If you cycle the
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.