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Where To Bike Tour the Classic Bike Climbs of Italy


Each year visitors travel to Tre Cime di Lavaredo to test their skills in climbing, not only on the rock tower's but on the access road leading up to the "Tre Cima". Featured in the Giro d'Italia as an individual time trail course and as a mountain top finish on a stage this climb is considered one of the top test pieces for any cyclist. This epic climb has puts hundreds of bikers to the test every year, at a total distance of 21 km and 900 dis elevation the climb does not seem to present a major challenge. However, the varying grades on short sections exceeding 15% the Tre Cima climb, will challenge the best visiting cyclist.

The road leading to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is a private road that turns off the from the main road SS 48 a just after Lago Misurina and ends 7 km later at Refugio Auronzo, at an altitude of 2333 meters.· The hard part of the climb starts after the National Park entrance toll booth (bicycles do not have to pay the road toll).


There are three routes that lead reach the Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb, and all intersect at the town and mountain lake of Misurina (1761 m).

  • From Cortina it is just over 21.9 km with an average grade of 7%.
  • From Dobbiaco or Pustertal the climb to Misurina begins in Carboni, and arriving from the north on this route means you will turn off just before the Lake Misurina.
  • The third route is coming from Auronzo. This is the hardest route where you start at 863 meters in Auronzo and ride about 20 km to get the climb.

Route Profile:

From Cortina D'Ampezzo the route is 21.9 km long and has a max incline of 18%. It starts out at an easy grade as you leave Cortina and you need to ensure you do not get to excited and burn out your legs in this initial part. A couple of minutes lost here and energy saved will give you a better time near the end. The climbs difficulty is lessened, for those not going all out, by the beauty of the mountains and natural surroundings. Riding this on a weekday void of the holiday masses has been one of my top 10 climbs ever

Tre Cima Laveredo Bike Profile Doomites

The ride is exceptional and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is a must see in Italy and the Dolomites

tre cima from cortina

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