The magnificent Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site, noted for its breathtaking scenery, panoramic views, and spectacular peaks and gorges, is home to some of the most challenging biking in Europe. Renowned bike climbs that challenge the best riders during the Giro d’Italia, picturesque easy cycle paths along the Sudtirol Strada di Vini (Wine Roads), and its' wonderful blend of Italian and Austrian/Germanic cultures have made it a much sought-after destination for cyclists.
We do not offer tours world-wide, or even Italy-wide; we focus our passion and energies on creating regional tours that allow our guests to truly experience all aspects - the terrain, the rides, the food, the wine, the culture - of the Dolomites, one of the most unique and spectacular areas of Italy. We offer more Dolomites itineraries than any other bike tour company, so cyclists of all levels will find an adventure perfect for them. Plan your Dolomites cycling tour with the team of regional experts, recreational programmer Vernon McClure of McClure's Bike Italy, and culinary programmer Kathy Bechtel of Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine
Vernon was recently recognized by Dream of Italy as one of "Italy's Best Local Tour Guides", the only solo bike, hike, and ski guide so honored.
"Aptly called "the MacGyver of active vacations" by travel specialist Madeline Jhawar from Italy Beyone the Obvious, Vernon is the perfect guide if you aim to explore the Veneto region or the nearby Dolomite mountain range by bike, on foot, with skis, or hanging off a sheer rock face."
"We had a spectacular spin - all we ate, drank, saw, smelled - beyond all hopes and expectations. The program was very high quality, thoroughly considered start to finish. Kathy and Vernon are so personable, knowledgeable and capable. We look forward to doing another tour with them in the near future!" - CB, South Shore
Train Like A Local - An introduction to climbing in the Mid Mountains - May 26 - June 1 and September 1-7, 2013
Insider Tour of the Legendary Dolomites - Climb the Classics of the Dolomites - July 7 - 13 and September 8-14, 2013
Bike the Wine Roads of Trentino-Alto Adige - Bike the most beautiful vineyards in Italy - August 18 - 14 and September 22 - 28, 2013
The Agony and the Ecstasy - Challenge the Hardest Climbs in the Dolomites - June 9 - 15, 2013
Private Custom Dolomite Cycling Trips - Your Climbs, your time - dates when you wish
Check out our slide show on our Dolomites cycling tours.
Have you cycled in the Dolomites before, and are looking for challenging new passes to conquer? Or are you new to climbing, and looking for an introduction to this type of cycling? Do you have a group of mixed abilities that would like to experience Italy together, but desire different cycling routes? And do you wish to explore the regional culture, cuisine, and wines during your off-saddle hours?
We can personalize your custom cycling tour in the Dolomites for groups of 4-12, starting as low a $3200 ppdo.
Click here to learn more about how we cater to cyclists of all abilities.
Our expert in recreational programming, Vernon McClure, will personally design and lead the cycling on your tour. Vernon, an ex-Army Ranger, has lived in the area for over twenty years, creating and leading adventure tours first as head of Recreational Programming for the US Department of Defense, and then as an independent guide leading tours and performing staff training for several of the major multinational bike tour companies. They relied on Vernon to provide his unparalleled regional expertise, extensive program design and risk management training to their operations in this beautiful part of Italy. As a local guide, Vernon has extensive knowledge of the hundreds of climbs in this region. If you've cycled the Dolomites before, he can find new routes for you to conquer. Vernon has cycled, hiked and rock climbed in this area for over 2 decades, and is passionate about sharing his backyard with cyclists of all levels.
There is no better way to restore yourself after a challenging day in the saddle than to explore the amazing foods and wines of the region. Each day will bring us new specialties to try, and new wines to discover as we learn that each locale has it’s own cuisine that reflects it’s history, culture, and traditional producers. Joining Vernon in the program design on the culinary side is Kathy Bechtel, an avid cyclist and ski instructor, as well as a professionally trained chef, cooking instructor, and food blogger specializing in the unique cuisine and wines of the area. All our food, from breakfasts to fine dining each evening, even our roadside snacks, will introduce you to the best in the local fare; daily wine tastings will allow you to discover the wonderful native wines rarely found outside of the region.
Discover just a few of the local wines we'll taste in Kathy's wine tasting reviews and information pages.
Our specialized planning and regional expertise only begins on the road. Your ‘off-saddle’ experience is just as important to us, and receives a similar attention to detail. Accommodations, dining, daily wine tastings, and cultural excursions are all customized to meet the desires and interests of your group. There is no compromising when you travel with us, our knowledge - in the terrain, roads, and weather, the culture, history, foods and wines - will deliver a cycling tour unlike any other, uniquely personalized for your small group.
Contact us to learn more, ask questions, or start to plan your customized private adventure!
Discover how affordable a private trip can be. Our custom private trips are priced the same as our scheduled trips, as we are small, regional, and rely primarily on word of mouth to market our services.
Tell us how your group wants to experience Italy and we'll make it happen!Our owner, expert recreational programmer Vernon McClure was recently named one of "Italy's Best Local Tour Guides" by Dream of Italy. Click here to plan your trip of a lifetime, exploring the best of Italy - outdoors, food and wine - with Vernon and Kathy.
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