DOLOMITES TOUR AUGUST 2021
Join us for an unforgettable tour in the Dolomites. Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, this tour will allow us to stay in a 4 star Mehadrin hotel while climbing some of the most beautiful peaks in the world.
Level: Avid Cyclists, Peaks
Wednesday August 04
We’ll travel from Milan Malpensa airport to My Kosher Hotel in the Dolomites and get checked in. If you’re picking up a rental bike, we’ll get that as well. Hopefully we’ll have time for a ride before Minchah and dinner at the hotel.
Thursday August 05
Now that we’ve settled in, today will be an exhilarating ride. On today’s ride:
- The stunning blue-green waters of one of the lagos of the Dolomites.
- The last road built to reach a Dolomites’ mountain pass, thus connecting two valleys. The actual road was first built and paved in 1986. Previously, there was just a narrow mule track mainly used by farmers for forestry services.
- A Hors Categorie climb.
- A National Park.
- The most vertical feet (climbing) of all days on tour.
- More hairpin turns than we care to count.
- The gorgeous views of the Dolomites throughout.
Friday August 06
Today we’ll climb 5 famous mountain passes. Our first pass is at 7,346 ft. (2,239 m.) elevation, with a vertical climb of 2,621 ft. (799 m.). The climb is almost 7.5 mi. (12 km.) long, and there are 27 hairpin turns. This pass has featured in the Giro d’Italia almost 40 times!
After a short break, we’ll descend and begin the climb (2,293 ft. / 699 m.) towards our second pass – at 6,906 ft. (2,105 m.) elevation. This climb has a fairly gentle grade at the beginning with maximum gradients approaching 7% on a few straights. The hairpins have a 4% grade. This gives us the chance to gain some speed on the hairpins for the upcoming straight. This lasts for about the first 4.35 mi. (7 km.). After that, the hairpins will still have a manageable gradient but the straights start to be longer and steeper. No other Dolomite Pass takes you as close to Dolomite limestone as this one. In fact, it takes you so close that you actually go into the mountain – as one of the hairpin turns is carved into the mountain.
After a food break at the pass, we’ll continue up to our third pass – at 7,113 ft. (2,168 m.) elevation. While only 2.2 mi. (3.5 km.) long, the climb reaches a max of almost 11%. Elevation gain 311 ft. (95 m.)
We’ll descend to begin the climb to our fourth pass. The first part of the ascent has a gradient of around 8-9%. It then gets steeper and the hairpins begin. We’ll climb 5.8 mi. (9.3 km.) in total towards our fourth pass – at 7,008 ft. (2,136 m.) elevation. The climb averages a 6.4% grade, with a max of 11% and 17 hairpin turns.
The foliage and road surface changes somewhat as we climb towards our fifth and final pass – at 7,349 ft. (2,240 m.) elevation. This isn’t that hard of a climb. The vertical climb is only 1,224 ft. (373 m.) over 3.4 mi. (5.5 km.), and there are 0 hairpins. The highest grade we’ll encounter here is 11% and the average gradient is 6.8%. This climb has featured in the Giro d’Italia 16 times. The climb is well worth the effort, because when you reach the top, you’ll have the majestic Sassolungo in the background.
We’ll descend back to the hotel to prepare for Shabbos and some well deserved rest.
Shabbos August 07
Sunday August 08
We’ll start today’s ride with the slight downhill ride on one of the world’s most beautiful roads. This road through the Dolomites boasts breathtaking alpine vistas. The green valley is dotted with yellow, pink, purple and white wildflowers. Charming wooden houses straight out of Hansel and Gretel peek out from behind trees. Towering over us are awe-inspiring mountains of sheer rock. Each twist of the road brings an even more spectacular panorama into view.
We’ll turn to head up towards our first pass – at 6,293 ft. (1,918 m.) elevation. With a brook on our right for much of the way, the sound of rushing water is blissful. The climb is 7.1 mi. (11.41 km.) long, a vertical climb of 2,552 ft. (778 m.), and has featured in the Giro d’Italia 3 times in the last 11 years.
After a brief food stop, we’ll begin a stunningly beautiful long descent, winding our way through several quaint and colorful villages. Make sure to take in the pristine lake topped by beautiful mountains, and alongside, another colorful village.
After some fairly flat riding, we’ll begin our ascent to our second pass, 8.7 mi. (14 km.) to the top. This climb is among the hardest climbs that you can ride in the Dolomites.
The ascent can be divided into two parts. The first part is fairly gentle, and goes through villages. We’ll cycle through a nature reserve that was created first by the erosion of the glaciers and then by the erosion of the Pettorina Torrent. The landscape is marvellous and we’ll see the Franzei waterfall along the way.
And then the second part begins. It starts with a 1.7 mi. (2.7 km.) long straight climb, starting with a 10% gradient and most of it 13-14% grade! At the top of that straightaway, we will immediately begin 1.9 mi. (3 km.) of 13-16% hairpin turns up to the top 6,739 ft. (2,054 m.) elevation and another stunning lake. The vertical climb is 3,484 ft. (1,062 m.) and has featured 17 times in the Giro d’Italia. After passing the lake, you will enjoy the beautiful descent back to the hotel.
Monday August 09
We’re going to head to the Stelvio today for the storied ride. The drive is 2 and a half hours, so we’ll leave right after breakfast. The Passo dello Stelvio is the highest pass in Italy at 8,458 ft. (2,758 m.) of elevation.
Many consider it to be the nicest of all the Alpine passes in terms of scenery, with breathtaking views. Its 48 bends carve their way up the mountain in what appears to be an endless road towards heaven, constantly switching back and forth the higher you climb. Although the average gradient for the 15.2 mi. (24.4 km.) climb is around 8%, the max. gradient reaches 14%; this is a HC climb. Once we reach the top, we will head to Passo Umbrail and then into Switzerland, before circling around to our starting point.
Tuesday August 10
It’s time to say goodbye until next time. But before that, a quick 15 mi. (24.1 km.) 2,142 ft. (653 m.) out and back for those who want! We need to check out of the hotel at 11:00. For those who have rental bikes, we’ll stop by to return them. While in Canazei, we’ll have a bit of time for some last minute souvenir shopping. We then head to the airport to catch returning flights. We look forward to cycling together again soon. Addio! Ciao!