We spent three days with a group of friends cycling the route and climbing the Passos (or Cols) of the Maratona dles Dolomites, the Italian equivalent of the Marmotte bike event in France.
These Passos are regular features on the Giro D’Italia too. We also cycled the route of the smaller Sella Ronda road bike event.
We encountered some fine Pasticcerias serving great cakes along the way.
Thoroughly recommend the area for a road biking trip: challenging climbs, technical descents, unique scenery and fantastic Italian food.
Just watch out for the groups of motorbikers and sports cars. What makes a good cycling road climb and descent also unfortunately makes a good hill climb and drive for motorists.
We stayed in Colfosco, at Piz da Cir apartments, just outside Corvara. Bike hire from Break Out Sport in Corvara – Pinarello and Specialised road bikes, excellent service. If you do go, look out for the memorial stickers to Mark, the Eat Cake Tri Cycling founder, on the brown Passo signs at the summits. #RememberingMark
The cafes throughout our trip filled our bidons, provided much needed caffeine, some wine and beer (at night!) and cakes to keep us going on our rides.
The first one we want to tell you about is Bar Peter, Arabba.
At the Southern side of the descent from the Passo Campolongo is a great village and ski station, Arabba, with many fine eateries. We stopped at Bar Peter where the waitress and chef persuaded us to try their homemade version of the local favourite and staple - Apple Strudel. Being part of the Sud Tyrol region there is plenty of Austrian influence on the local cakes. This was the best strudel we ate on our trip, with just the right mix of apple, cinnamon and raisins. Served with a lovely vanilla cream. A great complement to our cappuccinos and espressos. More Italian cake stops to follow...