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Hard tours for top road bikers
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Hard road bike tours around the region

For top road bikers: The difficult tours around the villages of San Vigilio and San Martin are quite challenging - here we present the most beautiful ones

The climb is supposed to hurt and culminate in a real adrenaline rush at the top of the pass. The feeling is addictive. That’s why so many road cyclists crave it over and over again. If you’re one of those people, we have some real treats for you...

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Cortina d´Ampezzo

Length: 187.90 km

Difficulty: medium/hard

Climb: 1.387 m

Altitude: 810 m – 2.197 m

 

Cortina d'Ampezzo is a time-honoured ski resort with a great history and the venue of the 1956 Olympic Games. If you would like to take a trip back in time to see this place up close, you should take the almost 190-kilometre tour, which also goes over Passo Tre Croci and Passo Falzarego. Are mountain passes on your bucket list? Then why not visit our page “Best passes”?

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The Passo Giau circular tour

Length: 132.80 km

Difficulty: hard

Climb: 1.220 m

Altitude: 1.011 m – 2.231 m

 

Hairpin bends and fantastic landscapes, as far as the eye can see: Passo di Campolongo marks the start of the ascents. From there, it’s a further challenging 900 metres of ascent up to Passo Giau. Here the Dolomites live up to their reputation and show themselves from their most spectacular side. Keep on going, because the reward follows on the descent to just before the ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Here you have the option of taking a break or continuing straight away over Passo Falzarego and Valparola passes back to San Vigilio.

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Lago di Braies and Prato Piazza

Length: 97 km

Difficulty: medium/hard

Climb: 2.891 m

Altitude: 1.200 m – 1.943 m

 

Ambitious people with strong calf muscles and a passion for high altitudes will get their money's worth here - highlights are the Valdaora reservoir and Lago di Braies. There are two further Dolomites classics: Passo Furcia and Prato Piazza. The pass is popular with racing cyclists and Prato Piazza is a beautiful high plateau in the nature park Fanes-Senes-Braies. It is surrounded by the Three Peaks, Tofana and Monte Cristallo. After a well-earned rest, the ride continues downhill to the Val Pusteria main road.

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The Sellaronda

Length: 106.30 km

Difficulty: hard

Climb: 1.233 m

Altitude: 1.011 m – 2.244 m

 

The circular tour gets its name from the Sella massif. This is how one thinks of the Dolomites: rugged and rough. The Sellaronda is a true classic, starting in the village of San Vigilio towards Corvara, from where it continues to Passo Gardena. Are your legs already fully warmed up? Because the ride continues to Passo Sella and then on to the highest pass, Passo Pordoi. You did it! Enjoy the views and look forward to the following 10 kilometres long descent to Arabba. There, the final incline to Passo Campolongo begins. Return to San Vigilio via Longega. Now enjoy a cold beer, reflect on the successful tour and let your eyes wander over the mountains - wonderful! Our conclusion: The tour is difficult but, with enough breaks, doable for ambitious hikers.

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Marmolata

Length: 141 km

Difficulty: hard

Climb: 3.170 m

Altitude: 1.059 m – 2.120 m

 

A real treat for all those who like to torture themselves! Over 3,000 metres in altitude and endless pass action: From the Campolongo Pass to the Sellaronda, you not only master real challenges, but also cross iconic places off the bucket list. But the highlight of the tour is Passo Fedaia and the climb to Marmolada. The Marmolada is not called the Queen of the Dolomites for nothing, and the pass road to the reservoir is one of the most difficult road bike climbs in the Dolomites. Your reward is a view of the eternal ice of the Marmolada.

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Passo delle Erbe

Length: 139 km

Difficulty: hard

Climb: 2.820 m

Altitude: 1.059 m – 2.120 m

 

There is no shortage of altitude gain here, and from the pilgrimage site of Maria Sares to Abbazia di Novacella, you can learn much about cultural assets and rural history. The Bressanone basin with its extensive views is a further highlight: The climb runs through the most beautiful landscapes and idyllic small mountain villages. Conclusion: A varied tour with leaning opportunities!

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Three Peaks

Length: 105 km

Difficulty: hard

Climb: 2.379 m

Altitude: 829 m - 2.180 m

 

There are good reasons for the Three Peaks being part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage, because these characteristically rugged rock massifs are so unique that they are worth protecting. If you also want to reach it in a climate-neutral way, you do best to travel by road bike - as long as you have the muscle power to master the 2,379 metres elevation gain. The rewards will be impressive!