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Raid Dolomites 2015 Cycling Holiday
21st June to 1st July 2015
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.
Included in your Raid Dolomites with Sports Tours International:
Fly into Geneva on the Sunday (there are many flight options available from the UK) and we will set off from Thonon on Monday. The aim of this Raid is to complete the distance in 9 days, including a rest day, thus arriving in Trieste the following Wednesday. You can book your flight to leave from Venice Marco Polo airport on the Monday.
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.
Sports Tours International vehicles will carry your luggage each day from hotel to hotel and we will also be on hand to give en-route assistance. A rider will accompany you each day.
Book your travel package now for the 2015 Raid Dolomites as places are limited.
Planned itinerary:Sunday 21st June - 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 Les Bains.
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, over a welcome drink and snacks, 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.Monday 22nd June: Thonon to Brig: 165 km with 1955m 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.
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.
Wednesday 24th June: Bellinzona to Chiavenna - 109km with 3278m 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 Crimea in Chiavenna
Today we leave Chiavenna and head for Bormio, 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) then the rewarding descent down to Bormio.
Tonight's hotel is the Hotel Nevada in Bormio
From Bormio we climb the Passo dello Stelvio (2758m). This world famous pass is at an elevation of 2,757m and is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, just 13m below France's Col de l'Iseran. The the top of the Stelvio we have a long and gradual descent before following the valley to Bolzano.
This evening we stay at the Four Points Hotel in Bolzano
Today we leave Bolzano and head for the stunning scenery of the Sella Ronda. This region has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is possibly the most spectacular day you will ever have on the bike. Riding so close to the massive Dolomite peaks, without doubt one of the most beautiful rides in the world. Today's climbs are the Sella Pass, 2240m, Passo Pordoi, 2239m and finally the Passo Campolongo 1875m.
This evening we stay at the Hotel Table in CorvaraSunday 28th June: Corvara to Misurina - 110k with 3819m of climbing
Today we climb some of the most famous and beautiful roads in the Dolomites, starting the Passo Valparola which climbs to the junction of the Passo Falzarego, which we descend to Villagrande. From here the climbing continues with the infamous Passo Giau, scene of many a famous batlle among the greats. From here it's 15km downhill to the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo and onto the Passo Tre Croci (Pass of 3 crosses, named after the deaths of a mother and her two children of hypothermia in February 1789). It's climbing all the way, from the top of the Tre Croci we continue straight up the incredible 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, we descend this private road back to Misurina.
This evening we stay at the Hotel Lavaredo in Misurina.
Monday 29th June: Misurina to Tolmezzo - 139km with 3009m of climbing
Tonights hotel is the Albergo Roma in Tolmezzo.
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.
Tonights hotel is the Hotel Duchi in Trieste.
Wednesday 1st July: Departure day
We will operate one early transfer back to Venice Marco Polo airport. Please don't book any flights before 14h00.
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