Taste Soviet coaching in the Dolomite Alps
with Nikolai Razouvaev


Ride the Top Dolomites Gran Fondo

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Hotel Maria, Monclassico in Italian Dolomites

Hotel Maria Monclassico


Learn from a former world champion some training insights

1984 World Juior Champions

Test your legs against fellow cyclists from around the world


29 August – 4 September 2018

The Squad

8 riders

The Coach

Coach Nikolai

Nikolai “The Russian” Razouvaev

Nikolai won the Junior TTT World Championship in 1984 and raced for the Soviet national team.
He has a degree in cycling coaching from Kiev’s Institute of Sport.
Lives in Australia now with his wife and family.
You can read about his racing in the USSR in a memoir he wrote for RIDE Cycling Review.

Cycling Tours Italy Dolomites


€ 1,400

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Pay the deposit by: 30 July

Pay the full cost by: 15 August


What's Included

  • 6 nights in Hotel Maria
  • Continental breakfast
  • Cyclistica t-shirt
  • Shuttle to and from the airport (Milan or Verona)
  • Videos and photos
  • Top Dolomites Gran Fondo
  • Race debrief
  • Training program
  • Training seminar
  • Follow-up car

About Hotel Maria

Cycling Tours Italy Hotel Maria Room
Clean, modern rooms
Cycling Tours Italy Hotel Maria Breakfast
Italian-style continental breakfast
Cycling Tours Italy Hotel Maria Sauna
Sauna to recover after the rides
Cycling Tours Italy Jacuzzi
Hydro massage

Hotel Maria sits in a picturesque, quiet location in the Dolomite Alps 30km south-west of Bolzano and 120km north-east of Milan. It is surrounded by the Val di Sole mountains with easy access to numerous climbs this area is famous for.

Plenty of restaurants and pizzerias are close to the hotel.

In the hotel, you’ll enjoy:

  • Comfortable, clean, double rooms
  • Spacious bathrooms
  • Balconies with stunning views
  • Continental breakfast
  • Wi-Fi

Details about the Top Dolomites Gran Fondo

  • Date: 2 September
  • Start time: 9am
  • Start & Finish: Madonna di Campiglio
  • Distance: 140km (87mi)
  • Climbing: 3,000m (9,850ft)
  • Highest climb: 1,561m (5,120ft)

Top Dolomites Gran Fondo expects to see dozens of riders from all over the world. The 2008 road world champion, Allesandro Ballan will ride too.


  • Passo Durone: 6км 7%
  • Passo del Ballino: 3.3км 3.3%
  • Tenno: 4км 7%
  • Ville del monte: 2.4км 5.5%
  • Ballino: 3.7км 4.6%
  • Stenico: 3.5км 7.3%
  • Madonna di Campiglio: 15км 6%

Pros talk about Top Dolomites Gran Fondo

Daniel Oss

Maurizio Fondriest

Allesandro Ballan

The Program

  • 29 August: arrival
  • 30 August, 9am: easy ride, 90-100km
  • 30 August, 2pm: training seminar
  • 31 August, 7am: long ride, climbing, 130-140km
  • 31 August, 2pm: gran fondo accreditation
  • 31 August, 6:30pm: Marco Pantani Memorial Conference
  • 1 September, 8am: recovery ride, 50-60km
  • 1 September, 2pm: strategy and tactics discussion
  • 1 September, 7pm: aperitifs in the Gran Fondo village
  • 1 September, 8pm: Gran Gala della Bike: live music, dinner
  • 2 September, 9am: Top Dolomites Gran Fondo
  • 3 September, 9am: recovery ride, 50-60km
  • 3 September, 2pm: race debrief
  • 4 September: departure