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Mathias Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Saturday 21st of May: The Giro d’Italia returns to Corvara

The Giro d’Italia will stop in Corvara in occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Maratona dles Dolomites. We will open our hotel to all our biker friends on that weekend.
Saturday 21st of May: The Giro d’Italia returns to Corvara
 
 
 
"Normally the Hotel is closed in the run-up to summer, but on such an occasion we are delighted to open our doors to welcome our biker friends for such an important event"
Remember the date: 21 May 2016. On that Saturday the Giro D’Italia will visit the Dolomites. This year, on occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Maratona dles Dolomites, the race will pass by Corvara and the finish line will be the same as that of the Maratona. Most of the route follows the Maratona’s around the Sellaronda (i.e. the four passes: Pordoi, Sella, Gardena and Campolongo), Passo Giau, Valparola, the stretch to La Villa on the Muro dl Giat and ending in Corvara. A demanding route starting from Farra d’Alpago and winding its way across 21 kilometres and over 5,000 m elevation gain.
Fourteen years have passed since the Giro last visited Corvara. In 2002 Mexican biker Julio Perez Cuapio won the day’s race. Since then the passes have seen many a bike explore the picturesque landscape, as the Dolomites have always been a vibrant component of international biking.
Normally the Hotel is closed in the run-up to summer, but on such an occasion we are delighted to open our doors to welcome our biker friends for such an important event. You can’t even begin to imagine the amount of effort that goes into opening the hotel for three days to then close it again. We have to call upon most of our staff, get prepared a couple of days before the event and clean up after everything is finished. However, this occasion is too important to miss. We believe in biking. We have complete faith not only in big events such as the Giro and the Maratona, but also in the bike itself as a strategic means to talk about a new type of tourism on bike. It won’t rely as much on cars and will be open to everyone thanks to the new generation of e-bikes. 
Now and then I find myself daydreaming of a traffic-free Dolomites. Absolute silence, the sound of whooshing bikes in the distance, the heavy breathing of bikers and the turns winding across fields like a harmless snake. A dream that I hope will become true sooner rather than later. The date is 21 May and will be a great occasion for friends coming to visit us. You can enjoy the Giro all weekend for after the finish of the Corvara leg on Saturday there is the hillclimbing time-trial on Sunday at Alpe di Siusi. You will also have the chance to meet bikers after they arrive in Corvara, directly in our Hotel. We’re looking forward to seeing you, In Gamba!

Mathias Costa
 
 
 
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