There are many ways for amateur cyclists to experience the grandeur of the Italian Dolomites, but only one way for them to experience it like a pro: Haute Route Dolomites 2020. Part of a growing series of 3-day sportives, Haute Route Dolomites delivers all of the same high quality organization and service as the traditional 7-day events, but in a compact three-day racing format based in one location.
44|5 Cycling Tours’ 2020 Haute Route Dolomites package will help ensure you make the most of your racing experience over the 210 km of riding and 7800 meters of climbing.
Lodged in our centrally-located Alpine hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo, you’ll have all the necessary conveniences on hand. Comfortable rooms, relaxing indoor and outdoor spaces, and cyclist-friendly meals in local restaurants mean all you have to do is focus on the riding.
Our 4-night package allows you a little time to acclimate before the race, and then celebrate your achievements with the group after the last stage on Sunday night.
Note: Haute Route Dolomites also has a ‘compact’ version, which is more accessible and opens the event up to a wider range of rider. Of course ‘compact’ riders are welcome!
As an Official Tour Operator of Haute Route Dolomites 2020, 44|5 Cycling Tours is able to include the event entry fee in your tour package. However, if you have already purchased your entry from the organizers, you are still welcome on our tour!
Price with entry included: €1839
Price if entry fee is already paid: €1090
- Haute Route Dolomites 2020 entry fee (value of €749)
- 4 nights 3*** accommodation
- Breakfasts, dinners split between on-site and local restaurants (geared toward performance cyclists and special dietary requirements).
- Secure bike storage room
- Arrival/departure transfers from Venice Airport (VCE) and all transfers during stay start/finish
- 44|5 Cycling Tours jersey and water bottle
- Unlimited High5 bars, gels, sports powder + bottled water, and preferred salty/sugary snacks for feed stations
- 44|5 feed station in Official Feed Zone
- Lunches (3 of which are included in your race entry)
- Alcoholic drinks and any food/drinks purchased outside of meals
- Insurance for guest and bike.
Day to Day
Thursday, June 11: Arrival and transfer to Cortina
Pickups at Venice Marco Polo airport in the late morning and transfer to our hotel in the Olympic town of Cortina. After dropping your bags and assembling bikes (if necessary) we’ll transfer you to the Race Village to pick up packages and bib numbers, then a short “shake-out” ride for those who want. Following some “legs up” time, we’ll walk to the Riders’ Briefing, followed by the welcome Pasta Party.
Friday, June 12: Stage 1 – Cortina to Passo Valparola (97 km; + 3300 m)
The first stage of the Haute Route Dolomites begins with an ascent up the Passo Falzarego straight from the gun, heading to 2105m above sea level. Following a steep descent and short plateau in the valley, riders will then take on a succession of three climbs over the Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella and Passo Gardena, each topping out above 2100m and offering a different challenge as well as unique views over the Dolomites. A longer descent back to the valley ensues before the climb up to Passo Valparola for a summit finish to end this first stage. Crossing the finish line at the summit, riders will have conquered five of the Dolomites most famous climbs in the space of just 97km, each topping out above 2100M metres!
Dinner will be at a local Cortina restaurant.
Saturday, June 13: Stage 2 – Cortina to Tre Cime di Lavaredo (95 km; + 3300 m)
Starting again from Cortina d’Ampezzo, Stage 2 rolls out of town the same way as Stage 1. After about 7 kilometres, the route takes a left turn to head up the tough, but “easier” north side of the Passo Giau. This 15.7km climb reaches 2236m above sea level and features broad winding switchbacks above tree line as you approach the summit. Descending down the steeper south side brings you to a small climb in the valley and then over to start the 14.5km climb of the Passo Falzarego, from the town of Rucavà (a few kilometres up from the traditional Passo Falzarego start in Caprile). When you reach the summit, you will descend back to Cortina d’Ampezzo, but pass through to take the northern route to one of the most iconic climbs in all the Dolomites. Be prepared for breathtaking scenery as well as breath-stealing steepness on the ascent to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Standing tall above the valleys below, these three peaks are probably the most recognisable landform of the Dolomites.
The route from the summit to the Event Village in Cortina d’Ampezzo is more direct than the way up, but it’s not all downhill. Once you cross the summit of Passo Tre Croci – Son Zuógo, you can essentially freewheel to the village. By the end of this day, you will have ridden over eight 2000+ metre summits in two days, with one more challenge coming with the Stage 3 time trial.
Dinner at our hotel this evening.
Sunday, June 14: Stage 3 – ITT Passo Valparola (17.5 km; 1000 m)
The 17.5-kilometre Stage 3 time trial gives you the opportunity to go all out on the climb up to Passo Valparola. You tackled this climb on Stage 1, but from the other side. The first 2.8 kilometres are a moderate climb (6-7%), and then there’s a 1-kilometre steep straightaway at 9-10%. As you enter the switchbacks that lead to Pocol, the grade eases a bit and you have a moderate climb again from Kilometre 5-8. This section is followed by a 2-kilometre false flat. Once the grade steepens again, you’ll have a steady climb for the remaining 5 kilometres to the Passo Falzarego. The finish line, however, is a bit further, on the connected Passo Valparola. You’ll have a short chance to catch your breath at the Falzarego summit, and then the final 1.5 kilometre is a hard push with steep ramps exceeding 10%. Give it everything you have, and cross the line to become an Haute Route Finisher! If you have anything left in your legs, ride a little further to visit the museum that chronicles the fighting that took place in these mountains during World War I.
Group celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.
Monday, June 15: Departure and transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport
Goodbyes will be exchanged over breakfast and one last cappuccino shared before we transfer you to the airport. Your legs will be tired and sore, but your cycling soul will be fulfilled and already yearning for the next challenge!
Just steps from the heart of Cortina, Hotel Trieste offers an atmosphere of warm hospitality and a genuine cuisine. Family-run since 1948, it’s been constantly renovated and updated. From its convenient position close to the city center of Cortina d’Ampezzo it provides a magnificent view of the Dolomites.
Dates & Prices
Tour Dates – June 11-15, 2020
Tour Availability – Places Available
Price Per Person – €1090 (€1839 with race entry included)
Single Supplement – €300
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