4th - 10th September 2023
Dolomites Gravel Tour with Deby & Bruno
Join Rolling Dreamers with Bruno Bobbink and Deby Brunold on our spectacular Dolomites Gravel Bike Tour, to experience this fascinating mountain range, averaging around 60km and 1800m gain each day.
A select group of cyclists will be supported by our expert guides on the road speaking German, Dutch, English and Italian and by a support van. In addition this tour will be accompanied by Dutch and Swiss cyclists Bruno Bobbink, aka Fietsbenen and Deby Brunold.
Starting in the Val di Fiemme, riding the undiscovered gravel roads that lead to the Val di Fassa and finishing with the classic Dolomites cycling experience: riding the Sellaronda loop in the Val Gardena.
Dutch speaking riders can prepare using the custom created training program by Fondo, the training app of the Dutch Cycling Federation available on iOS and Android.
Available with or without bike rental.
Val di Fiemme
5 riding days
Dolomites Gravel Tour is 7 days and 6 nights, of which the middle 5 riding, departing from the Val di Fiemme and arriving in Val Gardena.
Day 1: Loop Fiemme
Distance: 48km / Climbing: 1450m
Day 2: Fiemme – Fassa
Distance: 66km / Climbing: 2050m
Day 3: Loop Fassa
Distance: 70km / Climbing: 1900m
Day 4: Fassa – Gardena
Distance: 40km / Climbing: 1400m
Day 5: Sellaronda
Distance: 77km / Climbing: 2430m
In this spectacular Dolomites Gravel Tour, a select group of cyclists will be supported by our expert guides on the road speaking German, Dutch, English and Italian and by a support van.
Furthermore Dutch speaking riders will have a 10-week preperation program available offered by the Dutch Cycling Federation’s training app Fondo.
A 7 day tour through Italy’s most iconic mountain range: the Dolomites. Beginning in the Val di Fiemme, moving through the Val di Fassa and ending in the Val Gardena you will experience the classic riding that one would expect in the Dolomites including finishing with the Sellaronda ride. On the way we will discover the lesser known valleys on trails and paths following the routes made by our local experts.
The Dolomites form the natural geographical barrier between Italy and Austria but it is a mistake to think of them as being one area. In fact, each of the valleys have their own unique differences and moving between them we shift not only in place but also in primary language. During the Rolling Dreamers Dolomites Gravel Tour spectacular views are given in this area as are long steady climbs.
We begin in the Val di Fiemme, starting at around 1000m amid forests, meadows and limestone with the goal of discovering alternative dirt roads to the classic paved passes of the Dolomites. In addition are forests trails and an enviable network of cycle paths along the valley floor that will take us from here and eventually over to the Val di Fassa.
As the Dolomites is an international location there are food options that cater for all tastes but some of the local specialities are a definitely worth seining out (in our opinion!). The first is Kaiserschmarrn, a lightly sweetened pancake that takes its name from the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I. This can be eaten as dessert and it’s often served with jam but also it can be ordered as a light lunch. Pancakes for lunch? That’ll get you up the next mountain. For savoury dishes, Canederli are dumpling that are found all across central and eastern Europe and beyond. Locally to the Dolomites are variants with speck (smoked pork) or with spinach. Try one. Or both!
Along the way we will discover the Cavalese waterfalls and (for those who wish) take a dip in the refreshing mountain water, marvel at El Pezo del Gazolin, a two hundred and forty year old spruce with a five metre trunk that dominates the surrounding forest and ride past disinterested cows that graze in the mountain pastures.
Heading northwards up the Valle di Fiemme to Predazzo, we cycle alongside the Rio Travignolo on an old mule track and join the road for the final part of the climb to Passo Rolle. The Baita Segantini refuge awaits and offers some refreshment with the backdrop of the Pale di San Martino. The spectacular white stone descent of the Luisa Pass takes us down into the Val di Fassa.
The Sellaronda is a must do bike ride for any cyclist. The 53km loop takes in the four most famous mountain passes of the Dolomites; Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo Campolongo and Passo Gardena. Our final day’s cycling in Val Gardena will take us from the valley to the start of the loop for a total of 77kms and 2430m of climbing.
In the Dolomites Gravel Tour you will be accompanied our expert guides whilst they take care of all the practical details so that you can enjoy a unique and memorable experience.
- Professional bike guide
- Support van with mechanic
- Accommodation with double room occupancy (3* or 4*)
- Breakfast each day
- Dinner each day
- Rolling Dreamers welcome pack
- Fun, authentic views, unmissable places to eat and drink
- Customized preperation program by Fondo, available on iOS and Android
(Dutch speakers only)
- Gravel bike rental €80 per bike per day
- Single supplement €500 per person
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- * There is an additional charge of €500 for single room occupancy.
- Double room occupancy must be booked in pairs – either as a double or twin room.
- Guide/riders ratio is 1 to 8 (e.g. for 8+ participants groups there are 2 guides on the road).
- The tour will be run if there are 8 ormore participants .
- Travel and flight insurance are not included. We recommend all participants have their own travel insurance for the duration of the trip, in case of illness, accidents or last minute cancellations.
- A non-refundable deposit is required to secure all bookings. 10 weeks before the trip starts the remaining balance for the trip must be paid.
- Once the remaining balance for a tour is fully paid, 25% will be non-refundable. Within 4 weeks of the tour start date, 50% will be non-refundable. Within 7 days of the tour start date, 75% is non-refundable.