The Gold standard of the Rapha Randonnee, a true journey across incredible mountains.
“For dramatic scenery, smooth roads and incredible food and drink, the Dolomites are hard to beat. The Südtirol region combines a splendid culture with immaculate towns and glorious mountain passes. From there you will visit the Mortirolo, Stelvio and Ghisallo, revisiting the same roads and climbs as heroes like Coppi, Gimondi and Pantani, with the shouts of the tifosi in your ears” – Simon Mottram, Rapha CEO
Single occupancy — € 4.750 per person
Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.
Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included
Single occupancy as standard
Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.
|Arrival Day Cison di Valmarino|
|Day 1 Cison Di Valmarino - Belluno||111 KM||2,950 M|
|Day 2 Belluno - Corvara||125 KM||4,600 M|
|Day 3 Corvara - Merano||113 KM||1,500 M|
|Day 4 Merano - Bormio||97 KM||2,500 M|
|Day 5 Bormio - Castione Della Presolana||124 KM||3,266 M|
|Day 6 Castione Della Presolana - Lake Como||140 KM||3500 M|
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Arrival day to our spectacular hotel in Cison di Valmarino. A tranquil area on the edge of the mountains. You will be met by Rapha Travel at Marco Polo International Airport (Venice). In the afternoon there will be a short ride to allow riders to get their bearings and spin the travel out of their legs.
Hostel Castel Brando
The stunning Castelbrando at Cison, is an incredible starting point to discover the Dolomites. The road to Praderadego will lift you out of the hassles of everyday life and settle you in for the mountainous roads ahead. The climb to Nevegal will test the legs, but the view from the top will calm the pain, before you descend towards Belluno and Villa Carpenada.
Passo Praderadego (910m), Passo Nevegal
A very demanding day in the saddle, as the stunning Passo Giau, one of the gems of the Dolomites, takes us up to 2,233m.
Passo Giau (2,233m)
Yet more climbing, as the route heads to the beautiful spa town of Merano. We depart Corvara via the gentle Passo Campolongo and then tackle the fantastic Passo Pordoi, a climb regularly featured in the Giro d’Italia.
City Hotel Merano
Passo Pordoi (2,239m)
Today’s stage has one focus: the awesome Passo dello Stelvio, the second-highest road pass in Europe, at 2,757m. We climb it from the classic Prato dello Stelvio side, from which base there is 24.3km of ascent to the rifugio at the summit.
Passo dello Stelvio (2,757m)
The day starts directly with the climb of the fearsome Passo di Gavia, a climb made famous by American Andy Hampsten’s exploits in the snow at the 1988 Giro d’Italia.
Gavia (2,600m), Vivione (1,824m), Presolana (1,297m)
Our final day is spent in the beautiful foothills to the north of Bergamo and Lake Como. The day will be spent on tiny back roads with stunning scenery, followed by a ferry journey across the lake.
Passo di Zambla (1,238m), Passo Culmine San Pietro (1,300m), Passo Agueglio (1,149m)
It truly was an adventure and a testing one at that. Your companionship made the trip pure pleasure. To sit and eat (steak after steak after steak) and laugh with you all after what were very challenging days will make the trip live long in my memory. Our greatest thanks goes to the Rapha Travel Team. Thank you Ben, Greg, Joe and Francois. I know it's very calm on the surface but I also know that so much goes on behind the scenes. Not only on the trip but back in the office as well. I knew what to expect. But even knowing that my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much guys.
— Randonnee Pyrenees rider, July 2016
So, you could say the odds were against me having one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences of my life - yet that is exactly what the Randonnée proved to be.
— Rider, Randonée Corsica 2016
We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.
When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group - on Randonnées there are high guide-to-guest ratios. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.
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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)
Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)