EXPERIENCE THE MARVEL OF AN UNPARALLELED EXCURSION ON THE TOUR OF THE 4 DOLOMITIC PASSES.
Embark on the tour of the 4 Dolomitic Passes, an enchanting experience amidst majestic peaks, breath-taking views, and thrilling trails. Immerse yourself in the magic of the Dolomites, embracing nature on an unforgettable journey.
Here, at the foot of the Sella Massif, in a border area between Trentino, Veneto, and South Tyrol, known as the Sellaronda, you will find this circular route around the Dolomite rocks.
Three provinces are involved, with 4 passes to cross. Stretching for approximately 51 km, the tour of the 4 Dolomitic Passes includes Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo Campolongo, and Passo Gardena, all of which are magical places for cyclists who can conquer climbs rich in history. A journey through nature surrounded by unique landscapes in the world.
TOUR OF THE 4 DOLOMITIC PASSES: EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED IN EARLY SUMMER.
When we talk about the Tour of the 4 Dolomitic Passes, we cannot fail to mention the Sellaronda Bike Day. This event, now in its 17th edition, allows cycling enthusiasts to complete the tour of the 4 passes without motorized traffic.
On June 24th, the Dolomites Bike Day, takes place, a 51 km loop around Mount Lagazuoi, including 3 passes with a total ascent of 1370 meters. Here, both experienced and novice cyclists take to the legendary roads, which are often included in the Giro d'Italia.
The journey starts from Passo Falzarego, a climb that connects Cortina d'Ampezzo to the Alto Agordino area. The ascent is just over 16 km long, with an average gradient of 5% and a total ascent of 1119 meters. The gradients, never too steep, allow you to enjoy the landscape. Next is Passo Valparola, a climb that is as short as it is spectacular. Compared to Falzarego, its length is noticeably shorter. The Valparola area allows you to cross impressive rocky environments, sheer cliffs, and endless stretches of rock.
On the other hand, Passo Campolongo is only 6 kilometres long, with an average gradient of 5% and a mere 307 meters of ascent. Its gradients are never excessive, and the only challenge you might encounter is its exposure to the sun, which could make the route hotter than expected.
On July 2nd, it's time for the Maratona delle Dolomiti.
It's a competitive cycling race divided into three courses: the 138 km Maratona Course, the 106 km Medium Course, and the 55 km Sellaronda Course. The first course is the most demanding, starting from La Villa and passing through Corvara, taking cyclists to Passo Campolongo. The second course, slightly shorter, has more or less the same stages, while the third course is by far the easiest. With only 55 km, it is non-competitive and has no official ranking or awards.
These are the most famous events of the Tour of the 4 Dolomitic Passes. Many people can enjoy the landscape and the charm of these mountains, considered the most beautiful on Earth.
THE BEST BIKE RENTALS FOR YOUR TOUR OF THE 4 DOLOMITIC PASSES
If you have developed a passion for this sport but are still new to it and don't have all the suitable equipment for your adventure, don't be discouraged.
Near the area where you embark on the Tour of the 4 Dolomitic Passes, you can find the best bike rentals.
Peak Sport located near the Sellaronda cable car, offers not only skiing equipment but also bike rentals. With state-of-the-art equipment, they also provide a new "rental of the future" system, which is a quick and highly automated rental process, speeding up the process and making the customer's wait enjoyable.
If you wish to save time, you can also easily book online from home, and everything will be ready upon your arrival.
Sportstar rental is the ideal starting point for unforgettable tours. Located just a few meters from the bike path that crosses the entire Val di Fassa, it is the perfect place if you are thinking of organizing a two-wheeled trip. It is a reference point for cyclists and bike enthusiasts.
At the bottom station of the new Alpe di Siusi cable car, you will find Ski Bamby, a ski and bike rental in Ortisei.
At Ski Bamby, you have the option to have your equipment delivered directly to your hotel for free.
With over 100 instructors,Scuola Sci & MTB Ortisei is one of the largest ski schools in the Dolomites. However, during the summer season, the ski school doesn't take a break but transforms into a mountain bike rental and school. Here, you can not only rent your equipment but also enjoy their services with professional lessons. They offer a wide range of mountain bike models, including a variety of electric bikes.
In the center of Selva Gardena, you will come across the Mountain Bike School 2000, a true technical school that also offers rental and sale of professional equipment.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS ON THE TOUR OF THE 4 DOLOMITIC PASSES
As the evening approaches, it's the perfect time to replenish yourself after a tiring yet splendid day on the Tour of the 4 Dolomitic Passes.
In a space adorned with the unmistakable taste of South Tyrolean tradition, reminiscent of typical wooden mountain Stube, the Tubladel restaurant in Ortisei offers a truly unique culinary experience. They use only local products with unique and high-quality ingredients. With both classic and innovative dishes, every bite will tantalize your taste buds.
Staying in the centre of S. Cristina, you will find the ‘L Fudlè, restaurant, a perfect spot to explore the Dolomites on two wheels.
With a splendid view of the pedestrian area, the restaurant offers cuisine closely tied to the territory and its seasonality, allowing you to enjoy a delightful dinner or an aperitif in good company.
If, instead, you prefer to experience a true mountain hut, don't miss the enchanting Lisa’s Alm in Selva Val Gardena.
Located above the village, right on the famous Saslong slope, this typical wooden alpine hut will surprise you not only with its excellent cuisine but also with its stunning view of the Sassolungo.
The hut features a beautiful outdoor terrace where you can enjoy some typical dishes, have an aperitif with friends, or simply relax while taking in the panorama. Accessible by car, on foot, or by mountain bike, it is an ideal refreshment point both in summer and winter.
Quality hotels are also abundant in this beautiful mountain resort. Known as the "hotel of champions" in the Dolomites, in the heart of Val di Fassa and just a stone's throw from the Catinaccio peaks, l’Alpen Hotel Corona has always been a place of stay for the greatest sports personalities.
With its alpine style, it stands out for its bright and spacious rooms and suites, equipped with every comfort, and its large wellness centre. Great attention is also given to young guests in the Goofy mini club with entertainment and a play station room.
If you're looking for relaxation, the Hotel Ladina is the perfect destination. Located in the centre of Campitello, in the heart of the Fassa Dolomites, it is a splendid 3-star superior hotel where you can breathe a warm and welcoming atmosphere thanks to the hospitality of the Riz family.
Its location is an excellent starting point for mountain bike enthusiasts who want to explore the area by bicycle. To make the experience even more convenient, guests have access to a Bike Room to store their bikes, a washing area, and charging stations for e-bikes.
Another perfect base for exploring Alta Badia is the Hotel Ladinia.
It enjoys a privileged location very close to the La Ila cable car and the La Villa chairlifts, which allow you to ascend to higher altitudes with your own bike. In addition to its suites, it offers apartments equipped with every comfort and many services for cyclists, including a garage and a small workshop for repairs and bike washing.
We conclude with a luxurious resort immersed in greenery, the Portillo Dolomites.
It offers an intimate and family-friendly atmosphere to make your vacation even more peaceful and relaxing.
Portillo Dolomites has also inaugurated a new Lodge with only 8 rooms, which can be booked in its entirety or you can choose to stay in one of its rooms. Elegant, spacious, and bright environments, a splendid wellness centre, all overlooking the fabulous landscapes of the Sella Group and the Cir peaks, characterize one of the most picturesque hotels in Val Gardena.
Ready to explore the Dolomites? Mountain biking is the most versatile means to venture into exciting and picturesque excursions during the summer. All that's left for you is to book and enjoy your Tour of the 4 Dolomitic Passes!