We’re proud to offer you a truly fantastic week of cycling in the Dolomites using all of our local knowledge and the experience from our partners at Col Collective to bring you the most picturesque roads this fabulous region has to offer. You will have the chance to learn more about all aspects of your riding, from pacing with power to nutrition, training and recovery.
DATES & PRICES
Capturing the spirit of the Dolomites and Italian Alps we’ll be hosting just one tour in 2018, with a maximum group size of 12 riders and full on the road support from The Col Collective and Infocrank.
04th – 11th August 2018 (7 nights)
€3150 – based on twin share accommodation, includes our exclusive Col Collective mountain essentials kit bag worth over €850! See ‘what’s included’ for details.
Single supplements available. Please contact us in advance to confirm availability.
10% discount for non-riding partners.
5% discount for group bookings of 3 or more.
InfoCrank Rental Package:
€3350 – for only €200 more than the regular package you can rent an InfoCrank for your bike. It will be installed on the arrival day giving you the opportunity to fully test it and learn about pacing with accurate power throughout the week. At the end of the tour you’ll have the option to simply return the crank or purchase it at a preferential rate of €1159.
InfoCrank Premium Package:
€4025 – As per our regular package plus your own InfoCrank power meter and help with your training before the tour through MYPOWER. This package also includes a Verve Cycling Pro bib and jersey set. Valued at €4750 this package gives a saving of €725 over the regular price.
- 7 nights traditional Tyrollean / Dolomite / Alpine 3* and 4* hotel accommodation based on a twin share basis.
- Personal airport collection and transfers from Innsbruck.
- Breakfast and 6 evening meals including beer, wine and soft drinks.
- Food, snacks and drinks on the road during rides.
- Fully guided and supported rides with Mike, The Col Collective and InfoCrank teams.
- TORQ nutrition energy products with guidance on fuelling on and off the bike.
- Professional photos capturing the spirit of your time with The Col Collective and InfoCrank in the mountains.
- Words of wisdom, help, advice and education throughout the week.
- Coach’s corner evening sessions on cycling performance.
- Free wifi
- Access to the spa.
The Col Collective premium mountain essentials kit bag worth over €850!
We are very proud to be able to offer a truly exceptional package from our partners to help you in every area of your cycling. This kit includes:
* The Col Collective Limited Edition
- The Col Collective cycling kit* (jersey and shorts) manufactured by Mavic (€260)
- Lezyne roadside essentials* (€75)
- Scicon custom kit bag* (€120)
- Exposure Lights Trace and TraceR custom Col Collective light kit* (€135)
- Muc-Off Ultra Endurance, Recovery, Chamois Cream and Hydrodynamic lube (€100)
- TORQ nutrition pack to allow you to fuel properly and scientifically throughout the week (€100)
- 6 months free access on all new subscriptions to The Sufferfest training app to help you get ready for the mountains (€60)
PLUS! Access to preferential Col Collective partner pricing**
** Limitations may apply and can be confirmed prior to booking.
- €100 off Mavic equipment on orders over €300
- 25% off selected Scicon products. Available in advance if needing to buy a bike box or bag to travel.
- 20% off Muc-Off.
- 15% off InfoCrank and access to their MyPower training suite (€240 saving). Available in advance if wishing to fit the InfoCrank prior to cycling tour.
For 2018 we’re currently working on the full contents of our mountain essentials kit bag. Some items may change subject to availability but the value will be equivalent, or more, than quoted.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your flights and travel arrangements
- Bike hire. Please contact us to arrange if required
- Travel and personal insurance
- One evening meal in Bormio when we’ll eat out locally
- Coffee, cake or lunch items if we take a coffee stop break (we will provide snacks and drinks from the car during the ride)
- Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks outside of evening meals
- Mini bar drinks at the hotel bar + any additional hotel extras
- Additional sustenance outside of what’s listed above
- Additional spa treatments at the hotel such as massages
THE WEEK IN BRIEF > 14 Cols / 400km / 14,000m elevation
Day 1 – Arrival and collection from Innsbruck airport at midday and transfer to Colfosco, bike build and short spin to loosen the legs and get ready for the week
Day 2 – Sella Ronda loop clockwise (Passo Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena) > 51km / 1683m elevation
Day 3 – Passo Valparola, Passo di Giau, Passo Falzarego > 96km / 2,500m elevation
Day 4 – Passo Fedaia, Passo Pordoi > 90km 2,400m elevation
Day 5 – Passo dello Stelvio Prato side > 45km / 1,808m elevation
Day 6 – Passo di Gavia from Bormio > 51km / 1404m elevation with option to add Gavia from Ponte di Legno > 85km /2750m elevation
Day 7 – Passo dello Stelvio from Bormio and Umbrail Pass > 60km / 1,800m elevation
Day 8 – Grande breakfast (you’ll need it by now) and transfers back to the airport.
Learn more about some of the climbs you’ll conquer throughout the week in the Dolomites and Italian Alps.
Arriving at Innsbruck airport we’ll collect you and your bike then transfer 20 minutes to the Infocrank HQ where we’ll build bikes over light refreshments and drop off bike boxes for the week. We’ll then transfer to Colfosco in the heart of the Dolomites with a gentle spin to get the legs turning again after travel.
Starting the week in style with one of the most famous rides in the Dolomites, the spectacular Sella Ronda! Immersed in Dolomite greatness from the very beginning we’ll head clockwise to ascend the Passo Campolongo (1,875m) followed in quick succession by the eastern side of the Passo Pordoi (2,239m), the Passo Sella (2,218m) and Passo Gardena (2,136m). It may only be 51km in length but with four climbs (three of which are over 2,000 metres) this is a ride that’ll leave you in absolute awe by the mountains. Many have said that this is a ride that every cyclist should experience at least once in their lifetime and we’d be honoured to share that experience with you.
Today we have a three climb beauty on the menu starting with a 7.5km descent as we head towards the town of La Villa Stern for the start of the Passo Valparola (2,200m). After some rest and refreshments at the summit we head south enjoying the long descent towards Selva di Cadore for one of the most famous passes in the Dolomites and the Queen climb of the day the 10km ascent of the Passo Giau (2,236m). Fortunately the final climb of the day, the Passo Falzarego is more forgiving with a gentler average gradient of 5.5% making it a beautiful way to end the day, and by now the spa will surely be calling!
After enjoying a hearty breakfast we’ll take on another classic route of the region starting with the Passo Campolongo (which you’ll be familiar with from the first ride) except after the descent this time we’ll be making a beeline for the foot of the Passo Fedaia, also known as the Marmolada. There’s no denying it the Fedaia is a brute with sections in excess of 15% so making sure that you have low gearing will be essential. Fear not, there is absolutely no rush and the feeling of conquering this classic is indescribable. You can do it! The highlight of this climb is when we head through the enchanting delights of the Sottaguda Gorge (sorry support car, you’ll have to take the main road) as the imposing Marmolada keeps a watchful eye on all below. A welcome strudel stop in Canazei will help recharge the legs as we turn our attention towards the western side of the Pordoi where the lure of the Fausto Coppi statue awaits at the summit.
After three magical days in the Dolomites today we take a short 2.5 hour road trip to turn our attention towards the Italian Alps. The day may look like a short one but don’t let that fool you as we saddle up for possibly the most famous climb in Italy of all, the 2,757m Passo dello Stelvio! This climb needs little introduction, the highest road pass in Italy and from the start town in Prato you have 24.3km at 7.4% average gradient to conquer…….oh and 48 hairpins!! Pacing is going to be crucial on this one and you’re in good hands as we’ll be supporting you all the way and the good news is our second hotel awaits after the long descent down to Bormio. Bellissimo!
While the Stelvio often steals the limelight, its little brother the Passo di Gavia (2,621m) is no less of a challenge and, in our opinion, one that out trumps the Stelvio for pure beauty. Starting straight out of Bormio it’s amazing how close both climbs are to one another and yet how different they feel. The Gavia feels more wild and forgotten in comparison with iconic images of Andy Hampsten fighting the blizzard during the 1988 Giro d’Italia forever in its mind. Take your time, focus and enjoy the moment. At the summit you can either head back to base or if you’ve still got the energy it’ll be onwards (and upwards again) with Mike for the southern face of the Gavia from Ponte di Legno.
Finishing the week off in perfect mountain harmony and adding to your, by now, bulging palmares, as we start our journey back towards Austria we have just two little challenges in store. The first you’re well acquainted with, albeit not from this side, as all eyes focus on the Stelvio from Bormio. At the summit we’ll retrace our wheel tracks for 3km before saddling the Umbrail Pass (2,501m) taking us down the third side of the Stelvio and into Switzerland. As we shuttle the last few kilometres back to Austria the anticipation of an evening of celebration awaits, and after all these legendary cols boy do you deserve it!
After all that climbing you’ll be quite right in feeling very proud of yourself, and we will be too for being able to share the whole experience with you. After we hoover up the breakfast table all that remains is a little bike packing and transfer back to Innsbruck for a midday drop off. The legs may be stiff but we can guarantee the mountain memories that you’ll now have will burn brightly forevermore.
This is a general itinerary to give you a good idea of what to expect. We may make some adjustments if we think we can further improve the week or if we need to dodge Mother Nature at any time. There’ll be options throughout the week to trim the days down depending on how you’re feeling so rest assured we’re here to look after you.
For our four night stay in the Dolomites we will be enjoying the stunning Romantik Arthotel Cappellanestled in the highest resort in Alta Badia at the foot of the remarkable Sella Massif. Discover the spa area with its large chlorine/ozone swimming pool, the heated outdoor pool, the ‘Sky Room’ rest area, and the idyllic lawn with a panoramic mountain views. Relaxation takes on a whole new alpine meaning here. The steam sauna, the Finnish sauna and the brine sauna as well as the generously equipped fitness room (if you need this we’re going to be asking a few questions about how hard you’re trying on the rides) mean that you have everything to hand to recover in the best possible way post ride. The chef will prepare international and mediterranean dishes as well as regional quality produce and fresh herbs from their own garden.
THE ITALIAN ALPS
Our two night stay in Bormio will be at the family run chalet style boutique Hotel Nevada. This cosy hotel away from the crowds will be a perfect place to recover and relax after all your hard work on the bike.
For our final night we’ll stay in Innsbruck at the Wellness Hotel Stubaier Hof where we’ll celebrate a week to remember.
THE COL COLLECTIVE CYCLING TOURS 2018 T&C’S AND DISCLAIMER
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please find below our booking terms and conditions for the 2018 cycling tours. On payment of your deposit you are agreeing to the below terms and conditions. Should you have any questions, please email us at moc.e1550648476vitce1550648476llocl1550648476oceht1550648476@sruo1550648476tgnil1550648476cyc1550648476.
All tour prices quoted are:
– Per person and are based on twin share accommodation unless otherwise stated.
– Single room supplements carry an additional cost and are subject to limited availability
For all tours we require a 30% deposit payable at the time of booking. Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of your deposit. The deposit is non-refundable but can be transferred to another person for the same or alternative tour (subject to availability) in the same year.
The remaining balance payment is due 12 weeks before the start date of your tour.
Should you need to cancel your tour we will apply the following charges:
Deposit – non-refundable (can be transferred to another person)*
If cancelled 8 weeks prior to the start of your trip we will refund 50% of the balance payment.
If cancelled within 8 weeks prior to the start of your tour the balance payment is non-refundable.
*In certain compassionate cases we can defer your deposit to another tour within a 12 month period. Please contact us to discuss your individual needs. In all other cases we advise our guests to take out sufficient travel insurance to cover any cancellations.
If we make changes to your tour or cancel
Due to the very nature of outdoor activities there may be occasions whereby we need to make minor changes to your tour. In any case, they would likely be for your benefit and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date. If we have to make a major change that greatly impacts the tour, such as the start date, we will discuss this with you and you have the right to request a refund.
There would be two occasions whereby we would cancel a tour.
– If the minimum number of bookings for a single tour is not reached. In this case we will offer you an alternative tour or a full refund. We will inform you of this no later than 12 weeks prior to your departure date.
– In the case of force majeure*
Your trip includes transfers from and back to Toulouse airport. Our collection and drop off time is at 12 noon from the airport so please coordinate your travel schedule with respect to these timings for both ways of your journey. Please be advised there may be a wait at the airport for other passengers, however we will be loaded up and on the road as soon as possible. The transfer time to and from the airport is 1hr 45 minutes. If you are not able to meet this schedule please let us know in advance of booking.
It may also be possible to arrange alternative collections from Lourdes airport or from Lourdes train station. If this is the case, please contact us prior to booking to discuss your travel schedule.
Adequate travel insurance is a condition of you taking part in our tours. You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident, illness and existing medical conditions. Your insurance must also cover you to undertake cycling activities and the associated risks. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.
The Col Collective Cycling Tours are not liable for personal injury, death, damage to property or other loss whether arising from accident, cancellations, flight changes, delays or any other matter beyond our control. Participants should insure against all such possibilities. Participants should also check that their travel insurance covers them for Public Liability in the instance a participant is deemed to have caused an accident. When accepting The Col Collective Cycling Tours Booking Conditions 2018 guests are declaring that they understand the rules & regulations of safe & responsible road cycling.
Cycling and cycling tours are not without risks. You must be adequately fit and of an adequate proficiency (indicated in accordance with the general tour information applicable to your tour) to undertake the itinerary set out in the cycling tour you have chosen. Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you realise the hazards involved in cycling and cycling tours. You acknowledge that by the very nature of the activities you are exposed to an element of personal risk and that the activities are of a potentially hazardous and unpredictable nature above those associated with conventional holidays. You therefore accept and consent to the risks inherent in the implementation of your booking. You will be required to read and sign our disclaimer form prior to commencing your tour.
Guest Equipment and Security
The Col Collective Cycling Tours guest and staff bikes are stored in our secure garage overnight. However there is always an element of risk and, although small, the theft of road bikes is a constant concern. We will do our best to keep our participants and staff bikes secure at all times. Please ensure that your bike is insured against theft and that your other personal belongings are covered too as The Col Collective – Cycling Tours cannot accept liability for these items. As an addtional measure of security we kindly ask that all of our guests using public gps route systems such as Strava, refrain from starting rides with a 3km radius of the property.
All guests staying with us are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and acceptable manner and not to disrupt the enjoyment of other guests. If in our opinion we observe behaviour that is causing or is likely to cause distress, danger or annoyance to any of our other guests, or any third party or damage to property, we reserve the right to terminate your booking arrangements with us immediately. In extreme cases The Col Collective – Cycling Tours reserve the right to decline, accept or retain any guest as a member of any tour party if his or her conduct is disruptive and affecting the enjoyment and safety of other guests on our trips. The Col Collective – Cycling Tours shall be under no liability for any extra cost incurred by such participant as a result of intolerable behaviour.
It is also a condition that participants wear an approved bicycle helmet (CPSC or equivalent certified standard) at all times while cycling and that all guests ensure that their road bike is in good working order before they arrive. We recommend that all guest bikes are serviced and you check your brakes, gears and tyres prior to travel to limit any bike maintenance during your stay. We have a check list which will help with your pre-travel bike prep to help you get the most out of your stay, and there are local bike shops with professional mechanics who can help in the event of a mechanical problem.
We will be taking photographs throughout your trip and reserve the right to use these for marketing purposes on our website and social media channels. You will also be given the images from your tour and have the rights to use your own images which we will send to you. If there are certain images that you would prefer we do not use, or you would not like us to take photos of you during your trip, please inform us on arrival.
Disabilities and Medical Problems
If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your participation in the tour, please provide us with full details before we confirm your booking. In certain circumstances we may require you to produce a doctor’s certificate certifying that you are fit to participate in the tour. Acting reasonably, if we are unable to properly accommodate the needs of the person concerned, we will not confirm your booking. Or if you did not provide full details at the time of booking we reserve the right to cancel the booking and impose applicable cancellation charges when we become aware of these details.
You must be adequately fit to cover the distances and undertake the program set out in your itinerary. If it is felt that any guest is not sufficiently fit, healthy, properly equipped or able to complete the tour without affecting his/her safety we have the right to cease rider participation at any time. In cases of emergency we have your authority to arrange any necessary medical or surgical treatments and to sign any required form of consent on your behalf.
Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements and Health Formalities
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Our obligation to you is to fulfil your tour as described and ensure that we act safely and responsibly at all times for the benefit and enjoyment of all our guests. If at any time you feel something is not being honoured or you are dissatisfied, please inform us at the earliest possible time in order that we can rectify the issue and ensure you have the very best stay with us.
We will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by any event which we in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. These events can include, but are not limited to war, threat of war, civil strife terrorist activity and its consequences or the threat of such activity, riot, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster and adverse weather, sea, ice and river conditions and all similar events outside of our control.
Your booking with us is governed by the laws of France.
THE COL COLLECTIVE CYCLING TOURS DISCLAIMER 2018
In consideration of The Col Collective Cycling Tours arranging for me to take part in my booked cycling tour I understand and agree that:
1. I am required to comply with all statutory and legal requirements when participating in the tour, including but not limited to all road traffic laws.
2. I am physically capable of taking part and have no medical condition which would affect my participation in the tour.
3. I have provided accurate information about my cycling experience and ability and I confirm that I am competent enough to participate in my chosen tour.
4. I am solely responsible for my possessions. The Col Collective Cycling Tours accepts no risk for any damage to, or loss of, my property whilst taking part in the tour.
5. I am responsible for the condition and maintenance of the bike I use on the tour and any other equipment I bring to or use on the tour.
6. The Col Collective Cycling Tours gives no guarantee or warranty in respect of any maintenance or repairs carried out at my request on any bike or other equipment.
7. The Col Collective Cycling Tours will not be liable for any damage to my property as a result of any maintenance or repairs carried out at my request on any bike or other equipment.
8. Any medical or legal assistance which I require on the tour will be arranged by The Col Collective Cycling Tours on my behalf and will be provided at my expense and risk.
9. I have provided emergency contact details and authorise The Col Collective Cycling Tours to contact that person in the event of an emergency.
10. In the event of any medical emergency, I authorise The Col Collective Cycling Tours to arrange any necessary medical or surgical treatments and to sign any required form of consent on my behalf.
11. Cycling is a physically strenuous activity and there are risks and dangers inherent in taking part in the tour. These include the risk of injury and death and loss of or damage to my property. I accept full responsibility for these risks and I agree that The Col Collective Cycling Tours and its employees are released from any liability resulting from my injury or death or any loss of or damage to my property incurred during the tour.