PASSO PORDOI FROM ARABBA BIKE CLIMB | DOLOMITES
One of the best bike tours in Italy is the Passo Pordoi climb, in the Italian Dolomites. The Passo Pordoi bike ride from Arabba is a unique ride and has great open views throughout the climb. This makes the route a favorite passage for many types of visitors, so on some days it can be very busy, but the road is wide and well maintained. On a windy day or poor weather this route can be very difficult since you are very exposed throughout the ride.
GETTING TO PASSO PORDIO CLIMB IN THE DOLOMITES
To get to Arabba most people either come from the Agordo valley (perhaps staying over night in Alleghe) Or descend from Passo Campolongo or Passo Falzarego. Passo Pordio is one of the 4 passes on the famous Sellarounda ride (4 passes of the Dolomites).
PASSO PORDIO FROM AGORDO BIKE CLIMB PROFILE
|MOUNTAIN GROUP||Sella Mountain Group|
|START ELEVATION||1602 meters a.s.l.|
|MAXIMUM ELEVATION||2239 meters a.s.l.|
|ELEVATION GAIN||637 meters|
PASSO PORDOI ROUTE NOTES
There is a water fountain in front of the church as you exit Arabba. The first 3 km are perhaps the hardest of the climb averaging just over 7.5% with a short ramp of 10%.
After the 4 km point you move over to the opposite side of the ridgeline and start a steady climb that is very exposed. It is this exposure that can make the climb hard when there is wind and rain. The average grade from this point forward is just under 7% with a few short ramps over 9%.
In the last 2 kms the switchbacks start to tighten and you have some wonderful views as you grab a bit of rest work through the turns. The last grade stays steady all the way to the high point of the pass. A great climb that requires a steady pace and it is important not to overwork if you are planning to work through the rest of the 4 Passes of Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, and Passo Camplongo.