A loop that passes through some of the most panoramic peaks in the Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The union between the Sella, Gardena, Campolongo and Pordoi climbs with the towns of Corvara and Canazei make this tour a real icon for every cyclist. If your passion for cycling meets also the mountain one, you will be fascinated by this track.
The starting point is set near Canazei, a real gem of the Val di Fassa. Starting from there offers various logistical advantages that would otherwise not be available in other areas of the valley.
The benefits range from a wide choice of typical bars and restaurants to the convenience of the large free parking adjacent to the Avisio river. The latter is also excellent for a refresh once the tour is ended.
The first part is immediately challenging as the Sella pass begins just a few hundred meters after leaving the centre of Canazei. The total length of this ascent is about 11km with an average gradient of 7% and represents the hardest roughness faced in this loop. The majestic of the panorama that surrounds the whole second part up to the top justifies the fame of this climb, the view will be indescribable. The following descent will be very short, as it's interrupted after a few kilometers from the Gardena Pass. The total length of this pass is about 5km with an average gradient of 4%, it is just little more than an easy climb immersed in the Dolomites. Once the Gardena pass is crossed, you will face a long descent towards
Corvara, a town concomitant with the beginning of the Campolongo pass. This is a very regular climb with a total length of 5 km and a slope that never exceeds 10%, it represents the penultimate difficulty of the route.
The following fast descent will lead to the famous Pordoi pass. While climbing it you will cycle for 9km through hairpin bends where some of the most important pages in the history of cycling have been written, to witness its importance the presence of the monument dedicated to Fausto Coppi.
From the top of the Pordoi, a long descent will complete the loop bringing the trackback to Canazei.
Altitude pedaling requires different management of the training, so during this ride will be necessary to pay particular attention both to the management of physical effort and regards the nutritional aspect. Maintain a constant feeding during long climbs is not a simple thing because it will be often difficult to assimilate solid food. Therefore the use of liquid foods, both gel-like and water-soluble supplements, will be essential. Regarding physical effort management, pedaling for a long time at a high heart rate in the altitude will involve in a higher energy expenditure much than normal, for this reason it is advisable to proceed regularly. By implementing these simple recommendations, this path can be undertaken by any amateur cyclist who has a minimal training base.