Passo Giau (the “easier” north side)

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Just below summit

Just below summit

The last day of our Dolomites trip I decided to dash (pedal slowly) up the north side of Passo Giau before a long drive home. I’ve climbed the dreaded south side a couple of times as part of the Maratona dles Dolomites (I’ve included the profile for both sides below). But this was the first time climbing the stunning north side.

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The first 5+ kilometres from Cortina are on a slightly busy road as it is also the direct way to Corvara via Passo Falzarego. But the route then turns left for a much quieter and truly beautiful final 10 kilometres.

Moo

Moo

Upper Hairpins

Upper Hairpins

Last Hairpin

Last Hairpin

Nice Views

Nice Views

I would have loved to do a bigger loop with Passo di Fedaia or Passo Falzarego but time constraints and tired legs dictated an up/down. But it is a great up/down.

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9.0 Awesome

Not as tough as the south side, this is still a beautiful and challenging climb.

  • Views 9.5
  • Quiet / No Traffic 9
  • Difficulty 8.5
  • Fun Factor 9
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1 Comment

  1. What gorgeous pictures! I did this side last year as part of a loop, first going up the Falzarego-Valparola before dropping down to take the road up the Giau. I had actually intended to do it the other way ’round, but took the wrong turn somehow above Caprile. The weather was quite menacing by the time I reached the top, so I didn’t hang around for the views. Your photos make me want to return. Descending the south side, by the way, was a blast — endless tight hairpins.

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