Passo San Pellegrino by bike: discovering the Dolomite passes

Passo San Pellegrino is one of the most well-known Dolomite locations and popular with professional cyclists to get in shape for the key meets of the competitive season. Here they can train in a quiet and familiar environment, enjoying the benefits of staying in the high ground and pure air, among beautiful landscapes. Also, it is just a short ride to reach the primary Dolomite passes – Valles, Rolle, Sella, Campolongo, Pordoi, Flazarego, and Giau – to build muscles and develop the lungs on some of the toughest and, at the same time, famous climbs in all of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

The best itineraries

In the footsteps of the Champions

Length: 70 km
Number of ascents: 2
Altitude difference: 2000 metres
Maximum slope: 20.6 %
Difficulty: 3 stars

A favourite itinerary of Ivan Basso and other Cannondale Pro Cycling champions during their high altitude retreats in Passo San Pellegrino, it has very challenging stretches, with slopes of more than 12%, but allows you to admire breathtaking views. From Passo San Pellegrino, descend toward Falcade, admiring the Focobon group on the right. At the Passo San Pellegrino/ Passo Valles intersection, turn right and get ready to face Passo Valles (2031 m), to then descend through the famous spruce forests, known as the “violin forests” of the Paneveggio Natural Park. At the intersection, turn right and continue toward Lake Paneveggio, then down passing Bellamonte until you reach Predazzo. At the intersection for Paneveggio, those who are in the best shape can make a small deviation, turning left to face the challenge of Passo Rolle (1984 m). Once at the peak, after admiring the famous Pale di San Martino, head back down the same road and return to the path heading towards Predazzo. From here, head back up the valley to Moena. At Moena, turn right and begin climbing up to San Pellegrino (1919 m).

Legendary Ascents

Length: 90 km
Number of ascents: 2
Altitude difference: 3000 metres
Maximum slope: 18 %
Difficulty: 3 stars

A beautiful panoramic tour that gives you a taste of the primary Dolomite ascents. Starting from Passo San Pellegrino, take a long descent toward Moena. Turn right, heading through Val di Fassa, a long slight slope crossing the most beautiful villages in the valley including Soraga and Vigo di Fassa until you reach Canazei. Here a legendary climb awaits, the Pordoi Pass, about 10 km without impossible slopes, but with a unique charm and scene of the great cycling challenges of the Giro d'Italia. Climb to an altitude of 2239 m before returning to the province of Belluno, then face the descent that leads to the town of Arabba. From here, the itinerary lets you recover your strength.

A descent and plain among green pastures and woods lead through the villages of Livinallongo, Caprile, Alleghe, and Cencenighe. Turn right for the last km of climbing for the day, about 6, which allow you to get to Falcade, where you immediately start to climb towards Passo San Pellegrino, about 8 km with steep slopes that even reach 18%.