Sella Ronda Bike Day
A great cycling tour in the Dolomites, across four mountain passes and round the fantastic Sella alpenstock, that’s what the Sellaronda is all about.
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Today the pass roads round the fantastic Sella alpenstock are closed for motorized vehicles from 8.30 to 3.30 pm, in favour of those who love cycling. By car we approach Corvara, where we park on the reserved spaces, before we get started for the tour. Together with innumerable cyclists, we start ascending towards the Passo Sella, past the village of Colfosco. The Sassongher and the north face of the Sella surveil the happenings on the roads, while we continue our tour towards the mountain pass (2,121 m), which is already visible. After 10 km and 611 m of altitude drop, we reach the pass. A short stop and the obligatory picture, before we descend towards the Valgardena valley on the road that stretches along the Sella rock faces.
At the crossing Selva Gardena/Passo Sella (1.806 m), the second ascend starts (9km), leading us the way to the Passo Sella. The view is just amazing, the Sassolungo, lushly green alpine pastures and the rough Sella towers attract our attention. Short before reaching the pass, we pass by the Rif. Sella, one of the multitude of restaurants and mountain huts along the course. Once we’ve reached the pass (2,244 m), the Marmolata glacier enters our view. More and more cyclists are on the roads, in the end there will be a total of incredible 18,000 participating in this great event.
After the long descend towards Canazei (5 km) along the south-western slopes of the Sella, the ascend towards the Passo Pordoi starts. Cycling along the roads, you can see different lift facilities of the Sellaronda on skis. After 6 km, we also reached the third of the four mountain passes. What is also amazing is a look back on the roads, that are full of colourful points moving upwards slowly. At the pass (2,239 m), there is music and entertainment, food and beverages for brave cyclists. We continue towards Arabba, also in this village many people stop to have a break.
This is where the shortest ascend starts (4 m) towards the Passo Campolongo and we reach the east side of the Sella alpenstock, which is not less impressive. With 1,875 m only, it is the lowest located pass of the four round the Sella and it is situated between the Sella and the Sasso Croce. Once reached the pass, the last descend towards Corvara and our starting point starts. From the hairpin bends above the village, we admire, once more, the beauty of this Dolomite scenery. Proud of ourselves, we have a drink in Corvara, before we travel back home.
Indications: Fantastic and well-organised cycling event in the Dolomites, which is really worth to take part in. The landscape is just great and makes this event a highlight. Unfortunately not all cyclists stick to the rules and cycle in anti-clockwise direction, which has been highly recommended. Please keep right and keep environment clean in order to preserve its unique beauty. Service stations along the track, likewise food and drinks.
If you would like to do this tour, inform yourselves before about the directions and times and stick to the rules.
Starting point: Corvara
Course: Corvara - Passo Gardena - Passo Sella - Passo Pordoi - Passo Campolongo - Corvara
Cycling time: about 4 - 5 hours
Length of the course: 58 km
Altitude difference: 1,780 m
Terrain: 100% asphalt
Difficulty: no technical difficulties, but endurance required
Experienced: July 2011
Further information: Organising committee Sellaronda Bike Day, tel. +39 0471 777 777, mailto: email@example.com