If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the
I can recommend this ascent to the Würzjoch (Passo delle Erbe in Italian).
There are much fewer cars and motorbikes here than in the Sellaronda
while the views of the
dolomitised coral reefs are no less splendid.
Especially the Peitlerkogel, located south of the pass,
The price you pay for this relative calm and the beautiful landscape,
is a bad road surface in the second part of the climb
as well as some very steep sections.
Or is this rather an advantage?
We start the ride at the turnoff of the SP29
from the road through the Alta Badia valley (the SS244).
After the village of San Martino in Badia,
which one passes after cycling the first kilometer,
the road becomes viciously steep for a short distance.
Here lies the steepest kilometer of the climb (11.8%).
The next four kilometers run mostly through the forest
and are less steep (3-9%).
There follows a longer descent,
in which 146 elevation meters are lost,
a good opportunity to prepare
for the last six kilometers.
These are hard with an average slope of 9.8%.
The steepest part (maximum 12%)
starts about one kilometer after the start of the final climb,
in the village of Antermoia.
From here to the pass one cycles through the forest again
but there are often open areas which can be used
to admire the surrounding Dolomite massifs.