The 2022 Haute Route Dolomites will kick off with a truly epic stage encapsulating two all-time classics. Heading out of the town centre of stunning Bormio, riders kick off the five-day race with the spectacular climb to Passo Umbrail. Passing through narrow tunnels and crossing high above rushing torrents, riders wind up to the Swiss border at 2510m. After dropping down into Switzerland via the stunning descent to Müstair, it’s time for the big one: Stelvio. Undoubtedly one of the most famous climbs in cycling, the 48 mythical switchbacks of Stelvio are the ultimate test for cyclists and an unforgettable opener for the 2022 edition of Haute Route Dolomites.
If one stage could bring together all the best things about riding in the Italian Alps, this is it. Ramping up the distance for the second stage of the race, riders will set out from Bormio with eyes set on the legendary Gavia. The rugged beauty of the climb from the north side of the col is matched only by the descent on the spectacular south side. Topping out at 2621m, high above the tree line, there’s no other quite like the Gavia. Riders will continue on to the climb to Passo del Tonale before a long, rolling descent all the way to Trento, watching the landscape transform from barren alpine moonscapes to lush green valleys, passing through traditional villages perched on the hillsides, surrounded by abundant orchards. For the icing on the cake, riders will finish this 127km stage at the spectacular Passo Predaia.
After two massive stages, all attention will turn to one epic uphill assault in the time trial from Trento to the iconic Monte Bondone. Immortalised in the 1956 Giro d’Italia by Charly Gaul’s incredible ride for the GC lead in the most extreme of conditions, the climb to Monte Bondone is the perfect battle ground for the Haute Route Dolomites time trial.
The biggest stage of the week brings together two mega climbs with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Dolomites. Stage Four starts with the long, gradual climb along the Val di Cembra before arriving in the Val di Fiemme to attack the San Pellegrino pass. A beautiful climb alternating between steep ramps and easy sections, San Pellegrino culminates at a stunning plateau. Following a steep, fast descent, riders will follow the shores of Lago di Alleghe to the last climb of the day; the spectacular south side of Passo Falzarego.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
This jaw-dropping stage from Cortina d’Ampezzo is the perfect finale to this epic week of racing in the Dolomites. With four iconic climbs on the menu - three of which climb to over 2000m - this 95km stage is not pulling any punches. Starting out with the simply spectacular loop to Passo Falzarego at 2105m and Passo Giau at 2236m, riders receive the full Dolomites experience with immense limestone walls towering above the road in every direction. After the second descent, riders will then pass back through Cortina d’Ampezzo and over the Cimabanche pass before heading onto one of the most anticipated climbs of the race. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo is an absolute showstopper and a dream finish line for the 2022 Haute Route Dolomites. If the 19% ramps don’t take every single rider’s breath away, the view in the final turns will. Indeed, the reward will be more than worth the immense effort, with the three stunning peaks – undoubtedly one of the most recognisable landforms in the Dolomites – towering above the finish line.