Part of our bike tour in the Dolomites, the Sella Ronda is certainly one of the trip highlights.
The Sella Ronda is a loop of approximately 50 kilometers that encircles the Sella mountain range. It consists of four passes: Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Campolongo, and Passo Pordoi. One can start the ride at numerous points along the loop, including the popular towns of Canazei, Santa Christina, Corvarra or Arabba. Canazei is just slightly off of the loop, but a relatively short and scenic climb out of town will put you at the southern junction of the Passo Sella and Passo Pordoi. You can ride the route in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction, but we tend to think that the clockwise loop is prettiest.
While not an extremely long loop, it is challenging. You’re either climbing or descending for almost the entire ride. In terms of the difficulty of each of the four climbs, the Passo Pordoi and the Passo Sella are arguably the hardest. Of course it can depend on which direction you climb them from. In addition to the clockwise direction being the most scenic, it is also generally considered the harder direction to ride the Sella Ronda.
Here are some quick stats:
Distance: approximately 50-55 kilometers (depending on where you start)
Total Climbing: approximately 1900-2000 meters (depending on where you start)
- Passo Sella: 2244 meters
- Passo Gardena: 2136 meters
- Passo Campolongo: 1875 meters
- Passo Pordoi: 2239 meters