The first of a series of amazing days captured on official video by #girodelledolomiti!
stage 1: Ritten-Renon
Our first stage starts later as usual at 10am and leads after a short warm-up through the city of Bolzano via the outskirts of Rencio to Ritten-Renon. At Rencio we start with the timed stretch and will wind itself up the many beautiful turns midst of wine grapes and apple trees. We are sure you will be able to admire the beautiful view of the Dolomites before cycling back to Bolzano via a different route, equally interesting.
stage 2: Passo delle Erbe
We had the Giro d’Italia and the Tour of the Alps climbing up the Passo delle Erbe. We believe probably the most beautiful pass of the Dolomites. And we will have approached the pass via the valley of Funes, an authentic village which kept its historic beauty intact. A steep ascent to the start of the timed stretch will make us tired but the timed stretch will be home turf for many speeders because its an easy up and down. The sight at the top is breathtaking and care is needed going downhill to Luson and finally Bolzano.
stage 3: Passo Fedaia
The first time for the Giro delle Dolomiti, the longest stage, the highest altitude. After the start in Bolzano we cycle through the Val Gardena, Alpine World Cup site, to the Passo Sella – many times done by the Giro d’Italia. From there you get a good view of the Marmolada glacier, our arrival of the timed stretch. We will start in Alba di Canazei with the timing and for about 8km you will be able to improve your overall standing. Lunching in Moena we need to do another 60km to arrive to Bolzano. We guarantee you can rest the day after…
stage 4: Passo Falzarego
An unusual starting point is Brunico. An hour bus/car ride to Brunico will take us to the starting point in a small town right next to the Dolomites. We will start to meet them after having pedalled through the valley of Badia for about 30km. A steady but certainly not difficult climb will be made easy by the company of another 599 fellow cyclists. In San Cassiano we start the timed climb to Passo Valparola, after which we descend to Cortina d’Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites, then to the peak of Tre Croci (Three Crosses) for lunch and finally to Brunico. A memorable stage.
stage 5: Seiser Alm
After 4 days of cycling we will cycle all the way with our new friends to Ponte Gardena from where the climb will start to Castelrotto and finally to Siusi, where the timed stretch starts. In the middle of wonderful trees, we overcome 2.000 meters until the arrival at the cableway. We come back to Bolzano crossing Ponte Gardena and prepare us for the last attack to the ranking.
stage 6: Team Crono
Have you ever cycled on a highway? We haven’t and probably you haven’t either. This year we made a dream come true. From Egna/Neumarkt to Bolzano Sud the highway is OURS!!! It’s the perfect stretch to be as fast as possible in a surrounding which is as friendly as possible to us. Basically no climb, only a straight stretch, a heaven for all and surely the best possible final stage of the 43rd Giro delle Dolomiti.