Passo Gardena | Maratona dles Dolomites

Passo Gardena 1,871m

The Passo Gardena  is the 4th climb of the Maratona dles Dolomites and it comes hot on the heels of the Passo Sella. The Gardena is the final climb of the infamous Sella Ronda circuit, the first loop of the 138km Maratona course.

The reward for climbing the two punchy ramps of the southern slopes of the Passo Gardena is one of the best descents of your life through the luscious meadows of the Passo Gardena’s eastern flank.

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Maratona dles Dolomites Course Profile

Maratona dles Dolomites Course Profile

Passo Gardena Profile

In the Maratona you will be climbing the Passo Gardena on the southern side climbing 250m over 5.8km at an average gradient of 4.3%.

Finally the Maratona relents!

Or does it? Don’t be fooled by the 4.3% average gradient, this is a climb of two halves and it’s important to maintain a steady rhythm and check yourself if you are feeling good – you’ll need the energy later.


Passo Gardena Profile Maratona dles Dolomites



Passo Gardena Profile:

  • Starting elevation: 1871 m
  • Final elevation: 2121 m
  • Length of climb: 5.8 km
  • Elevation gain: 250 m
  • Average gradient: 4.3 %
  • Steepest gradient: 10 %

Maratona Fact File:

  • Climb 4/6
  • Feed station on Summit
  • Cut off time: 10:15



Passo Gardena by Jered Gruber

Climbing the Passo Gardena

What is it like to climb the Passo Gardena in the Maratona? Brevet guest Jennifer lets us in on her Maratona adventure:

The Passo Gardena almost passed unnoticed. The long descent from there brought the route back to Corvara. This is where your head plays game with you. In Corvara you ride close to the finishing stretch and there are many arriving at the end of their shorter Sella Ronda loop. It is hard knowing that you have to go back up the Campolongo for a second time and also still have the two toughest climbs of the day left after that.

Did Jen get up the Passo Giau? Find out in Jen’s Riders Eye View account of the Maratona dles Dolomites.

Passo Gardena Descent

If you enjoyed the descent of the Passo Sella then you will love the Passo Gardena descent; fast flowing and with a punchy finish that brings you back into Corvara for round two with the Passo Campolongo.

Brevet guests can take advantage of dropping off spare layers and picking up nutrition at the Brevet Clubhouse near the start finish line.

Check out this recon video of the Passo Gardena 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 Passo Giau.

If you would like to holiday like a Pro with knowledgable and friendly guides, Brevet Team Car support and guaranteed entry to the Maratona dles Dolomites then book your place on the Maratona starting line today.

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Passo Gardena | Maratona dles Dolomites

Brevet guests celebrating reaching the top of the Passo Gardena on a recon ride in the build up to the Maratona dles Dolomites.

Passo Gardena Strava Segment

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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:


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