BIKE TOURING PASSO SELLA | DOLOMITES

bike touring passo sella

Passo Sella is part of the famous 4 passes rides or Sellarounda Bike Tour, and should be on a cyclist must do list when considering a tour of Italy.  Located in the Italian Dolomites the pass sits along the main Dolomite road.  You have two routes to ride up to the pass from the northern valley of the Gardena or south from Val del Femme.  I find the ride up from the southern slopes to be one of the sections for stunning views. 

Map of the Sella Mountains

BIKE TOURING ROUTES UP TO THE SELLA PASS OF THE DOLOMITES

Bike Tour Passo Sella Riding the Climb from Passo Pordoi Intersection

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

 

FORCELLA LAVARDET | DOLOMITES

forcella lavardet

Forcella Lavardet is a mountain pass located on the Dolomites at an elevation of 1.542m above the sea level, in Vigo di Cadore, Belluno Province (Italy).  Forcella (Passo) Lavardet connects the town of Campolongo with Canale di Gorto and is closed to traffic, but is open to bicycles.  The route is not paved in all sections and has some great switchbacks to ride.

Located in the Seppada zone, the road up to Forcella Lavardet is famous for it's 14 steep and spectacular hairpin turns, these switchbacks are located between the town of San Pietro and the peak. The road leading up to the pass can become impassable after heavy rains, and there is a wood bridge over the Frison river, in the winter months the road is normally closed.

PASSO TRE CROCI | DOLOMITES

passo tre croci

Passo Tre Croci (1,805 m; Són Zuógo in Ladin) sits between the Cristallo Group to the north and the Sorapiss Group (3,205 m) to the south. This relatively low pass connects the Boite valley and Cortina d'Ampezzo with Misurina, Auronzo di Cadore and the val d'Ansiei, in the Belluno Province. At Passo Tre Croci there are some military structures (bunkers) from WW1, that were part of the ‘Sbarramento Passo Tre Croci’ of the ‘Vallo Alpino’; a defensive line that ran all through the eastern Alps, close to what was then the frontier with Austria. From the pass two paths depart to Rifugio Vandelli, in the Sorapiss group.

The Pass was actually renamed after 1789 to Passo Tre Croci or Pass of the Three Crosses after a monther and her two sons died there.  The family was trying to make thier way from Auronzo di Cadore to Cortina but were caught in a storm and died of cold and exposure.

PASSO MANGHEN | DOLOMITES

Passo Manghen Dolomites

Passo Manghen sits at 2047 meters a.s.l., int eh Lagorai Mountain Group of the Italian Dolomites.  Located in the Trentino Alto Adige Region Paso Manghen connects the town of Borgo Valsugana with the town of Molina in the Fiemme Valley. The Manghen Pass is not well known outside of Italy, but it is one of the classic climbs of the Giro d'Italia, and on most local cyclist to do list. 

To reach Passo Manghen by bicycle there are two start points.  The classic and hardest route is from Borgo Valsugana, 23 km in length, and just over 7% average grade. From Molina the bike climb is shorter at just over 16 km, and the average grade is 7.4%, but there are no extreme grades of 15% like on the southern side.  This is a great early season ride but since the road is not open to commercial traffic it is not always cleared of snow. During the summer months this is a popular motorcycle route so riding on a Sunday can be busy.

Passo Manghen Dolomites

GETTING TO PASSO MANGHEN

Located in the Trento Province you can get a train from the city of Trento to Borgo Valsugana or a Train from Bassano del Grappa in the Veneto Region.  The closest train station Molina, on the northern side is Ora/Auer, you can get a bus from here to Molina. 

If you are arriving by bicycle you can ride the Valsugana bike path from Bassano del Grappa or Trento.  I would not ride the State Road from Ora/Auer since there is heavy traffic, but you can ride the Provincial road 632 from Trento.  If you are arriving from the central Italian Dolomites you can your the Fiemme Valley bike path from Predazzo, the passes of: Passo Lavase, Passo Rolle, Passo S. Pellegrino, Passo Brocon, and Passo Costalunga all can be connected to Passo Manghen.

OUTDOOR RECREATION IN PASSO MANGHEN

Bike Tour Passo Manghen Riding the Climb from Borgo Valsugana