Maratona Getaway

  • Location

    Alta Badia

  • Duration

    6 Days | 5 Nights

  • Length

    240-365 KM

  • Climb

    5,700-10,200m

28 Jun 2017 - 3 Jul 2017

We return to the beautiful Dolomites for the 31st edition of the Maratona. The race is one of the most prestigious granfondos in the world with over 32,000 cyclists competing for 9,000 entries. Join us for this unique event. Start numbers guaranteed!

This short tour is well suited for riders of different levels. The "col collectors" will have the opportunity to tick many boxes from their bucket list and challenge themselves on the long Maratona course (138km). This gorgeous course was featured on stage 14 of last year’s Giro d’Italia won by Colombian Esteban Chaves from the Orica-GreenEdge team. The short and medium courses are ideal to get a taste of mountain riding with short and ridiculously scenic climbs.

"Can I do it?" That's what you may ask yourself. Kath was wondering too before riding the Maratona last year. Read her story here.

Based on last year’s experience, we have added one day to this tour to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dolomites and ride the famous Sella Ronda loop.

All of this with the support of our team and a new bike-friendly hotel situated next to the registration village.

This trip is also ideal for your non-riding partner and your children, who will enjoy a wonderful holiday in the Dolomites; activities such as hiking, Summer For Kids programme, wellness and golf are available (contact us for more information). There is a Grand Tours Project for everybody!

Book now and guarantee your place in this iconic event as this tour is expected to sell out.

Total price: From 1,800 €

  • Guaranteed start number in the Maratona dles Dolomites
  • Ride in a UNESCO World Heritage List site
  • Climb iconic Giro d’Italia passes
  • Get a taste of the unique Ladin culture... and cuisine
  • Stay at bike friendly hotel Melodia del Bosco in Badia
  • Families and non-riding partners welcome
  • Day 1 - 28 June

    Arrival

    We will meet you at Venice airport and shuttle you to Badia and our HQ for this tour: Hotel Melodia del Bosco. Once there, we will help you to settle in and prepare your bike. You can then join us for an optional short ride to Passo Campolongo, the first climb for the 3 courses of the Maratona. At dinner, you will have the opportunity to meet the whole group and have a first taste of the local cuisine we will enjoy throughout the next few days.

  • Day 2 - 29 June

    Sella Ronda loop

    Today's ride is 65km. Only? But we climb 4 prestigious passes: Passo Campolongo (1,875m), Passo Pordoi (2,239m), Passo Sella (2,244m) and Passo Gardena (2,136m). That’s the famous Sella Ronda loop, which is also part of all three Maratona courses you can choose on race day. On Passo Pordoi, ride by the memorial to Fausto Coppi, the legendary Italian champion who won some of his most prestigious victories in the Dolomites.

  • Day 3 - 30 June

    Passo Falzarego (and Passo Giau as an option)

    Today we will all ride the Passo Falzarego, one of the legendary climbs of the Dolomites. Those who target the Maratona long course on Sunday may want to test their legs on Passo Giau (9.9km at 9.3%). « I love the Giau. It’s a hard climb but the view from the top is amazing. And the descent towards Pocol is pure fun! » says Alain. Have an Aperol Spritz at the hotel bar to make it a perfect day in the Dolomites.

  • Day 4 - 1 July

    Relax before the big day

    Maratona race number pick up

    In the morning we will pick up our number and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Maratona village. You’re then free to go for an easy coffee ride - just like the pros - with us or relax at the hotel spa. Maybe you’ll do both? In the evening, local products and delicious cuisine will take your pre-race carb loading dinner to new heights.

  • Day 5 - 2 July

    Maratona dles Dolomites

    55km (1,780m) - 106km (3,130m) - 138km (4,230m)

    After an early breakfast, ride 3 kilometers from our hotel to the start area with 9,000 riders. The excitement is growing as TV helicopters buzz above your head. At 6:30am, the first riders cross the line. Your best day ever on the bike is about to start. Whichever course you have chosen, enjoy the Maratona experience. Pace yourself on the climbs and enjoy fully closed roads on descents. Don’t forget to stop at the feeding stations and taste local specialties! You will need it to make it to the finish and share your best moments with us.

  • Day 6 - 3 July

    Goodbye Dolomites

    All good things have an end. After a last apfelstrudel and espresso (or cappuccino, or macchiato), the shuttle will take you back to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Time to go home and share your Maratona stories with your envious cycling friends!