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Randonnée Dolomites

2nd - 9th juillet 2017

  • Start Location CISON DI VALMARINO
  • End Location LAKE COMO
  • Av. Daily Distance 102 KM
  • Av. Daily Elevation 2,302 M
  • Days 7
  • Difficulty
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

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Who is it for?

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.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard

How Hard is it?

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.

Day Distance Climbing
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

Cison di Valmarino

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.

Accommodation

Hostel Castel Brando

Day 1

Cison Di Valmarino - Belluno

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.

Distance

111 KM

Climbing

2,950 M

Accommodation

Villa Carpenada

Major Climbs

Passo Praderadego (910m), Passo Nevegal

Day 2

Belluno - Corvara

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.

Distance

125 KM

Climbing

4,600 M

Accommodation

Posta Zirm

Major Climbs

Passo Giau (2,233m)

Day 3

Corvara - Merano

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.

Distance

113 KM

Climbing

1,500 M

Accommodation

City Hotel Merano

Major Climbs

Passo Pordoi (2,239m)

Day 4

Merano - Bormio

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.

Distance

97 KM

Climbing

2,500 M

Accommodation

Eden Hotel

Major Climbs

Passo dello Stelvio (2,757m)

Day 5

Bormio - Castione Della Presolana

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.

Distance

124 KM

Climbing

3,266 M

Accommodation

Milano Alpen

Major Climbs

Gavia (2,600m), Vivione (1,824m), Presolana (1,297m)

Day 6

Castione Della Presolana - Lake Como

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.

Distance

140 KM

Climbing

3500 M

Accommodation

Albergo Belvedere

Major Climbs

Passo di Zambla (1,238m), Passo Culmine San Pietro (1,300m), Passo Agueglio (1,149m)

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Customer Testimonials

The team.. James, Nico, Vicki and Livio just blew my mind and exceeded my expectations. They were sooo patient even at my lowest energy point when I perhaps wasn't at my finest the team was always there for me!

— Randonnee Dolomites, 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

FAQ

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

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.

Can I rent a bike?

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.

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