Cycling in the Dolomites

You can download road bike maps of the Dolomites, check out road cycling climbs on Strava and cycling events in the Dolomites, so you get the most out of your next cycling experience in the Dolomites.
Have a look below:

  • a free map for Garmin devices,
  • two road bike maps,
  • a map of the Dolomites online,
  • a map and a list of road cycling climbs on Strava,
  • Regional and local tourist info sites.

If your bike bucket list includes a cycling holiday in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, then this info is for you.

Cycling Dolomites

The Dolomites are nearly equally shared among the Italian provinces of South Tyrol (North), Trentino (South) and Belluno (South-East). The names South Tyrol (in English) and Alto Adige, as most Italians do, are two expressions for saying the same thing, the same area. Most of the Dolomites lies in South Tyrol.

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Europe offers so many wonderful locations to ride, and the spectacular mountain range of the Italian Dolomites is certainly one of them. If you are planning first cycling trip to the mountains abroad, the Dolomites should not be overlooked.
We've collect the main info regarding the Dolomites, so you can't get lost.

These are the high places of Italian cycling legend. On their slopes, in the thin air that wreaths their passes, some riders have been broken, a few have, improbably, exceeded all limits of fortitude, others have merely survived, but survived.
You can revisit the same roads and climbs as riders like Coppi, Bartali, Gimondi, and Pantani.

Taking on these legendary passes and soaking up the incredible scenery and vistas of the Dolomites that are in every direction you ride, is the perfect way to test yourself both physically and mentally, across this incredible playground of climbing.
From leisurely bike paths between villages, to famous high mountain passes of the Italian Alps, the Dolomites have cycling terrain for every interest and ability level. A must for avid riders, you’re sure to revel in the fabulous ascents, descents, and panoramas.

Taking on these legendary passes and soaking up the incredible scenery and vistas of the Dolomites that are in every direction you ride, is the perfect way to test yourself both physically and mentally, across this incredible playground of climbing.
From leisurely bike paths between villages, to famous high mountain passes of the Italian Alps, the Dolomites have cycling terrain for every interest and ability level. A must for avid riders, you’re sure to revel in the fabulous ascents, descents, and panoramas.

Road bike maps of the Dolomites

We’ve collected two road bike maps, the bike map of South Tyrol for Garmin devices and an overall digital map to help you easily experience the best of the Dolomites.
The two road bike maps show the details for each route: departure and arrival point with altitude profile graph, distance.

  1. Nine road cycling routes starting from Val di Fassa.

  2. Seven road cycling routes starting from Cortina.

  3. bike map of South Tyrol, a free map for Garmin devices (Basic map data from AUTONOME PROVINZ BOZEN-SÜDTIROL). You can find: Index for streets, trails, cities and POIs, automatic routing for pedestrian, digital elevation model.

  4. Dolomites digital map. Browse online the map of the Dolomites.

Road cycling climbs in the Dolomites

- a map of cycling climbs in the Dolomites
- a list of cycling climbs in the Dolomites on Strava

If a paradise for roadies really exists, the aficionados of road cycling are likely to give the same answer: the Dolomites! The exhilarating thrill of conquering the famous mountain passes surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites is a dream that should come true at least once in a lifetime!

  1. Passo Pordoi from Canazei - (11.7 km – avg.7%)

  2. Passo Sella from Gardena crossroad - (5.3 km – avg.7%)

  3. Passo Sella from Passo Pordoi crossroad - (5.5 km – avg.8%)

  4. Passo Gardena from Corvara - (8.8 km – avg.7%)

  5. Passo Gardena from Selva di Val Gardena - (9.9 km – avg.5%)

  6. Passo Campolongo from Corvara - (5.5 km – avg.6%)

  7. Passo Campolongo from Arabba - (3.8 km – avg.7%)

  8. Passo Pordoi from Arabba - (9.2 km – avg.7%)

  9. Passo Valparola from La Villa - (13.6 km – avg.6%)

  10. Passo Valparola via Passo Falzarego from Andraz - (12.2 km – avg.6%)

  11. Passo Fedaia from Saviner - (12.3 km – avg.8%)

  12. Passo Fedaia from Canazei - (10.7 km – avg.5%)

  13. Passo Giau Southside - (9.8 km – avg.9%)

  14. Passo Giau from Pocol - (10.2 km – avg.7%)

  15. Passo delle Erbe from San Martino in Badia - (15.2 km – avg.6%)

  16. Passo delle Erbe from Val di Funes - (26 km – avg.6%)

  17. Plan de Corones from Passo Furcia - (5.2 km – avg.10%)

  18. Passo Furcia via Vigilio di Marebbe from Longega - (11.9 km – avg.6%)

  19. Passo Furcia from Valdaora - (8.3 km – avg.8%)

  20. Tre Cime di Lavaredo - (3.7 km – avg.12%)

  21. Passo Rolle from Predazzo - (19.7 km – avg.5%)

  22. Passo Rolle from Fiera di Primiero via San Martino di Castrozza - (22 km – avg.6%)

  23. Passo Valles from Predazzo - (20.9 km – avg.5%)

  24. Passo Valles from Falcade - (11.3 km – avg.8%)

  25. Campo Carlo Magno from Pinzolo via Madonna di Campiglio - (15.5 km – avg.6%)

  26. Campo Carlo Magno from Dimaro - (14.6 km – avg.6%)

  27. Passo del Tonale from Dimaro - (26.6 km – avg.4%)

  28. Passo Sraulanza from Pescul - (5.5 km – avg.6%)

  29. Passo Straulanza from Pecol - (5.6 km – avg.7%)

  30. Passo Cibiana from Forno di Zoldo - (10 km – avg.7%)

  31. Passo Cibiana from Boite River - (9.5 km – avg.8%)

  32. Passo San Pellegrino from Falcade - (9.1km – avg.8%)

  33. Passo San Pellegrino from Moena - (10.9 km – avg.6%)

  34. Passo Tre Croci from Cortina d'Ampezzo - (7.7 km – avg.7%)

  35. Lago di Misurina from Auronzo di Cadore - (21.7 km – avg.4%)

  36. Passo Tre Croci from Lago di Misurina - (3.9 km – avg.4%)

  37. Passo Sant'Antonio from Auronzo di Cadore - (8.1 km – avg.7%)

  38. Passo di Lavazè from Tesero - (9.1 km – avg.8%)

  39. Passo di Lavazè from Ponte Nova - (12.5 km – avg.7%)

  40. Passo Costalunga from Ponte Nova - (13.9 km – avg.6%)

  41. Passo Costalunga from Vigo di Fassa - (9.1km – avg.5%)

  42. Passo Nigra from Prato Isarco - (17,1 km – avg.8%)

  43. Passo Duran from Agordo - (12.4 km – avg.8%)

  44. Passo Duran from Dont - (8.2 km – avg.8%)

  45. Cima Campo from Mellame - (15.3 km – avg.6%)

  46. Passo Manghen from Telve - (19.3 km – avg.7%)

  47. Passo Manghen from Molina di Fiemme - (16.3 km – avg.7%)

  48. Croce d'Aune from Ponte Oltra - (11.1 km – avg.5%)

  49. Croce d'Aune from Pedavena - (8.5 km – avg.5%)

Closer to the border of Switzerland, you can find another group of Alpine mountains – the Stelvio (21km - avg.7%), and its lesser used side the Umbrail Pass (13 km - avg.8%), the Gavia (17.3km - avg.7.9%) and Mortirolo (14.3 km - avg.8.3%) being the most famous. They aren't technically a part of the Dolomites. The distance between the Stelvio and Alta Badia (the heart of The Dolomites) is 120 km about in a crow fly.
Learn more about Stelvio.

Cycling events in the Dolomites

There are three great cycling events that attract thousands of cyclists to the Dolomite Passes like the Gardena, Sella, Pordoi and of course the Giau and Fedaia Pass:

  1. Selleronda Bike Day

  2. Dolomites Bike Day

  3. Maratona dles Dolomites

1. Selleronda Bike Day

On Selleronda Bike Day in June every year the pass roads around the Sella massif are closed to motorized traffic from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm and reserved for cyclists.
Participation in the Sellaronda Bike Day is free. Just start your ride where you prefer along the route: Santa Cristina Valgardena, Selva Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Arabba, Passo Campolongo, Corvara, Colfosco, Passo Gardena, Selva Gardena, Santa Cristina Valgardena.
There is no limit to the number of participants and everyone can cycle for as long as they like.The Sellaronda Bike Day is a group excursion on two wheels.
The ride of about 53 km through the Dolomite mountain passes has a total elevation gain of 1,600 meters about.

2. Dolomites Bike Day

On Dolomites Bike Day you can enjoy riding three classic passes: Falzarego, Valparola and Campolongo without worrying about traffic.
From 8:30 to 14:30 the roads will be closed to motorized traffic and reserved for cyclists.
Route: Arabba, Pieve di Livinallongo, Passo Falzarego, Passo Valparola, La Villa Corvara, Passo Campolongo, Arabba. The ride of about 51 km has a total elevation gain of 1,400 meters about.
During the Dolomites Bike Day, a non-competitive cycling event with free access to all bike enthusiasts the route will be animated by racing bikes, mountain bikes, e-bikes, and even bicycles with baby carriage following the footsteps of the Giro d’Italia and the Maratona dles Dolomites.

3. Maratona dles Dolomites

The Maratona dles Dolomites is a road-bike marathon in the Dolomites with start and finish in the village of La Villa, Corvara in Val Badia.
Today the number has had to be limited to 9,000 enthusiastic cyclists who get the chance each year to take part in this unique and world famous marathon.
Just how remarkable this success story is can be seen from the fact that from 2014 there are every year over 30,000 applications from would-be participants!
This race has turned to a must for all bike lovers, and thousands cyclists reach by bike the most beautiful Dolomite passes (Passo Campolongo, Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Giau, Passo Falzarego and Passo Valparola) to imitate the pros of the Giro d'Italia. This is a race, but also a celebration.

Participants can choose among three different routes:

  • The Marathon (138 km, 4,230 mt. elevation gain)
  • The Medium (106 km, 3,130 mt. elevation gain)
  • The Selleronda (55 km, 1,780 mt elevation gain)

The roads will be closed to traffic during the race.

Where stay during your cycling holiday in the Dolomites

There main areas of the Dolomites are: Val Gardena, Val Badia, Val di Fassa, Livinallongo and Cortina d’Ampezzo. They are close to a plethora of climbs.
The most popular areas are Val Badia and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Alta Badia is located in the heart of the Dolomites.
The main villages are:

  • Val Gardena (Ortisei, Santa Cristina, Selva Val Gardena),
  • Val Badia (Badia, Corvara, Colfosco, La Villa),
  • Val di Fassa (Moena, Vigo di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa, Mazzin, Canazei),
  • Livinallongo (Livinallongo, Arabba),
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo (Cortina d'Ampezzo, Pocol)

Other cycling resources in the Dolomites

Regional tourist info sites:

  1. visittrentino.info

  2. suedtirol.info

  3. veneto.eu

  4. turismofvg.it

Local tourist info sites:

  1. fassa.com

  2. altabadia.org

  3. dolomiti.org

  4. infodolomiti.it

  5. auronzomisurina.it

  6. eggental.com

  7. bolzanosurroundings.info

  8. trecimebike.it

Pedal your way through the Dolomites

The Dolomites are a paradise for recreational cyclists as well as racers, with mountains, breathtaking scenery, great food and culture.
South Tyrol, a region in the Dolomites, had previously been part of Austria, but since 1918 (after World War One) has been under Italian governance. Towns, mountains, roads and pubblic offices still retain both their Italian and German names and it is a place that enjoys the best of the two cultures and dramatic geography, making it a unique and demanding place to ride a bike.

If you’ve ever ridden your bike in the Dolomites, you’ll know that you can spend plenty of time in the big cog at the back. The elevation you can achieve in a couple of kilometres is astounding, but the scenery is inimitable.
Fortunately there are also more forgiving roads that allow you to take in the scenery whilst being able to breathe.
The Dolomites offer all the things that a cyclist wants: demanding climbs, some of the best food Europe can offer and one of the most beautiful locations for riding your bike.

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