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The Croce d’Aune is a mountain pass, at an elevation of 1.015m above the sea level, located in the Feltre Mountain Group of the Dolomites, in the province of Belluno (Italy).

Passo Croce d'Aune is a small pass just north of Feltre, located in Belluno Province, Veneto Region. This mountain pass was once the main route of communication between Feltre and the Cismon Valley. Now a tunnel and road has been constructed, resulting in this special spot being forgotten. There are lots of hiking paths starting from the passo Croce d'Aune, and this happens to be the start point of the Belluno Dolomiti National Park.



Passo Croce d'Aune is the site, where Tullio Campagnolo (from Vicenza) had the inspiration to develop the skewer (quick release) for the bike wheel. He was racing across the pass in the 1920's and due to bad weather and cold Campagnolo had trouble taking off this back wheel to change a flat. On November 11th, 1927, with snow covering the roads of the Croce D'Aune Campagnolo needed to remove his rear wheel to change gears. Because the large wingnuts that held his wheel on had frozen, and his hands were too cold to budge them, he was unable to remove his wheel to change gears, and lost his chance at victory that day.



As he struggled to free his wheel, he muttered five words to himself that changed the history of cycling: 
"Bisogno cambiá qualcossa de drio!"  ("Something must change in the rear!") and that simple event -- a wheel that couldn't be removed -- started Campagnolo thinking. He went back to his workshop, and emerged with the invention of the quick-release lever (in 1930) and, soon after, an early bicycle derailleur (1933).

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Bike Tour Passo Croce D'Aune from Ponte d'Oltra

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Bike Tour Passo Croce d'Aune from Feltre

 

Croce d'Aune | Dolomites

CROCE D'AUNE | DOLOMITES

Passo Croce d'Aune Dolomites

The Croce d’Aune is a mountain pass, at an elevation of 1.015m above the sea level, located in the Feltre Mountain Group of the Italian Dolomites, in the Belluno Provinceof the Veneto Region.

Passo Croce d'Aune is a small pass just north of the town of Feltre, located in Belluno Dolomite National Park. This mountain pass was once the main route of communication between Feltre and theCismon Valley. Now a tunnel and road has been constructed, resulting in this special spot being forgotten. There are lots of hiking paths starting from the Passo Croce d'Aune, and this happens to be the start point of the for many Italian Dolomites walks.



Passo Croce d'Aune is the site, where Tullio Campagnolo (from Vicenza) had the inspiration to develop the skewer (quick release) for the bike wheel. He was racing across the pass in the 1920's and due to bad weather and cold Campagnolo had trouble taking off this back wheel to change a flat. On November 11th, 1927, with snow covering the roads of the Croce D'Aune Campagnolo needed to remove his rear wheel to change gears. Because the large wingnuts that held his wheel on had frozen, and his hands were too cold to budge them, he was unable to remove his wheel to change gears, and lost his chance at victory that day.



Campy rear derailaur

As he struggled to free his wheel, he muttered five words to himself that changed the history of cycling: 
"Bisogno cambiá qualcossa de drio!"  ("Something must change in the rear!") and that simple event -- a wheel that couldn't be removed -- started Campagnolo thinking. He went back to his workshop, and emerged with the invention of the quick-release lever (in 1930) and, soon after, an early bicycle derailleur (1933).

Passo Croce d'Aune Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO CROCE D'AUNE IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

The nearest train line is in the town of Feltre then you can find a local bus that goes up to the pass.  If you are bike touring the area you can cycle to the southern side by crossing Monte Grappa, or ride the Valsugana Bike Path to Reach Arse, also riding over Passo Brocon is a nice option is you wish to reach the northern (classic) route.  I do not recommend riding up the valley along SP80 there are too many tunnels and most do not have access roads to the side.

WHERE TO STAY WHEN VISITING PASSO CROCE D'AUNE

If you cycling the area you can reach the pass as part of the Monte Grappa loop from Bassano del Grappa or Asolo
Feltre
Fiera di Priemero
Belluno
If you are hiking there are hotels in the Pass and rifugio's
OUTDOOR RECREATION AND TRAVEL TIPS FOR PASSO CROCE D'AUNE

Bike Tour Passo Croce d'Aune in the Italian Dolomites

Passo Croce d'Aune Bike Climb From Ponte d'Oltra

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Croce d'Auneis a small pass just north of Feltre, located in Belluno province of the Veneto.This mountain pass was once the main route of communication between Feltre and the Cismon Valley. Now a tunnel and road has been constructed, resulting in this special spot being forgotten.  There are lots of hiking paths starting from the Croce d'Aune and this happens to be the start point of the Belluno Dolomiti National Park.   

The pass is the site where Tullio Campagnolo (from Vicenza) had the inspiration to develop the skewer (quick release) for the bike wheel. He was racing across the pass in the 1920's and due to bad weather and cold Campagnolo had trouble taking off this back wheel to change a flat. He had the idea to create a quick release system and this item became one of the many patented items he would go on to develop when he opened his factory in 1933.   An exceptionally crafted monument has been placed at the pass to recognize Tullio Campagnolo and his innovations in the bike industry. 

Bike Tour Italy, Passo Croce d'Aune Dolomite Map

I do not recommend riding the main road up the valley toward San Martino and using the tunnel, although it is not very long you can find heavy traffic at times. Just before the tunnel you can take the road around that runs along the river. You can also ride Passo Borcon, the Sugana Valley bike path, Passo Cedere from Agordo and add Passo d'Aune in as part of your ride.

The classic way to ride the pass is from Ponte d'Oltra, the road has less traffic then from Feltre and is a better ascent than descent.

Start Elevation 401 meters
Max Elevation 1,015 meters
Length· 11.3 km
Elevation Gain 992 meters
Average Grade 5.4%
Max Grade 15.5%
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Turn off for the pass is well marked on both sides.

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Just after the village the hardest part of the climb starts. There is a water fountain at this point.

Bike Tour Italy, Passo Croce d'Aune Dolomite's

This is a great ride and not overwhelming, a good early or late season route to add some elevation to your bike route and to see a part of cycling history.

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Then it is a quick descent back down into the valley

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