Join us for a weekend of epic cycling in the very heart of the Alps. Ride some of the worlds most famous climbs and experience for yourself why the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo are considered some of the toughest and most beautiful climbs in europe. The Ultimate Trio weekend is not for the faint hearted, and includes over 5000 metres of vertical climbing.
The Ultimate Trio weekend is very popular with clients from all over the world and in 2018 we have added NEW dates to cope with the demand. Clients wishing to add days please let us know and we can create a bespoke trip that can works perfectly for you. Our accommodation will once again be Hotel Alpen, which offers riders a luxurious place to unwind and relax when not on the bike.
Our team of support staff, including the very best mechanics, guides, drivers and tour managers will be with you through out the weekend to ensure that you get a ‘pro’ feel when riding. Our unparalleled levels of flexibility and client faced approach mean that those wishing to ride the Stelvio from BOTH sides will be have opportunity (operational). Read on to learn a little bit more about a weekend of bucket list ticking in our Ultimate Trio weekend.
On arrival to Milan Linate or Milan Bergamo Airports you will be met by the Italy Bike Tours Team before we leave for our outward journey to the high Alps! When arriving at Hotel Alpen you will have plenty of time to check in before our staff will be on hand to assist with bike set up. Our mechanic will also be available to help with a ‘bike fit’ for those that have hired bikes. Time permitting a short ride before dinner is planned. A great way to get to know our fabulous guides and also get used to riding on the right side of the ride.
Monica and the team at Hotel Alpen are famed for their restaurant and this evening the menu will reflect the need for a Stelvio specific dinner. After desert our tour manager will give you a detailed briefing of the following day’s ride. This is important as it gives riders the chance to ask questions and the team to give out important information on the route and safety points.
After a hearty breakfast we will set off from the hotel in the direction of the Stelvio but not before your guides will take you on a 20km relatively flat ride before tackling your first challenge of the weekend. The Stelvio. Over 21km of ascent awaits the brave as the group head for the summit of Europe’s highest paved pass.
Nothing can prepare you for the challenge of the Stelvio however our guides will be on hand to set the pace as will our support team and vehicles which will be well positioned on the mountain to offer bottles, nutrition and a verbal support
On reaching the summit you will be met by the team who will be waiting for you with a warm drink and our professional photographer will be snapping away providing you with proof to your friends and family you completed the first challenge of the week.
The descent back down the Stelvio is one to be enjoyed and respected, be sure to take in the epic views of snow capped mountains, alpine lakes and endless switch back roads. On return to Hotel Alpen riders will have the time to use the spa and wellness facilities before dinner and ride briefing which will once again be delivered after desert.
An early start this morning as we assemble after breakfast outside the hotel ready for your second challenge. A challenge that for many will be by the hardest physical effort of their lives. From Bormio you will immediately start climbing towards the summit of Passo Gavia. At over 2600m this is sure to be a test for those that still have a little ‘Stelvio’ in their legs.
The Gavia offers riders the chance to feel the essence of riding mountains, unlike the Stelvio with it’s wider roads and excellent road surface the Gavia has narrower and uneven road surfaces that make the experience of riding even more magical. The last 2 kms offer some respite to tide legs as the roads gradient eases.
On arrival at the summit our team will be waiting for you and ready to distribute warm clothes for the descent down in to Ponte Di Lengo. More than 30km of descending needs to be completed before reaching the bottom of Mortirolo. Whilst the summit is ‘only’ 1800m the severity of the incline (20 percent) in sections has made Mortirolo famous world wide.
Needless to say all those that reach the summit of Mortirolo can consider themselves to have done something very special. The ride back to the Bormio along Valtallina is one to enjoy in the knowledge that you have completed the cycling challenge of a lifetime
The evening will be spent celebrating the achievement with a traditional Italian supper. A wonderful way to cap a brilliant weekend of riding and share a glass of the local wine with new friends and old. Viv Italia!
The typical flights from Milan or Bergamo depart either late morning or early afternoon. Your private transfer will be arranged leaving you plenty of time at the airport to check bike boxes in and buy those last minute gifts for friends and family back home.
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No cycling holiday can be enjoyed without the right amount of challenge and the right amount of coffee breaks. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients and have a range of different packages that cater for all levels of ability and cycling aspirations. Of course one rider’s ‘easy’ is another rider’s ‘medium’ but we hope with the information we have given in our itineraries and support and advice we give before booking, that everybody finds what they are looking for.
Below is how we categorise our cycling breaks. If you are unsure about anything then we will be delighted to answer your questions.
Barbaro – Packages designed by people who enjoy pain! If you are a rider that gets a thrill from hours in the saddle and riding uphill on a regular basis then these trips are for you. An excellent level of fitness is needed as the demands placed on you and the bike from riding one of these packages is savage!
Difficile – It is too easy to say that these packages are for club cyclists. However they are for club cyclists along with riders who take cycling and training seriously. An appetite for long distances and riding uphill are needed as the rides will be long, challenging and at times fast.
Medio – Designed with the average cyclists in mind these packages offer the rider the chance to experience flats, rolling hills and the odd mountain top finish. If you have realised your days in the pro peleton are over but you still love cycling, then these holidays are for you.
Facile – If you are booking on one of our ‘Easy’ packages then prepare yourself for plenty of flat riding and flat white coffees. These steady paced and enjoyable weeks are designed to appeal to those looking for a holiday with cycling.
With a fantastic spa boasting everything you could wish for and superb restaurant we rate this as one the best hotels in the whole of the region.
A place to relax and rewind after a hard day in the saddle.
• 3 nights accommodation
• Breakfast and 2 evening meals
• Priority Race entry, briefing and guidance
• Transport to and from race
• Private Airport pickup/dropoff
• Mechanical team and full support team.
• 2 Beautifully planned rides.
• Guided rides