Cycling

Passo San Pellegrino is one of the most well-known and frequented destinations among professional riders who come here to fine-tune their conditioning as they prepare for the most important events in the competitive season. In fact, at Passo San Pellegrino you can train in a peaceful environment that offers splendid scenery and welcoming lodges where you can try the local specialties. A short ride will easily take you to the main Dolomite passages like Valles, Rolle, Sella, Campolongo, Pordoi, Falzarego and Giau. Sharpen muscle tone and lung capacity on some of the hardest yet most famous climbs in all the Dolomites, which are a UNESCO Natural World Heritage.

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    In the tracks of champions

    Total Km
    70 Km
    Number of climbs
    2
    Altitude change
    2000 metri
    Maximum gradient
    20,6 %
    Difficulty
    This a personal favourite of Ivan Basso and the other champions from Cannondale Pro Cycling during their high altitude retreats at Passo San Pellegrino. There are a lot of challenging stretches, with gradients of more than 12%, but the views are truly breath-taking.
    From Passo San Pellegrino you descend in the direction of Falcade, admiring the Focobon group on your right.
    At the intersection for Passo San Pellegrino/ Passo Valles you turn right and prepare to take on the Passo Valles (2031 m) to then descend through the famous spruce forests known as the “violin forests” in Paneveggio National Park. At the intersection turn right at continue in the direction of Paneveggio Lake, and then it’s down through Bellamonte all the way to Predazzo.
    At the crossroads to Paneveggio riders who are in better shape can make a slight detour by turning left and taking on the Passo Rolle (1984 m). Once on top, after admiring the famous Pale di San Martino, head back down the same road and return to the original route in the direction of Predazzo.
    From here it’s an easy ride up the valley until Moena. At Moena turn right and begin the climb that returns to Passo San Pellegrino (1919 m).
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    The legendary climbs

    Total Km
    90 Km
    Number of climbs
    2
    Altitude change
    3000 metri
    Maximum gradient
    18 %
    Difficulty
    This is a gorgeous scenic ride that offers a taste of the major Dolomite climbs.
    Setting off from Passo San Pellegrino, take the long descent towards Moena. Here turn right and begin following the Val di Fassa, a long slight slope that passes through the most beautiful towns in the valley, including Soraga and Vigo di Fassa, until you come to Canazei.
    From here get ready for a legendary climb, the Passo Pordoi, which is about 10 km long. The gradients aren’t impossible, but this route offers the unique charm of being the stage of some of the greatest cycling challenges in the Giro d’Italia race. You go up to an altitude of 2239 m before returning to the province of Belluno and taking on the descent that goes to the hamlet of Arabba. From here the route allows you to regain your strength.
    Then it’s all downhill and flat stretches among green pastures that cross through the burghs of Livinallongo, Caprile, Alleghe and Cencenighe. Here we turn right for the final uphill km of the day, about 6, which take us to Falcade, where we immediately start climbing towards Passo San Pellegrino, about 8 km with steep inclines of up to 18 %.