While the last of the snow is slowly leaving way to green pastures and the air is filling with spring scents, there are those who are hopping on their bikes to start exploring the marvels offered by Passo San Pellegrino during the hottest months of the year.
There are some athletes from Cannondale Pro Cycling in retreat in Val di Fassa since last week, to prepare for the upcoming dates in the cycling season by taking advantage of the benefits offered by the high altitude. This is a ritual that has been repeating itself for years, proving that Passo San Pellegrino is the right place to train and relax the mind at the same time, surrounded by a splendid natural environment. With just a few pedal strokes, then, it’s easy to get to the main Dolomite passes: Valles, Rolle, Sella, Campolongo, Pordoi, Falzarego and Giau, to sharpen muscles and lungs on some of the hardest and most famous climbs in all the Dolomites, which are a UNESCO Natural World Heritage.
Until June 9th, pedalling on the roads of Passo San Pellegrino or passing near the Hotel Costabella, it won’t be hard to meet Damiano Caruso, one of the men in the starting line-up for the 2014 Tour de France, as well as George Bennett, Alberto Bettiol, Guillaume Boivin, Fabio Sabatini, Cristiano Salerno and Kristijan Koren.
And it’s not just Cannondale. On Thursday, May 29th, Passo San Pellegrino will once again be a major destination in the Giro d’Italia. It’s an opportunity for lots of fans, enthusiasts or just for people who are curious, to get an up close look, one after the other, at all the champions in one of the most beloved sports of all time. The 18th stage will bring the pink race to take on the hard ascent on Passo San Pellegrino and will be one of the most challenging. It will wind along a 171 km-long route, starting from Belluno (453 m – Veneto) and with a triumphant arrival at Rifugio Panarotta (1760 metres – Trentino).