Karerpass - Sellajoch – Legendäre Dolomitenpässe
Road Cycling Highlight
Croce Bianca Leisure & Spa planned a road ride.
April 27, 2021
On this extensive tour, four Dolomite passes are on the agenda, but you will hardly notice one if you follow the route clockwise. If you turn the direction, it looks very different! The inconspicuous Niger Pass has it all if you dare to climb from the direction of St. Zyprian: ramps with up to 20 percent incline await you. So to start with, start with the suggested direction. The supposed inconspicuousness number two is the Panider Saddle between Castelrotto and Ortisei in Val Gardena. The fact that from Fiè allo Sciliar to the top of the pass, however, you have about 780 meters in altitude in front of you, then makes you respect. Both Karerpass and Sella Pass certainly no longer need an introduction. The route begins, how should it be otherwise, at our Bike Hotel Croce Bianca in Canazei. The first ten kilometers are ideal for warming you up. The route takes you on a mix of road sections and the newly built, super-paved Dolomites cycle path, slightly downhill through the Fassa Valley to Pozza di Fassa. Many racing cyclists will still use the road until then, but the well-developed bike path is much more relaxed to ride and brings you a little closer to nature. From Pozza di Fassa to the Karerpass at 1,752 meters, one of the most relaxed Dolomite passes awaits you. This marks the border between South Tyrol and the province of Trento. On the left is the rugged Latemar and on the right the famous rose garden with its striking silhouette of a peak. A massive storm destroyed vast areas of forest in the region in 2018. The traces are still visible everywhere. The only positive effect: Now you have a much better view of the Val di Fiemme and the Val di Fassa as well as the Val di San Pellegrino opposite. On almost ten kilometers you collect about 480 meters of altitude with a steady incline - perfect not to powder the grains right at the beginning. Between Karerpass and Nigerpass, only one hundred meters of altitude await you over eight kilometers. There is usually very little traffic on the road and you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Rosengarten and Latemar and, if the visibility is good, the distant view over the Eggental and Eisack Valley to the glaciers on the main Alpine ridge. There are also a few nice places to stop for refreshments along the way. The last one is located directly on the Niger Pass before you start the rapid descent via St. Zyprian to Tiers. The next 35 kilometers to Val Gardena are characterized by a change from quiet country roads, beautiful South Tyrolean villages and sections of the route with a fabulous panorama. The scenery is dominated by the Schlern massif, which protrudes from the idyllic green landscape with its mighty gray rock faces. If you still fancy an extra portion of panorama and alpine idyll, combined with a few sporty additional meters of altitude, then you can include a detour from Seis to the Alpe di Siusi. That's about ten kilometers and 800 meters in altitude. With the gravel bike you can even take a shortcut and descend via Saltria and through the Jender valley directly to Val Gardena, where you will find the route again. Another option for racing cyclists is the steep descent past the Monte Piz mountain inn to Bulla and directly to Ortisei. Like all roads from Kompatsch over the Alpe di Siusi, this is closed to unauthorized traffic and is therefore nice and quiet. The quality of the asphalt is no longer the best, but here you will find a wonderful side route away from the classic routes. From the Panider Sattel, your third pass of the day, if you stay on the original route, it goes briefly down to Val Gardena. The last ascent of your day tour awaits you: 18 kilometers and around 1,050 meters in altitude to the Sella Pass at 2,244 meters. Heads up! We don't just mean that as well-intentioned motivation. Because there is something to see here! The huge rock towers of Langkofel and Plattkofel accompany you on your right, while the Sella massif grows in front of you. This is really big landscape cinema and you are right in the thick of it as an actor! Once you're at the top, you just roll down the magnificent pass road to your destination, where the well-deserved wellness program awaits you and your bike at our hotel.
May 4, 2021