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Sellaronda – The quintessential cycling tour in the Dolomites

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  • Discesa da Passo Sella
    / Discesa da Passo Sella
    Photo: Laura Tabarelli, APT Val di Fassa
  • / Passo Pordoi
    Photo: Laura Tabarelli, APT Val di Fassa
  • / Passo Pordoi
    Photo: VisitTrentino, APT Val di Fassa
  • / Salita al Passo Pordoi
    Photo: Laura Tabarelli, APT Val di Fassa
  • / Passo Pordoi
    Photo: VisitTrentino, APT Val di Fassa
  • / Discesa da Passo Sella
    Photo: Laura Tabarelli, APT Val di Fassa
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The Sellaronda is the most famous tour for cyclists who want to put themselves to the test on legendary climbs in the middle of the Dolomites. It also forms part of the route for the renowned “Maratona dles Dolomites” Granfondo bicycle race.
difficult
Distance 57.4 km
6:13 h
2,193 m
2,193 m

The anticlockwise circular route goes through four passes in the Dolomites: Pordoi, Campolongo, Gardena and Sella. It will also take you through the respective Ladin valleys of Fassa, Livinallongo, Badia and Gardena. Encompassing no fewer than three different provinces (Trento, Bolzano and Belluno), it is the summer equivalent of the downhill skiing circuit that people follow in the winter with the aid of ski lifts.

The tour is as picturesque as it is demanding: although it is not too long (approximately 60 km), you will need to be fit enough to handle more than 2,100 m of elevation gain. There are hardly any flat stretches, so the only respite will come on the descents. 

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Update: September 23, 2020
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Highest point
2,240 m
Lowest point
1,439 m
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Safety information

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Start

Canazei (1,451 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.475714, 11.771864
DMS
46°28'32.6"N 11°46'18.7"E
UTM
32T 712781 5150638
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Destination

Passo Pordoi

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The entire tour is on roads with good surfaces, although there may be the occasional rough patch or pothole caused by bad winter weather and traffic.  Passo Pordoi and Passo Gardena are the most challenging climbs in terms of gradient and elevation gain, while Passo Campolongo is the most “accessible” of the four. The Passo Pordoi climb is the one that has featured most frequently in stages of the Giro d’Italia. See here for more details. All of the passes have average gradients of between 6% and 8%, but they reach as high as 10% in some sections. Therefore, we recommend 34 x 28 or 36 x 30 combinations for your gears.

The tour starts and finishes in Canazei and the first and last 5 km (up to the junction with the SS48 state road between Passo Pordoi and Passo Sella) will be on the same stretch of road. 

At the top and bottom of the climbs, you will find various cafés and restaurants where you can take a break and refuel. If you need mechanical support, you can ask in one of the bike shops in the main towns and villages on the route: Canazei, Arabba and Colfosco.

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Coordinates

DD
46.475714, 11.771864
DMS
46°28'32.6"N 11°46'18.7"E
UTM
32T 712781 5150638
w3w 
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francesco ciccio
July 06, 2020 · Community
lunedì 6 luglio 2020, 17:42
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Distance
57.4 km
Duration
6:13 h
Ascent
2,193 m
Descent
2,193 m
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