The ascent to Sella Pass is one of the most coveted targets for cyclists from all over the world. There’s a total of 23 hairpin turns to deal with ‘till the Dolomites pass, reachable after 12 km and 800 m of elevation gain (average gradient 6,9%, with peaks up to 13%).
Distance 12.1 km
Highest point2,245 m
Lowest point1,439 m
From the centre of Canazei, take the state road 48 (S.S. 48). From the very first turns, there’s a gradient of 5,8%, which touches 7,6% by the third kilometre. Get past the resort of Pian de Frataces (Lupo Bianco) and turn left at the crossroads. The route alternates wide and well-designed turns, flat stretches, narrow and close hairpin turns, long straightaways and uphill stretches with a steep gradient. This pass, overlooked by an imposing stone castle, connects Val di Fassa with Val Gardena. It has been “Cima Coppi” of Giro d’Italia twice, meaning it’s the highest ascent faced during a “pink race” edition.
Return along the same route or possibility to continue towards Val Gardena, following Sellaronda Bike Day’s or Marathona dles Dolomites’ itineraries.
From the end of April to the end of June and from September to end October. During the months of July and August, traffic is particularly severe on Dolomites passes (cars, motorcycles, buses).
First refreshment points in Val di Fassa at Pian de Frataces, Pian de Schiavaneis and Sella Pass.
After leaving Canazei, at the roundabout, take the state road 48 (S.S. 48).
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Public transport lines Trentino Trasporti - Val di Fassa:
line no. 101 Canazei - Cavalese - Trento
line no. 104 Cavalese - Ora - Trento
line no. 123 Moena - San Pellegrino Pass - Falcade
Public transport lines SAD - Val di Fassa:
line no. 180 Pozza di Fassa - Vigo di Fassa - Carezza Pass - Bolzano
line no. 471 Dolomites passes (Sella Pass, Gardena Pass, Campolongo Pass, Pordoi Pass, Fedaia Pass). Service available in summer only
Main access points to the valley coming from A22 Modena-Brennero motorway:
exit Ora/Egna, S.S. 48 delle Dolomiti - San Lugano Pass - Val di Fiemme - Val di Fassa (distance 45 km). At the roundabout in Moena (industrial area), proceed towards Canazei
exit Bolzano Nord, S.S. 241 Grande Strada delle Dolomiti - Carezza Pass - Vigo di Fassa (distance 40 km). From Vigo, head north for Canazei, head south for Soraga di Fassa and Moena
Other access points to Val di Fassa:
from A27 motorway (Venezia), exit Belluno/Ponte nelle Alpi, S.S. 203 to Agordo and S.P. 346 to San Pellegrino Pass - Moena (Val di Fassa). At the roundabout in Moena, proceed towards Canazei
from A27 motorway (Venezia), exit Belluno/Ponte nelle Alpi, S.S. 203 to Agordo/Alleghe/Rocca Pietore. S.P. 641 to Fedaia Pass - Canazei
coming from Arabba, S.S. 48 to Pordoi Pass - Canazei
from Val Gardena, S.S. 242 to Sella Pass - Canazei
Parking lot at Dòlaondes Aquatic Centre in Canazei (pay and display/free/parking disk) or by the lifts’ valley station in Alba di Canazei.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Helmet, gloves, clothing adequate for the itinerary and the weather forecast. Charged gps with tracks. Puncture repair and multi-tool kit. In compliance with the rules of the road, bikes must absolutely be equipped with bell, headlights, taillights, and reflectors on the back, on the sides and on the pedals.