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Como, Stelvio & Dolomites Cycling Tour

Ride your bucket list of Italian climbs to challenge the body and inspire the mind

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Tour Overview

If your bike bucket list includes many of the famous climbs of Italy, then this tour is for you.

Test yourself across the north Italian lakes and mountains.  After a warm up on the climbs of the Muro di Sormano and Ghisallo on the shores of Lake Como, you’ll take on the iconic Passo dello Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo before heading to the Dolomites to tick off Passo di Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo di Campolongo, Colle Santa Lucia, Passo Giau, Passo Falzarego and Passo Valparola.

Taking on these legendary passes and soaking up the incredible scenery and vistas that are in every direction you ride, is the perfect way to test yourself both physically and mentally, across this incredible 8 days of climbing.

The majestic rugged peaks of spectacular shape and colour provide the perfect backdrop for you to complete the challenging ascents and superb descents of climbs made famous by the Giro d’Italia.

Expect challenging days on the bike, surrounded by warm Summer mountain air and lush green scenery that is a feast for the eyes and heart in equal measures, followed by a food, wine and cultural experience that takes in the best of the regions produce and cuisine, and its magnificent wines.

Join us for this bucket list adventure of a lifetime.

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Road around Lake Como in Italy

Como, Stelvio & Dolomites Cycling Tour Itinerary

Welcome to Lago di Como, Stelvio & the Dolomites

On our Stelvio, Dolomites & Lake Como cycling tour, you’ll revel in daily rides that take us over the incredible mountainous landscapes and climbs of the Alps and Dolomites, and through the rolling hills that surround one of Italy’s iconic lakes.

Challenging rides will be met with amazing post ride rewards for an overall experience that is a feast for the senses.

We start this week with a light spin to Argegno as our first ride and it’s the perfect introduction to Italy and the Italian lakes. You make your way out of the quintessential Lombardian town of Como and along the small road that hugs the iconic lake, with its spectacular surrounding mountains.

With undulating terrain the whole way, this ride should blow the cobwebs out of your legs after your travels and also give you the chance to test your bike set-up and make any micro adjustments to the bike as you need.

Highlight: Rolling along the edge of the lake with the alps in the background.
Distance: 40km
Elevation: 600m

It’s time for you to enjoy a full taste of the Lombardian country side. As we roll out of town and through the little villages and into the forest, we head towards the tip of the peninsula and the town of Bellagio, where we’ll stop for a caffe and take in the postcard perfect view. We’ll then take on the main challenge of the day, the 10.6k climb with 5.2% average up to the church of Madonna di Ghisallo, the patroness of cyclists, where we’ll stop for lunch and visit the church, the Museo del Ciclismo.

We’ll then take the mostly downhill backroads back into Como, and our hotel.

Highlight: The little church dedicated to the patron saint of cyclists sitting on top of a hill overlooking the lake below.
Distance: 92km
Elevation: 1680m

Today you’ll conquer another one of cycling’s legendary climbs, the Muro di Sormano. We’ll start with an undulating warm up along the edge of the lake, before a right hand turn starts the hairpins, climbing and utterly sunning vistas. We keep climbing through the bosco (forest) until we reach the summit. We’ll regroup here for a coffee and panino, before a fast and fun descent for the return journey, heading directly to Como.

Highlight: Tackling the steep sections of the Muro
Distance: 65km
Elevation: 1550m

We say goodbye to Como today as we undertake our first transfer to Bormio. We will stop in Tirano for a light snack, as we unload the bikes and then take on Passo Mortirolo, with its mercilessly steep gradients that hit 18% and average 10.4% for the duration. Once reaching the top, we will regroup and then descend and ride into Bormio and our home for the next two nights.

Highlight:
Distance: 59km
Elevation: 2180m

After an early start and transfer to Bormio, it’ll be time for you to take on the iconic Passo dello Stelvio, sitting at an imposing 2750m. This is a climb like no other. With its 34 switchbacks, and at one point a 14%, it will challenge the mind and the legs, and open your heart. After passing the waterfall, you enter the Valle del Braulio and the expanse of open melting white, surrounded by two peaks. On a quiet day, you’ll encounter marmots waking up after a long winter and scurrying out of your way, as you press on past the Umbrail Pass and up another ramp to get to the top of the pass. We’ll stop for a coffee and take in our surrounds, as we peer down in the direction of Prato and it’s 48 switchbacks, deciding if today’s the day to go long. This is a long and technical descent.

Highlight: Conquering the epic Stelvio
Distance: 50km or 95k
Elevation: 1560m or 3455m

Today you’ll conquer another one of cycling’s legendary climbs, starting by heading towards Santa Caterina, which rises 600m before we even reach the base of the climb. You’ll have a few switchbacks to take care of early, before you ride along the edge of the mountain that sharply drops away before dramatically rising on the other side of a ravine.

Highlight: This is a truly spectacular landscape and possibly our favourite.
Distance: 60km
Elevation: 1800m

This is one of our favourite days on the bike. We roll out and start the first of our three ascents for the day, Passo di Campolongo. We all find our own rhythm and set about rolling over the top, before a fast 15km descent and the task of conquering the challenges of Colle Santa Lucia, Passo Giau, Passo Falzarego and Passo Valparola. After stopping to regroup and take in the amazing view of the valley below, we have a final 14km’s of utter joy left, as we descend into the valley and our villa below.

Highlight: The imposing peaks as you reach the top of the Passo Giau and Passo Falzarego.
Distance: 83km
Elevation: 2496m

This is a superb day of climbing and descending on our Sella Ronda cycling experience, with spectacular landscape everywhere you turn.

Today we are either going up or going down, with four distinct passes. We start with a short and slight descent to the south, before our first challenge of Passo di Gardena, followed by Passo di Sella, Passo Pordoi and finishing with the beautiful, free flowing descent of Passo di Campolongo.

Highlight: The feeling of complete contentment after completing the truly beautiful iconic Sella Ronda cycling experience.
Distance: 61km
Elevation: 1800m

Pricing & Dates

$6,395.00 AUD per person twin share / Maximum 14 guests

2021

2nd to 10th July 2021 $1,995 AUD (deposit)
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2022

1st to 9th July 2022 $1,995 AUD (deposit)
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Start Location & Details

City: Como, Italy
Pick Up Location: Train Station, Como
Pick Up Time: 11:30am

Finish Location & Details

City: Venice, Italy
Pick Up Location: Mestre Train Station, Venice
Drop Off Time: 11:30am

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8 nights accommodation, twin share with your own private bathroom.

  • Single occupancy available. Talk to us when booking.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners at a range of our favourite restaurants, osteria’s and home cooked locations, including nightly aperitivo hour and local wines and beers at each dinner.

Ride Support

  • Professional bilingual ride guides with extensive cycling experience, local knowledge and first aid experience, ensuring your riding experiences are truly local and take in the best of these diverse mountainous regions.

  • Unique routes, available on GPS provided as part of the tour.
  • Support van on daily rides, with mechanical support and your safety as our priority.
  • Nutritious energy snacks and hydration are provided

Transfers & Activities

  • All transfers / transportation from pick up to drop off, including baggage and bike transportation.
  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the detailed tour itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to sites, museums and all other non riding activities.

Ride Kit

  • 2 piece, Italian made A’QTO Cycling Kit including jersey and bib shorts.
  • Laundry for your cycling clothing.

Not Included

  • Airfare.
  • Bike hire.
  • Travel insurance.

While airfare, bike hire and travel insurance are not included in the tour cost, they can be fully arranged for you. Talk to us when booking.

Have more questions regarding our Dolomites Cycling Tour?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

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Bike Hire & Gear

Full Carbon Road Bikes

You can choose to hire a Pinarello or Bianchi  with a compact crankset.

GPS

An easy to use GPS is provided for your use for the duration of the tour with our daily rides pre installed.

Non-Riding Partners

As part of our Stelvio, Dolomites & Lake Como cycling tour, non-riding partners enjoy a customised travel program, designed to meet their interests and the best experiences that Lombardia and the Dolomites have to offer. Whether it’s guided hikes in the magnificent Dolomites, cooking and photography classes or visits to the picturesque lakeside towns, non riders experience the majestic beauty, scenery and cultures of each area we visit. Nancy personally hosts non-riding guests each day with a select range of activities to suit the group.

Accommodation

Our selection of boutique family run hotels all boast rooms that are perfectly located and have spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes.  You’ll enjoy resting in tranquillity and waking up in heaven, with all the amenities available to you for a superbly comfortable stay, pre and post ride.

Food & Wine

As we travel through Lombardia, the Alps and the Dolomites, our food and wine journey will see you experiencing diverse alpine cuisine, both with superb Milanese quality and style, through to traditional Ladin and Venetian influences. From the kitchens and dining rooms of locals with spectacular views to the chic style of alpine resort osteria’s and restaurants, you’ll experience the true character and diversity of northern Italy.

Testimonials

ENTHUSIASM, PROFESSIONALISM AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL

We were very excited about our trip to the Dolomites and Prosecco Road with A’qto in July, 2019. We had high expectations, but with Nancy and Damien’s enthusiasm, professionalism  and attention to detail the whole journey far exceeded those and made the trip truly memorable.  Mauro and Andre, our local guides added to our feeling of being cared for. It was the total  Italian experience – cultural, gastronomic and the cycling and hiking mountain way of life. They catered perfectly to the various idiosyncrasies within the group and if an issue arose or something had to be quickly changed due to unforeseen circumstances they found the solution calmly and promptly.

We would highly recommend A’qto to anyone contemplating a cycling tour to Italy, and especially those with a non-cycling partner who normally wouldn’t be included in such an adventure. Our best wishes to Nancy and Damien and their team for the continuing success of A’qto Cycling.

Vivien & David

A TRULY MEMORABLE WEEK

Thank you to Damian, Nancy, Mauro and Andrea for a truly memorable week. Not just a cycling trip but more of an immersion into Italian culture, food and way of life. The cycling was tough but thoroughly worth the effort when you reach the top of the mountain passes. Hope to plan another trip with you again soon.

Anthony A

THE RIDE ROUTES WERE SCENIC & CHALLENGING

Thank you for a wonderful locally focused adventure. The accommodation was spectacular, the hospitality was awesome, the dining experiences were exquisite and the bike routes, as always were scenic and challenging. Thank you both so much.

Jill and Kirsty

I ASSURE ALL NON-RIDERS YOU CAN GO ON A BIKE HOLIDAY & HAVE A FANTASTIC TIME

I want to reassure all non-riding partners, you can go on a bike-riding holiday and have a fantastic time. I felt part of the group, whether I was travelling in the support van enjoying the fantastic scenery and being amazed at the climbs the riders were achieving, or enjoying the non-rider activities such as treks in the countryside with Nancy.

Mary F
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