Sellaronda Bike Day - Fall Edition
Taking away the cars makes the world’s best bike ride even better. And September is a magical time do live this adventure.
The Sellaronda is often described as the perfect bike ride. Joining the Passo Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, and Passo Campolongo it’s set in the most magical scenery on earth and for only two days a year (there is also a Spring Edition), it’s made even more special thanks to the removal of motorized traffic.
Participation is free, there’s no need to register and you can choose where and when to start and also which direction you ride to cover the 51 kilometres of silky smooth tarmac. You can take all day stopping for a long lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafés on route or you could challenge yourself to ride the loop as many times as you can, and every permutation in between.
There’s no fixed plan, no time to beat, no pressing agenda at all except to relish the immaculate scenery and absence of motor vehicles as you wind between the towering peaks of the Dolomites.
You can start or finish where you like along the route, just make sure you go in the counter-clockwise direction (there are signs posted to remind you). If you choose to ride out of Corvara head west to start with the challenging Passo Gardena.
Next on the program is the Passo Sella which places you in the grandest of arenas as you climb through the Città dei Sassi or "City of Rocks". Over the other side of the Passo Sella its time take on the highpoint of the loop, the Passo Pordoi. After an unreal 33 switchback descent from the Pordoi into Arabba, the shorter Passo Campolongo is your final challenge of the day before descending back into Corvara.
Climbing a total of 1637 metres the Sellaronda is no walk in the park but its far from impossible, it is just, 'the perfect bike ride'.
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