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Garda Bike Hotel

Maratona dles Dolomites

July 07 2019
Alta Badia, Dolomites, Südtirol, Italy

If there is a European Gran Fondo that you must ride at least once in your life, it is the Maratona dles Dolomites! And what better way to join in the Maratona than with our Boutique Cycling Experience package.  Our package provides you the best of everything when cycling is your idea of a perfect holiday. The experience doesn’t begin or end with the Maratona but highlights this epic event as part of a holiday which includes beautiful hotels, gorgeous scenery, gourmet wine and dining and of course, more fabulous cycling.

The Dolomites are one of the most beautiful and dramatic mountain ranges in the world and offer world class cycling in summer. We’ll spend four days in the Dolomites, immersed in northern Italian cycling culture.  The Maratona dles Dolomites itself will leave you mesmerized by the beauty and challenged by the cycling. But our other days will be filled with equally as beautiful scenery and cycling as you explore with Tour Leader Nicola and Ride leader Davide.

With three distances to choose from (55km 106km or 138km) all three courses of the Maratona will have you conquering the famous Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena passes. The shortest route includes 1,780 meters of climbing while the longest course tackles 4,280 vertical metres for a truly epic ride. You’ll feel the excitement when you ride as one of 9000 cyclists, with the entire course closed to traffic. The organisation of this event is second to none.

You’ll stay in a 5 star hotel in Corvara, near the start of the ride, at  Hotel Sassongher. The hotel captures the essence and charm of the Dolomites with traditionally crafted design and furnishings, a modern spa and several gourmet restaurants with food from the local Ladin and South Tyrolean cultures. During our rides, we’ll stop at local mountain refuge’s where we’ll snack on the local food of the region including apfel strudel. On Saturday morning we are invited to a Traditional Breakfast with the Family Pinarello,  where you’ll meet Fausto Pinarello at this special private event.

We’ll ensure your entry to this event, which sells out year after year.  Nicola will be your ride leader and will accompany you throughout the Dolomites, making sure you are well taken care of.  He will be supported by Davide, who will be your guide on the rides through the Dolomites.

We have built this package for you with flexibility in mind.   Stay at Garda Bike Hotel before the Dolomites, to warm up for the big event, or head to Garda after you have conquered the Maratona, to relax with rides along the lake, or through our beautiful vineyards. It is totally up to you, and we will personalise your holiday to your liking!

This is a 7 night (minimum) package, which includes:

• 4 nights in the Dolomites, from Thursday 04th July to Monday 08th July 2019
• a minimum 3 nights stay at Lake Garda, which can be extended further to suit your needs.

Package Inclusions

In the Dolomites

Four nights of accommodation at the Wellness & Spa Hotel Sassongher***** in Corvara, in the Dolomites. On request, possibility of accommodation at Hotel La Perla ****S in Corvara, one of the hotels of The Leading Hotels of the World.

• Accommodation in double rooms with half board,
• Buffet breakfast every morning,
• Three course dinner featuring the best local produce and cuisine,
• Overnight laundry service for your cycling kit,
• Secure bike storage room
• Support of our Van and driver / mechanic who will look after your bike
• Our professional GBH guides will ride with you

At Lake Garda

Minimum three nights of accommodation at our four star Garda Bike Hotel in Peschiera del Garda.

• Accommodation in our hotel rooms
• ??our "Bici Love - ALL INCLUSIVE cycling package" including:
•  Full board (breakfast, post ride buffet, dinner a la carte
• Daily guided group rides (7 days per week), with van support on long rides
• Daily laundry service (bike clothing)
• Transfers from/to Verona with prior arrangement
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• Full Cycling Kit by Alè
• Collective transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Alta Badia (04th July in the afternoon)
• Collective transfer from Alta Badia to Peschiera del Garda (08th July in the morning)
• Pinarello Dogma F10 Bike Rental on request, at extra costThis is a suggested itinerary for the Dolomites component of the trip:

This is a suggested itinerary for the Dolomites component of the trip:

04 July 2019 (Thursday)

In the morning, easy ride in Lake Garda area. In the afternoon, transfer from Peschiera del Garda to Alta Badia. Welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel.

If you are landing in Italy on the 04th, we suggest you to arrive at Peschiera del Garda before 3 pm in order to join the collective transfer from Garda Bike Hotel to Alta Badia.

05 July 2019 (Friday)     

We ride the epic Sellaronda course, which is the short course of the Maratona, We will be supported by our van and our driver/mechanic.

06 July 2019 (Saturday)    
In the morning, we have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fausto Pinarello for the "Traditional Breakfast with Family Pinarello" at Hotel "La Perla" in Corvara. After the event: Easy ride for a coffee and the typical Apfel Strudel up to Passo Campolongo. In the afternoon, we will ride from our hotel to pick up our Maratona welcome pack (Rider bag and ride number).

07 July 2019 (Sunday) - Maratona dles Dolomites

This is the day of the epic "MARATONA DLES DOLOMITES 2019"
Wake up call at 4:45am for a super energetic breakfast. Roll down to the start in La Villa and be ready to ride the event of your life at 6:30pm. After completing the Maratona dles Dolomites enjoy the complementary pasta party and beer while you share your ride triumphs and experiences.

Maratona dles Dolomites

Routes: 55, 106, 138km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
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Route Signposted
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SAG Wagon
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Controlled Intersections
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Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Finish Line Chute
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Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
Start Address: Alta Badia, Dolomites, Südtirol, Italy
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