I left home around 0500 and drove via Longarons and Forcella Staulanza to Livinallongo. This provided an easy warm-up to Arabba. From there I headed up the deserted switchbacks to Passo Campolongo, an easy climb. Fun descent to Corvara, where a horde of cyclists from Cortina and beyond were getting underway. From Corvara you climb up to Passo di Gardena (2121m) through beautiful meadows flanked by Gruppo del Sella(3152m) on the left and Gruppo del Cir (3025m) on your right . An easy descent and climb from here to Passo Sella (2244m) beneath imposing Sassolungo (3181m). Now comes a fast descent toward Canazei, then you turn left at 1800m and start the climb up Passo Pordoi (2239m). This was more difficult than I had imagined while descending it last year, but still not bad.
The descent from Pordoi to Arabba is not to be missed- a series of switchbacks that seems to go on forever. Most fun of the day.
I cooled down on the easy ride back to the car at Livinallongo. Fantastic ride, with more bikers in 4 hours than I normally see in 4 months. A blast.
Video from last year's Bike Day http://vimeo.com/11232888
|Sunrise on dolomite peak above foggy Vajont|
|The climb toward Passo di Fedaia from above Caprile|
|Gruppo del Cir, left; Sass Songher above Corvara, right|
|Gruppo del Sella dolomite towers as viewed from Passo Gardena|
|Val di Fassa and Canazei from Passo Sella|
|The descent to Arabba from Passo Pordoi|
|Bikes descending looping road to Arabba|
|Garmin reading 100 meters low|