Passo Pordoi -Canazei Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.9
FIETS
7.3 mi
DISTANCE
2,435 ft
GAINED
6.3 %
AVG. GRADE

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This 7.3 mile bike climb is located in Provincia di Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. The average gradient is 6.3% and there is a total elevation gain of 2,435 ft, finishing at 7,221 ft.

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Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - Italian countryside, bike parked on roadside next to old farm building

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei

Ride 11.8 kilometers gaining 742 meters at 6.3% to 2,239 meters

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Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei  - road signs for Passo Pordoi and Canezi, 25 degree torante

Passo Pordoi is located in the Dolomites mountains of the Italian Alps.

The Passo is located between the Sella Group to the north and Marmolada group to the south.

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei  - PJAMM's profile tool shows the steepest km of the climb

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Steepest kilometer is 7.4% and 88.5% of the climb is at 5-10%.

While the route to Passo Pordoi is more scenic, the ascent from Arabba is more often included in the Giro and the Maratona dles Dolomites (seven Dolomites passes, 138 kilometers, 4230 meters).  However, in 2021 the Giro features Passo Pordoi from Canazei as it makes its fourteenth appearance as the Cima Coppi on the Giro’s Queen Stage.

Stage 16 (May 24, 2021):

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - overview of Giro's 2021 Stage 16 

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Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - overview of Giro's 2021 Stage 16

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GIRO D’ITALIA HISTORY

Passo Pordoi was first featured in the Giro d’Italia in 1937 and since has appeared 39 times (most recently 2017 when Italy’s Diego Rosa was first over the pass). It has been the Cima Coppi (highest point of the Giro) 13 times (14 after the Giro passes over it May 24, Stage 16), more than any other pass in Giro history (Stelvio is second highest at 9[1]).  

Cima Coppi:

“The Cima Coppi is the title given to the highest peak in the yearly running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tour races. The mountain that is given this title each year awards more mountains classification points to the first rider than any of the other categorized mountains in the race.

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - stone monument to Fausto Coppi

Photo:  Wikipedia

Fausto Coppi finished first on Passo Pordoi 5 times

He also won the Giro 5 times (1940, 1947, 1949, 1952-53)


The categorization was first introduced for the 1965 Giro d'Italia in honor of the late Fausto Coppi who won five editions of the Giro d'Italia and three mountain classification titles during his career. It was first announced on 22 April 1965 by then race director Vicenzo Torriani that the highest peak would award two times as many mountains classification points. Torriani thought of possibly awarding time bonuses to the first to summit the mountain; however, after many dissenting opinions, he opted to go award more mountains classification points.

The Cima Coppi changes from year to year, depending on the altitude profile of the Giro d'Italia, but the Cima Coppi par excellence is the Stelvio Pass, which at 2758 m is the highest point ever reached by the Giro. The Stelvio has been used in the 1972, 1975, 1980, 1994, 2005, 2012, 2014 and 2017 editions. It was also scheduled in 1965, 1988, and 2013, but in each case the course was modified due to weather conditions, with various effects on the Cima Coppi designation” (
Wikipedia - Cima Coppi).

The two routes up to Passo Pordio come close, but just a tad short, to rivaling the incomparable Giau in beauty.  Along with Passo Giau (and so many other Dolomites beauties), Passo Pordio is a bucklet list-travel-from-California-worthy climb.

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - remnants of Giros past

The presence and significance of the Giro d’Italia is unmistakable in Canazei.

Note: All photo collages are in in sequential order as we climb the mountain - except for the tornante and kilometer photos which appear at the end of this climb summary.

   Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - beginning of climb in Canezi, Italian alps town

Climb begins in Canazei.

Canazei is in the Trentini-Alto Adige Region of Italy, in the Dolomites.  The town is very quaint and has a population of roughly 1,900.  And, while Passo Pordoi is part of the famous Sella Ronda, the route does not actually pass through Canazei.

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - views leaving the village of Canazei, including a gondola going up the mountainside

Just leaving Canazei.

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - views leaving Canazei, including a tunnel through the mountainside

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - cyclists riding on roadway leaving Canazei, roadside surrounded by evergreen trees and rock formations up the mountainside 

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - mountainside tram area at km 4.3

Tram area at kilometer 4.3.

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - heading up the mountainside, large grey rock formations and evergreen trees 

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - green hillsides along the roadway 

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - gorgeous hotel Pordoi carved into the mountainside at km 10 

Hotel Pordoi at hairpin 18 and kilometer 10.

 Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - tornante can be seen nearing the climb finish

Nearing the finish.

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - bike parked at roadsign at climb top, restaurant parking lots in the distance 

There are a couple of ristoranti at the top.

    Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road sign reads 1520 m altitude and 7.1% grade

 Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs marking the turns along the climb

THERE ARE 27 SWITCHBACKS ON THE CLIMB

Note: Some signs are were missing at the time of our ride.

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs mark the turns on the climb

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs mark the turns on the climb

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs mark the turns on the climb

   

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs mark the turns on the climb

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs mark the turns on the climb

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs mark the turns on the climb

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs mark the turns on the climb

Cycling Passo Pordoi from Canazei - road signs mark the turns on the climb 


[1] Note - If Stelvio is included in a stage, it will necessarily be the Cima Coppi because it is the highest pass available to the Giro.