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The #5MaratonasChallenge Sommario

The idea of riding the five historic Maratona dles Dolomites routes, over five consecutive days, evolved from a desire to discover and celebrate what this unique mountain range has to offer.

Printed on a set of route cards, provided by, the five routes of this classic Grand Fondo would take me on new roads, and to new heights. It would also provide a challenge that would push bike, body and mind beyond previous limits.

This is my #5MaratonasChallenge Sommario - a résumé of the challenge. The greatest memories; the hardest moments; my favourite kit; and the lessons learned.

The Final Statistics#5MaratonasChallenge
5 rides42 hours riding time873 kilometres ridden28,300 metres elevation climbed
7 Days in the Dolomites (including the warm-up and #WildCardDolomitiRide)

7 rides55 hours riding time1,073 kilometres ridden36,500 metres elevation climbed

The Lasting Memory It is hard to think of one defining moment or memory, from the five long days in the saddle.

If I coul…

#5MaratonasChallenge - The Wild Card Ride - #WildCardDolomitiRide

There is another side to riding a bicycle in the Dolomites. Away from the passes and ski resorts you will find deserted single track roads, leading to tiny villages, farms and incredible vistas.

With the #5MaratonasChallenge completed yesterday, today was the last day of this trip to the Italian mountains. I was keen to explore the less-discovered roads…

Selecting the 'Not Only Dolomites Passes' card from the Holimites route card portfolio, I set out with Igor from Ustaria Posta - in search of small lanes and hidden gems.

Not far from home It didn't take long to discover the first of the beautiful roads.

After a descent down the valley, we hooked a left turn, and headed up a twisting broken road; taking us far up above the valley floor.

Gravel sections, wooden bridges, off-camber tracks, and functioning farm villages kept the mind engaged and interested.

Down the valley, then up the Kiener Alm I bid farewell to Igor as we reached the cycle path heading down the valley. He…