Join us in the Dolomites for an adventure through Europe’s picture-perfect mountains as we take on little-known rough stuff routes and infamous alpine passes. Overnighting in some of the region’s best mountain rifugios, eating the Tyrolean cuisine and finishing with one of Europe’s largest off-road bike events, this is a tour not to be missed…
This Pannier Tour has been curated to enjoy three days hut-to-hut bikepacking and finish in Villabassa, for the Dolomiti Superbike – one of Europe’s largest and best off-road riding events. There is an option to join us just for the tour, and leave prior to the event – please select the shorter option in the booking section. For a flavour, albeit a different route, check out our Journal from last year >> The Road to the Dolomiti Superbike…
Some searches to whet your appetite: Manincor wine estate; Val Duron; Passo Pordoi; Sella Massif; Prato Platzwiese; Cortina d’Ampezzo; AlpiNN Restaurant, Lumen Mountain Photography Museum & MMM Corones; Lago Di Braies and Dolomiti Superbike…
6-12 JULY 2020
Hut-Hut Tour + Dolomiti Superbike
6-10 JULY 2020
Meet at the start hotel in central Bolzano. Say hi, check-in, sort kit, build bikes and head out for a ride to a lakeside wine estate for an afternoon tasting, before heading to dinner in Bolzano.
65km // +2500m
Ride the Sella Massif. We head East from Bolzano and into the mountains, to our overnight hut overlooking the Passo Pordoi…
Accommodation: Mountain Hut
70km // +2000m
Start the day with #coffeeoutside at our mountain rifugio before a long descent down to Cortina d’Ampezzo for lunch. We then head north to the Prato Platzwiese, and our overnight accommodation in the mountains.
Accommodation: Mountain Hut
55km // +1200m
Descend from Prato Platzwiese, and to Kronplatz: the Lumen Museum of mountain photography; MMM Corones; lunch at AlpiNN Restaurant. Descend to Villabassa for overnight stay.
HUT-TOUR ONLY // Breakfast, and head home from Villabassa. Note. Transfer to Venice is available…
DOLOMITI SUPERBIKE // Day off, an optional short ride up to Lago di Braes. Prep bikes for the Dolomiti Superbike, and enjoy the event fever.
113km // +3200m
Ride the Dolomiti Superbike! Shorter Route option available…
Breakfast, and head home from Villabassa. Note. Transfer to Venice is available…
– 3 days adventure cycling with Pannier guides
– 4 nights accommodation in mountain huts and hotels
– All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 evening meals
– Wine Tour
– Entry to Museums & Restaurant at Kronplatz
– Main Luggage transfer from Bolzano – Villabassa (not daily)
– Pannier Tourer Pack / Goodies
+ Dolomiti Superbike
– Entry to the Dolomiti Superbike
– Two extra nights accommodation and food in Villabassa
– Optional extra half-day ride, up to Lago di Braes
– Travel to and from Bolzano/Villabassa
– Riding/Travel Insurance (required)
– Alcoholic drinks and souvenirs
– Lunch and food/coffee stops not listed in the itinerary
– Bike/Equipment Hire
The boring stuff. Sorry.
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FAQ / Field Notes
Dolomiti Ronda Bikepacking Tour + Dolomiti Superbike
The Dolomiti Superbike (DSB)
The DSB is Europe’s largest off-road sportive and attracts over 4500 riders each year to take on arguably the most scenic bike event in Europe. There is a fantastic party atmosphere in the area over the weekend
Joining instructions >>
This tour starts at a hotel in central Bolzano on the afternoon of day one. The hotel is a short taxi ride from the train station. Full joining information, times and locations will be sent to tourers 4 weeks before the tour start date.
On day one of this tour, we will do a short loop ride to a lake-side vineyard and then have dinner in Bolzano, which we will head out for at around 16:00pm. We recommend you arrive at the start hotel by 14:00 on day one to allow time to check in, sort kit out and meet the Pannier team before heading out. If you arrive later than this please let us know.
We recommend you allow more time to receive your bike from the airline and build it on day one as there will be limited time to build bikes on the morning of day two. Once booked we will send you the start hotel information/location.
If you wish to arrive a few days early to see more of Bolzano or the Dolomites we can recommend places to stay and things to do.
Please do not book non-refundable travel before a tour has been guaranteed to go ahead [see our general FAQs]
Getting there >>
We recommend travelling to either Venice or Innsbruck then catching the train:
From Venice: get the train to Bolzano from Venice Mestre station, via Verona. This journey will cost around €30 and take 2 – 3 hours.
From Innsbruck, get the train from Innsbruck HBF to Bolzano station, via Brenner. This will cost around €25 and take about 3 hours.
Food & Drink >>
All breakfasts, one lunch and two evening meals are included on this tour. Vegetarian and vegan diets can be catered for however options are limited at the mountain huts. Please let us know of any dietary requirements and allergies once booked on.
Riding snacks are included but please bring a selection of your favourite snacks with you as well.
Alcoholic beverages are available on all nights of the tour, please make sure you have some cash if you wish to purchase alcohol at the mountain rifugios.
On this tour we spend two nights in hotels and two nights in mountain rifugios (if joining the DSB this increases to four nights in hotels). Hotel nights are on a twin share basis, if you have booked solo you will likely be sharing with another member of the group. The mountain rifugios have communal sleeping areas and share facilities. They are warm and cosy and all bedding is supplied though we recommend you bring a sleeping bag liner for use on these nights.
What to bring >>
Adventure bike (Off-road tourer, gravel bike, CX bike, XC mountain bike)
Bikepacking bags (unless hiring)
Sleeping bag liner – optional
Cycling kit, shoes, helmet
Off the bike clothes – warm layers for mornings and evenings + clothes for travel days
Off-the-bike footwear – optional
Bikes & Bags >>
Local bike hire is not available on this tour, unfortunately.
If hiring bags you will receive a full set of Ortlieb Waterproof bikepacking bags for the duration of the tour.
UK passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Italy. Other nationalities should check with the Italian Embassy before travel. It is your responsibility to obtain the relevant visa’s (if needed) before travel.
Passports must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to make sure your passport is valid before travel.
There are no specific health risks or required vaccinations for Italy.
Average temperatures in Italy in Summer ranges from highs of 30degC – lows of 10degC. The mountains can be cold / wet / windy, especially in the evenings, but we would expect to be cycling in shorts and single layers during most of the day. Bring appropriate layers for adverse weather…
Money / Local Currency >>
Local time >>
Route info >>
The route is roughly 60% on paved roads and 40% on gravel/unsurfaced roads. The unsurfaced sections are well maintained but some previous experience of cycling on gravel would be recommended.
Health and fitness >>
Please read the full tour information regarding distances and elevation before booking. The route is undulating with some long climbs and descents, some on gravel, so previous cycling experience is required. You will need to inform us of any ongoing injuries or health issues once booked, this information will be requested before departure. It is vital for us to know about anything before traveling into remote areas.