Sellaronda MTB Tour, the panoramic tour in mountain bike in an area of outstanding beauty around the Sella Group in the Dolomites, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To ride the tour it takes adequate physical preparation to face some short climbs and descents that require agility and experience.
The itinerary unfolds on many MTB dedicated single trails as well as hiking trails and forest roads for non-exclusive use of the bikers.
MTB in the Dolomites, the most beautiful tour of the world.
The excursion Sellaronda MTB Tour makes you discover the natural beauty of the Dolomites on your mountain bike, with the assistance of the mountain lifts.
CHOOSE WHERE TO START
Take the lift facilities to reach the Dolomites passes of Gardena, Campolongo, Pordoi and Sella and then lauch yourselves down on trails and downhill paths while taking the breathtaking scenery in.
Bikers can start from one of the villages of Selva Val Gardena, Corvara, Arabba, Canazei or Campitello and follow a clockwise or anti-clockwise route.
CLOCKWISE ROUTE: THE TOUR FOR EVERYONE
The access to the Sellaronda MTB Tour can be done from the four valleys surrounding the Sella massif, from Selva Val Gardena in Val Gardena, Corvara in Alta Badia, Arabba, or from Canazei and Campitello in Val di Fassa.
The clockwise route of the Sellaronda MTB Tour is definitely the easiest to deal. Through the use of the mountain lifts the remaining height difference to ride is relatively low. There are just few climbs that require some effort and several more technical descents where to pay particular attention.
Just below the top station of the Dantercepies lift of Selva di Val Gardena we meet the first descent, a single trail that starts from the Gardena pass and brings to Colfosco. From Corvara we take more lifts before facing the Alta Via to the Campolongo pass. From here we go up with the chairlift Campolongo and descend towards Arabba, where to take the cable car to Porta Vescovo. The lower part of the track that goes from the top station, from where you can admire the spectacular scenery of the icy peaks of the Marmolada and the artificial lake of Fedaia, to the mountain lift Fodom of Arabba is another particularly challenging descent. From the mountain station of the Fodom lift, on top of the Pordoi pass, a long, scenic descent leads to Canazei. From here the cable car Col Rodella brings to the Sella pass, reached via a short descent. Particularly interesting is the famous Stone City, which is located just below the pass, at the feet of the Sassolungo. A long descent, during which to admire the views of the Dolomites, leads to Val Gardena.
With the support of the lifts, which allow the transport of mountain bikes, and with its thrilling and panoramic descents, the clockwise route of the Sellaronda MTB Tour can be finished in about six hours.
ANTI-CLOCKWISE ROUTE: THE TOUR FOR EXPERTS
The anti-clockwise route of the Sellaronda MTB Tour can be undertaken by any of the four valleys around the Sella Massif. This tour puts a strain on the mountain bikers, but it definitely gives strong emotions all the way.
Particular attention should be paid to some of the descents around: the steepest part of the tour is located just below the Sassolungo mountain until reaching the wonderful Stone City, which is definitely worth a stop. From here you reach the car parking just below the Sella pass and afterwards, making the descent and a few bends that sometimes are particularly steep, you arrive in Val di Fassa. After the ascent from Canazei with the help of two cable cars, you reach Col Rodella, where you can contemplate the Queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada, and the artificial lake of Fedaia. From the pass there is a wonderful descent to Arabba through meadows and ski slopes. From Arabba the tour follows a short stretch on paved road and then climbs through the woods to the hamlet of Cherz and continues from here to the Campolongo pass. The chairlift Costoratta reaches to the feet of Boè, where you can ride down to Corvara. A not too hard climb leads to Colfosco, where the cable car that goes up to the Gardena pass allows a little rest and a magnificent view to the surrounding mountains, before descending down to Selva Val Gardena.
No Alpine mountain range offers such a wonderful panorama as the Dolomites. Discovering the natural beauty of the mountains recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage riding a bike and respecting the surrounding nature, it is now possible for all lovers of mountain biking, thanks to the bike transport on the mountain lifts, thus overcoming the climbs to the four Dolomite passes Gardena, Campolongo, Pordoi and Sella with ease.
Access to Sellaronda MTB Tour is possible from the four valleys overlooking the massif of the Sella: from Selva in Val Gardena, Corvara in Alta Badia, Arabba, or from Canazei and Campitello in Val di Fassa. The tour can be tackled both in mountain bike and with the new E-bikes, electric powered cycles.
The Sellaronda MTB Tour requires a sufficient physical preparation and a good agility and experience. You can do the tour on your own experience,however, we recommend the accompaniment of a MTB expert guide, which will make the experience of the trail even more complete and secure, especially if you do not know the area well or do not have a sufficient physical training.
The descents are on single trails dedicated to MTB, on forest trails and roads for non-exclusive use of cyclists and on small stretches of road. It is a spectacular scenic hike along which you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.
For mountain biking fans this is a unique natural spectacle, combined to typical alpine huts and delicious local specialties.
THE MTB SCHOOLS GUIDES OF THE 4 VALLEYS
Make the Sellaronda MTB Tour become a full experience by doing it accompanied by a guide. The MTB guides specialized in the tour can give various tips and tell stories related to the area that complement and add value to the memory of the ride that every biker will take home. In fact:
- They know the path, and are updated on the status of practicability.
- They can choose the tracks, depending on the biker ability.
- They help the bikers on every type of trails, giving valuable advices on MTB riding technique.
- They are equipped for any minor repairs and they know the bike services along the tour.
- They can tell the nature and the history of our valleys, enriching the experience of the tour.
- In case of inconvenience, guides always know how to get the bikers back.
INDEMNITY FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITIES
Local bodies, associations, appropriate consortia of the area choose and carry out competent maintenance on trails and paths. No liability will be assumed for possible damage or accidents on signaled mountain bike trails.
Transport via lift facilities: the contract between the manager of the lift facility and the pass holder includes transport from the valley to the mountain station, or from the mountain to the valley station, on the single lift. Any further activity is not included in the contract and is undertaken at one’s own risk.
COMMON SENSE AND RESPECT
Respect nature and fully enjoy the tour.
Just follow these six simple rules of good education and organization to spend a day of wellness and fun:
- Ride only on authorized trails and don’t ride across the fields.
- Never scare animals, do not leave rubbish, avoid braking sharply (excessive soil erosion).
- Pedestrians and Hikers always have right of the way, make yourself heard in advance.
- Check the good conditions of your equipment, always use helmet and bike gloves.
- Moderate your speed depending on the different situations, do not overestimate your possibilities.
- Plan your tour in advance.