Dolomites, North East Italy
From the jaw dropping mountain range of the Dolomites, to an elaborate network of gravel roads, grand lakes and rolling hills.
The North East Region of Italy offers some of the most beautiful and challenging roads that world has to offer, from famous Dolomite mountain range that hosts a yearly “Marathon” to over 9 thousand riders that participate in one day, to the scenic Lake Garda with it’s hanging cliffside bike path or brutal and historic climb of Zoncolan, this region is a road biker’s dream.
Best time of the year to visit is early spring and late fall if you want to avoid sweltering heat and loads of tourists. The beauty of this region is that there is truly something for everyone. If a more relaxed cycling experience is what you’re looking for there is an impressive network of low traffic roads and bike paths to explore the Italian country side that will take you to historic centers and through rolling landscape.
Our ZyngBike team does its best to put together the most useful information to help make your next adventure a breeze. But, we get it, sometimes you just want to be taken for a ride without thinking about all the travel details. Sign up for a full blown tour or guided ride with one of these top companies and you won’t be disappointed!
grandtoursproject.com • By: Alain Rumpf
Riding Every Kilometre of Grand Tour stages is a bucket list cycling challenge. This signature experience inspired by our founder Keith Tuffley’s personal project in 2013 is long, hard and beautiful. You don’t have a number on your back, but you are riding ahead of the best riders in the world and you want to get to the finish before them. All of this with the support of the fans who are lining up along the roads to cheer their idols. You can’t get any closer to feeling like a professional rider.
stirredtravel.com • Posted By: Stirred Travel
Established in 1987 to mark the 10th anniversary of a local bike club with only a handful of cyclists taking part, the Maratona dles Dolomites is now an annual event playing host to somewhere between nine and ten thousand participants. The entry process is rigid, if not a little haphazard, with around half the places allocated by ballot with a 1 in 5 chance of success and the rest going to tour operators, cycling clubs and the like. This year there were more than 30,000 applicants, which pays testament to the legendary status and sheer popularity of the event.
bikealps.com • Written By: Bike Alps
Italy’s most popular cycling destinations are Tuscany and Dolomites. Tuscany has charming old towns and rolling hills and is very well known these days for its image of relaxed country living. If you want to shop for beautiful ceramics, go to Tuscany. If you want challenging riding and incredible scenery, go to the Dolomites. Having cycled in Tuscany, Dolomites, Italian Alps, and extensively all over Europe, I can confidently state that the Dolomites is one of Europe’s best cycling destinations.
inrng.com • Written By: INRNG
For decades the Giro visited its classic climbs. For good reason as the Stelvio, Pordoi and Gavia are as difficult as they are beautiful. But it wasn’t enough for some and the hunt was on for new challenges and in 2003 the Giro tackled Monte Zoncolan. Viewed from afar it’s just 10km long and only reaches 1,730m above sea level but it is one of the steepest roads in the sport and has quickly become one of the most feared climbs.
|Expand Trail Network||Category||Distance||Avg. Grade||Starting Elevation||Ending Elevation||Eleation Gain|
|Passo Campolongo||Cat 2||5.69 mi||5%||4,733 ft||6,089 ft||1,356 ft|
|Passo Pordoi||Cat 1||5.75 mi||7%||5,251 ft||7,405 ft||2,154 ft|
|Passo Sella||Cat 2||3.45 mi||7%||5,948 ft||7,300 ft||1,352 ft|
|Passo Gardena||HC||19 mi||5%||1,553 ft||6,747||5,194 ft|
|Passo delle Erbe||HC||14 mi||5%||4,139 ft||6446 ft||2307 ft|
|Würzjoch||HC||8.93 mi||6%||3,284 ft||6,307 ft||3023 ft|
|Tre Croci from Cortina||Cat 2||4.72 mi||7%||4,154 ft||5,906 ft||1,752 ft|
|Passo Giau||HC||6.13 mi||9%||4,327 ft||7,271 ft||2944 ft|
|Mt. Grappa from Borso del Grappa||HC||11 mi||8%||718 ft||5469 ft||4751 ft|
|Mt. Grappa from Cismon||HC||8.82 mi||8%||647 ft||4488 ft||3841 ft|
|Mt. Grappa from Alano||HC||13.8 mi||6%||977 ft||5644 ft||4667 ft|
|Mt. Grappa from Romano d'Ezzelino||HC||16.2 mi||6%||629 ft||5667 ft||5038 ft|
|Mt. Grappa from Pedderoba||HC||15.9 mi||6%||620 ft||5665 ft||5045 ft|
|Salto dell Capra||HC||4.64 mi||11%||1932 ft||4717 ft||2785 ft|
|Mt. Zoncolan from Ovaro||HC||6.2 mi||12%||1806 ft||5680 ft||3874 ft|
|Mt. Zoncolan from Sutrio||HC||8.32 mi||9%||1838 ft||5671 ft||3833 ft|
|The Whole Enchilada|
|The Whole Enchilada||26.35 mi|
|Burro Pass||4.69 mi|
|Hazard County||2.33 mi|
|Porcupine Rim||11.18 mi|
|Mag 7 (a.k.a. The Magnificent 7)|
|Mag 7 (a.k.a. The Magnificent 7)||20.75 mi|
|Bull Run||3.48 mi|
|Ath's Corner||1.52 mi|
|Little Canyon||1.84 mi|
|Gold Bar Rim||3.51 mi|
|BRAND Trails Network|
|Bar M||7.81 mi|
|Circle O||2.52 mi|
|Rockin A||1.69 mi|
|Killer B||.57 mi|
|Lazy EZ Loop||2.93 mi|
|Deadman's Ridge||1.57 mi|
|Rusty Spur||1.40 mi|
|Long Branch||.99 mi|
|North 40||3.93 mi|
There is an incredible diversity of routes in this region as long as you like to climb. Don’t worry we’ve included a few relatively flat and even one route that is mostly downhill.
Our ZyngBike team does its best to put together the most useful information to help make your next adventure a breeze. Here are some points of interest in the area from museums to historical locations!
Since the 18th century the bicycle has undergone unhalting development and with this romantic and sporting means of transport has conquered enthusiasts throughout the world. The historic bikes for “daily pedalling”, those of legendary champions.
In the Nicolis Museum, we have a unique and irresistible collection.
10 euros per person
One of the most exciting private museums in Europe, Museo Nicolis in Verona tells the story of twentieth century technology and international design.
Italian Craft Brewery
Passion is a craft brewery located in Trentino, Italy. We are 3 friends who came together on a quest to create innovative, uncompromising and unconventional beers that are an expression of our obsession with quality brewing.
Monte Grappa, with its steep mountainsides and its high crests, is tied to the history of World War I.
There is an impressive monument at it’s peak that should not be missed, that is free and open to the public.
There are many museums and events in the area, check the website for more details.
Paragliding is popular from this mountain, there are also various hikes that can be done in the area.