Classic Veneto Gravel
Exploring the hidden gems of the Veneto by Gravel
Prosecco wine needs no introduction. Bubbly, affordable, and fun, it can be found in abundance virtually anywhere in the world. But what is more of an insider secret is that this wine region and the nearby Asolo Hills are a paradise for gravel riding.
After hosting the Gravel World Championships in 2023, the word is starting to get out about the gravel to be had in the Prosecco region. The unpaved access roads of the vine clad hills offer both a variety of riding challenges and truly stunning views. And of course this being a wine region, there is no shortage of informal country ‘Osterie’ Restaurants to replenish your energies along the way.
It's almost like this region was conceived for off-road exploring. Get a taste before everyone else does.
Included in this trip
- 4 nights accommodation in select boutique hotels including breakfast.
- All transfers, incl. pick-up from and drop-off to the airport.
- Support with set-up of rental bike, or assembly/disassembly of own bike.
- Orientation meeting on day 1.
- Daily CyclingHero van support.
- Exclusive access to the CyclingHero Companion App with daily multiple route options and local insights.
- Access to Hammerhead Karoo-2 bike computer with pre-installed CyclingHero route options.
- Bike box storage for the entire duration of the trip.
Trip at a Glance
Day by Day Breakdown
Leaving Treviso, it’s not long before the pavement ends as the route winds through farmlands until reaching the Montello, a key strategic battlefield of World War I that has become a haven for road, gravel and mountain bike riders from the area. If you’re feeling up to it, head into the Montello itself for a bit of uphill before crossing the Piave River and exploring the Isola dei Morti, scene of one of the fiercest battles of WWI.
A climb up to Collalto rewards with fantastic views of the region before continuing on through picturesque Pieve di Soligo, host of the 2023 Gravel World Championships and the ideal place to have an afternoon pick-me-up before the last short stretch to your accommodations in the town of Soligo.
Leaving Soligo, you are soon immersed in the spectacular vistas of the Eastern Prosecco Hills. The route incorporates several sections used for the 2023 Gravel World Championships, including the beautiful Via Molinetto and past the spectacular Castelbrando castle. After passing by the picturesque lake of Revine, you descend into Vittorio Veneto, a vibrant town where Italy won the decisive victory that brought WWI to a close.
Alternatively, for those interested in challenges and unique road engineering, make a quick detour first and take on the Passo San Boldo. After passing through Conegliano and its hilltop castle, the route heads back into the vineyards for your return to Soligo.
The day starts with a flat gravel road to Sernaglia della Battaglia, after which you can head straight to the capital of Prosecco, Valdobbiadene, or first hit some of the steep uphills typical of the Prosecco region. Leaving Valdobbiadene, it’s time to cross back over the Piave River and follow it downstream before entering the verdant Colli Asolani.
Take a challenging detour here to tackle the Forcella Mostaccin, or continue on for a final picturesque push into the hilltop village of Asolo, also known as Cento Orizzonti ‘town of 100 vistas’ for its spectacular location.
Today is an epic gravel odyssey that takes in several lovely towns as it explores the riding along the Brenta River. First stop is Cittadella, a town that is famous both for its perfectly preserved fortification walls, and for it being the finish line of the inaugural UCI Gravel World Championships in 2022.
The route then enters gravel heaven along the Brenta before reaching Marostica, whose large main square is the location for the human chess competition which runs every two years in September.
Last stop on the ride is Bassano del Grappa, known for both its strong spirit and the fantastic riding to be found in its vicinity, including the epic Monte Grappa. One last climb has you back in Asolo where Aperitivo on the main square awaits.
After a last breakfast, it’s time to head back to Treviso or Venice for your trip home or further explorations in the area.