DOLOMITES TOUR 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.

Level: Avid Cyclists, Peaks

TRIP ITINERARY

Monday July 8th

We’ll travel from Milan Malpensa airport to My Kosher Hotel in the Dolomites and get checked in. If you’re picking up a rental bike, we’ll get that as well. We’ll daven at the hotel, and eat dinner.

Tuesday July 9th

We’ve come to cycle and today we’ll climb 5 famous mountain passes. Our first pass is at 7,346 ft. (2,239 m.) elevation, with a vertical climb of 2,621 ft. (799 m.).  The climb is almost 7.5 mi. (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 – at 6,906 ft. (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 4.35 mi. (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 – at 7,113 ft. (2,168 m.) elevation. While only 0.75 mi. (1.2 km.) long, the climb reaches a max of 15%! We’ll descend to begin the climb to our fourth pass. The first part of the ascent has a gradient of around 8-9%. It then gets steepers and the hairpins begin. We’ll climb 5.8 mi. (9.3 km.) in total towards our fourth pass – at 7,008 ft. (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 – at 7,349 ft. (2,240 m.) elevation; our last climb of the day. This isn’t that hard of a climb. The vertical climb is only 1,224 ft. (373 m.) over 3.4 mi. (5.5 km.), 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.

Wednesday, July 10th

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 – at 6,293 ft. (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 7.1 mi. (11.41 km.) long, a vertical climb of 2,552 ft. (778 m.), 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 8.7 mi. (14 km.) 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 1.25 mi. (2 km.) long canyon.)

And then the second part begins. It starts with a 1.7 mi. (2.7 km.) 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 1.9 mi. (3 km.) of 13-16% hairpin turns up to the top 6,739 ft. (2,054 m.) elevation and another stunning lake. The vertical climb is 3,484 ft. (1,062 m.) and has featured 17 times in the Giro d’Italia.  After passing the lake, you will enjoy the beautiful descent back to the 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 8,458 ft. (2,758 m.) of 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 15.2 mi. (24.4 km.) 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 40.4 miles (65 km.), there is still plenty of climbing – about 6,890 ft.  (2,100 m.) 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 3.4 mi. (5.5 km.), we’ll veer left towards our first pass.  We’ll have another 3.4 mi. (5.5 km.) of climbing, an additional 1,440 vertical ft. (439 m.), and 10 more hairpin turns. This is the highest peak of the day at 7,349 ft. (2,240 m.) of 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 6.2 mi. (9.9 km.). After 12 hairpins, we’ll reach the top of our second climb – elevation 7,001 ft. (2,137 m.). This has been part of the Giro d’Italia 16 times.

Now we’re going to head towards our third climb – at 6,152 ft. (1,875 m.) of 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 for 3.6 mi. (5.8 km.), and 1,158 vertical ft. (353 m.), 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 5,249 ft. (1,600 m.) 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 2.2 mi. (3.5 km.) mark, the real hairpin part of the ascent starts: 22 hairpins in 2.8 mi. (4.5 km.)! This is an average of 1 hairpin every 656 ft. (200 m.)!  We’ll climb a total of 33 hairpins on this climb. Our vertical climb meters here will be 2,093 ft. (638 m.).

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

It’s time to say goodbye until next time. But before that, a quick 15 mi. (24.1 km.) 2,142 ft. (653 m.) out and back for those who want! We check out of the hotel at 11:00. For those who have rental bikes, we’ll stop by to return them. While in Canazei, we’ll have a bit of time for some last minute souvenir shopping. We then head to the airport to catch returning flights. We look forward to cycling together again soon. Addio! Ciao!

This tour will take place between July 8 – 14, 2019

7 days / 6 nights
5 days of cycling

Accommodations: Double occupancy, My Kosher Hotel, Dolomites

Prices
Rider Price: 9,550₪
Non-rider Price: Contact KCT for a price quote
For single occupancy option, add 1,127₪
For Superior Room double occupancy (Riverside), add 446₪
For Superior Room single occupancy, add 1,707₪


Group Rates
Group of 5+ riders, each save 5 %


Notes

(Israeli residents must add 17% VAT)

Rental bike: We will reserve the bike for you, but you will pay the vendor directly 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 Monday July 08, and drop off at Milan
  • Malpensa airport on the Sunday July 14, 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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