DOLOMITES - JULY 2019

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Join us for an unforgettable tour in the Dolomites. Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, this tour will allow us to stay in a 4 star Mehadrin hotel while climbing some of the most beautiful peaks in the world. Come for as many days as you’d like. We’ll do our best to accommodate your plans.

Level: Avid Cyclists, Peaks

TRIP ITINERARY

Sunday July 7th

We’ll travel from Milan Malpensa airport to My Kosher Hotel in the Dolomites. When we arrive, a mechanic will help us set up our bikes – if needed – and we’ll go for a quick spin to make sure all’s well. If you’re picking up a rental bike, we’ll do that as well. We’ll then daven mincha and ma’ariv at the hotel, and eat dinner.

Monday July 8th

We’ve come to cycle and today we’ll climb 5 famous mountain passes. Our first pass is at (2,239 m. elevation), with a vertical climb of 799 meters.  The climb is almost 12 km long, and there are 27 hairpin turns. This pass has featured in the Giro d’Italia almost 40 times!

After a short break, we’ll descend and begin the climb towards our second pass (2,105 m. elevation). This climb has a fairly gentle grade at the beginning with maximum gradients approaching 7% on a few straights. The hairpins have a 4% grade. This gives us the chance to gain some speed on the hairpins for the upcoming straight. This lasts for about the first 7 km. After that, the hairpins will still have a manageable gradient but the straights start to be longer and steeper.
No other Dolomite Pass takes you as close to dolomite limestone as this one.  In fact, it takes you so close that you actually go into the mountain – as one of the hairpin turns is carved into the mountain. After a food break at the pass, we’ll continue up to our third pass (2,168 m. elevation). While only 1.2 kilometers long, the climb reaches a max of 15%! We’ll descend to begin the climb to our fourth pass.
The first part of the ride has a gradient of around 8-9%. It then gets steepers and the hairpins begin. We’ll climb 9.30 kilometers in total towards our fourth pass (2,136 m. elevation). The climb averages a 6.4% grade, with a max of 12% and 17 hairpin turns. The climb is well worth the effort, because when you reach the top, you’ll have the majestic Sassolungo in the background.

The foliage and road surface changes somewhat as we climb towards our fifth pass (2,240 m. elevation); our last climb of the day. This isn’t that hard of a climb. The vertical climb is only 373 meters over 5.5 kilometers, and there are 0 hairpins. The highest grade we’ll encounter here is 11% and the average gradient is 6.8%. This climb has featured in the Giro d’Italia 16 times. We’ll descend back to the hotel for some well deserved rest and dinner.

Tuesday, July 9th

We’ll start today’s ride with the slight downhill ride on one of the world’s most beautiful rides; this road through the Dolomites boasts breathtaking alpine vistas. The green valley is dotted with yellow, pink, purple and white wildflowers. Charming wooden houses straight out of Hansel and Gretel peek out from behind trees. Towering over us are awe-inspiring mountains of sheer rock. Each twist of the road brings an even more spectacular panorama into view.

We’ll turn to head up towards our first pass (1,918  m. elevation). This climb is different than yesterday’s climbs, as it’s much straighter, and much less crowded.  With a brook on our right for much of the way, the sound of rushing water is blissful. The climb is 11.41 kilometers long, a vertical climb of 778 meters, and has featured in the Giro d’Italia 3 times in the last 10 years. After a brief food stop, we’ll begin a stunningly beautiful long descent, winding our way through several quaint and colorful villages. From personal experience I would suggest that you really make the most of that descent, because what goes down must go up.   Take in the pristine lake topped by beautiful mountains and alongside another colorful village.

After some fairly flat riding, we’ll begin our ascent to our second pass, a 14 kilometer fight.  This climb is super tough! It is definitely among the hardest climbs that you can ride in the Dolomites. The ascent can be divided into 2. The first part is fairly gentle, and goes through villages.  We’ll cycle through a nature reserve, that was created first by the erosion of the glaciers and then by the erosion of the Pettorina Torrent. The landscape is marvellous and we’ll see the Franzei waterfall along the way.  (Note: The climbing gradient of the nature reserve is between 9% and 11% but you will be too wowed by this magical place to feel it. Time flies and you will suddenly find yourself exiting this 2 km long canyon.)

And then the second part begins. It starts with a 2.7 kilometer long straight climb,  starting with a 10% gradient and most of it 13-14% grade! It is a real beast; it feels like it will never end. When we finally get to the top of that straightaway, we will immediately begin 3 kilometers of 13-16% hairpin turns up to the top (2,054 m. elevation) and another stunning lake. The vertical climb is 1,062 meters and has featured 17 times in the Giro d’Italia.  After passing the lake, you will enjoy the beautiful descent back to the hotel.

Wednesday, July 10th

Hopefully the legs are ready for more climbing. Marvel once again as we cycle through the beautiful Vigo di Fassa valley. This time, we’ll ascend 10 km to our first pass of the day (1,752 m. elevation). As we near the top, you’ll enjoy some outstanding views. After a quick break, we will then descend into a beautiful wooded area and admire the pristine and stunningly gorgeous lake with breathtaking sheer cliffs in the background. The backdrop of the mountains above the lake makes this scenery picture perfect. The descent is long and very pretty. A small river flows to your right and you feel as though the forest is enveloping you.

The forest climb (1,808 m. elevation) is very quiet and serene, and 13 km long. For much of the time we’ll be surrounded by an exquisite dense forest, with tall, super straight trees. There is little traffic on the road, and the surfaces are very smooth.  In some ways you’ll feel as if you have left the Dolomites, since it is only at the top that you’ll begin to see the familiar Dolomite-stone mountain views. We’ll climb 936 vertical meters to the top, with large stretches averaging 11 – 13%, and the average gradient of 7.7%.

We will then descend into a quaint village and then a small town, and have a few options to refill our bidons with mountain fresh water, before following the river back to our hotel.

Thursday, July 11th

We’re going to head to the Stelvio today for a storied ride. The drive is 2 and a half hours, so we’ll leave right after breakfast. The Passo dello Stelvio is the highest pass in Italy at 2,758 m. elevation.

Many consider it to be the nicest of all the Alpine passes in terms of scenery, with breathtaking views. Its 48 bends carve their way up the mountain in what appears to be an endless road towards heaven, constantly switching back and forth the higher you climb. Although the average gradient for the 24.4 kilometer climb is around 8%, the max. gradient reaches 14%; this is a HC climb.  Once we reach the top, we will head to Passo Umbrail and then into Switzerland, before circling around to our starting point.

Friday, July 12th

After two long days of climbing, and with Shabbos approaching, we’re going to do the classic loop around the nearby mountain range, one of the most spectacular bike rides in Europe, and we’re going to do it clockwise.  A very strong rider might be able to complete this, without stopping, in 2 hours, 20 minutes, but we will stop for pictures, a bite to eat, and to buy postcards.  Even though it’s only 65 kilometers, there is still plenty of climbing – about 2,100 meters’ worth. It’s fair to call it a proper day in the saddle.

In 1897, Theodor Christomannos is reputed to have said, “These beautiful mountains have remained a mythological world of fairy tales for centuries because you can only cross them on rough mountain trails and by going through inhospitable valleys, where city folk have never set foot.”  Mr. Christomannos’ project was to connect the city of Bolzano to all the Dolomite valleys, creating the “Great Dolomites Road”.   The road was officially inaugurated on September 13, 1909. We will ride parts of that road.

We’ll start off from the hotel riding ascending into the mountains. We’ll encounter the first hairpins right from the beginning and after 5.5 kilometers, we’ll veer left towards our first pass.  We’ll have another 5.5 kilometers of climbing, an additional 439 vertical meters, and 10 more hairpin turns. This is the highest peak of the day at 2,240 meters elevation.

We’ll then descend and head towards our second pass of the day. Looking at the stats, this pass is relatively easy. The total distance between the two is only 9.9 kilometers. After 12 hairpins, we’ll reach the top of our second climb (elevation 2,137 meters). This has been part of the Giro d’Italia 16 times.

Now we’re going to head towards our third climb (1,875 m. elevation). While this is one of the lower elevation climb in the Dolomites, it has featured in the Giro 14 times. The highest gradient in the climb is 11%, but the average grade is only 6%. We’ll climb 5.8 kilometers, 353 vertical meters, and 13 hairpin turns.  While the road is smooth, beware of headwinds, especially towards the top.

Without much of break, we’ll head towards our last climb of the day. We previously climbed it from Canazei; this time it from the other side, which is a totally different experience. Vegetation ends at around 1,600 meters elevation, so while the views are better on this side of the climb, the winds can be strong and will decide our pace. After the 3.5 km mark, the real hairpin part of the ascent starts: 22 hairpins in 4.5 km! This is an average of 1 hairpin every 200 meters!  We’ll climb a total of 33 hairpins on this climb. Our vertical climb meters here will be 638 meters.

After a nice break to enjoy the victories of the day, we’ll head down to the hotel to get ready for Shabbos.

Shabbos, July 13th

Sunday, July 14th

For those leaving us, it’s time to say goodbye until next time. For those who have rental bikes, we’ll stop by to return them. We’ll check out of the hotel at 11:00 and make a quick stop in Canazei for some last minute souvenir shopping if we have time. We’ll then head to the airport to catch returning flights. We look forward to cycling together again soon. Addio! Ciao!

Sunday, July 14th

We will again drive to our starting destination. We will begin in Cortina d’Ampezzo (commonly referred to as Cortina), which is situated in an alpine valley. The Boite river flows directly through the town of Cortina. It is a popular winter resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and après-ski scene. We’ll head up the mountain and around the Tre Cime-Sesto Dolomites Nature Park. The most famous peaks of the nature park are the Cima Undici (3,092 m. asl), Monte Popera (3,046 m. asl), Cima Dodici (3,094 m. asl), Monte Paterno (2,744 m. asl) and of course the impressive and name-giving Tre Cime or Three Peaks (2,999 m. asl).

Here is how our ride looks in stats: We’ll start right away with a 9 km climb, 612 vertical climbing meters.  We’ll reach the first pass (1,807 m. elevation), a pass that has featured in the Giro d’Italia. At the summit there are great views of the Monte Cristallo (3,221 m. elevation.) We then have another short 2.7 kilometer climb (113 vertical climbing meters) ending at the 16.2 km mark. Then get ready for a looooong descent – until the 40 kilometer mark, followed by a 15 kilometer climb, 479 vertical climbing meters. After another long (10.5 km) descent, we’ll do a short climb – 4.5 km and 270 vertical climb meters. Another descent – 7.8 kilometers, followed by a whopping 28.5 kilometer, 1,000 vertical meter climb, culminating at the first pass!  Finally, we’ll descend our original 9 kilometers back to our starting point.

Monday, July 15th

Today’s ride features the most vertical meters of any ride on our tour. We’ll attack our first climb from the hotel, a beautiful 14 kilometer climb, 617 vertical climbing meters. Don’t worry – the maximum gradient is 11% and the average is only about 4.5%.  Just before we reach the pass (2,054 m. elevation) we will see the blue-green waters of the lake.

 

As we begin our long descent into the valley, get ready to climb the Monster Giau.  This mountain road was the last road built to reach a Dolomites Pass and connect it to another valley. In fact the actual road was built and paved in 1986. (Of course, since then, repaved many times.) Previously, there was just a narrow mule track mainly used by farmers for forestry services.

You will find the hardest grade (14%) at the beginning of the climb, as you follow the river. The Hors Categorie Giau climb starts with 1 straight km without hairpins, and this is the perfect welcome card for finding your climbing pace. It’s important to focus on your own condition and pace and not on that of others. If you play your cards right at the beginning, you’ll catch up with cyclists who overstressed the first part of the climb on the last 2 km of the climb. Luckily, after the first km, the series of 29 hairpins begins. The climb will average a 9.4% grade for almost 10 kilometers.  Halfway to the top, the trees start to give way to the classic Dolomite green pastures, and on a quiet day, you may even hear marmots whistle! Our SAG vehicle will be ever ready to provide you with warmer layers as we climb higher. We’ll take a well deserved break at the top (2,236 m. elevation) to refuel.

We will descend for about 10 kilometers and then take a sharp turn left to head towards our next pass. We’ll cycle through a National Park, with gorgeous views of the mountain tops. At the top of our climb (2,117 m. elevation) we’ll stop for a break and some fuel. We will then begin our 17 hairpin, 11 kilometer descent towards the final climb of the day.

This is not the first time we did this climb. We did it on Friday, so let’s see if you can achieve a PB. Your legs will most certainly be tired, but let’s see what you’re made of! As a reminder: 9.2 kilometers, 33 hairpins, and 638 vertical climb meters.

Tuesday, July 16th

For the second day in a row, we’ll ride 106 kilometers, but this time with less climbing. As the last day of riding, we’ll make the most of it. The first 30 kilometers of our ride will be slightly downhill, and very beautiful. The Hors Categorie 20 kilometer climb is long, but with an average gradient of only 4.5%. Unlike the dramatic rock formations visible during some of our other climbs, we will have mostly pleasant, quiet and wooded surroundings as we ascend.

For two kilometers, we’ll have a beautiful lake off to our right. A few interesting stats: The pass road was built between 1863 and 1874, when the area still belonged to Austria. The Giro d’Italia chose this pass for its Dolomites debut in 1937. It was included in the Giro d’Italia 5 times between 1986 and 2009 (as of 2017 it had not been included since 2009). We’ll reach the top at 1,989 m. elevation, and then, after a chance to refuel and put on some layers for descent, we’ll turn around and descend 6.5 kilometers in the same direction we came from.

Our next climb is short but somewhat steep. While only about 6 kilometers long, we’ll gain about 490 height meters at an average gradient of 8.2%. Arriving at the top, we’ll be at 2,033 m. elevation. After a pause, we’ll descend towards our final climb of the day.  This one, too, is short but sweet: 6 kilometers, 500 height meters, and and average of 9.1%. Once we’ve made it to the top of this one, we can (almost) cruise home: First a long 11.5 kilometer descent through woodlands. Then, a 17 kilometer ride through the valley with an average gradient of 1.7%. Just before we get home, we’ll stop by DeTomas Bike Shop. For those of us who have rental bikes from them, we’ll return them. All those who want to buy the latest Castelli gear can do so. Then on to the hotel for some well deserved R&R.

Wednesday, July 17th

It’s time to say goodbye until next time. We’ll check out of the hotel at 11:00 and make a quick stop in Canazei for some last minute souvenir shopping if we have time. We’ll then head to the airport to catch returning flights. We look forward to cycling together again soon. Addio! Ciao!

Option 1

11 days/10 nights July 07 – 17, 2019
8 days of cycling

Total Distance:  741 km. / 463 miles
Daily Avg:  92.6 km. / 57.9 miles
Total Climbing: 20,508 meters. / 67,279 feet
Daily Avg: 2,564 meters. / 8,410 feet

Accommodations: Double occupancy, My Kosher Hotel, Dolomites

Rider Price: 13,750₪ (Currency Converter)
Non-rider Price: Contact KCT for a price quote
For single occupancy option, add 1,610₪ (Currency Converter)
For Superior Room double occupancy (Riverside), add ₪638 (Currency Converter)
For Superior Room single occupancy, add 2,439₪ (Currency Converter)

Option 2

7 days/6 nights July 07 – 14, 2019
5 days of cycling

Accommodations: Double occupancy, My Kosher Hotel, Dolomites

Rider Price: 10,499₪ (Currency Converter)
Non-rider Price: Contact KCT for a price quote
For single occupancy option, add 1,127₪ (Currency Converter)
For Superior Room double occupancy (Riverside), add ₪446 (Currency Converter)
For Superior Room single occupancy, add 1,707₪ (Currency Converter)

Option 3

5 days/4 nights July 07 – 13, 2019
4 days of cycling

Accommodations: Double occupancy, My Kosher Hotel, Dolomites

Rider Price: 7,499₪ (Currency Converter)
Non-rider Price: Contact KCT for a price quote
For single occupancy option, add 644₪ (Currency Converter)
For Superior Room double occupancy (Riverside), add ₪225 (Currency Converter)
For Superior Room single occupancy, add 975₪ (Currency Converter)

Option 4

4 days/3 nights July 07 – 12, 2019
3 days of cycling

Accommodations: Double occupancy, My Kosher Hotel, Dolomites

Rider Price: 6,499₪ (Currency Converter)
Non-rider Price: Contact KCT for a price quote
For single occupancy option, add 483₪ (Currency Converter)
For Superior Room double occupancy (Riverside), add ₪191 (Currency Converter)
For Superior Room single occupancy, add 732₪ (Currency Converter)


Contact us for other dates and prices

Group Pricing
Bring a fellow rider, each save 5%
Group of 5+ riders, each save 10% (Israeli residents must add 17% VAT)

Rental bike: €45/day. We will reserve the bike for you, but you will pay the vendor directly upon arrival via credit card. You take full responsibility for the bike.

Non-riding partners, family, and friends who would like to join us are most welcome. The Dolomites are an amazing place to visit, especially for nature lovers and those who enjoy sports and the outdoors – adults and children alike. Near to our hotel, My Kosher Hotel, there are lifts to mountain passes, panoramic views, and a broad variety of activities: Trekking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, skateboarding, summer grass skiing, horse and pony rides, ice skating, and more.

Staff at My Kosher Hotel are very friendly and helpful, and are able to point hotel guests in the right direction. Alternatively, you can be in touch with us and we’ll help you plan activities and hire the best tour guides.

What’s included

  • Pick up at Milan Malpensa airport on the first day of our tour, and drop off at Milan Malpensa airport on the last day of our tour, including luggage
  • Hotel accommodations at My Kosher Hotel
  • Breakfasts and dinners at the hotel
  • Lunches – packed for the road
  • Friday night Shabbos dinner, Shabbos day lunch, and Se’udah Sh’lishit
  • Services of our support crew and SAG vehicle
  • Nutrition and drinks on the ride
  • 1 Kosher Cycle Tours bike jersey
  • Kosher Cycle Tours Dolomite tour .gpx files for Garmin use

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Pick up or drop off at the airport on dates other than specified above
  • Travel, medical and personal insurance of any sort
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar or extra drinks, gratuities

Went to the Dolomites to experience amazing scenery and routes I have never done before. In addition to the amazing kosher food and hotel (including minyan), was very, very happy I made the decision to go. I have no hesitation to recommend this to anyone looking to experience a completely different type of riding (ie harder!!) followed by relaxing in a great kosher hotel. Top marks to Max [SAG Support] who made me feel like a pro in the support vehicle, handing out food, drink, extra layers etc! And of course to Aaron for such smooth organisational skills!
Michael G.
August 2018
The tour was perfect. Unfortunately, I was not able to stay the whole tour; B’ezrat Hashem next year. The mountains, the roads were excellent for the rides; great place to go.
Eduardo P.
August 2018

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