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"The Queen Marmolada" Bike Tour

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Spectacular panoramic tour at the base of the imposing glacier of the "Queen of the Dolomites", Marmolada.
moderate
Distance 69.2 km
5:00 h
2,100 m
2,100 m
One of the most spectacular and exciting tours because full of breathtaking landscapes.

From "Arabba" short warm-up along the "Fodom" Valley, descent to "Sottoguda", where through the typical village the famous "Serrai" begin; exciting climb through a gorge with hundred metres high rock walls, waterfalls, caves and the Torrent "Pettorina" that always flows by our side.

After 2.5 km the gorge ends and we continue over the steep and demanding ramps of the "Fedaia" Pass to the shore of the Lake of the same name at the foot of the "Marmolada" Glacier, the queen of the Dolomites.

From here, a fast descent into the "Fassa" Valley and back to Arabba via the 33 hairpin bends of the "Pordoi".

Author’s recommendation

It is suggested to take a rest on each Pass to admire the panorama.
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Arabba Fodom Turismo
Update: August 04, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,240 m
Lowest point
999 m
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Safety information

Streets are open to cars.

Choose a speed that respects the road traffic regulations and traffic and that corresponds to your riding skills.

Always let someone know where you are going and the approximate duration of the hike and avoid going alone.

The telephone number in case of emergency is 112 or 118 (ambulance).

Tips and hints

Before the start, it is reccomended to get informed about the weather, which changes rapidly in the mountains, and the conditions of the route.

 

Start

Center of "Arabba" (1,593 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.497707, 11.875404
DMS
46°29'51.7"N 11°52'31.5"E
UTM
32T 720639 5153366
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Destination

Center of "Arabba"

Turn-by-turn directions

Clockwise tour: from the centre of "Arabba", short warm-up along the "Fodom" Valley, descent to "Sottoguda", where the famous "Serrai" begin through the typical village; exciting climb through a gorge with hundred-metre high rock walls, waterfalls, caves and the "Pettorina" Stream flowing beside us. After 2.5 km the gorge ends and we continue over the steep and demanding ramps of the "Fedaia" Pass to the shores of the lake of the same name at the foot of the "Marmolada" Glacier, the Queen of the Dolomites. From here it is a rapid descent into the "Fassa" Valley and over the 33 hairpin bends of the "Pordoi" back to "Arabba". 

Tour counter-clockwise: From the centre of "Arabba" you immediately start the non-trivial climb of the 33 hairpin bends overlooking the "Fodom" Valley of the "Pordoi" Pass, whose descent takes you to "Canazei". At the roundabout in the centre of the village, turn left and begin the equally important climb to the "Fedaia" Pass, whose summit is very characteristic due to the presence of the lake of the same name and offers a breathtaking view of the immensity of the Glacier of the Queen of the Dolomites, the "Marmolada". After passing the lake, the hard descent of the pass begins, reaching the locality of "Malga Ciapela", where you can enter the "Serrai of Sottoguda"; an impressive descent through a gorge with rock walls about a hundred metres high, waterfalls, caves and the torrent "Pettorina" that always flows by our side. After 2.5 km the gorge ends and after the last hairpin bends of the pass you reach "Caprile" of "Alleghe". At the fork in the road, turn left and start climbing along the road that takes you to "Rucavà". From here, turn right at the crossroads and follow the signs for "Pieve di Livinallongo" until you reach the hamlet of "Cernadoi", where you will find the crossroads on the left with Street n. 48 delle Dolomiti, which will take you back to "Arabba" with a pleasant up and down.

Note


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Public transport

Arabba, the starting and arrival point of the excursion, relates to the other tourist centers of the Province of Belluno and Trentino - Alto Adige through extra-urban lines.

The town is served by the SAD 472 line which goes around the Sellaronda. More information, times and activation dates of the service www.sii.bz.it

Furthermore, it relates to the Province of Belluno thanks to the service offered by DolomitiBus. More information, times and activation dates of the service www.dolomitibus.it

Tickets can also be purchased on the bus.

Getting there

By car
  • From Innsbruck A22 Brennero highway to the Bressanone tool booth, continue through the Pusteria Valley, Badia Valley and the Campolongo Pass
  • From Verona/Milan A22 Brennero highway up to Egna Ora tool booth, continue for Fiemme Valley, Fassa Valley, Pordoi Pass, Arabba
  • From Venice A27 highwayway tool booth Belluno follow the Agordina 203 to Agordo, Caprile, Arabba

By train

Nearest railway stations

  • Belluno - 70 km
  • Brunico - 48 km
  • Ponte Gardena - 51 km

By bus

  • Brunico - 47 Km connection by SAD line
  • Belluno - 70 km - connected by the Dolomitibus www.dolomitibus.it

By plane

  • Venice Treviso/Venice Marco Polo - 160/170 km
  • Innsbruck - 140 km
  • Verona - 270 km
  • Milan Bergamo/Milan Malpensa - 310/400 km

Parking

Free parking is available near the "Porta Vescovo" cable car and near the Church of "Arabba".

Coordinates

DD
46.497707, 11.875404
DMS
46°29'51.7"N 11°52'31.5"E
UTM
32T 720639 5153366
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Equipment

The cyclist's kit:
  • substitute inner tube
  • repair patches for the inner tube
  • Co2 dispenser and canisters
  • rubber remover
  • pump
  • inflate and repair canister
  • multitool kit
  • chain tool
  • money
  • stick for insect bites
  • food (energy bars, snacks, dried fruit, fruit)
  • mobile phone (insert useful numbers in the area and health information)
  • water bottles (one with water, one with water + mineral salts)
  • gloves
  • helmet
  • bandana under helmet
  • anti-glare glasses
  • anti-wind and rain k - way

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
69.2 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
2,100 m
Descent
2,100 m
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