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Sella Ronda

#17 on our Great Rides list

Dolomites

When thinking of the most beautiful loop ride in the world, what comes to mind? How about scenic mountain passes, amazing tarmac, sweeping bends, and Italian Coffee? If we just checked all your boxes, then the Sella Ronda is for you.

Location

Corvara, Dolomites, Italy

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Distance

32 miles / 51km

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Elevation Gain

5,507ft / 1,678m

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Best Time to Visit

Summer

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Surface

Paved Road

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Difficulty

Level 4

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Traffic

Level 2

Discover this ride on our Classic Climbs bike tour

Climb Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia, Giau, and the Sella Ronda

We start our journey leaving the ski village of Corvara, following a clockwise loop around the Sella Ronda. The first climb is Passo Campolongo topping out at 1875m. Then we have a mellow descent to the village of Arabba, where we will make a right to climb the Passo Pordoi topping out at 2239m. This stunning road bends and snakes along the mountside, where chairlifts dangle overhead paying homage to the winter sports. The descent down the Pordoi is stunning, sweeping switchbacks, long straight aways, this road is made for cycling. We soon begin our next ascent up Passo Sella, which tops out at 2218m. Views of the four Sella Towers are to our right, the Langkofel Group to our left, and this by far is the most scenic of all the passes. Last on our list today is climb up the Passo Gardena, reaching a height of 2121m, before a stunning switchback and turning descent to our hotel in Corvara.

What you need to know

RIDE DETAILS
Passo Pordoi is located between the Sella group in the north and the Marmolada group in the south. In 1960 the first road was built over Passo Gardena. Shortly after, hiking trails were developed and chairlifts were installed. Today the Passo Gardena is vibrant year round with tourism.

WEATHER
It is said that this part of Italy has the most sunshine and the least amount of rain when compared to the rest of the Alps and the Dolomites.

FUEL
The Passo Sella is located between the provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol in Italy. It is also a fantastic spot to grab a coffee while cycling the Sella Ronda.

While you’re in town

For those interested in history, Forte Tre Sassi museum is just 18km from Corvara. As the webiste states, “This museum tells the story of the soldiers, not generals, or by historians. On the part of the vanquished and not by the victors.” If you are interested in what the soldiers went through fighting in the Dolomites during World War 1, this museum will give insight. Located between In Tra i Sass- pass and Valparola.

If you are wanting to ride more, you can easily add a few more km to the day. Cycle toward the village of La Villa from Corvara, and in La Villa you will make a right onto the SP 37 to climb Passo Valparola. After cresting the summit Valparola, descend the Passo Falzarego, turn right onto SR 48 toward Arabba, and then you have a short climb up Passo Campolongo before returning to Corvara.

Truly, cycling in this part of the world is special. Two other noteworthy rides to tackle are Passo Giau and Passo Fedaia (The Marmolada). To tackle the Giau, it is recommend to ascend Passo Campolongo, descend to Arrab, head toward Andraz, Ascend the Giau and descend to Pocol, then ascend the Passo Falzarego and return to Corvara. To ascend Passo Fedaia head back to Arabba, then descend to the village of Digonera. Then the climb begins. After cresting Passo Fedaia, you will toward Canazei, before determing you prefered route back to Corvara.

Ready for Sella Ronda?

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What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Luxury:

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

Explorer:

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

Combined:

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

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Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself