Passo Pordoi 2,239m
The Passo Pordoi is the 2nd climb of the Maratona dles Dolomites and has hosted several mountain top Giro stage finishes earning the Passo Pordoi an important place in the history of the Giro d’Italia.
At the top of the climb riders are rewarded with spectacular views and a statue of Il Campionissimo, the champion of champions Fausto Coppi marks the achievement of the 5 times Giro winner. The Passo Pordoi has been the Cima Coppi or highest point of the Giro over a dozen times.
This is your chance to ride in the tyre tracks of cycling history.
The Passo Pordoi is an important climb in the Maratona, the nerves of the opening climb and descent of the Passo Campolongo have gone and it is time to find your rhythm and settle in for a historic day in the saddle. But don’t relax too much, next up are the Passo Sella and Passo Gardena climbs which complete the famous Sella Ronda circuit.
Passo Pordoi Profile
In the Maratona you will be climbing the Passo Pordoi on the eastern side from Arabba climbing 638m over 9.2km at a steady average gradient of 6.9%.
The Passo Pordoi is a real pleasure to climb, the gradient is almost constant and the well laid out hairpins take you smoothly up the valley for ever expanding views of the Sella Ronda and Marmolada mountian ranges on either side.
Passo Pordoi Profile:
- Starting elevation: 1601 m
- Final elevation: 2239 m
- Length of climb: 9.2 km
- Elevation gain: 638 m
- Average gradient: 6.9 %
- Steepest gradient: 10 %
Maratona Fact File:
- Climb 2/6
- Cut off time: 08:43
Climbing the Passo Pordoi
What is it like to climb the Passo Pordoi in the Maratona? Brevet guest Jennifer discovered her new favourite climb:
I consider this as the most stunning climb I have ever done. But I realised on the Passo Pordoi that I had probably gone out too hard for the Campolongo. I was passed by quite a few other Brevet members and their encouragement helped to get me up still in good timing. I definitely made sure I had heaps to eat on the Pordoi – Italian feed stations are amazing! Better than the French!
Did Jen finish the Maratona? Find out in Jen’s Riders Eye View account of the Maratona dles Dolomites.
Passo Pordoi Descent
The descent from the Passo Pordoi is an important area to focus on as it is often the site of crashes caused by temperature changes in the tyres. Inside knowledge on bike set up from your Brevet guides will help you avoid the mistakes that other riders will be making on Maratona race morning.
Check out this recon video of the Passo Pordoi descent:
Maratona dles Dolomites Cycling Holiday
Guests on our Maratona dles Dolomites Cycling Holiday benefit from our first hand knowledge of cycling in the Dolomites, including our tactics for making that vital Passo Giau cut off time of 11:40 at Cernadoi in order to be allowed to climb the mythical Passo Giau.
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Maratona dles Dolomites Climbs
Take a closer look at the climbs you will face if you take on the challenge of the Maratona dles Dolomites with Brevet:
Image Credits: Maratona dles Dolomites (Freddy Planinschek, Daniel Töchterle, Ivan Irsara), Brevet