|The road between Cortina d'Ampezzo and Pocol,|
on the way up the Passo di Falzarego.
|Another captivating view along the Sellaronda route.|
Once over the Passo di Falzarego’s 2,105 metre summit, the road suddenly became less friendly. Constant views of lush pine forest and the Dolomites above became temporarily replaced by steep switchbacks and a tight corner tunnel that even a procession of speeding Porsches had to negotiate cautiously. Eventually however, like most descents, the road behaved more predictably, swiftly conveying me to Arabba, which stands at the foot of the Sella group of mountains.
Normally ridden on event days in an anticlockwise direction, and beginning with the Passo Gardena, our accommodation at Pozza di Fassa made it more practical to start at the foot of the Campolongo climb. While hovering above 9% for one-and-a-half kilometres, I soon found myself rolling over its 1,875 metre summit. A bit like Arthurs Seat back home on the Mornington Peninsula, it’s not much more than a 15-minute climb with an average gradient of 7.4%.
|The view north from the summit of the Passo Sella.|
|Our accommodation at Hotel Villa Margherita|