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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 and Ride leader Davide.
With three distances to choose from (55km 106km or 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 4,280 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 5 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 Davide, who will be your guide 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!