Dolomites Cycling Holidays with Colconquerors

Ultimate Dolomites Road Cycling Holiday. Spectacular scenery and iconic Giro d'Italia climbs.

— 8th to 15th June 2019
— 13th to 20th July 2019

Nights: 7, Max Group Size: 12, Difficulty: 4/5
Distance: 540km, Climbing: 12,000m to 15,500m

Trip Price : 1725.00 Euros

The Dolomites provide some of the most spectacular scenery of all the mountains across Europe, with its unmistakable peaks and amazing lighting that illuminates the landscape it’s much deserving of its UNESCO world heritage site status. During our Ultimate Dolomites road cycling holiday you’ll take on challenging climbs such as the Passo Giau, Pordoi, Gardena, Fedai and Passo delle Erbe along with the unforgettable climb to the Refuge Auronzo and views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo following in the footsteps of the Giro d’Italia. You’ll experience the hospitality of the local Ladin people and really get an intimate knowledge of this amazing destination. The week culminates with you riding the route of the Maratona dles Dolomites one of the most beautiful one day sportive courses to be found anywhere and one of the truly great days on a bike. You will have the opportunity to ride either the long or medium course both of which provide a fitting finale to the holiday.

Based in Badia our hotel offers a real taste of the local Ladin culture and hospitality having been in the same family for generations. It is a perfect place to relax after a day on the bike with the wellness centre being very welcome. The real highlight is the cuisine, with the owner/chef having a real passion for food, each evening there’s a unique dining experience in the very relaxed and modern restaurant.

A challenging week on the bike with spectacular roads and scenery a plenty every day. We are sure that you’ll have an amazing experience and a holiday to remember.

Our hotel is located in Badia with stunning views of the surrounding peaks and has a very strong Ladin tradition (local South Tyrolean). It’s a perfect base to get to know the area intimately from and gain a feel for the Ladin culture and hospitality. A real highlight of the trip being the cuisine prepared and served by Andrea and his team.

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Main-hotel-Colconquerors-Ultimate-Dolomites

Dolomites Cycling Holiday great views from our Badia based hotel

The relaxed, modern dining room is the perfect setting to sit down for a fantastic evening meal. The chef Andrea has a real passion for food and frequently reinterprets dishes. Each evening is unique with produce from local farms and dairies being used to prepare great food based on traditional Ladin and Alto Adige recipes.

Dolomites Cycling Holiday with a fine dining experience every evening

Dolomites Cycling Holiday local gourmet food based on traditional Ladin recipies

Dolomites Cycling Holiday local ingredients and produce

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Attention to detail is everything for Andrea at the Gran Ander hotel

The stylish wine cellar is well stocked with over 300 wines from both the local region and the best labels from further afield. A room is set aside for tasting some of the fine regional wines.

Dolomites Cycling Holiday A fine selection of over 300 wines at the Gran Ander Hotel

Rooms at the hotel are comfortable, spacious and furnished in the traditional way of this valley. Each room is individually styled and perfect for a great nights sleep.

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Rooms are individually styled

The spa and wellness area is a great feature and is more than a little inviting after a day on the bike. Equipped with a Finish sauna, hydro massage pool, massage shower, herb sauna, turkish bath and relaxation area that includes water and hay beds to promote relaxation after a challenging ride, it really does hit the spot. Massages are also available in the dedicated massage room.

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Hotel Wellness and spa

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Hotel Sauna and Turkish bath

Dolomites Cycling Holiday The Gran Ander in Badia is a great place to relax.

Arrival Day

You will be met at the airport in person by ourselves ready for your private transfer to your accommodation in Badia.

We aim to leave the airport in Venice (Marco Polo) by 2.30PM. Please ensure flights land well in advance of this and check with us before booking them.

On arrival at the accommodation the welcome meeting outlines the plan for the week and there’s then plenty of time to put the bikes together and take an easy spin to make sure everything is ready for the first day of riding.

In the evening the first dinner is a great way to discuss the plan for the following day and get to know the others in the group.

Day 1 – Sellaronda Tour

Distance & Climbing : 67km / 1800 meters

A day of 4 passes gets the week off to a great start riding around the Sellaronda loop. The Campologno, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena all feature and provide a great introduction to the area with stunning views of the peaks and lush colours in the valleys below being a constant backdrop for the day.

Dolomites Cycling - Day 1 Sella ronda and Passo Gardena with Colconquerors

Day 2 – Tour of the Marmolada

Distance & Climbing : 101km / 2600 meters

Today begins with the Passo Gardena as you work your way around the Marmolada (the highest peak in the Dolomites) to the Passo Fedaia which to date has been frequented 17 times by the Giro d’Italia. It’s a climb that presents a real challenge but the stunning scenery and glacial views are the real reward for your efforts.

Dolomites Cycling A challenging 2nd day as you pass around the Marmolada.

Day 3 – Cortina and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Distance & Climbing : 123km / 3500 meters

The first climb of the day, the Passo Valparola at 2200 meters takes us away from Badia in the direction of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The views along the climb and especially on the long descent to Cortina are magnificent but the best is yet to come. After the short climb to the Passo Tre Croci and the lake at Misurina the climb to the Refuge Auronzo with it’s summit at 2320 meters presents a magnificent challenge for 3km with views to match. The day is rounded off with the climb back to the Passo Valporola this time from Cortina before a sweeping descent back to the hotel.

Dolomites Cycling Tres Cimes di Lavaredo presents a fantastic challenge including Cortina

Day 4 – Recovery Day

Today is all about recovery which can either be taken as total rest and an opportunity to explore the local cafes (an especially good cafe a short stroll from the hotel!) and make use of the wellness centre facilities or you can head out for a recovery ride. The evening before we’ll help with plans for lunch and arrange massages to ensure you have an excellent recovery day. If there’s anything you’d like to chat about re your cycling today’s also the day to put our coaching and bike fit skills to work.

Day 5 – Passo delle Erbe Loop

Distance & Climbing : 108km / 3000 meters

Possibly the most scenic day of the week. A short descent from Badia takes you to the foot of the Passo delle Erbe a climb of just under 15km in length. A steep first couple of kilometres propels you to an altitude that provides spectacular views across to the snow capped peaks in the distance, even in mid summer. The Passo delle Erbe passes through pastures and farms with lots of changes in scenery including forests, high peaks and stunning panoramas. Once over the summit mid way through the descent it’s as if time has stood still as you pass through the Funes valley. It’s virtually impossible not to want to pause to take in the backdrop of high peaks and amazing light that illuminates the pastures below.

Dolomites Cycling Passo delle Erbe & Funes Valley make it hard not to pause and take it all in.

Day 6 – Maratona dles Dolomites (Long or Medium)

Distance & Climbing : 138km / 4230 meters (Full) or 106km / 3130 meters (medium)

A fantastic opportunity to ride the Maratona dles Dolomites long or medium course fully supported and on quiet roads. The first Maratona was run in 1987 with 166 riders taking part on the 175km course that included 6,000 meters of climbing. The winning time was just over ten hours with a single female rider coming in shortly after this time. Today the course has settled into a 138km long route including 4230 meters of climbing over 7 climbs (Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, Gardena, Campolongo a 2nd time, Passo Giau and Passo Valporola). In 2016 a rather cruel final challenge, the mür dl giat (the cat’s wall), was added right at the end of the event and although only 300 meters in length it has an average gradient of 19%!

The medium course follows the path of the full course but cuts out the Passo Giau to reduce the distance and altitude gain for the day. It’s an amazing ride and always an option at the end of a big week depending on your personal goals.

Full Course

Dolomites Cycling Maratona event full course

Medium Course

Dolomites Cycling Maratona event medium course

Day 7 – Departure

We will return you to Venice Marco Polo airport for 11.30am for return flights departing no earlier than 1.30pm

Col Conquerors is the cycling holiday company run by Rob and Karen Hawkins from their base in Valmeinier, France. Like the best bicycles, this company operates like a well oiled machine. When you cycle with Col Conquerors you will enjoy some of the best cycling available. I’ve cycled with Col Conquerors in Gran Canaria and in the Dolomites, so I feel that I am at least partially qualified to say this. Rob and Karen have everything planned and organised so that all that you have to do is enjoy the cycling.“Everything” means plenty of detail about the specific location and the roads, being met at the airport, the airport transfers, the hotel accommodation; which is excellent, detail of the cycle routes; downloadable to your phone and Garmin, the best cafes for coffee, cake and lunch, support on the road with water and food, and any mechanical help needed. Rob discusses the day’s route every morning at breakfast, and cycles the route as well. Karen is in the mini-bus with the water and other supplies. You want a massage on the rest day; it can be arranged. Your saddle needs to changed and it happens to be at the top of a mountain pass in cool weather; Rob will do this. Nothing is too much trouble. You’ll cycle with keen cyclists. Believe me; Col Conquerors is perfection. – Charles S

———————————————————

This was my first guided cycling trip, I’ve always cycled independently previously, but also my best ever cycling trip. I really enjoyed the cycling, the area and the company; I achieved lots of goals and really felt I benefited from your expert advice. I found the trip excellent value given the high quality accommodation, and quantity of personalised attention and support.

Pre-trip information was excellent, with full details of all of the routes. We were efficiently met at arrivals, and the transfer to the hotel was comfortable.

We got really good advice before every day’s cycling. Although the group was diverse Rob took the time to understand everyone’s objectives and help them achieve them. Full route details were available in a variety of formats, even including paper. When cycling the high ratio of expert guides to clients ensured we were almost never far from advice and pacing. I really apricated the chance to follow great riders down some exciting descents and felt I picked up a lot. Van support was really effective. It was always easy to get extra food, drink and spares when needed. I encountered a tyre issue one day which was incredibly efficiently solved with a spare wheel. In addition Karen took excellent photos, with almost every day giving better pictures then I’ve had on any Sportive. We had one day of poor weather and Rob did everything short of physically pushing us up the hills to make life as easy and comfortable as possible, even providing spare dry clothing once all of ours was soaked; it made it possible to achieve and enjoy a route which I cannot imagine completing in those conditions alone.

The routes themselves were superb. We covered all the classic cols, and also a few more esoteric climbs. The Dolomites are an amazing cycling destination and this selection of days really got the best out of them. We weren’t constrained in any way by the planned routes – lots of options to shorten or even lengthen depending on different peoples’ goals. In addition to the planned itineraries I was keen to have a go at a timed route, and Rob made excellent suggestions for this on the rest day.

Col Conquerors had clearly put a lot of time and effort into selecting the hotel, and it wasn’t wasted. It was comfortable, friendly, had good facilities for bikes and, even by the local very high standards, the food really stood out.

Thank you again for an excellent trip, I am already looking at your calendar for next year and considering the next one! – Felix H

———————————————————

Firstly can I thank you, Karen and Simon for a first class week and as I said over dinner on Saturday that for me there was not one aspect or potential need that had not been considered or over looked in your planning, which for me made it a truly 5 Star trip. The routes and support whilst out during the day where top notch and anyone who is a first time visitor to the Dolomites will go home having seen some of the most spectacular scenery, ridden some fantastic roads and conquered some iconic climbs.

The Hotel was also of the highest standard , with the family and staff being very welcoming and nothing being too much trouble for them and it was evident that you have developed a good relationship with them and I believe they can be considered an extension of your team – and what can you say about the food ! as a simple Yorkshireman I am lost for words as to how much I enjoyed every meal – Andrea knows his craft.

The Ultimate Dolomites week was my first but certainly wont be my last trip with Col Conquerors. – Paul W

———————————————————

Just returned from 3rd Colconquerors trip: “Ultimate Dolomites” – by now the group is used to the excellent pacing, encouragement, logistics and guiding, but nothing could prepare for the blue skies, the green meadows and dramatic snowy tops – simply stunning. The riding is challenging and certainly provided the hardest 100 – 130km rides I have done anywhere – plenty of varied climbs and great hairpin descents but very little flat or valley riding. The routes are carefully curated to provide variety through the week, but with a focus on enjoying the iconic Sella Ronda, and the opportunity to ride the Maratona dles Dolomites route, fully supported in sportive conditions. The hotel and food exceeded all expectations with a genuinely warm Ladin welcome, washing done twice in the week, 5 course (or was it 6, or 7?) superbly presented evening meals, a la carte breakfast. Thanks once again to Rob, Karen and Simon for putting on a truly memorable week. – Richard S

I thought I would take the time to send some feedback from our recent trip to the Dolomites with your team at Col Conquerors. I have to say that the trip was of the highest standard in every department. You even managed to ensure the bad weather was on the rest day ! The accommodation, food and welcome from the hotel were also excellent. This is definitely a trip I would recommend to those experienced cyclists who can handle the high mountains. All round five star ! Thanks again and, see you all soon. – Gareth R

———————————————————

This was my third cycling trip with ColConquerors and my first time to the Italian Dolomites, well where can I start, Alta Badia has a reputation as being one of the best cycling destinations in the world and I can definitely see why. We had an amazing base hotel to stay in with the most incredible food cooked by a very talented chef using only local produce sourced from the local area. Our daily rides were very well selected by Rob and included a mixture of all the local climbs and absolutely amazing scenery. Rob along with our other guide were always close at hand within the group whilst riding and gave us excellent advise on pacing, nutrition and logistics. We were fully supported and Karen was always around to capture the highlights of each day and climb with some great photos. I am looking forward to my next cycling adventure with ColConquerors, always a pleasure with them.Once again, thanks to you, Karen and Simon for another incredible trip – Fidel G

———————————————————

I really enjoyed the Dolomites week, I thought the format of the trip was really good. The gradual increase in effort required leading up to the big days on Tuesday and Friday was well thought out and worked well for me. I was able to cope with the Friday ride [relatively] comfortably. The week was quite demanding but that is exactly what I wanted – to be stretched but ultimately be able to cope with the rides [especially the Maratona day]. The Hotel was excellent, the staff very friendly and the food really good. I thought you and Simon did a great job leading on the road, and Karen was always in the right place at the right time with the van offering encouragement, drinks and bananas! Altogether it was a wonderful experience and the Alta Badia region itself has the most outstanding scenery I’ve seen. Thanks to all your team and I hope to maybe do the Stelvio trip next year! – Richard B

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Valparola Pass to Cortina

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Passo Fedaia

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Passo Fedaia Rob climbing

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Passo di Giau

Dolomites Cycling Holiday the stunning Funes Valley

Dolomites Cycling Holiday the Sella Ronda by bike

Dolomites Cycling Holiday The Campolongo climb is a great start to the day.

Dolomites Cycling Holiday on the Passo Gardena with Colconquerors

Dolomites Cycling Holiday - Passo delle Erbe is spectacular and challenging

Dolomites Cycling Holiday the light is truly amazing

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Mike Climbing for Colconquerors

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Ready to roll from Badia

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Passo dlle Erbe with Colconquerors

Dolomites Cycling Holiday on route to a special challenge via the lake at Misurina

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Tour of the Marmolada with colconquerors

Dolomites Cycling Holiday the Sella Ronda is a superb loop on the bike

Dolomites Cycling Holiday Scenery is hard to beat when riding

Dolomites Cycling Holiday with Colconquerors


ENQUIRE / BOOK

The week includes:

— 7 Nights Half Board accommodation on a twin share basis in our carefully selected Badia based hotel
— A superb gourmet 5 course evening meal each evening & high quality breakfast
— 5 days guided and vehicle supported cycling with an experienced team
— Fresh fruit each day and top up sports nutrition in support vehicle
— 1 recovery day with advice on recovery plus GPX file for a recovery ride
GPX files for each ride & high quality printed/PDF docs
— Private airport transfers to and from Venice airports
— Access to British Cycling Level 3 coaching throughout to help improve any aspect of your cycling
— Cycling kit washing facilities

Not included:

— Your Flights
— Travel insurance
— Lunches or any tips
— Any drinks or incidentals at the hotel
— Massages
— Bike hire (available on request)
— Single occupancy (on request & subject to room availability)

If you need any help or further information please check our helpful FAQ section or contact us via info@colconquerors.com or call + 33 6 85 12 18 29

Ride the Dolomites in 2019

Contact us to find out more

*

*Please enter your email.

*

*

 

Sorry - there was a problem with sending the email, please try again.