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Sept 2005

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Ken rode a big loop thru the mountains rising between Cortina and Canazei, including la Gusela, Marmolada, Gruppo di Sella, and Cinque Torri. He started from Pocol (near Cortina), and rode over these passes: Giau, Fedaia, Sella, Gardena, Valparola, Falzarego -- and through the villages of Selva di Cadore, Caprile, Canazei, Corvara, Stern (La Villa). This route came from the book Cycling Italy, by Ethan Gelber et al (Lonely Planet, 2003). About 3700 vertical meters of climbing in 115 km, with some sustained sections at steepness grade of 8% and more.

on the climb from Pocol to Passo Giau, view of la Gusela
 

at Passo Giau, looking north to la Gusela
 

another rider climbing to Passo Giau the other way from the west
 

village of Pian, near Selva di Cadore
 

Marmolada above Lago di Fedaia
 

Gran Vernel, southwest from Lago di Fedaia
 

Marmolada from Passo Sella
 

climbing toward Passo Sella, with Langkofel (Sasso Lungo) behind
 

climbing the west side of Passo Gardena (Grdner Joch)
 

climb from Stern (La Villa) toward Passo Valparola
 

Cinque Torri above Passo Falzarego at sunset
 


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