatic mountain ranges in the world and offer world class cycling in summer. We’ll spend four days in the Dolomites, immersed in northern Italian cycling culture. The Maratona dles Dolomites itself will leave you mesmerized by the beauty and challenged by the cycling. But our other days will be filled with equally as beautiful scenery and cycling as you explore with Tour Leader Nicola.
With three distances to choose from (Sellaronda Course, 55km - Middle Course, 106km - Maratona Couse, 138km) all three courses of the Maratona will have you conquering the famous Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena passes. The shortest route includes 1,780 meters of climbing while the longest course tackles 4,230 vertical metres for a truly epic ride. You’ll feel the excitement when you ride as one of 9000 cyclists, with the entire course closed to traffic. The organisation of this event is second to none.
You’ll stay in a 4 star hotel in Corvara, the headquarter of the Maratona, near the start of the ride, at Hotel Sassongher. The hotel captures the essence and charm of the Dolomites with traditionally crafted design and furnishings, a modern spa and several gourmet restaurants with food from the local Ladin and South Tyrolean cultures. During our rides, we’ll stop at local mountain refuge’s where we’ll snack on the local food of the region including apfel strudel. On Saturday morning we are invited to a Traditional Breakfast with the Family Pinarello, where you’ll meet Fausto Pinarello at this special private event.
We’ll ensure your entry to this event, which sells out year after year. Nicola will be your ride leader and will accompany you throughout the Dolomites, making sure you are well taken care of. He will be supported by one of our professional guide, who will accompany you on the rides through the Dolomites.
We have built this package for you with flexibility in mind. Stay at Garda Bike Hotel before the Dolomites, to warm up for the big event, or head to Garda after you have conquered the Maratona, to relax with rides along the lake, or through our beautiful vineyards. It is totally up to you, and we will personalise your holiday to your liking!
This is a 7 night (minimum) package, which includes:
• 4 nights in the Dolomites, from Thursday 2nd July to Monday 06th July 2020
• a minimum 3 nights stay at Lake Garda, which can be extended further to suit your needs.
We are an OFFICIAL PINARELLO RENTAL CENTRE with more than 50 bikes available in different sizes. In 2020, our top of the line bike rental is the new PINARELLO DOGMA F12 with Di2 and disk brakes. The bike of the Team Ineos and Chris Froome. The PINARELLO GREVIL is a true all day road bike that ticks all the boxes. From the super plush 30mm wide tyers, that will let you easily negotiate the cobblestones and medieval stone-paved streets of our surrounding villages, to the extra wide 50-34 // 12 – 34 gearing that will empower you to enjoy even our most feared climbs, complete with powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and a more relaxed geometry for all-day comfort. The PINARELLO NYTRO is the first e-road bike that guarantees the maximum riding pleasure downhill and a seamless and effective support uphill. The new NYTRO offers four modes, to help you go for a ride wherever you want, with an electric assistance until 25km/h. As a new standard on the e-road bikes market, NYTRO uses the most advanced drive system in the market: EVATION from FAZUA. The PINARELLO PRINCE & GAN are our standard level bikes for beginner or casual riders and suits the needs of everybody.
IN THE DOLOMITES
Four nights of accommodation at the Wellness & Spa Hotel Sassongher**** in Corvara, in the Dolomites. On request, possibility of accommodation at Hotel La Perla****S in Corvara with a supplement.
• Accommodation in double rooms with half board,
• Buffet breakfast every morning,
• Lunch in local Restaurant
• Three course dinner featuring the best local produce and cuisine,
• Overnight laundry service for your cycling kit,
• Secure bike storage room
• Support of our Van and driver / mechanic who will look after your bike
• Our professional GBH guides will ride with you
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AT LAKE GARDA
Three nights (minimum) of accommodation at our four star Garda Bike Hotel in Peschiera del Garda.
• Accommodation in our hotel rooms
• our "Bici Love - ALL INCLUSIVE cycling package" including:
• Full board (breakfast, post ride buffet, dinner a la carte
• Daily guided group rides (7 days per week), with van support on long rides
• Daily laundry service (bike clothing)
• Transfers from/to Verona with prior arrangement (driver available from 8 am to 8 pm)
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• GUARANTEED ENTRY TO MARATONA DLES DOLOMITES GRAN FONDO
• Full Cycling Kit by Alè
• Collective transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Corvara (2nd July in the morning)
• Collective transfer from Corvara to Peschiera del Garda (06th July in the afternoon)
• Pinarello Dogma F12 DISK Bike Rental INCLUDED
Unique position. 4 stars in the Dolomites. Directly below the namesake and mountain Sassongher. Nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, the mountain watches over the valley. Discover peace and relaxation at the highest level, where the nature determines the rhythm of being. Comfortable rooms and spacious suites, furnished with local woods and precious materials – spend your valuable time with us, or just enjoy the idleness. Wellness and Beauty Spa included. Welcome to Alta Badia, where vacation feels like home.
La Perla ****S, is one of the hotels of The Leading Hotels of the World, a luxury hotel collection of 375 hotels in 75 countries of only the most distinguished properties. The fascination of this place is not about what there is, but about what there isn’t. The elegance of La Perla is its simplicity. The Beauty and Wellness center, the restaurants, the wine cellar, guest rooms with a view, the fireside lounge, the veranda: all perfect in making your body and mind feel at ease. The warmth and sense of belonging in the Costa family’s mountain home means that smiles and even discreet familiarity are very much the order of the day and integral to the relaxation and experience that awaits you.
This is a suggested itinerary for the Dolomites component of the trip:
02 July 2020 (Thursday)
In the morning, easy ride in Lake Garda area. In the early afternoon, transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Alta Badia. Welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel.
If you are landing in Italy on the 02nd July, we suggest you to arrive at Peschiera del Garda in the morning in order to join the collective transfer from Garda Bike Hotel to Alta Badia.
03 July 2020 (Friday)
We ride the epic Sellaronda course, which is the short course of the Maratona, We will be supported by our van and our driver/mechanic.
04 July 2020 (Saturday)
In the morning, we have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fausto Pinarello for the "Traditional Breakfast with Family Pinarello" at Hotel "La Perla" in Corvara. After the event: Easy ride for a coffee and the typical Apfel Strudel up to Passo Campolongo. In the afternoon, we will ride from our hotel to pick up our Maratona welcome pack (Rider bag and ride number).
05 July 2020 (Sunday) - Maratona dles Dolomites
This is the day of the epic "MARATONA DLES DOLOMITES 2020"
Wake up call at 4:45am for a super energetic breakfast. Roll down to the start in La Villa and be ready to ride the event of your life at 6:30pm. After completing the Maratona dles Dolomites enjoy the complementary pasta party and beer while you share your ride triumphs and experiences.
STAY AT HOTEL SASSONGHER - 4*
The total prices for this special offer are to be defined.
Contact Us for a custom offer, for individual cyclists as well as for teams and clubs.
• Overnight in single room
• Stay at Hotel La Perla ****S
• Customise your program by riding the Passo Stelvio or extend your stay at Lake Garda
• If you started your trip with the first three nights in the Dolomites, we will drive you to Lake Garda for the next three nights. If you wish to add more nights or visit Bormio on your way to Lake Garda, we can organise it for you.
The following will not be included in the cost of the package:
• Flights and airport transfers,
• Personal expenses and purchases,
• Alcoholic drinks unless mentioned in the programme above
The Maratona was one of the best experiences after 7 stays with the Verdolin family since 2012. I loved the hotel Fanes. One of my favourite hotels I've stayed in. I thought the package was fantastic and as always, we were very well looked after by Nicola and Davide.
If anyone is thinking of doing this ride I can't think of a better way to get an entry.
The GBH team do everything so well!
The Maratona 2018 was a fabulous well-planned experience thanks to everyone involved at the GBH. The programme was well thought out in every detail. Starting with a morning ride, lunch at Garda before our departure and Davide (amazing young man) our guide waiting for us to take us for a ride upon our return to GBH. My accommodation at the Hotel Fanes was spectacular.
The GBH bikes, Pinarello Di2 F10 are exceptional. Most people love their own bikes but many would not have a bike that is as nice as the F10’s.