Distance: 66.0 km
Elevation: 1,845 m
Number of Passes: 4 – Gardena, Sella, Pordoi, Campolongo
Start & end point: Badia
Approx. riding time: 2.3 – 6 hours
Route on Strava: Sellaronda [counterclockwise]
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The Sellaronda loop counterclockwise. Once you’ve gone around clockwise you should try this direction, too, in order to see the views that you missed on the descents in the other direction. You’ll be thinking that you’re riding a totally different route. This is also the direction that is ridden during the Sellaronda Bikeday that is held every year in June.
Starting in Badia head south (uphill) on the SP244 towards Corvara.
There’s a fantastic cold water fountain to fill your bidons on the right side of the road. Be sure to fill up because there aren’t any water fountains along the road for quite some time (30 km).
In Corvara, turn right following the signs to Passo Gardena.You’ll go through Corvara. The climb starts towards the town of Colfosco and then heads on towards Passo Gardena.
You’re at the crossroads to Passo Sella, turn left.
You’ve reached the second climb of the day! This is also the highest one, reaching 2,244 meters above sea level. There are two more climbs to go and the next one will come shortly after a nice descent.
Now you are at the crossroads going towards Passo Pordoi. You may encounter many cyclists here packing away their jackets after the descent and getting ready to climb the Sella or the Pordoi, depending on their descent.
On the left side of the road you’ll notice a water fountain where you can fill your empty bidons.
The Passo Pordoi descent ends in Arabba. Get ready to turn left and climb the last uphill section of this loop: the Passo Campolongo is short, but if you’re tired, remember, it won’t be easy. In Arabba, at the church, there is another water fountain where you can fill your empty bidons.
The top of Passo Campolongo – from here it’s a long descent towards Badia passing through the towns of Corvara and La Villa.
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