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Trans Dolomiti 2023

In Brief

Looking for the ultimate mountain biking area? Stop looking, because the Italian Dolomites offers the experienced mountain biker everything you expect from a mountain biking trip. Cycle Travel is offering a fully catered one-week group trip (6 biking days) in September 2023.

Highlights:
- Unique round trip in the Italian Dolomites with start and finish in Alta Badia
- Accommodation in mountain huts in the Fanes and Cinque Torri area
- Sella Ronda trails and technical trails to Caprile
- Strade de la Vena: flow descent of more than 15 kilometers.
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02 September 2023 / 09 September 2023
Mountain bike - MTB
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€1.699,00 - €2.199,00

8 days
350 km
Incl. lodging

Additional options

Mountain bike full suspension hire per day

Rent a top quality bicycle for this trip. We always have access to the best materials with our local partners. You can rent these full suspension mountain bikes (front suspension and rear suspension) per day. From 3 days on they will be delivered and picked up at your location. For optimal use book the bikewash service, every day a clean and completely refurbished bike at your own location.

39,95

39,95

Mountain Bike Electric full suspension rental per day

Rent a top quality bicycle for this trip. We always have access to the best materials with our local partners. You can rent these full suspension mountain bikes (front suspension and rear suspension) per day. From 3 days on they will be delivered and picked up at your location. For optimal use book the bikewash service, every day a clean and completely refurbished bike at your own location.

49,95

49,95

Early check-in full board

Do you want to start your cycling vacation well rested? That's possible; make use of our early check-in and arrive a day earlier. This offer includes dinner, overnight stay and breakfast.

125,00

125,00

Rental Bicycle Navigation Computer Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT V2

Rent your bike navigation inexpensively with us! The Wahoo Elemnt Bolt V2, the top product from Wahoo, is very user-friendly and simple to use. If you rent the bike navigation with a cycling vacation organised by or with Cycle Travel then we deliver the bike navigation installed including the GPX routes of this vacation pre-programmed.

25,00

25,00

Availability: In stock

4Gold starter pack bicycle tour

  • Experience box with 4Gold supplements
  • Discover our gastrointestinal friendly sports nutrition
  • Perfect to get acquainted with our products or to give as a gift.
  • Contents:
    • 4 Energy Bars
    • 4 Isotonic Gels
    • 6 Single Servings Carbo Electro
    • 2 Golden Bottle 600 ml

33,95

33,95

Sports massage Melodia del Bosco

The function of sports massage is not only recovery, but also prevention and even improving performance. Sports massage focuses more on the muscles themselves, the handles can help loosen up certain areas. During cycling vacations, our professional sports masseuse will give the right treatment.

49,00

49,00

Details

Looking for the ultimate mountain biking area? Stop searching, because the Italian Dolomites offers the experienced mountain biker everything you expect from a mountain biking trip. Cycle Travel is offering a fully catered one-week group trip (6 biking days) in September 2023.

Continuous fantastic views of the unique rock formations, which glow white by day and red each time in the evening. Beautiful trails on ancient hiking trails, sometimes over lovely alpine meadows, sometimes over technically challenging rock paths.
Then again on historic trading trails or military gravel paths winding over the ridges, often at high altitude.
But sometimes over trails specially built for mountain bikers with a high flow content.
In our humble opinion, there is no mountain range in Europe with a more beautiful combination of such overwhelming scenery and accessibility for mountain bikers.

Sometimes the cycling day ends with a steep climb, where in the afternoon sun the marmots stare at us pityingly. But what they may not know is that the reward awaits us on top: on the terrace of the mountain hut, enjoying a drink, we enjoy a magnificent view of the Marmolada glacier and the setting sun. It doesn't get any more beautiful than this.

And what makes it completely "complete" is that in the evening we can enjoy the famous Italian cuisine, combined with typical Tyrolean specialties from the mountains. After all, we are in South Tyrol, the German-speaking region of the Dolomites. After all these impressions, the silence and e darkness that sets in is a completely de-stressing experience. With a clear sky only the light of the stars.

This Cycle Travel round trip starts and ends at the hospitable Melodia Del Bosco in Alta Badia and consists of 6 cycling days and 7 overnight stays. If you would like additional stages before or after the trip, we can discuss what is possible. The trip will be ridden in a group with a maximum of 8 people. An experienced guide will accompany the group. If level and experience allows, one can continue independently, if desired, without a guide, using the gpx route.

The special thing about this trip is the alternation between luxury hotel accommodations and simple mountain huts where you feel (almost) alone in the world. It is this special contrast that participants really appreciate.

Of all the Cycle Travel mountain bike tours, this is probably the toughest in terms of the altimeters to overcome. On some days, however, it is possible to take one of the many ski elevators. One day (day 4) this is a prerequisite for doing the route, but on the other days it is only an option and there is a rideable (though steep) gravel path. In contrast, the2nd and 6th days have no elevator option at all. On those two days we cycle in natural areas, where hitchhiking is simply not allowed.

What also makes the trip special is the contrast between the busy, touristy Sella area, with its many hiking trails and ski elevators, and the quiet Fanes and Sennes mountains, where nature is almost undisturbed and the next mountain hut is hours away by bike.
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We spend the first and last day in a luxury hotel Melodia Del Bosco.
On day 2, 4 and 5 we will spend the night in a real mountain hut. So that also means sleeping in a dormitory (max 8 people) which of course is "part of the adventure".

On days 1 and 3 we spend the night in a hotel in the valley. One is a simple hotel without much embellishment, the other is more luxurious with the necessary amenities.

Level required

This mountain bike journey is not the easiest or lightest . To say that is an understatement. Experience with mountain biking is a must!
The stages are not particularly long (from 40 on day 1 to almost 70 km on day 4), but do have the necessary altimeters. Mostly between 1500 and 2000 meters, with one peak of over 2600 meters.

In addition to heaviness, there is the technical component. Some trails are level S2 which means you will encounter trails consisting of looser ground, with lots of tree roots and rocks. Furthermore, you can expect narrow turns and steeper slopes. Occasionally, we also have a class S3 descent, but it only occurs sporadically. S3 means: most of the trail consists of loose rubble and slippery terrain. Good bike control, excellent balance, concentration and controlled braking skills are required.

Requirements for your mountain bike

It goes without saying that the required bicycle is suitable for the above description. It is recommended to use a full suspension bicycle. Spring travel 100 mm is sufficient. A dropper seatpost is highly recommended and actually a must. A 46/32 gear is certainly necessary, but a 50/32 is certainly not a luxury. In addition, of course, wide tires (at least 2.25) and wall protection against cutting the tire.

Option to rent mountain bike available at additional services

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Additional travel conditions

We see it as our job to give you an unforgettable multi-day trip through the Dolomites. Of course, we like to do this, which is why we have a few simple points that are our guide. This works nicely for us and it gives you clarity.

  • Morning has gold in its mouth. Therefore, we start on time. Usually around 8:30. If the stage and weather conditions permit, we may deviate from this in some cases.
  • Around noon we will stop on the route for lunch.
  • 'Out together, home together' is our moto. However, in consultation with the group, we may choose to split the group in two so that everyone can cycle more at his or her level.
  • Our guides always look for the best solutions in case of unexpected events, putting the interest and safety of the participants first. In particular, changing weather conditions can have a major impact on the course of the schedule. All guides are trained to minimize the risk of injuries, emergencies and/or accidents.
  • Our guides are experienced in cycling in mountainous areas and have great responsibility towards the participants. The guide is also the one in charge and makes decisions that everyone is supposed to follow.
  • It is wise to purchase travel insurance with coverage for extreme sports. Illness and injury should also be within the coverage.
  • Cycle Travel and its guides cannot be held liable for accidents, illnesses and other inconveniences.
  • Participation in this Trans Dolomiti trip is entirely at your own risk. Cycle Travel, its guides and any third parties involved cannot be held liable for any consequences caused before, during or after the trip by the participant himself or any third party
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The Trans Dolomiti program is as follows:

Day 1: Saturday, September 2
Arrival day, reception, briefing, dinner and overnight in Alta Badia

Day 2: Sunday, September 3
Biking day 1: Alta Badia - Arabba

Day 3: Monday, Sept. 4
Bike day 2: Arabba - Cinque Torri (mountain hut)

Day 4: Tuesday, Sept. 5
Bike day 3: Cinque Torri - Marmolada

Day 5: Wednesday, Sept. 6
Bike day 4: Marmolada - Arabba

Day 6: Thursday, Sept. 7
Bike day 5: Arabba - Fanes area (mountain hut)

Day 7: Friday, Sept. 8
Bike day 6: Fanes area - Alta Badia

Day 8: Saturday, Sept. 9
Return Day.

The trip begins Saturday, September 2 at 6 p.m. and ends Saturday, September 9 at 10 a.m. In consultation, it is possible to book an extra day or arrive a day earlier on a half-board basis.

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What is included?

The following items are part of the booking:

  • 7 nights on half board basis (see also under accommodations for description of accommodations). The hotel rooms are basically double rooms (single room is an option), the cabins are on a dormitory basis (max 8 people).
  • Accommodations provide bed linen, towels, etc.
  • The trip includes VAT.
  • An experienced guide throughout the trip. The same guide stays the whole trip the group with a maximum of 8 participants.
  • Sophisticated routes with a high experiential content.
  • A comprehensive briefing with route presentation each evening.
  • Luggage transport between the overnight stops with the exception of the days we spend the night in a mountain hut. Those days we ride with a daypack.
  • Elevator pass for the ski elevators in the Sella Ronda area and ski elevator Padon 2 (day 4)

 

What is not included in the price:
  • Travel costs and transportation bicycles NL-Italy vice versa
  • Lunches and refreshments
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Cost of ski elevators, except on day 4
  • Mechanical support. An experienced mechanic of our own will join us. He can fix almost all repairs. For more complex support, we will cooperate with local bike shops.
  • Tourist tax p.p.p.n. (payable locally)

 

Extra services can be booked
  • Sports massage (only possible on the 1st, 2nd and 6th day) at hotel Melodia del Bosco for only €49.
  • Bike clothing laundry service; on day 4 there is an opportunity to have your bike clothing washed. We make sure your laundry is returned quickly and nice and clean the next morning at breakfast. Price is €9,95
  • Single room supplement; if you want a single room, this is possible at an additional cost. This is only possible in the hotels. There are no single rooms available in the mountain huts.
  • Transportation to and from Innsbruck or Verona airport.
  • Rent mountain bike for this week

 

Payment

How can I register?
-Directly at Cycle Travel


Payment options
-Directly
via Ideal, Credit Card, Bankcontact or pay later via Klarna, among others.
-Oninvoice/account; when choosing this option you will receive the final invoice within 3 working days with a down payment of 20% within 7 days and the remainder at least 4 weeks before the start of the trip.
-Voucher; do you still have a voucher from a previous trip? Then pay by invoice/account and receive your corrected invoice within 5 working days.
-Business; would you like to book this trip for business please choose the option on invoice/account and receive a customized invoice.

General Terms and Conditions
https://cycle-travel.cc/algemene-voorwaarden

 

As soon as you make a booking, you will receive a non-binding booking confirmation by e-mail with an advance invoice of 50% of the total amount. Only after payment of this advance the booking is final. Should this payment not be made, we consider this a cancellation without charge and are free to offer these vacant spot(s) to other interested parties.

The remaining amount must be paid no later than 14 days before the start of the trip. Once the booking has been made, you will receive a number of documents from us. Should you, after reading these documents, wish to cancel the Trans Dolomiti, this is possible within 14 days of sending the documents.

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Your Travel Guidance

Jos Kaal

Jos is a very experienced mountain biker and road cyclist. As ex Dutch marathon champion at the Masters, Jos can completely familiarize you with the world of mountain biking, the techniques and convey his experience as a trainer very well.
With Jos you are guaranteed great stories and his travel experiences and looking up adventures make him a very complete tour guide for this trip.

Jurre Vijn

Jurre is a true all-rounder. A very gifted mechanic, technically excellent and ensures that all bikes and materials are kept in top condition. Cycling is his great passion;
gravel, mountain biking and racing are all hobbies for him.
He will combine his studies with Cycle Travel cycling vacations and also works at a specialty bike store on the weekends.

 

photos by: Jos Kaal & Yorit Kluitman

Location: Alta Badia, Melodia Del Bosco (Italy)

Badia is a small village in the center of the Ladin region, which includes Val Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Livinallongo (the valleys around the Sella massif) and the valley of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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Explanation sports level

MTB:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Road bike:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Level 1: Starter-Beginner;
You are just starting out in this sport, have no experience nor background as an athlete

Level 2: Beginner-Medium;
You are just starting with this sport, however you already have experience with other sports so you start with a good basic condition. You cycle 1 or 2 times a week.

Level 3: Average;
You are a sporty person, don't shy away from a challenge, exercise at least 2 to 4 per week, you can also already make some altitude gains and ride at higher averages.

Level 4: Advanced;
You are a trained athlete, you are looking for a challenge in sports, you are active at least 3 to 5 times a week, altitude meters and a higher average are not a problem

Level 5: Advanced/Performance oriented;
You train towards goals, challenges and also leave something for it you do not mind, you are driven and several times longer sport per week are no exception, you are performance oriented

Level 6: Advanced Plus;
As a highly trained person, you want to really test yourself to your limits, you seek challenges and are also willing to live for them, exercising is a part of your daily life.

Explanation luxury level

Level 0-1.5: Tour without overnight stay.

Level 2-2.5: Cycle Travel provides an overnight stay in a 2-star accommodation.

Level 3-3.5: Tour with overnight stays in the better bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel, hostel accommodations. Overnight stays on a half-board basis are a 3.5 rating.

Level 4-4.5: Cycle Travel provides a 4-star accommodation or boutique bed & breakfast. Optional full board booking (upgrade to level 4,5 appreciation).

Level 5-5.5: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 4-star or 5-star accommodation or boutique hotel. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 5.5.

Level 6: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 5-star accommodation, boutique hotel or luxury pop-up location. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 6+ level if required.

Explanation guidance level

Our team of passionate guides is always there for you. For any type of trip, event or clinic, Cycle Travel will provide the right accompaniment. We have an excellent network of professionals.

With the ranking from 1 to 6, we indicate to what extent the guidance is provided on a trip. Interested in an upgrade? Please let us know! Then we will gladly look for a suitable solution.

Level 0-1: a self-guided tour without guidance. Cycle Travel provides the routes on GPX.

Level 2-2.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has a goody bag or contact person at the locations visited that you will receive as a traveler.

Level 3-3.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has accommodation on the basis of a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast. There is someone on site who is familiar with our clients and is personally available for you (level 3,5)

Level 4-4.5: a guided tour including routes on GPX and tour guide on the bike or in a follow car.Cycle Travel has accommodation based on a 4-star hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast. During a guided tour it is optionally possible to book a mechanic and masseur. (The valuation then amounts to 4.5)

Level 5-5.5: A fully catered vacation with a complete support team consisting of tour guide, mechanic and masseur. A follow car is provided including care on the road during the rides. Accommodation will be in luxury chalets, hotels or boutique bed & breakfasts.

Level 6: The ultimate luxury cycling vacation with top locations and carefully selected accommodations. Only the very best counts for us and you as our client! Get carried away on a next level cycling vacation.

Explanation gravity level

We roughly determine the heaviness of a trip based on a variety of circumstances. Severity can be determined by distances or by the altitude meters in distances. In addition, you experience a ride on a gravel or mountain bike already 'heavier' than a road bike ride.

Per category this is approximately what you can think of. Always discuss with us alternatives or modified routes which also influence the heaviness.

Road Bikes - Race bikesDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 170 km700-1100
Level 280 km1100-1500
Level 3100 km1500-2200
Level 4120 km2200-2800
Level 5150 km2800-3800
Hors Category175+ km3800-5500
Mountain Bike - MTBDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500
GravelDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500

Location: Alta Badia, Melodia Del Bosco (Italy)