Maratona Dolomites 2018 – Official Tour Operator
The Maratona dles Dolomites is Italy’s most beautiful cycling sportive and it’s 9,000 places sell out in seconds every year.
Brevet are an official Tour Operator for the 2018 Maratona dles Dolomites and have guaranteed Maratona entry. Our Maratona dles Dolomites cycling holiday includes warm up rides in the Dolomites to get you ready for the big day.
#mdd32 in 2018 will be our 6th year at the Maratona.
2018 Maratona Cycling Holiday Highlights
- Tuesday 26th June to Monday 2nd July 2018
- 6 days of spectacular guided riding
- 6 nights full board spa hotel accommodation
- Training rides on famous Giro d’Italia climbs
- 2018 Maratona dles Dolomites Guaranteed Entry
Our Maratona dles Dolomites cycling holiday features the most popular cycling event in Italy the infamous Maratona dles Dolomites.
The Maratona dles Dolomites 2018 is set in the Italian Dolomites, the epic 138km course takes riders over five 2,000m+ passes steeped in Giro d’Italia history including the mythical Passo Giau.
How to Book
To book your place select from the room and payment options above and then press the ADD TO CART button.
If you have a question check out our How to Pay Guide and our Frequently Asked Questions and if you can’t find an answer please contact us using the form in the enquiry tab on the right.
Maratona dles Dolomites Itinerary
Sportive Distance: 138km (Maratona), 106km (Middle) and 55km (Sellaronda)
Warm Up Rides Total Distance: 152km – 189km
Sportive: Maratona dles Dolomites
- Passo Campolongo (1,875m)
- Passo Pordoi (2,239m)
- Passo Sella (2, 239m)
- Passo Gardena (2,121m)
- Passo Valparola (2,200m)
- Passo Falzarego (2,105m)
- Passo Giau (2,236m)
At Brevet we encourage guests to savour every ride in the build up to the Maratona. After 4 years of running Maratona trips with riders from all over the world we have the volume of race week warm up rides finely tuned.
Tuesday – Bike Set Up and Welcome Ride
Passo: Passo Campolongo (1,875m)
After the transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport we will set up the bikes and head out on a short Welcome Ride to introduce you to riding in the Dolomites!
Our first climb of the week takes us up the Passo Campolongo (1,875m), this is a good opportunity to recce the first climb of the Sella Ronda loop on race day.
With a client to guide ratio of 6:1 we focus on riding in small groups with riders of a similar pace and we always regroup at the top of every climb. For the next three days this allows you to get used to climbing in the mountains and learn to pace your efforts evenly. Our support car carries extra nutrition, water and layers and is a welcome sight at the top of the climb. Just remember to smile at the camera on the way up!
Wednesday – Passo Falzarego and Passo Valparolo
Passo: Passo Campolongo (1,875m), Passo Falzarego (2,105m) and Passo Valparola (2,200m)
The second loop of the Maratona circuit takes in the twin challenge of the Passo Falzarego (2,105m) and Passo Valparola (2,200m). Before we get to the high lunar landscape of these twin passes we will ride up the Passo Campolongo (1,875m), a key climb in the Maratona route that you will climb twice on race day.
This ride is a crucial recce ride to understand the pacing needed to meet the cut off time that will allow long course riders to take on the Passo Giau on race day.
Thursday – Sella Ronda Recce
Passo: Passo Campolongo (1,875m), Passo Pordoi (2,239m), Passo Sella (2,244m) and Passo Gardena (2,121m)
Today we ride the first part of the Maratona dles Dolomites course. The famous 55km Sella Ronda circuit includes Passo Campolongo (1,875m), Passo Pordoi (2,239m), Passo Sella (2,244m) and Passo Gardena (2,121m). Today’s ride is a great opportunity to start working on pacing your efforts on the climbs so that you don’t get carried away on race day.
Friday – Option 1: Anti-Clockwise Sella Ronda
Passo: Passo Gardena (2,121m), Passo Sella (2,244m), Passo Pordoi (2,239m) and Passo Campolongo (1,875m)
The same ride two days in a row? Think again. This wonderful circuit has a completely different feel when completed anti-clockwise. This option is for the riders who are here to climb and savour every KM.
Friday – Option 2: Passo Gardena – Espresso Ride
Our Friday morning spin up the Passo Gardena for espresso and apple strudel on the terrace overlooking the Dolomites is a popular option amongst guests wishing to taper before Sunday. This 18km out and back ride departs a little later allowing you a precious lie in and is ridden at a conversational pace.
Saturday – Rest Day and Race Village
A gentle ride to San Leonardo and back to collect our race numbers allows us to take in the atmosphere of the Maratona Village.
After a Tour de France Grand Depart Pasta Party the afternoon is a great opportunity to book a massage or relax in the hotel spa.
Dinner at our conveniently located hotel right next to the start of the Maratona dles Dolomites will allow you to get in plenty of carbo loading pasta and get an early night.
Sunday – Maratona dles Dolomites
Maratona: 138km with 4,190m of climbing
Middle: 106km with 3,090m of climbing
Sellaronda: 55km with 1,780m of climbing
Race day! Today you’ll add a number of mythical Italian climbs to your cycling palmarès starting with the Passo Campolongo (1,875m), Passo Pordoi (2,239m), Passo Sella (2, 244m), Passo Gardena (2,121m), Passo Giau (2,236m) and finally the Passo Valparola (2,200m).
For more information check out our Maratona dles Dolomites guide.
Our hotel is just a few minutes from the start so you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxed start to the day. Breakfast will be served early in our cycling friendly hotel. Our guides will be riding with you and will escort you to our priority starting pen, so if you want to join a pace making group from within our team then you can start off together!
After the race we will refuel at the pasta party, catch up over well earned beers at the Brevet Club House and head back to the hotel for a celebratory dinner.
Monday – Venice
After transferring to Venice Airport guests with evening flights may have time to loosen off the legs and learn about the beautiful city of Venice. You can store your bags securely at the airport and it’s quick and easy to take a return water taxi into Venice.
There is more to life than just cycling and flying to Venice and not seeing Italian Casanova Capital would be a waste. Check out these recommendations for convenient airport and city centre hotels so that you can extend your holiday and have some time to explore Venice.
Can I do it?
Short answer: Yes!
Longer Answer: Our cycling holidays are designed to be challenging Alpine Cycling Adventures.
The Maratona dles Dolomites holiday is one of the toughest cycling sportives in Europe, featuring climbs regularly used in the Giro d’Italia.
Our professional guiding and vehicle support as well as our route design and hotel selection are all aimed at creating a supportive environment that will get the best out of you as an individual. Therefore each cycling holiday is designed to be suitable for varying fitness levels. Within the group people will have different strengths and weakness, some will love hill climbing but might be slower on the flat sections where you might be stronger.
Clearly you need to be fit to get the most of the holiday and cycling in the Alps is much more rewarding when you see your pre holiday training pay off as you climb Alpine cols and surpass your expectations. Our free training plan is a great place to start and signing up for our newsletter will give you monthly training and nutrition tips to help you train smarter.
Our aim is you return from your holiday fitter, happier and in love with your sport.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Maratona dles Dolomites Accommodation
We have carefully chosen the best cycling friendly hotel in Corvara. Hotel La Tambra is located just a few hundred metres from the Maratona dles Dolomites finish line.
Our hotel in Corvara is perfectly located at the foot of the Passo Campolongo and Passo Gardena and just a short 5 minute downhill ride to the Maratona dles Dolomites start line.
We work closely with the hotel staff to have a tasty nutritious meal waiting for you when you have stepped off your bike following our warm up rides in the Dolomites.
The Sella Ronda massif looms behind our hotel in Corvara, the location could not be more central for the Maratona dles Dolomites.
Book yourself a massage and then relax in the spa – what better way to prepare for the ride of your life.
All Inclusive Cycling Holiday – You Just Need to Pedal
- 7 day cycling holiday with guided riding and Team Car support
- 6 nights in a traditional Tyrollean spa hotel
- Nutritious all you can eat healthy breakfasts
- Post ride lunches designed for cyclists
- Three course evening meals
- Private transfers from Venice Marco Polo airport
- 3 on the road guides and 1 Team Car Driver
- The highest guide to guest ratio of all Tour Operators in the Dolomites
Maratona dles Dolomites Sportive – Official Tour Operator
- 12 week sportive training plan to get you fit
- Maratona dles Dolomites sportive entrance fee included
- Exclusive post race hospitality tent with well earned beers awaiting you
Pre Race Training Rides in the Dolomites
- 4 days of training rides in the Dolomites
- Sign on day warm up ride with Race Village tour
- Tour de France Grand Depart Pasta Party
- Cycle guiding and Brevet Team Car stocked with nutritional bars and hydration tablets
Not included: Flights, Insurance, Beverages
- Deposit: CHF 500 to reserve your place
- All Prices are per person
The prices below are the full cost and include the CHF 500 deposit:
- Twin/Double Occupancy in Junior Suite: CHF 2,795
- Single Occupancy in Single Room: CHF 2,595
- Single Occupancy in Double Standard Room: CHF 2,995
- Single Occupancy in Double Superior Room: CHF 3,495
- Twin/Double Occupancy in Double Standard Room:** CHF 2,395
- Twin/Double Occupancy in Double Superior Room:** CHF 2,595
- Non Riding Guest in Double Standard Room: CHF 1,995
- Non Riding Guest in Double Superior Room: CHF 2,195
**If booking Twin/Double Occupancy you must have a partner/friend to share with. Rooms can be configured as twins or doubles.
Maratona dles Dolomites Payment Details
How To Pay
To book your place select from the room and payment options above and then press the ADD TO CART button. You will then be given the option to pay securely via Credit Card or PayPal or directly via Bank Transfer. For step by step instructions see our How To Pay guide.
When To Pay
- Deposit: CHF 500 to reserve your place
- Balance Payment: by Thursday 1st March 2018
- Holiday dates: Tuesday 26th June to Monday 2rd July 2018
- ¹If booking Twin/Double Occupancy you must have a partner/friend to share with
- At the time of booking a non-refundable 500CHF deposit is required
- If the Tour starts in less than 16 weeks full payment is required
- Full payment of the total cost is required 16 weeks before first day of the Tour
- Payment of a deposit indicates acceptance of the Terms and Conditions which includes our Cancellation Policy
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Maratona dles Dolomites Flights
NOTE: At the time of writing in July 2017 flights for June/July 2018 are not yet released so the information below is indicative.
Transfers from Venice Marco Polo during the specified Transfer Window are included.
Flight arrivals: 12:00 latest – Tuesday 26th June 2018
Flight departures: 16:00* onwards – Monday 3rd July 2018
*The transfer leaves Corvara at 10:00 and will take 3 hours to reach Venice Marco Polo Airport, we recommend you allow time for potential delays in the transfer and for checking in.
Please book flights that will enable you to meet the specified Transfer Window. These are indicative flights for guests flying from London:
Arrive: Tuesday 26th June 2018
London Gatwick to Venice Marco Polo
easyJet Flight 5263
Departs London: 08:40
Arrives Venice: 11:45
Depart: Monday 2nd July 2018
Venice Marco Polo to London Gatwick
easyJet Flight 5268
Departs Venice: 18:10
Arrives London: 19:20
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If you are flying to Venice Treviso Airport within the Transfer Window please Contact Us, we may be able to pick you up after we have met guests at Venice Marco Polo.
If you can not find flights to meet the specified Transfer Window, arriving a day early and staying at an airport hotel or a hotel near the main train station is a popular choice with many of our guests. You can then join the Included Airport Transfer the next day. Check out these recommendations for convenient airport and city centre hotels.
If you can not make the specified flight transfer time and don’t want to stay in an airport hotel the night before then check out these airport transfer options.
Extend Your Holiday
If you would like to extend your stay we can book additional hotel nights in our partner hotels in the mountains at preferential rates.
Maratona dles Dolomites FAQs
For general questions about all Brevet Cycling Holidays please see our FAQs.
The following information relates directly to our Maratona dles Dolomites cycling holiday:
Q: Does this package include guaranteed Maratona entry?
A: Yes. Your holiday includes guaranteed entry to the sold out Maratona dles Dolomites sportive. As an Official Maratona Tour Operator our guests benefit from starting in a priority starting grid ahead of riders who secured a place in the general ballot.
Q: I have a Maratona ballot place – can I still join the Brevet group?
A: Yes. We will give you a coupon code to reduce your holiday balance payment by the same amount as the Maratona entrance fee.
Q: I’d like to bring my non cycling partner – is that possible?
A: Yes. Non cycling partners are very welcome and where possible they can even follow the riders in the Brevet Team Car for one of our warm up rides to enjoy the spectacular scenery. If your partner likes the outdoors then there are plenty of things to do in Corvara.
To book your partners place simply select “Non Riding Guest” and “Deposit” from the options above then press “Add to Cart”. This will add them to your cart. To add your place press “Continue Shopping” and on this Maratona page select “Twin or Double Occupancy” and “Deposit”. Press “Add to Cart” again and you should now have both deposits in your Cart ready to Checkout.
Be sure you have selected your partner’s room as either “Standard” or “Superior” in line with your room choice.
For step by step booking instructions see our How To Pay guide.
Q: I’d like to come for the weekend only – is that possible?
A: No. There are a number of reasons we we offer a 6 night holiday for the Maratona.
We believe that your holiday time is precious. Getting away from the commitments of family, friends and work is important for our souls. Spending time riding in the mountains is the perfect antidote to our busy lifestyles.
But, the mountains are unpredictable. It’s not unknown for mountain passes to be blocked by snow in the middle of the summer and for sportives to be cancelled or badly effected by the weather. That’s why all our sportive holidays include warm up rides in the days leading up to the sportive so that you are guaranteed to get in some unforgettable rides in the mountains!
Finally, Maratona week really is a festival of cycling. Over 9,000 riders descend on the Dolomites and the atmosphere is unforgettable. The Maratona dles Dolomites is an extremely important event for the Alta Badia region and understandably the race organisers and hotels request that all Official Tour Operators offer a minimum stay of 4 nights.
So…re-work that schedule and give you and your bike the holiday you deserve!