Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sella Ronda Bike Day

The climb toward Passo di Fedaia from above Caprile

Gruppo del Cir, left; Sass Songher above Corvara,  right

Val di Fassa and Canazei from Passo Sella

Riders descending looping road to Arabba

My thanks to Bill for his report on this year's Sella Ronda Bike Day, an annual event in which the road around the Sella Ronda in the Dolomites is closed to vehicular traffic.  Bill authors the Cycling Dolomiti Friulane blog where you can find his ride reports, including a few more photos of his ride. You can click on the images above to enlarge them.

As a reminder, we very much welcome your report.

Bill's report:

"Sella Ronda is one of the most beautiful bike rides in the world: four passes in the heart of the Dolomiti. Twice each year, once in June and once in September, the authorities close these roads to all cars, trucks and motorcycles. I missed last year's due to weather but later rode the Ronda clockwise by myself. Luckily this year the route is counterclockwise, so I had the chance to climb each of the four passes from the opposite side. They seemed completely different in this direction.

I left home around 0500 and drove via Longarons and Forcella Staulanza to Livinallongo. This provided an easy warm-up to Arabba. From there I headed up the deserted switchbacks to Passo Campolongo, an easy climb. Fun descent to Corvara, where a horde of cyclists from Cortina and beyond were getting underway. From Corvara you climb up to Passo di Gardena (2121m) through beautiful meadows flanked by Gruppo del Sella(3152m) on the left and Gruppo del Cir (3025m) on your right . An easy descent and climb from here to Passo Sella (2244m) beneath imposing Sassolungo (3181m). Now comes a fast descent toward Canazei, then you turn left at 1800m and start the climb up Passo Pordoi (2239m). This was more difficult than I had imagined while descending it last year, but still not bad.

The descent from Pordoi to Arabba is not to be missed- a series of switchbacks that seems to go on forever. Most fun of the day.

I cooled down on the easy ride back to the car at Livinallongo. Fantastic ride, with more bikers in 4 hours than I normally see in 4 months. A blast."

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1 comment:

  1. Nice writeup...we'll be there soon for our Legendary Climbs of the Giro tour. Lot's of fun descents to reward your efforts on the climbs, along with the gorgeous scenery makes this the place where we say "God takes His vacations."