Italy/Dolomites Map and Trip Summary

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This is not a complete map of passes, but contains most of the great climbs in the area (yes, I realize the map is bigger than the Dolomite region). ;)

The Red pins are passes I have climbed. Blue pins are other climbs …. feel free to suggest any fun climbs that are missing. Below the map are 8 rides that I have done and can strongly recommend – with links to route maps and more details for each.


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The first four routes all start in beautiful Corvara – a perfect base if you want to stay in one place for a few days.

1. The Maratona dles Dolomites course

138 kms, 4000 metres climb, 7 climbs. One of the most beautiful rides I have ever done. Details here.

Passo Sella Passo Pordoi Passo Sella The Start Line
2. Selle Ronda – counter clockwise

The classic loop with 4 passes. The first 55 kms of the Maratona course but in the opposite direction. Paradise. Details here.

Self Portrait Coppi Monument Sella Massif Passo Pordoi Passo Sella Passo Sella
3. Passo delle Erbe

A local favorite. A big, beautiful climb …. at least we have been told it is beautiful …. but we were rained on throughout and fog/clouds blocked the big views. Details here.

Passo delle Erbe Passo delle Erbe
4. Passo Falzarego via Passo Campolongo

This is basically the second half of the medium (106 km) course in the Maratona dles Dolomites – so it climbs Passo Falzarego (and 1.3 kms further Passo Valparola) from a different side than the full 138 kms Maratona course. Details here.

Passo Falzarego Passo Valparola Passo Falzarego Near Passo Valparola
5. Passo delle Stelvio – north side

On the edge (but outside) of the Dolomite region. One of the most famous and awe inspiring cycling climbs anywhere. Epic. Details here.

Stelvio - Hairpin heaven Stelvio Stelvio
6. Passo delle Stelvio (south side) and Umbrailpass

The less famous side of Stelvio is still awe inspiring. This route also includes Umbrailpass – the highest Swiss pass I have ever cycled. Details here.

7. Passo Gavia (both sides)

One of the greatest days on a bike. Details here. Also not quite in the Dolomites.

8. Passo delle Foppa (Mortirolo)

Short, famous, and very steep! Details here. Again, not quite in the Dolomites.

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9 Comments

  1. Simon

    Merci, Je les ai ajouté

    Thanks I have added those 3 passes. Anyone interested, they are all at the very top on the Italian/Austrian border

  2. I am also a cyclist based in Geneva (often ride with CTC) and will be doing a tour in the Dolomites with some English friends in September, so thanks for the blog and the great photos. We will be setting off from Ascona and ending in Cortina 7 days later. Mostly we will follow the Thonon – Trieste route except for an extra day around Bormio so that we can attempt the Mortirolo and the Gavia. I also saw your report on the Sanetsch which I am planning to do next week – should be good training for some of the steeper cols in Italy.
    Tony

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  4. Cathy D'Amour on

    Thank you for such a complete blog site. Information is great. I am planning a trip to the Dolomites next summer with a group of friends. Can you recommend a town to stay in that is ideally suited to attempting all these great climbs?

  5. Hello Cathy

    We stayed in Corvara (a ski resort) – which is beautiful and on the Sella Ronda. The first 4 rides above all started in Corvara – no need to drive anywhere.

    I would highly recommend it.

    But Stelvio, Gavia, and Mortirolo (for example) are pretty far by car – and it can be slow driving. So you might consider staying in two locations.

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  7. These climbs aren’t really the Dolomites, but they don’t fit anywhere else on your site:

    -Kühtai Sattel, 2017m
    -Bielerhöhe Pass, 2071, (this is an absolutely beautiful ride once you get past the Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse toll gate (I rode it from the East). the pass area is particularly gorgeous)
    see here for my ride report on these two: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=338437&v=28

    -Hochtor Pass/tunnel, 2504m. on the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse. Also a beautiful climb. Only the abundance of traffic takes away from it. I’ve heard that it is good to ride it very early in the season because there is less traffic.
    see here for my report (from the South): http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=337750&v=1r

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