Bicycle trip round the Alps, from the Adriatic Sea – Trieste to the Mediterranean Sea Nice

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The Alps are located at the north of the Italian península. They are over 1300 km long, go across several countries with different cultures and different languages (around 25). These mountains witnessed many peoples and empires that went through and lived there. Mountains also allowed for the survival of many interesting traditions. We can find people that live differently from the country they are part of. Some of them are still nomads, taking their cattle to the mountaintops to graze in the summer and staying at lower altitude during the winter.

Geography determined that only small urban centers developed, so our itinerary goes through these villages, only some ocassional cities on the way. We will also go through sky centers, which during the summer have a large of offer of trails for MTB and trekking enthusiasts.

This trip was planned to go across the mountain range from one end to the other end, lenghtwise, connecting the Adriatic Sea to the Tyrrhenian Sea. We will go through the highest mountain crossings in Europe, and ones made famous by the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. We will appreciate the unique beauty of these mountains, near the sky on snowy peaks or going through hidden cycling paths that go into the Woods.

1 Oct 2016
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Day 1 Trieste-Bovec (Slovenia)
Distance: 120 km
Total distance: 120 km
Ascent: 1100 m
Total ascent: 1100 m
Passes: none.
Places: Start at Piazza Italia in Trieste. San Giovanni al Timavo, Gorizia, Piave, Kanal, Kobarid (Caporetto), Bovec.
Lodging: hostel or B&B

Day 2 Bovec-Mauthen (Austria)
Distance: 115 km
Total distance: 235 km
Level difference: 2500 m
Total level difference: 3600 m
Passes: Predil Pass (1156 m), between Slovenia and Italy; Sella Nevea Pass (1180 m) and Pramollo Pass (1531 m), between Italy and Austria.
Places: Triglav National Park, Predil Lake, Sella Nevea Pass, Chiusaforte, Pontebba, Tramollo Pass, Tropolach, Gail Valley, Mauthen (700 mosl)
Lodging: hostel

Day 3 Mauthen-San Lorenzo (Brunico, Italy)
Distance: 113 km
Total distance: 366 km
Level difference: 2080 m
Total level difference: 5860 m
Passes: Gailbergsattel Pass (958 masl), Stalle Pass (2052-between Austria and Italy-.
Places: Mauthen, Drava Valley, Lienz, Huben, Deferenggen Valley –Alti Tauri National Park-, Erlsbach, Stalle Pass, Anterselva Valley, Rasun, Brunico and San Lorenzo.
Lodging: hostel

Day 4 San Lorenzo-San Leonardo in Passiria (Italy)
Distance: 95 km
Total distance: 461 km
Level difference: 2100 mts
Total level difference: 7789 mts
Passes: Giovo Pass (2099 masl)
Places: San Leonardo in Passiria, Rombo Pass, Solden, Imst, Landeck
Lodging: hostel

Day 5 San Leonardo in Passiria-Landek (Austria)
Distance: 122 km
Total distance: 583 km
Level difference: 2450 m
Total level difference: 10230 m
Passes: Rombo Pass (2509 masl), between Austria and Italy
Places: San Leonardo in Passiria, Rombo Pass, Solden, Imst, Landeck
Lodging: hostel
Dinner: not included

Day 6 Lankek-Trafoi
Distance: 105 km
Total distance: 688 km
Level difference: 1890 m
Total level difference: 12120 m
Passes: Resia Pass 1507 masl, between Austria and Italy
Places: Landeck, Prutz, Pfunds, Swiss frontier, Martina, Austria; Nauders, Ressia Pass. Italy: Malles, Prato allo Stelvio, Trafoi
Lodging: hostel

Day 7 Trafoi-Livigno (Italy)
Distance: 72 km
Total distance: 769 km
Level difference: 2700 m
Total level difference: 14820 m
Passes: dello Stelvio Pass(2758 masl), Foscagno Pass(2291 masl) and Eira Pass (2209 masl)
Places: Trafoi, dello Stelvio Pass, Bormio, Premadio, Semogo, Foscagno Pass, Eira Pass, Livigno.
Lodging: hostel

Day 8 Livigno-Rhazuns (Switzerland)
Distance: 120 km
Total distance: 880 km
Level difference: 1900 m
Total level difference: 16720 m
Passes: Forcola di Livigno Pass (2315 masl) –between Italy and Switzerland-, Bermina Pass (2320 masl), Julier Pass (2284 masl).
Places: Livigno, Forcola di Livigno Pass. Switzerland: Bermina Pass, Pontresina, St. Moritz, Silvaplana, Julier Pass, Tiefencastel, Thusis, Rhazunz.
Lodging: hostel

Day 9 Rhazunz-Andermat (Switzerland)
Distance: 87 km
Total distance: 967 km
Level difference: 1900 m
Total level difference: 18629 m
Passes: Oberlap Pass (2044 masl)
Places: Rhazunz, Bonaduz, Versam, Llariz, Sedrun, Overlap Pass, Andermatt
Lodging: hostel
Dinner not included

Day 10 Andermat-Sion (Switzerland)
Distance: 137 km
Total distance: 1104 km
Level difference: 1500 m
Total level difference: 20120 m
Passes: Furka Pass (2431 masl)
Places: Andermatt, Reap, Furka Pass, Goms, Gletsch, Oberrwald, Ulrichen, VISP, Sierre, Sion

Day 11 Sion-Aosta (Italy)
Distance: 110 km
Total distance: 1214 km
Level difference: 2200 m
Total level difference: 22320 m
Passes: Great St. Bernard Pass (2469 masl)
Places: Sion, Martigny, Sembrancher, Orsieres, Bourg St. Pierre, Great St. Bernard Pass, Aosta.

Day 12 Aosta- La Thuille (France)
Distance: 93 km
Total distance: 1307 km
Level difference: 2180 m
Total level difference: 24500 m
Passes: Little St Bernard Pass (2188 masl) –between Italy and France-
Places: Aosta, St. Pierre, Morgex, St. Diedier, la Thuille, Little St. Bernard Pass, Seez, Ste-Foy Tarentaise, Borgo la Thuille
Lodging: hostel

Day 13 La Thuille-Saint Michel de la Maurienne (France)
Distance: 108 km
Total distance: 1415 km
Level difference: 1980 m
Total level difference: 26480 m
Passes: Col d’Iseran (2764m), Col de la Madelaine (1746 m)
Places: Borgo la Thuile, Chevril Lake, Val d’Isere, Col d’Iseran, La Vanoise National Park, Bonnebal, col de la Madelaine, Bessans, Lanslesbourg, Bramans, Modane, St. Michel de Maurienne.
Lodging: hostel

Day 14 St. Michel de la Maurienne-Briancons (France)
Distance: 75 km
Total distance: 1480 km
Level difference: 2200 m
Total level difference: 28680 m
Passes: Col du Telegrafo (1566 masl) and Col du Galibier (2646 masl)
Places: St Michel de la Maurienne, Telegraph Pass, Valloire, Galibier Pass, La Monetier, la Salle, Briancon.
Dinner not included
Lodging: hostel

Day 15 Briancons-La Condamine (France)
Distance: 88 km
Total distance: 1578 km
Level difference: 2400 m
Total level difference: 31080 m
Passes: Col d’Izoard (2360 masl) and col d’Vars (2109 masl)
Places: Briancon, Cervieres, Col d’Izoard, Queyras National Park, Arvieux, St. Marcelin de Vars, Les Claux, Col d’Vars, St. Pauls, La Condamine
Lodging: hostel

Day 16 La Condamine –Nice (France)
Distance: 130 km
Total distance: 1718 km
Level difference: 1900 m
Total level difference: 32980 m
Pass: Col de la Bonette (2802 masl)
Places: La Condamine, Jausiers, Pis, Col de la Bonette, Bousieyas, Pont Haut, St. Etienne, Isola, St. Sauveur, Ponts de Clans, 5 km tunnel, Plan-du-Var, Nice

Note: a detailed plan is available.

Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland and France.

1729 km Stages: 25
Accumulated ascents: 33.000 mts

medium/high. The daily average will be 110 km with an ascent of 2100 mts. At some stages there will be up to three passes on one day. We will be riding slowly, in nice long summer days. Good training and energy management will make us go through every stage without too much effort, with room for recovery for the next day. It is important to consider bad weather conditions, and cyclists should be experienced in struggling with rain and cold when riding because we can expect storms.

between 5 and 32 C. It is essential to wear adequate clothing, to adjust rhythm and to avoid getting drenched in sweat. That way we can avoid getting a cold when reaching mountain peaks.

the road is mostly paved, so we recommend a mountain bike with semi-slick tires –smooth but with a good grip-, or a road bike with good gears that will allow you to comfortably beat the up to 18 % level difference. The most difficult challenge will be slippery pavement during or after rain, and near some of the mountain passes where the road is in a bad shape.

It is essential that you use very strong tires with an excellent grip. It is also very important the the bicycle has a pouch to carry food, extra clothing and spare tubular.

you will get a lunch box with lunch and energy snacks.

mínimum 5 people, maximum 8 people. Registration should be confirmed 3 months before departure date. If not, there is a 15 % surcharge.

  • 2 guides (one on bicycle and the other one on the truck)
  • support truck: to carry equipment and any ciclyst in need. Foldable biclycles can be carried on the truck, it can be arranged for other type of bicycle to be delivered.
  • basic repair service and spare bicycle (1)
  • meals: all breakfasts, lunches (lunch box) and dinners –with the exception of 3 dinners that are not included).
  • lodging: hostels and B&B
  • mandatory health insurance (we can offer this service via an agency we work with, CTS Viaggi di Desenzano.

  • flights
  • some dinners (3)
  • extra beverages
  • Alternative outings