Tre Cime di Lavaredo Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.4 mi
2,130 ft
8.6 %


Page Contributor(s): Andrew Hartley, Manchester, England.


One of the most epic and hardest climbs in the Dolomites at 4.2 kilometers, averaging 11.8% average grade and topping out at 2,338 meters.  The climb has been a mountaintop finish in 8 Giro d'Italia races, including Stage 19 in 2023. 

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The road surface is excellent. Most of it has just been repaved for the 2023 Giro d'Italia. 

Traffic is light to moderate as this leads to one of the most popular attractions/trailheads in the Dolomites. 

There is a large paid parking lot at the trailhead at the bottom of the climb Google Maps
The Rifugio Auronzo at the top has excellent food, coffee, beer, and other accommodations for hikers, cyclists, and climbers alike. It's usually crowded during peak season, as Tre Cime is known to be one of the most beautiful spots in the Dolomites. 
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Difficulty: Extreme



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Jul 11, 2024
difficulty: Extreme
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 5
Jul 11, 2024
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 5
Easily the hardest climb I've done. The last several miles were at about 15% and I had to pull over to catch my breath and drink my carb mix. (Can't do both at the same time!). As we got closer to the top, the clouds rolled in and it started to rain a bit. Weirdly, after we got to the summit we did a little hike around the mountain and I could see how beautiful everything was, but I could never take time on the bike to enjoy that view because the pedaling was all-consuming.
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Cycling Tre Cime di Lavaredo to 2,330 meter

Ride 4.2 kilometers gaining 486 meters at 11.7% average grade.

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also known as the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, is an iconic and challenging cycling climb located in the Italian Dolomites. It is widely regarded as one of the most stunning and demanding ascents in the world. The climb takes riders through the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its breathtaking mountain landscapes.


Tre Cime is visible at many locations along the climb.

This is a beast of a climb with a full kilometer averaging 14.2% and 2 kilometers 13.4%.  

Any climbing cyclists traveling in northeastern Italy (Veneto Region) and certainly Provincia de Belluno (northeastern tip of Italy) would be well served to give Tre Cime a go!

Lake Musurina - 4 star hotel Grand Hotel Misurina at end of lake.

The climb begins at gorgeous Lake Misurina, about 4 kilometers from the start the heavy lifting.

First segment of the climb.


Toll booth is 2 km from start; 30 Euros for car, no charge bikes.

We did get a distant view of Tre Cime from the approach 6 kilometers away


The Giro has visited Tre Cime 8 times as of 2023.

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb has been featured in prestigious cycling races, such as the Giro d'Italia, cementing its reputation as a legendary climb in the cycling world. It attracts riders from around the globe who seek the thrill of conquering its demanding gradients and experiencing the sheer beauty of the Dolomites.


Overall, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo cycling climb offers a memorable and challenging adventure for cyclists, combining the physical demands of a steep ascent with the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Dolomites. It is an experience that leaves a lasting impression on anyone who takes on the challenge.



The final 5 tornanti begin are 1.6 km at 12.8% beginning at km 5.3.

Biking up Tre cime di lavaredo - tour bus on road 

This is really a big tourist attraction at the top - and rightly so!


    Cycling Tre cime di lavaredo - summit sign with bike leaning on sign, mountains in background

Near the top


As cyclists conquer the challenging ascent, they are rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the majestic Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks. These towering rock formations, reaching heights of over 2,800 meters, create a dramatic backdrop that adds to the sense of accomplishment when reaching the summit.

Rigugio Auronzo has 104 sleeping places and 130 seats for dining.

Tre Cime

It is a short hike to the base of Tre Cime from climb finish.


Eddy Merckx on Tre Cime di Lavaredo - 1968 Giro d’Italia - Wikipedia

Merckx won stage 12 which finished on Tre Cime.

The Giro first included Tres Cime in 1967 (Stage 19), but that stage did not make it to the books.  There is disagreement about what exactly happened on Tres Cime June 10, 1967, but there is no doubt that many weaker climbers were aided in some fashion - either by purposefully holding on to cars, or by involuntarily (but gratefully) being pushed by spectators. The excellent historian of Giro data, provides this summary:

“Stage nineteen left Udine for a hilltop finish at the top of the difficult Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb. The weather was dreadful that day with rain, snow and fog. At the beginning of the ascent Wladimiro Panizza was three minutes ahead of the field and he looked to be headed for the win. His director, fearing a stiff fine, did all he could to keep the tifosi from pushing the diminutive climber up the hill. Just as he closed in on the summit, Panizza was suddenly passed by a slew of riders, most of whom possessed only a fraction of his climbing skills.
How did this happen? With two kilometers to go, the chasers were struggling in miserable weather on the stiffest part of the climb. The gradient at that point was almost fourteen percent. The riders had, in a moment of collective moral failure, grabbed on to the team cars and were towed up to Panizza. Gimondi was first across the line because, as sportswriter René de Latour noted, “he had the fastest car”. Outraged, a furious Torriani wouldn’t let the fraudulent result stand and annulled the stage. La Gazzetta writer Bruno Raschi called it “le montagne del disonore”.

Bic, Anquetil’s sponsor, decided that they weren’t interested in winning the Giro. Believable reasons don’t seem to be forthcoming; non-believable ones abound. Anquetil says that his domestiques stopped getting their paychecks and understandably, most of them abandoned. Denson says that he was told that the riders were being pulled from the Giro to save them for races later in the season. Since the Tour was to be contested by national teams in 1967, this excuse really makes no sense. Another hypothesis is that this was a move to allow Anquetil to have an excuse for losing. But Anquetil wasn’t giving up, so this seems illogical as well. Nonetheless, Anquetil raced for Bic until the end of his career in 1969 which says to me that there was something terribly complicated going on behind the scenes and Anquetil took the explanation to his grave.” 

In all, our research shows that the Giro has included a stage finish on Tre Cime (always a mountaintop finish)  8 times:  1967, 1968, 1975, 1981, 1989, 2007, 2017 and 2023. In each appearance, Tre Cime has been the Cima Coppi of the Giro since that designation was first introduced in 1965 to honor arguably the Giro’s greatest participant of all time:

“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.

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