Maratona dles Dolomites
It’s the Granfondo that, on the first Sunday of August, gathers on the roads of the Dolomites passes – closed to vehicular traffic for the occasion - 9.000 cyclists (professionals and amateurs) from over than 70 countries.
From Canazei, take the state road 48 (S.S. 48). There’s a total of 23 hairpin turns to deal with ‘till Sella Pass, that you reach after 12 km and 806 m of elevation gain (average gradient 6,9%, with stretches up to 13%). Start going down towards Plan de Gralba and then climb Gardena Pass (average gradient 4,5%, with maximum peaks up to 10%) and descend to Corvara. From this resort in Val Badia, start going up again to Campolongo Pass (average gradient 6,1%, with stretches up to 11%). Going downhill, you reach Arabba. Cool down cycling along the valley of Fodom before facing Falzarego Pass (S.R. 48) which, with gradients that aren’t prohibitive and long straightaways, leads to the foot of Lagazuoi, where the last tough kilometre of the provincial road 24 (S.P. 24) ascends to Valparola Pass (average gradient 6,7%, maximum of 15%). Following the provincial road 37 (S.P. 37), reach La Villa. Return towards Corvara along the state road 244 (S.S. 244). Conquer again Campolongo Pass. Descend to Arabba, turn right and, along the state road 48 (S.S. 48), climb up again to Pordoi Pass. Return to Canazei (13 km, average gradient 6,7%, with stretches up to 10% and 27 hairpin turns).