Only have a limited time before the Maratona? For those who want to focus solely on the main event, this itinerary is the perfect way to get ready for the Maratona dles Dolomites - Enel.
This 5-night/6-day trip offers perfect preparation for the Maratona dles Dolomites, allowing you to acclimate to the altitude while exploring this fairytale landscape which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are multiple ride options available for each day, enabling you to determine the level of climbing and mileage you desire in advance of the event. Your accommodations are situated in the classic South Tyrolean village of Corvara, only a few pedal strokes from the Maratona finish line.
Included in this trip
- Guaranteed entry to the event.
- All transfers, incl. pick-up from and drop-off to the airport.
- 5 nights accommodation in select boutique accommodations including breakfast.
- Support with set-up of rental bike, or assembly/disassembly of own bike.
- Daily CyclingHero van support.
- Daily multiple route options for rides leading up to the event.
- Daily CyclingHero guided ride option.
- Assistance with final preparations before the start and support along the route during the event.
- Exclusive access to the CyclingHero Companion App with local insights.
- Bike box storage for the entire duration of the trip.
Trip at a Glance
Day by Day Breakdown
After breakfast in Treviso, a scenic transfer has you saddling up in the small town of San Vito di Cadore. From here, a dedicated bike path leads to the mountain town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, where a quick Espresso will get you ready for the main challenge of the day, the Passo Falzarego.
The mountain goats have the option of taking a detour up the ‘easier’ side of the Passo Giau before continuing to Arabba and climbing the Campolongo into Corvara. The main route continues on to the Passo Falzarego before descending into La Villa for the last gentle uphill stretch into Corvara.
This is a day to introduce yourself to the area and explore the beautiful options that are available a bit further afield. Leaving Corvara, it's mostly downhill until the turnoff at San Martino in Badia. From here the road climbs through Antermoia and up to the Passo delle Erbe. A picturesque loop in the Luson Valley brings you down towards the Eisack River before returning via the Passo delle Erbe back to Corvara. A shorter variation skips the Passo delle Erbe and continues along quiet roads to Rina-Welschellen before heading back to Corvara. For a medium mileage route and no serious passes, you can instead continue downhill after San Martino to Longega. Located at the end of a valley with restricted car traffic, the Pederú Lodge is the perfect place to get a bite and admire the 360-degree mountain views that surround you before heading back the way you came to Corvara.
Lots of options are available on this day depending on your ambition level and preferences.
One fantastic loop possible from Corvara passes through La Villa before heading up to the Passo Valparola and Falzarego. From here, the route descends down to Andraz then continues gently uphill to Arabba, before taking on the Passo Campolongo to return to Corvara. It's also possible to do the Sellaronda route the opposite of the way it is done in the Maratona. This offers totally different views and climbs to those done in the race. Check out the Sellaronda Bike Day for more info on this spectacular route. If you are interested in doing some recon of the route or want to take on climbs you will miss in the Maratona because of your route choice, there are also loops that head up the Passo Falzarego or the Passo Giau.
Enjoy an easy spin down to the Maratona Village and back to pick up your race pack and take in the festive atmosphere, then rest up for your big day tomorrow.
If you want to warm up your legs with a bit of climbing, tack on the relatively tame Passo Campolongo on the way back and have a refreshment at the Ütia La Tambra lodge near the top.
Following an early breakfast, you’ll have a short warm-up ride to La Villa for the start of this epic event. The first loop of the Sella Ronda is the same for all distances, so just ease yourself into the ride and decide later on how ambitious you want to be.
The full detailed description of the route and the different options can be found here.
After a last breakfast, it’s time for the transfer back to Venice for your trip home or further explorations in the area.