Arrive in Venice. Love Velo will be waiting to take you to your hotel if you wish to make use of the airport transfer. Check in, relax and make full use of the spa. Apperitivos are served tonight in the wine cellar, followed by dinner.
Today is a day to spin your legs and make sure your bike is problem free. We will have guided rides available for both our hosted and non hosted clients. You will be able to pick up your registration pack and race number from the organiser’s village today.
Our guided rides will take place from Corvara today we will ride the Sella Ronda route, 52km of the most awe-inspiring cycling you could ever wish to ride. The ride takes in the Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena climbs. 52km with 1800m of climbing, the ride will set you up nicely for Sunday with no gradient more treacherous than 7%. If you wish to do a little less cycling, we recommend riding down to registration and back which is circa 30km.
We will run a guided ride for anybody that wants to test their legs before the race tomorrow, but we would recommend that you rest today and prepare yourself. Our ride will start from Corvara, climb and descending the Gardena from both sides. We will have a coffee at the top of the Gardena pass so anybody who wants to just climb one side and descend can do so.
It’s an early start this morning. Breakfast is served from approximately 5.15am and you must be in your start pen by 6.15am which is 15 minutes prior to the race starting. Please note that if you are not in the pen 15 minutes before the start, the organisers will direct you to the back pen.
Roads are closed to traffic so you will freewheel from the hotel to the race start.
You can choose your distance on the day and all riders make their way round the Sella Ronda. From there, unless you are riding the short route, you will ride down through Arabba towards Andraz. If you want the 106km route, simply turn left at the very well sign posted intersection, or hop over the brow of the hill to continue down to the Passo Giau and the full 138km distance.
At the end of the race, we will be waiting for you in the Love Velo gazebo by the finish line. Enjoy a cold beer, take the weight off your legs and relax with us before grabbing a pizza at the Taverna or going back to the hotel for a shower.
Check out and catch our transfer back to Venice. We will provide you with our transfer times on enquiry.
The Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provide a unique and spectacular backdrop to your cycling. There is no flat in the Dolomites, you are either pushing hard up the climbs or revelling in the thrilling descents.
The Maratona dles Dolomites us unlike any other sportive in Europe. Entering its 33rd year, the event could not be better. Starting pens are superbly organised and as soon as you start riding, you will see why the event is so revered. Spectators line the towns as helicopters buzz overhead, capturing the elite race for Italian sports channels. You will find locals providing cakes, pastries and coffees by the side of the roads whilst cow bells and Tyrolean whips echo throughout the valleys.
The climbs themselves are breathtaking. With most climbs averaging relatively shallow gradients, you can really get into a rhythm and other than the Passo Giau, no climb is too difficult. The descents are thrilling and the views over the rugged Dolomites offer some of the most panoramic views in Europe. Our favourite climb is the Falzarego which offers incredible views across the valley below and for fans of, descending, look no further than the awesome 10km freewheel from Arabba to Cernadoi.