Raid Dolomites Cycling Holiday
15th to 25th August 2014
The Raid Dolomites is the sister Randonnee to the Raid Alpine. This fantastically beautiful but very challenging traverse of the Swiss and Italian Alps will lead you from Thonon Les Bains on the shores of Lake Geneva to Trieste on the Italian Adriatic coast.
Like our other Raids, the Raid Corsica, the Raid Pyrenean and the Raid Alpine, the Raid Dolomites route takes you through some of Europe's most beautiful scenery and over many of its highest cols including the Stelvio, the San Bernardino, Passo Pordoi, Val Gardena and many others.
Fly into Geneva on the Friday (there are many flight options available from the UK) and we will set off from Thonon on the Saturday. The aim of this Raid is to complete the distance in 9 days, thus arriving in Trieste the following Saturday. You can book your flight to leave from Venice Marco Polo airport on the Sunday.
Like other Raids, you have to stop at designated points to get your book (carnet) stamped to show that you have completed the ride within the time allowed. On completion you will receive a medal. This medal is the same medal as the one you receive for completing the Raid Alpine.
A Sports Tours International vehicle will carry your luggage each day from hotel to hotel and will also be on hand to give en-route assistance.
Book your travel package now for the 2014 Raid Dolomites as places are limited.
Please find below the dailty routes and distances. These are likely to change slightly for 2014 as we improve the daily routes.
Friday 15 August - Arrival day
Fly into Geneva today and we will come and collect you from the airport. It takes about 1 hour to get from Geneva to the hotel in Thonon.
Please confirm your arrival flight time at the time of booking.
We advise that you book a flight that arrives mid afternoon so you are in time for the evening meal. Before the evening meal we will get together for a briefing and get everybody introduced to each other as we will spend the next 9 days together. After dinner we will assist you with building your bikes.
Tonight's hotel is the Hotel Cote Sud Leman in Thonon Les Bains, France.
Saturday 16 August - Thonon to Brig - 177 km with 2336m of climbing
Today we leave the shores of Lake Geneva and we head for the Swiss Alpine town of Brig. Today's ride will take you over the Pas de Morgins (1371m) before you descend towards Martigny. Once down in the valley, you will face a steady climb up to Brig.
Tonight's hotel is the Hotel Good Night Inn in Brig, Switzerland.
Sunday 17 August - Brig to Bellinzona - 139 km with 3263m of climbing
Day 2 sees us leaving Brig and heading towards Bellinzona. The first climb of the day is the Simplon (2006m). After summiting this fella, you descend into Italy and the town of Domodossala. The second col of the day is the Drugogno (831m). By this stage we are well on our way to the shores of Lake Maggiore. We are not staying in Italy however as we head north following the lake out of Italy and back into Switzerland. We pass through Locarno before reaching Bellinzona.
Tonight's hotel is the Hotel Internazionale in Bellinzona, Switzerland.
Monday 18 August - Bellinzona to St Moritz - 161 km with 2589m of climbing
No hanging about today as the first climb of today is the col de Forcola. You don't really notice the summit of this col as it sort of flows into the ascent of the San Bernardino (2065m). The third climb of today is the Splugen pass.
Tonight's hotel is the Hotel Sonne in St Moritz, Switzerland.
Tuesday 19 August - St Moritz to Silandro - 144km with 4270m of climbing
Today we leave St Moritz and head for Merano, this will see us riding some of the toughest cols of the trip which include Bernina (2328m) and the Forcola di Livignio (2351m) then onto the Passo d'Eira and the Passo di Foscagno (2758m) all this before you attempt to climb the famous Passo dello Stelvio (2758m) then the rewarding descent down to Silandro.
Tonight's hotel is the Parkhotel zur Linde in Silandro/Schlanders.
Wednesday 20 August - Silandro to Bolzano - TBC
Today is a slightly shorter day in terms of kilometeres covered which will be welcomed after the endeavors of the previous days cycling. We leave Silandro and head down towards Merano before we start the climb up the Passo dello Palade (1512m), then the 14km descent into Fondo before the climb over the Passo della Mendola to find us dropping down into the town of Bolzano.
This evening we stay at the Hotel Regina in Bolzano, Italy.
Thursday 21 August - Bolzano to Cortina d'Ampezzo - TBC
Today starts with a 10km flat section before a days intense climbing and descending. The first climb of the day is up the Passo del Pinei (1437m) before we move on to the Passo Sella (2244m), Passo Pordoi (2239m), Passo di Campagnolo (1875m), Passo di Valparola (2198m), Passo Falzargo (2105m) and the Col di Santa Lucia (1435m). Luckily, for each climb you are not descending more than 400m each time so most of the day is riding at altitude. The very last climb of the day os the Passo di Giau (2233m), then it's 15km downhill to the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, where we will stay at the Parc Hotel Victoria.
Friday 22 August - Cortina d'Ampezzo to Tolmezzo - 163km with 4289m of climbing
Only 58 miles today, but not an easy 58 miles. We start by heading straight up the Passo tre Croci (1805m) then across to the tre Cime do Lavaredo (2320m). Here you are likely to see some of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery that the Dolomites has to offer, as we head towards Dobbiaco, known as the gateway to the Dolomites. After Dobbiaco we have a further 2 cols to go, the Passo Monte Croce di Comelico (1626m) followed by the Passo del Zovo (1476m), before descending to the hotel in Tolmezzo.
Saturday 23 August - Tolmezzo to Trieste - 144km with 758m of climbing
This morning sees us leave Tolmezzo and head towards Udine, leaving behind the large climbs of the Dolomites, but not before climbing the Sella Ciampigotto (1790m), Sella di Razzo (1760m) then onto the Passo del Pura, culminating in a 60km descent to Udine. Our final ride sees a 50 mile downhill ride to the seaside town of Trieste, where our final evening is spent celebrating our achievement of the last 8 days at the excellent Grand Hotel Duchi d'Aoste Trieste, Italy.
Sunday 24 August - Departure day
We will operate one early transfer back to Venice Marco Polo airport. Please don't book any flights before 14h00.
£1179 per person, based on two people sharing a Twin room.
Single supplement for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room of £349.
Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.
- 9 nights at various hotels on a half board basis
- 9 three course evening meals with wine and coffee
- Packed lunches every riding day
- Energy products each day (isotonic drinks, water, gels and energy bars)
- Entry to the event with carnet card
- The Raid Dolomites medal and certificate upon completion
- Bike storage at the hotels
- Transfers for you and your bike to and from Geneva and Venice airports
- Daily minibus assistance along the route
- Daily transport of your luggage between hotels
- GPX files and maps of the route
- The services of our Sports Tours representatives
What's not included:
- Your flights to Geneva and from Venice
- Any other meals and drinks to what is included above
- Travel insurance (Very important)
HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Visas are not required to enter France, Switzerland or Italy. You need a passport to enter these countries. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. General Travel Information is available also.
All other non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for France, Switzerland and Italy.
For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.