PASSO GARDENA FROM COVARA BIKE CLIMB | BIKE TOURING THE DOLOMITES

For me this is one of the best climbs on the Sellaronda (4 Passes) route in the Dolomites.  However, most individuals visiting the region ride the route clockwise and therefore descends this route rather than climbing.  The climb is challenging but it is also an open climb, in the sense that you have great views and vison thoughtout the climb. As a descent the road is technical but very enjoyable but the better ride is from the Covara side.

BIKE TOURING DOLOMITES | PASSO GARDENA ROUTE NOTES

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REGION Trentino Alto Adige
PROVINCE Bolzano
MOUNTAIN GROUP Sella Group
START POINT Covara in Badia
FINISH POINT Passo Gardena
LENGTH 9.2 km
START ELEVATION 1522 meters a.s.l.
MAX ELEVATION 2121 meters a.s.l.
ELEVATION GAIN 599 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 6.5%
MAX GRADE 10%
TIME TO RIDE 45 minutes

Passo Gardena,, Dolomites,, Bike Climbs,

PASSO GARDENA FROM PONTE GARDENA BIKE CLMB | BIKE TOURING DOLOMITES

Passo Gardena is one of the 4 Passes of the Sella Group and famous within the biking community.  Not very many people ride the pass from the valley but if you have the chance it is a great bike tour. This is one of the busiest roads in the Dolomites because it gives acess to day visitors coming from Bolzano.  Therefore, I try to avoid riding during the weekend or on hoildays. 

If you are riding to Passo Gardena on the Sellarounda route you will turn to reach the pass at 1862 meters a.s.l. at the Passo Sella Intersection. This will be a sharp left turn over your shoulder. 

BIKE TOURING DOLOMITES | PASSO GARDENA ROUTE NOTES

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REGION Trentino Alto Adige
PROVINCE Bolzano
MOUNTAIN GROUP Sella Mountain Group
DEPARTURE POINT Ponte Gardena
ARRIVAL POINT Passo Gardena
LENGTH 31.7 km
DEPARTURE ELEVATION 467 meters a.s.l.
MAX ELEVATION 2121 meters a.s.l.
ELEVATION GAIN 1660 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 5.2%
MAX GRADE 13%
TIME TO RIDE 2 hr 30 minutes

Passo Sella,, Dolomites,, Bike Climbs,, Sella Mountain Group,

BIKE TOURING PASSO GARDENA | DOLOMITES

Bike Tour Passo Gardena, Italian Dolomites

Passo Gardena is located in the Sella group of the Dolomite's and is one of the 4 Passes riding in the Marathon di Dolomiti each year and one of the most recommended rides to do for its beauty.  You normally would not want to ascend or descent from the St. Christina area due to the traffic.  That road is the tour bus road to bring everyone up to see the Dolomiti. 

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There are three roads to ride to Passo Gardena

From Chiusa: Try to time yourself to be riding during low traffic. 

  • Length: 37.6 km
  • Average grade: 4.3%
  • Difficulty: 134.52

From Ponte Gardena

  • Length: 31.9 km
  • Average grade: 5.2%
  • Difficulty: 149.66

From Corvara

  • Length: 9.6 km
  • Average grade: 6.2%
  • Difficulty: 82.98

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PASSO GARDENA | DOLOMITES

Passo Gardena Dolomites

Passo Gardena, at an elevation of 2136 meters a.s.l., is a high mountain pass in the Bolzano Province in the Italian Dolomites, of Italy.  The road leading to Passo Gardena was built in the 1960's, prior to that it was a nice quite alpine pass. Passo Gardena connects Sëlva in the Val Gardena and Corvara in the Val Badia.

The road over Passo Gardena is part of the famous Sella Ronda, in which four linked passes (Passo Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi and Passo Campolongo) encircle the spectacular Sella Mountain Group.

Passo Gardena is the fourth of seven Dolomites mountain passes riders cross in the annual Maratona dles Dolomites single-day bicycle race

Passo Gardena Dolomites

HOW TO GET TO PASSO GARDENA IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES

Located in the Bolzano province of the Trentino Alto Adige, Passo Gardena can be reached by the Dolomiti Bus system from the Bolzano and Brunico.

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT WHEN VISITING PASSO GARDENA

 

OUTDOOR RECREATION AND TRAVEL TIPS FOR PASSO GARDENA

Bike Tour Passo Gardena in the Italian Dolomites

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