Cycling in the Dolomites

The Dolomites, or Pale Mountains as they are often known, is a mountain range in the north east of Italy. Since 2009 the Dolomites mountain range has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site to protect and also to celebrate this most spectacular mountain landscape. With its vertical walls, sheer cliffs and high density of narrow, deep and long valleys the Dolomites cannot be compared to anywhere else in the World. 

The North Dolomites

Cycling in the Dolomites and the Sella Massif is now one of the main attractions to the region along with skiing in the winter and walking, hiking and climbing in the summer. Many of the most iconic Italian cycling climbs can be found in the region including the Passo Pordoi, Passo Fedaia, Passo Giau and Tre Cime di Lavaredo to name a few.

To get the most out of your cycling we advise staying in the towns of La Valle or Badia in the Alta Badia region. From here you have immediate access to some of the best routes in the Dolomites and it is also where you can ride the Sella Ronda bike route.


Alta Badia

Experience a mixture of tradition with quality and modernity in the villages that make up the Alta Badia. 


Bike highlights

Route highlight

As Alpine climber Reinhold Messner once said, "The Dolomites are not the highest mountains in the world, but they are the most beautiful!" You won’t want to miss the bike ride of the Sella Ronda which will take you over 4 of the best passes in the region with Piz Boè looming above.

Bike difficulty

Difficulty level

Many of the passes in the Dolomites that you can ride are well above 2000 m in elevation meaning most of the loop routes you can achieve cover a number of these climbs in a day. Be prepared for big days in the saddle but also expect some of the most spectacular days one can have on a bike.

Bike best times

Best time to go

If you have watched the famous Giro d’Italia you will have noticed the snow-capped peaks of the Dolomites even in late May. If looking for the best weather, look at June and September but remember to look out for the busy dates of the Maratona Sportive in July.

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