Dolomites Weekender

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

Organiser's Description

Cycling holidays made easy - Sportive Breaks takes you to the best climbs, routes and rides in Europe without the hassle. Join our team of expert guides, mechanics and local hosts and discover some of the best riding on the planet!

Our packages include return airport transfers, half board accommodation, and rides each day. Four night packages from June to September in cycling's most beautiful destination. Five days in climbing wonderland. Ride classic climbs like the Passo Giau and some lesser known stunners including Tre Cime, all with incredible scenery in all directions. Cycling at its very best.

The Dolomites is special place in the cycling world. Ask anyone that's been and they will rave about the incredible scenery, warm hospitality and amazing climbs (and descents!). On this trip we spend 2 nights in Cortina and 2 nights in Corvara. The long weekend is set to the backdrop of some of the best scenery in Europe - imagine the Sound of Music mixed with stunning rock formations. The local Ladin culture (they speak their own language in these valleys) is a mix of Italian and Austrian, and there's some great mountain food. An unmissable cycling break!

Races

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Our Dolomites breaks run Wednesdays to Sundays from June to September. We arrive early on Wednesday in time to set bikes up and go for a spin, and leave late morning on Sunday, allowing for a very early ride if wanted, while still getting you home at a reasonable hour.

Day One - Wednesday

Cortina

Arrival day. We meet you in Venice airport and head out at 12.30pm for a 2.30pm arrival in Cortina. After building bikes, we head out for a late afternoon spin, with an optional summit of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, one of the classic climbs in Italy. Tre Cime di Lavaredo is as steep as it is beautiful. The final 4km average 12% on one of the most incredible climbs in cycling. We get back early evening and have our welcome dinner together at 8pm, where we go through the plan for the days ahead. Ride Distance 52km.


Day Two - Thursday

Cortina to Corvara

Breakfast at 8am for a rollout at 9am. Our mechanic is on hand for any last minute bike work before we head out towards the Fedaia. We have a cafe stop in Canazei, then continue over two more climbs to Corvara. We should arrive early to mid afternoon for dinner at 7.30pm. Ride Distance 94km.


Day Three - Corvara

Off the Beaten Path

We head off the beaten path today and escape the World, going over the Passo delle Erbe then back over the Gardena. A stunning local ride on narrow, empty roads. Today is one of the highlights of the weekend. Ride Distance 107km.


Day Four - Saturday

Corvara to Cortina

We roll out at 9am and head towards the major climb of the day, the mighty Passo Giau. Once over here it is downhill all the way to our hotel in Cortina. We have a celebratory dinner at 7.30pm. Ride Distance 90km.


Day FiveSunday

Departure

After one last breakfast, we say our goodbyes. The transfer leaves Cortina at 11am to get back to Venice to 1pm. Book your flights for anytime after 3pm and head home with some amazing memories of riding one of the World's great cycling regions.

Included in your booking

  • Return transfers from Venice
  • 2 Nights Half Board in Cortina, 2 nights HB in Corvara
  • Daily Guided Rides with local guide & support vehicle
  • Ride Nutrition


Not included in your booking

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch & drinks

The true highlight of this long weekend is the scenery in all directions. On every ride we are surrounded by incredible views, clean air and life affirming riding.

Often called the best cycling route in the World, the Sella Ronda is a circular route of 4 climbs. Throughout the weekend we climb all 4.

  • 4 Night Break
  • Dates available: Wed to Sun from June to Sept
  • Total distance: Avg 92km per day
  • Total elevation: Avg 2,650m per day
  • Bucket List Climbs: Passo Giau, Sella Ronda, Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Passo Giau

One of the classic climbs in the region. After a fairly tough first 4km, the next 4km are brutal, averaging 10%, before it getting slightly easier near the top. Ride Distance 9.4km; Elevation Gain 9.5%.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

A climb of two halves. After a fairly easy start, you will be wondering how this climb can average 7.5%. The answer - a final 4km of 11-14% gradient. The views from the top are well worth the grind up! Ride Distance 7.5km; Elevation Gain 7.5%.

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Airport Transfers

Airport collections are from Venice (VCE) and the drive to Cortina takes around two hours.

Arrival

We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed. Arrive before 12pm for 12.30pm transfer

Departure

We leave Cortina at 11am and get to Venice with plenty of time for you to check in with your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight. Depart after 3pm (transfer arrives at Venice at 1pm)

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