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BIKE TOURING 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 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).

Passo Croce d'Aune Dolomites

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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 Brocon in the Dolomites of Italy

PASSO BROCON | DOLOMITES

Passo Brocon Dolomites

Passo del Brocon (Passo Brocon) sits at 1616 meters a.s.l., is located in the Trento Province of the Trentino Alto Adige Region, and links the valley of Valsugana with Canal S.Bovo and Fiera di Primero.  The road passes over the eastern portion of the Lagorai Mountain Group.  The Pass is well of the beaten path and normally only visited by locals.  Passo Brocon is a great starting point for relaxing Alpine walks and the roads leading up to the pass offer great cycling challenges.

Passo Brocon once belonged to the Austrian Empire and prior to 1866.  After the conflict in 1866 the local Austrian Government wanted to construct a road to reach the pass from Canal S. Bovo, inorder to maintain control of the pass. The pass was an expensive project for its time and after WW1 the entire area become part of the Italy State. 

The Brocon Pass is well known for its variety of alpine flowers but due to being a bit off the main traffic flows, very few tourist make it to the area.  This is a great ride and interesting hiking area for those wishing to escape to remote Italy. The Passo Brocon now hosts a small ski resort and in the summer hiking trails to view flowers and old Austrian fortifications.

Passo Brocon Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO BROCON IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

The closest train station is in the Valsugana valley that runs between Bassano and Trento. From Trento you can find buses that will get you to Castel Tresino.  If you are on bicycle you can ride the Valsugana Bike Path and then do the climb from Gringo or Stingo. From the north Passo Brocon can be reached from Canal S. Bovo.

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT WHEN VISITING PASSO BROCON

If you are a hiker there are two good hotels Rifugio in the Pass

If you are bicycle touring the area it this is a great transition ride to get from Valsugana over to Fiera di Primeiro, or over Passo Croce d'Aune from Feltre.

OUTDOOR RECREATION AND TRAVEL TIPS FOR PASSO BROCON

Bike Tour Passo del Brocon in the Italian Dolomites

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