Coral beds on the ocean floor seem an unlikely precursor to some of the most spectacular alpine cycling venues in Europe; but the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Dolomites were just that eons ago.

Forming a stunning backdrop for a cycling vacation, our chosen routes have yielded ‘out-of-category’ fabulous riding experiences. From the Tyrol region to the birth place of Titian in Italy to the pyramid shape of the Grossglockner (the highest mountain in Austria), we’ll experience the breadth and height of this region not only blessed with spectacular scenery, but rich in culture. By day we’ll explore intact walled cities of centuries ago, along with pristine alpine hideaways; and at the end of each day we’ll savor hearty meals, robust wines, and share tales of our adventures riding tiny roads over mountain passes made famous by our cycling heroes on many a Giro d’Italia.

Beginning in Hall on the outskirts of Innsbruck – the setting for the 2018 UCI World Road Championships – we’ll explore out to the spa town of Merano, Bolzano (the home of Otzi the iceman) and spend several days based in San Cassiano. Here we hope to take part in the Sella Ronda Bike Day where the whole mountain is closed to cars allowing cyclists of all ages the chance to enjoy this iconic climb. Add in the Stelvio Pass with 48 numbered hairpins and 60 in total, and your Dolomite experience is complete.

Experiencing the Dolomites in their full beauty will be a never-ending visual and emotional treat. Riding the twisting roads where every turn brings more breathtaking views of forests, high meadows and towering rock peaks above, will continue to inspire and lure us on.

As they say in Italy, . . . There are mountains, and then there are the Dolomites . . .’the most beautiful construction in the world’. . .

Even those well-versed in the region will find some interesting background information here.


June 18 - Arrival Innsbruck (Hall)

Travellers will arrive into Innsbruck airport or via train from Munich. Airport collection is available from June 17th.

June 19 - Merano

A popular spa town that has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC.

June 20 - Bolzano

The capital of the South Tyrol region and a true bridge between North and South due to the three spoken languages in South Tyrol - Italian, German and Ladin.

June 21 to 23 - San Cassiano

Also known as St. Kassian/San Ćiascian. The heart of hiking, biking, skiing and climbing country. A perfect base to ride out from or spend a rest day.

June 24 to 26 - Cortina

June 27 - San Candido

June 28 to 29 - Lienz, AU

June 30 - Mittersill, AU

July 1 - Innsbruck

July 2 - Departure