PASSO STAULANZA FROM DONT BIKE CLIMB | BIKE TOURING DOLOMITES
Bike Touring Forcello Staulanza or Passo Staulanza from Dont or Forno di Zolo is one the classic bike climbs in the Italian Dolomites. The climb has been part of the Giro d'Italia multiple times and is used mainly as a transition climb to get to alternate valleys and climbs. This is a great climb to warm up your legs before tackling Passo Giau or Passo Fedaia, or a secondary climb after you have finished Passo Duran.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE CLIMB
Cycling from Dont to Passo Staulanza is not a difficult climb but the ever changing percent of grade makes it difficult to get a good rhythm going during your ride.
If you are only riding Passo Staulanza you can get by with a compac and rear cog up to 25. If you are riding a 53/39 you should have at least a 26 or 27, since there is an 11% max grade.
PASSO STAULANZA FROM DONT BIKE TOUR ROUTE NOTES
|ELEVATION AT START||926 meters a.s.l.|
|MAXIMUM ELEVATION||1775 meters a.s.l.|
|ELEVATION GAIN||849 meters|
|AVERAGE TIME TO RIDE||1:00 hours|
THE PASSO STAULANZA CYCLE ROUTE
At the final section of the Passo Duran descend you will intersect with State Road 251, turning right following the sign toward Passo Staulanza. This first section is actually the hardest part of the 15 km climb.
The road up to Passo Staulanza is nice and wide, there is traffic so be careful and maintain your line during the ride.
At the 3 km mark you will pass through the town of Fusine and Zoldo Alto. You will have a great view of the Civetta Mountaina Group and the Cordo di Lago Mountains on your left. During this part you will never exceed 8% grade but the elevation keeps changing, as mentioned before it is hard to find a rhythm but you will want to stay relaxed and not burn out your legs.
During the ride you will have two sections that flatten out a moment, one after Pecolo and then the other after Palavavere, these are great places to make up some time. You will also get your first glace at the Monte Pelmo Mountain Group, that sits on the eastern side of the Pass.
After Palavavere you will have a few gradual switchbacks to climb, giving you an insight to the great engineered roads throughout the Italian Dolomites. From here you are only a short distance from the actual Pass.
After the switchbacks you will have a nice gradual section where you can make up some time you have a face descend after the pass. If you are just starting your day I would descend down to Selva di Cadore where there is a fountain in front of the church, to refill water bottles, or a couple of bars to make a bathroom or cafe stop, before continuing on to Passo Duran, Alleghe, Arabba, or Passo Fedaia. If you have already completed Passo Duran this is not a bad place to stop for a bit to eat. The rifugio Staulanza has good quality food.