If there's a paradise for cyclists out there somewhere on our planet, then it's most certainly the Dolomites. In fact, UNESCO even declared the “Pale Mountains” a world heritage site because of their beauty — something best witnessed on a bike. Here, when you ride, something stunning is never far away.
Road cycling in the Dolomites is pure pleasure. It's an incomparably breathtaking experience, with this crossing revealing the very best of these mountains to you. On it, you will stick to roads less traveled, conquering demanding mountain passes and enjoying speedy downhills descents as you go.
You will start your trip in Brixen and cross the Dolomites over six stages. Your final destination will be Trento, from where you can easily take the Brenner Railway back to your starting point.
Right at the beginning of the Dolomitecross, the cathedral city of Brixen with its southern flair and the many sights on the Würzjoch to La Villa. You do not have much time to curl up, because from the start to the pass you have to overcome more than 1,500 vertical meters. There you have already made over half of the day's stage. The daily destination La Villa is located in the Val Badia and in the popular resort you can regenerate excellently.
The lively town of Cortina d'Ampezzo is the second destination on your journey through the Dolomites. Two famous passages lie on the way from La Villa to here - the Passo di Valparola and the Passo di Falzarego. The two are two real passport beauties and every racing cyclist should have beaten them at least once. For the exertions compensate the unique landscape of the Dolomites and the fast descents.
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Today, a real heavyweight is on the agenda: the Passo di Giau. This classic race bike comes with neat height meters and is always part of various bike races. At this stage it will be high alpine and you will "experience" the most beautiful landscapes of the Dolomites. Since the route is not too long, you have enough time to enjoy nature. And at the finish, on the Lago di Alleghe, then relaxation is announced and maybe even a refreshing dip in the beautiful mountain lake. If you are not busy yet, you can continue pedaling in a paddleboat and admire the surroundings from a different perspective.
On the fourth day you have to pedal a bit longer. You collect on the driveways to the famous Pordoijoch and the not so famous, but no less beautiful, Karerpass some altitude. Good that the previous stage was not so demanding. At Pordoijoch, you pass the 2,000 meters and come into high alpine fields. You can try out your curve technique on the many bends. A huge fun for every racing cyclist.
On the penultimate day of the Dolomite Cross, there is only a short leg on the plan. But although you only have to pedal 33 kilometers, you should not underestimate the stage. You have to cross the Passo di Lavaze into the Val di Fiemme, where you are staying in Molina. There you can fill up with regional specialties consumed energy. Let it be well with you!
Final stage! Today you reach the destination of Trento on your Dolomites crossing. One last time you have to make an effort, because the Passo Manghen wants to know it again. But after the effort, the pleasure follows and you rush down into the Valsugana Valley. You are now leaving the Dolomites and the atmosphere will be a bit more southern. Enjoy it. In Borgo Valsugana, Levico Terme or Lake Levico, you can take regenerative breaks and delay the end of it. Finally, you come to Trento, where your bike tour ends for you. Now it's called "la dolce vita" and you can celebrate the successful completion of the tour. You can easily get to the starting point Brixen by train. Arrivederci in the Dolomites.