DAY BY DAY ITINERARY SELF GUIDED - VERY DIFICULT - 525 KM
Cyclists make their own way to Bolzano. This bilingual city is an important centre for business and tourism and, above all, it stands as a cultural, historical and linguistic link between Italy and Germany.
2. Bolzano–Badia Valley (87 km, + 2,790 m, 5 h).
You leave Bolzano and reach the Gardena Valley and the village of Ortisei, a renowned wood carving centre. You then start of your climb to the passes of Selva, Pordoi and Campolongo. Then the fast downhill into the Badia Valley.
* Ferri says:The fireworks start with a bang and in the space of a few hours you’re pedaling in the Sellaronda amphitheatre: colours, scents, a sense of elation and freedom.
3. In Badia Valley (82 km, + 2,460 m, 6 h).
From the magnificent Badia Valley to the easy Campolongo Pass, before tackling “His Majesty” the Giau Pass.
* Ferri says:Pace yourself as best you can for the first part of the Giau Pass: it’s tough with some stretches at 12%, and the last 3 km will be long and hard. But once you reach the peak, you’re rewarded with one of the finest views anywhere on earth.
4. Badia Valley–Merano (98 km, + 1,360 m, 5 h).
You climb to the Val Gardena Pass to complete your loop of the Sellaronda. The road carries on up towards the Alpe di Siusi and then dips down into Bolzano and Merano.
* Ferri says:a relatively less challenging day to catch your breath. Just two climbs, both enjoyable, with half the elevation faced yesterday.
5. Merano–Bormio (97 km , + 2,937 m, 6 h).
Our cycle path out of Merano rises gently to Prato dello Stelvio and is merely the overture of what lies ahead: the legendary 48 “tornanti” bends that unwind up the 25.4 km and 1,840 m of elevation demanded by the Stelvio Pass. Long and chilly descent into Bormio.
* Ferri says:take it easy out of Merano so as to arrive at Prato dello Stelvio in good shape. Stop before for a bite to refuel and set off for the Big One.
6. Bormio–Gavia Pass–Bormio (80 km, + 1,930 m, 4 h).
The day is dedicated to the ascent of the historic and fabulous Gavia, where over the years countless champions have challenged one another in the Giro d’Italia. Your day has come!
* Ferri says:“We’ve got the Gavia today,” you keep telling yourself on the day, doing the Giro d’Italia: it’s a wonderful, long long climb, though not impossibly strenuous.
7. Bormio–Mortirolo–Bormio (80 km, + 1,800 m, 5 h).
Ready to ascend the Mortirolo Pass? A 12-km monumental challenge and 1,300 m of elevation. This is the historic climb that connects Valtellina with the Camonica Valley.
* Ferri says:the first few km are scary: 42 mins is the record time set by Ivan Gotti in 1999, when he won the Giro d’Italia. What will yours be?
After breakfast, end of services.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
975 € 3/4* hotel
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
7 nights hotel accommodation
7 dinners (beverages not included)
Private transfer Verona-Bolzano (reservation
GPS tracks for the stages
7-days Hotline service.
SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON:
150 € single room
40 € high season supplement (july-august)
200 € high-end road bike
15 € helmet
Extra nights with breakfast in Bolzano: 65 € double room / 85 € single room
Extra nights with breakfast in Verona: 65 € double room / 85 € single room
To be confirmed when booking the tour. Verona–Bolzano 60 € per person (bike included).
Available on Saturday and Sunday (other days only on request).
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
local hotel taxes, to be paid on the spot.
every sunday from 01.06 to 29.09.14.