CyclingUp: Passo Gardena-east

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Region: Italian Alps
Climbing effort: 415 points
Elevation meters: 599
Steepest kilometer: 8.4%

Steepest 250 m: 10%
Foot: 1522 m    Top: 2121 m
Mean slope: 6.5%
Length: 9.3 km

From: Corvara
Road conditions (2016): good
Other race bikers: >25 per hour
Motor vehicles: >180 per hour
Scenerie and road: (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes



If you cycle the Sellaronda counter-clockwise, the ascent to the Passo Gardena (Grödner Joch in German) is the hardest of the four ascents though it is, with merely 599 elevation meters, not a giant among the passes of Italy. The ride begins in Corvara. After an easy kilometer the steepest kilometer of the ascent (8.4%), ending in Colfosco, follows immediately. To the left of this village stands the mighty north face of the Sellamassif. During the remaining seven kilometers to the pass this mountain massif will dominate the view. The slope always fluctuates around 7% but the road is a few times much steeper on a scale shorter than the 500 meter intervals of the profile, especially in the last few kilometers. Nevertheless, the climb never gets really difficult as these steep sections are too short. From the busy pass there is plenty of views on some mighty Dolomite massifs.

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