Giro d’Italia 2011 – Stage 2: Sella Ronda Bike Day

GPS Sella Ronda DayTwice a year, the ‘Sella Ronda Bike Day’ – a combination of four passes in a 55 kilometer loop around the Sella group – is open for bicyclists only.

Between 8:30 and 15:30 the roads are closed to motor vehicles and thousands of cyclists go out for their ‘Sella Ronda’.

Since he was in the area anyway, C. joined them…

He saved himself the trouble of climbing the 12 kilometers or so to Sankta Cristina, from where the road was closed. So, he only had to climb the last part of the first pass, the Sella – a total of 12.75 km, with 785 altimeters.

The Sella was first, since it was ‘advised’ to go counterclockwise; in Plan de Gralba (profile of the Sella from there) you can also go left to climb up the Gardena Pass.

After the descent towards Canazei, the climb to the Pordoi pass was less demanding (profile – the route joined this climb at around 1,820 meters, so only the last 7k were actually climbed).

The following Campolongo was almost a breeze (profile), but since he had seen the final pass – the Gardena, albeit from the passenger seat of the car – the day before, he suppressed the urge to go full speed.

Sella Ronda - GardenaThis final pass in the Sella Ronda is also not too difficult, but more demanding than the profile suggests – this pass is the one with the best views.

Almost resembling the Stelvio from some vantage points (see picture on the left), but less than half as long.

Still, a great conclusion of the day – the remaining descent into Val Gardena and further to Sankta Cristina was just for the mileage…

Total for the day: 66.2 km / 2,641 altimeters.

 

Tomorrow he’s planning on taking on the Kronplatz, but given the nature of the second part of that climb (unpaved), he’s not altogether sure about it.

Perhaps the Furkel Pass will have to do and the Würzjoch is close by as nice alternative…

 

Profile of the Sella Ronda Day

 

 

 

 

Some more pictures on my Google+ page here.

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