Guidebook

Italy's Finest Bike Ride - The Clockwise Sella Ronda

A combination of quick lifts, epic trail riding and some of the best scenery in Europe make this a truly exceptional bike trip.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

With a highly favourable effort:reward ratio, varied and continually interesting trails, and some of the best mountain vistas in the world, there's very little to dislike about this ride! The fact that it's dotted with gorgeous mountain huts serving simple-done-well Italian food is a huge added bonus!

The Sella Ronda has long been a popular piste skiing adventure in winter, but the local tourist boards have invested some serious resources into making the circuit a biking route too. The infrastructure of villages, lifts and huts was already in place, but the last few years have seen an ever more impressive network of trails being added bit by bit. Nowadays you could base yourself in any of the villages on this route (Corvara, Arabba, Wolkenstein and Canazei) and spend one day riding local trails and another doing the Sella Ronda. If you're keen to add another day to your trip, then doing the anti-clockwise Sella Ronda is highly recommended for those who don't mind pedalling a bit. Check out the route here - https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/98143/the-sella-ronda-anti-clockwise-an-xc-rider's-dream!

Despite being the "easier" direction on the Sella Ronda, don't underestimate this clockwise circuit - it's still physically demanding simply because you cover over 60km, most of it on bumpy and technical trails. Even if your lungs don't get worked too hard, your wrists, elbows and shoulders definitely will; when you make it back to your startpoint you'll certainly feel like you've earned your pizza!

Alpenrose
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Alpenrose

Dolomites
5.3 km
5 m
666 m
Breathtaking scenery and a bumpy trail make this a great mini adventure
Difficult
Private
Infinity trail
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Infinity trail

Dolomites
8.8 km
18 m
843 m
An exceptional and tough descent down to a bustling town
Severe
Private
Passo Sella, Paravis and Family Line
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Passo Sella, Paravis and Family Line

Dolomites
13.5 km
79 m
901 m
A long and low angled rollercoaster ride
Difficult
Private
Bec de Roces
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Bec de Roces

Dolomites
3.8 km
11 m
487 m
One of the finest descents on the entire Sella Ronda!
Severe
Private
Flé Trail
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Flé Trail

Dolomites
7.5 km
245 m
424 m
One of the longer climbs on the clockwise Sella Ronda followed by a fun descent.
Difficult
Private
Frara
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Frara

Dolomites
8.9 km
45 m
780 m
A long, varied and beautiful descent through a famous valley
Difficult
Private