BIKE TOURING THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES
The Dolomites of Italy offers some of the best cycle touring in Europe with a large varity of climbs and valley routes to select from. The scenary you will discover during your rides is spectacular and unqiue to the Dolomites. There are many great rides and options to consider when you plan your trip, below are few tips to get you started.
WHEN TO BIKE TOUR THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES
The best time to ride the Dolomites is during the months of June, July, August, and September. You can also ride in late May and October but you will find most of the hotels closed. Also there is usually snow on the passes thorough the later weeks of May and always a good chance it can snow while you are there. Always make sure you have a full kit because weather can change quickly. For multi pass rides it is best to utilize a support vehicle.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR A BIKE TRIP IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES
When you are planning your bike tour to the Italian Dolomites remember that weather can always change and should have multi layered kit. The best way to tour the Dolomites is to have a support vehicle so you can dress up and down as needed. There are plenty of water sources along the roads so one bottle on the bike is enough but two bottles will be useful on hotter days.
You should ride your own bike anytime for the best comfort, and when riding the classic climbs it is even more important because you should be more familar with the way the bike handles. Most cyclist will be most comfortable riding a compac gear set up with a 50/34 in the front and a 12-29 on the rear cog. Most of the climbs are around 12 km or less and with average grades over 6%. You will find lots of short sections of 12 to 18 percent on many of the better known climbs. Riders who are visiting while not in the best riding shape can consider using Mountain Bike gearing and do less climbs per day and still have a wonder riding experience.
WHERE TO BASE YOURSELF TO BIKE TOUR THE DOLOMITES
The Dolomites are located in the Veneto Region and Trentino Alto Adige Region. Many bike tour operates combine rides in the Dolomites and Passo Stelvio, which is in the Italian Alps. This creates a dead space or long transfer between riding areas, if ybut the best rides in in the Dolomites you can base yourself in Arabba, Alleghe, or Covara.
BIKE TOURING LOCATIONS IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES
BIKE TOURING PASSO GARDENA
BIKE TOURING PASSO CAMPOLONGO
BIKE TOURING PASSO DURAN
BIKE TOURING PASSO STAULANZA
BIKE TOURING PASSO GIAU
BIKE TOURING PASSO FALZAREGO
BIKE TOURING PASSO FEDAIA
BIKE TOURING PASSO SAN PELLEGRINO
BIKE TOURING PASSO CEREDA
BIKE TOURING PASSO BROCON
BIKE TOURING PASSO COSTALUNGA (KARERPASS)
BIKE TOURING PASSO CROCE D'AUNE
BIKE TOURING PASSO MANGHEN