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Few places in the World have the richness of cycling heritage that exists in the Italian Alps & the Dolomites. From the duels of Coppi & Bartali to the captivating climbing of Marco Pantani and the spectacular descending of Vicenzo Nibali, in these mountains some of the greatest days, hours & moments in cycle sport have played out.
Now it can be your turn to make your own history. Ahead of you lie the iconic climbs of Passo Stelvio, Passo Gavia & Passo Mortirolo. Long, steep and leg-sapping, simply summiting can create memories to last a lifetime.
Over a 7-night itinerary you’ll have the opportunity to ride through breathtaking scenery in a region which lives and breathes the Giro d’Italia. In addition to ‘The Big Three’ climbs, we’ll also visit Bormio & St Moritz, skirt Lake Como and climb to the legendary cyclists’ chapel at Madonna di Ghisallo.
Day-by-day itinerary Day 1 (a.m.) – arrive to Milan, Malpensa airport. Rendezvous with PyrActif staff. Day 1 (p.m.) – minibus transfer to Como. Warm-up ride alongside Lake Como to our overnight hotel in the beautiful town of Bellaggio. Days 2 & 3 – after a short ferry ride across the lake, we'll then spend two days ridng via the town of Chiavenna and the passes of Spluga, Maloja, Bernina & Foscagno to arrive to the iconic mountain town of Bormio. . Day 4 – your opportunity to climb the legendary Passo Stelvio (2760m). We'll ascend first from the Bormio side & then if you're feeling strong you can descend to Prato di Stelvio and tackle the other side of this most historic of Italian climbs.
Day 5 - Rider's Choice / rest day Day 6 – looped ride out of Bormio to tackle the super-challenging Mortirolo and the less steep, but still intimidating Passo Gavia. Day 7 – minibus transfer back towards Lake Como, followed by the ascent to the cyclists' chapel at Madonna di Ghisallo. We'll then drive back to a hotel close to Milan, Malpensa airport. Arrival time at the airport will be around 6 p.m., so you can choose a late evening flight or be conveniently located on-site for morning departures the next day. Day 8 – a.m. optional airport transfer to Milan, Malpensa
[Price includes airport transfers at specified times which will be agreed with you at the time of booking, plus 7-nights twin-room accommodation in 3-star hotels, 7 breakfasts, 6 evening meals, support vehicle on all rides. Single supplement is available at an additional cost of £300 if notified to us at the time of booking. Price does not include flights or other transport to Italy, food consumed at lunch/cafe stops, alcohol & soft drinks consumed at hotels, hotel telephone bills, travel insurance or other incidental expenses.]