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Bike Touring Passo Pordoi | Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO PORDOI | DOLOMITES

Photo of Passo Pordoi in the Italian Dolomites

Passo Pordoi is and has often been part of several important bike races, like the Giro d’Italia.  At the pass there is the Fausto Coppi monument, showing the importance of the area to Italian Cycling. In the summer Passo Pordoi is a starting point for high-level walks, via ferrate, and easy excursions for the whole family, such as the "Viel dal Pan", an ancient path that was used by merchants to reach Veneto or Trentino.

To get the summit, starting from Canazei, the Passo Pordoi ascent is 13 km long. Over this distance, you climb 786 meters. The average percentage is thus 6 %. And starting from Arabba, the Passo Pordoi ascent is 9.4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 637 meters.

The other passes in the area that Passo Pordoi can be linked to for a great ride are Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Campolongo, Passo Valparola, Passo Fedaia.

BIKE TOURING ROUTES UP TO PASSO PORDOI

 

Passo Pordoi | Dolomites

PASSO PORDOI | DOLOMITES

Passo Pordoi Dolomites of Italy

Passo Pordoi sits at 2,239 meters a.s.l., and the road crossing the pass connects Arabba (Livinallongo del Col di Lana) with Canazei (Val di Fassa).  Pordoi sits between Sass Pordoi (Sella Mountain Group) and the northern peaks of the Marmolada Mountain Group, and marks the border between the Trento Province (Trentino Alto Adige Region) and Belluno Province (Veneto Region). Passo Pordoi is the highest paved road traversing a pass in the Italian Dolomites.


Riding from Canazei the pass is 12 km away, and features 28 hairpin turns as you work your way to the summit. Passo Pordoi is one of the 4 passes of the Dolomites Road, built in the early 1900's to link the town of Bolzano with Cortina d'Ampezzo, and encourage the development of tourism in the Ladin valleys. 

Passo Pordoi has played a role in Italian history, battles of the First World War were fought in the pass. Tourism was developed on the pass thanks to Maria Piaz, sister of the famous alpinist Tita Piaz.

Passo Pordoi Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO PORDOI IN THE DOLOMITES OF ITALY

There are no trains that reach Passo Pordoi, the closest stations are Ora or Bolzano in the Trentino Alto Adige Region and Belluno in the Veneto Region.  From these towns you can get a Dolomite Bus, from the western side Canazei is the closest town and from the southeastern Arabba is the closest.

WHERE TO STAY WHEN VISITING PASSO PORDOI

For cyclist the best areas to stay would be

Alleghe
Arabba
Canazei
Corvara

For Hikers and Climbers I recommend one of the Refugio in the Pass.

OUTDOOR RECREATION REPORTS AND TRAVEL TIPS FOR PASSO PORDOI

Bike Touring Passo Pordoi in the Italian Dolomites

Passo Pordoi Bike Climb from Arabba | Bike Touring Dolomites

PASSO PORDOI FROM ARABBA BIKE CLIMB | DOLOMITES

Bike Tour Passo Padoi

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.

passo pordoi from arraba

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

Bike Tour Passo Padoi Profile

REGION Veneto Region
PROVINCE Belluno Province
MOUNTAIN GROUP Sella Mountain Group
START POINT Arabba
LENGTH 9 KM
START ELEVATION 1602 meters a.s.l.
MAXIMUM ELEVATION 2239 meters a.s.l.
ELEVATION GAIN 637 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 7%
MAXIMUM GRADE 10%

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%.

Passo Padoi Bike Tour

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%.

Passo Padoi Bike touring Italy

In the last 2 kms the switchbacks start to tighten and you have some wonderful views as you grab a bit ofrest 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 ofPasso Sella, Passo Gardena, and Passo Camplongo.

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