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CyclingUp: Würzjoch-east

Region: Italian Alps
Climbing effort: 1008 cep
Elevation meters: 1065
Steepest kilometer: 11.8%

Steepest 250 m: 14%
Foot: 1093 m    Top: 2004 m
Mean slope: 6.1%
Length: 15.0 km

From: Piccolino
Road conditions (2016): moderate
Other race bikers: 10-25 per hour
Motor vehicles: 60-180 per hour
Scenery and road: circle landscape (4/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes

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Profile Würzjoch-east

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Sellaronda, 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, is impressive. 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 (12% for one of the 500 meter intervals) 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.

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