GF del Dragone
Take on the dragon of the Belluno Dolomites.
A relatively new entrant to the granfondo calendar, the Granfondo del Dragone takes place amid a backdrop of the stunning Dolomiti Bellunesi mountain range. Although it never exceeds 1100 m in altitude at any point, the 'Dragone' will definitely put a burn in your legs, with a total of 2500 m climbing over its 108 km length.
This is a low-key but challenging event with breathtaking scenery and a spectacular finish at the Nevegal ski station overlooking the town of Belluno.
Starting from the town of Belluno perched above the Piave river, the route first take on the Vena D'Oro climb to warm up the legs before descending to the Santa Croce lakeside. After leaving the lake at Farra d’Alpago, the real climbing starts with 8 km and 600 m of elevation gain up to the edge of the Cansiglio plateau and the town of Tambre Sant Anna.
After returning to valley near Lago Santa Croce, it's time for the 6km uphill into Pieve d'Alpago. From here some well-earned flatter terrain returns you back to the edge of Belluno, and the final 20 km push to the finish in Nevegal, mercifully broken into two parts by a short, spectacular downhill section after Valmorel. Finish line passed, soak in the views before descending back to Belluno. Bravissimo!
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