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Ascent Stelvio - Women's

12th - 15th September 2017

Climb the cima coppi of the Giro d'Italia and the 48 hairpins of this legendary climb

A Women's edition Ascent. Join your fellow riders in the Sud Tirol for incredible riding and cameraderie. Staying in Merano, riders will have a variety of rides across the days including the Stelvio from the classic Prato allo Stelvio side.

Single occupancy — SEK14,300 per person
Double occupancy — SEK11,900 per person

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Who is it for

Rapha Ascents are short getaways based around one particular mountain, col or town, which will transport you to the heart of what is special about our sport. One of the great pleasures of road cycling is how close we can get to the professional peloton and share in their experiences by riding the climbs that have become legendary in the world’s great races. Each Ascent stays in accommodation very close to the slopes that have made their mark in cycling history. In just a few days’ riding you will conquer a famous road, and our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer – the amazing views and the locals-only roads that will increase your appreciation of the area. When you’re not riding, simply relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy hearty food and local wines, and deepen the friendships forged during your day in the saddle.

How Hard is it?

Ascents showcase some of cycling’s most testing battlegrounds, that are respected even by elite athletes. However, because the trips are based in one location and are shorter in duration, Ascents are suitable for a wide range of riders, including those relatively new to road cycling who are willing to put in the time training beforehand. Whether you want bragging rights over your friends, or to conquer one of the biggest names in the sport, you’ll return home with a major boost to your appreciation of cycling.

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 Ascents include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Travel to Verona. Specific flight recommended to meet the transfer to Merano 64 KM 1504m
Day 1 Sud Tirol 100 KM 1500m
Day 2 Stelvio 102 KM 2560m
Day 3, Departure Day Transfer to Verona airport. Choice of two flight times to receive transfer 60 KM 1000m

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Arrival Day

Travel to Verona. Specific flight recommended to meet the transfer to Merano

Meet at the hotel in Merano or meet at Verona airport for the morning flight arrival (LGW). An afternoon ride follows to begin the experience as we head towards Bolzano - the capital of the Sud Tirol region.

Distance

64 KM

Climbing

1504m

Accommodation

Hotel Sittnerhof, Merano

Day 1

Sud Tirol

Possibilty today to take a short morning ride and visit the Messner Mountain Museum at Juval or Firmian. A longer ride of around 100km and around 1500m elevation is also possible, taking in quiet Sud Tyrolean cycle paths.

Distance

100 KM

Climbing

1500m

Accommodation

Hotel Sittnerhof, Merano

Day 2

Stelvio

Rolling through the apple orchards to reach Prato allo Stelvio will give the legs an opportunity to warm up before tackling the 48 hairpins. Reach the cima coppi at 2757m before enjoying the descent back to Prato. The strong can ride back to Merano, or a transfer is available.

Distance

102 KM

Climbing

2560m

Accommodation

Hotel Sittnerhof, Merano

Major Climbs

Passo dello Stelvio

Day 3, Departure Day

Transfer to Verona airport. Choice of two flight times to receive transfer

A chance for a final spin in in the Sud Tirol - shake out the legs from yesterdays exursions. A late afternoon or evenning flight from Verona allows time to transfer to the airport. Transfers outside of the recommended flight times will be at your own expense and organisation.

Distance

60 KM

Climbing

1000m

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Customer Testimonials

The location was stunning and the Hotel was excellent. The rides up both Stelvio and Timmelsjoch were simply jaw dropping. I will take away many memories and photos from the trip, but one in particular that of Mattia pulling a wheelie alongside me going up the Stelvio!

— Stelvio Ascent rider, June 2016

Thank you so much for supporting us so well. The tone of the whole trip was so positive and supportive it made such a huge difference to my mental attitude to the challenge. A truly unforgettable experience.

— Ventoux Ascent rider, August 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. 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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