Thursday 31st August. Our last ride in the Dolomites before we head back to Lake Garda. Paul is doing the Sellaronda – passes of the Pordoi, Campalongo, Gardena and Sella from Canazei. I’m doing a few of the passes and we’ll meet up at Chalet Gerard on Passo Gardena.
Starting off on the pista ciclabile that goes all the way to Canazei, although I got on the road at Pozza di Fassa. On reaching Canazei, I turned left at the Giro d’Italia roundabout and onto the Passo Pordoi.
The Passo Pordoi is a 11km switchback climb to the summit, 6km to the Passo Sella turn. It was getting warmer 30 deg, I was sweating already. Once on the Sella I filled up with water, it was now 5km to the summit, quite steep in parts. Looking above and back down the mountain the views are breathtaking.
Arriving at the summit of Passo Sella 2240m, the sun was shining and the views of the Sassolungo were fantastic!
Then a text from Paul, he was in one of our favourite cafe’s – L’Got, he was having espresso and brioche! It’s in Corvara so he’ll soon be on his way up Passo Gardena, that’s 9km to the summit.
Descending the Sella, I turn off for the Gardena passing Chalet Gerard on the way, as I reach the top it’s quite cool so I stop for a quick espresso. In about 10 minutes Paul arrives breathing a little, he must have ridden up quite fast (he said it was a headwind!). Then we carry on over the pass to Chalet Gerard for lunch.
Sitting on the terrace overlooking the mountains, we had spaghetti pomodorino, then strudel di mele (we’ve had a lot of these during our time in the Dolomites). It would have been nice to have some wine but we had one more climb to do, the Sella and then the Sella and Pordoi descents to Canazei and back through the valley back to our chalet in Moena.
As we descended Passo Sella the sun was still shining.
…..’the Dolomites’, one of our favourite places, we’ll definitely be back.
My Strava stats: distance 81.6km, climbing 1,778m