St. Vigil – San Martino di Castrozza
This is an exciting journey through the Dolomites with unique views of these wonderful mountains. Through the Val Badia the route climbs up to the Passo Valparola. The route is built up by mighty mountain giants such as the Kreuzkofel, the Sassongher and the wide block of the Sella massif. Only later does the Lagazuoi, one of the most beautiful panoramic peaks in the Dolomites, come into view. From Passo Falzarego, a cable car leads up to the 360-degree panorama cinema. The Falzarego, listed in the list of passes of the 2021 Transalp, will not be climbed this time, only crossed by the higher Valparola Pass. However, the pass deserves special mention for its scenic beauty, with views of the Tofana and the Cinque Torri. The ascent to Valparola and finally to Falzarego is very tame, as the 1250 height metres are spread over a total length of 32 kilometres.
Now a long descent follows down to Caprile, along the mighty wall of the Civetta, which is finally passed at Alleghe. Now the main road descends another 18 kilometres to Agordo. Two passes follow, which were last mastered by the participants of the TOUR Transalp in 2016 and 2018. South of the Pale di San Martino, the Forcella Aurine and the Passo Cereda lead further on over to Fiera di Primiero, which at that time was a stage town. But not this time! This time the stage is called San Martino di Castrozza. The place belongs to the same tourism region as Fiera, but is located at an altitude of 1500 metres at the top of the mountain. This means that one can touch the jagged peaks of the Pale di San Martino now and the panorama becomes more and more powerful in the final ascent. But it also means, that the last 12 kilometres and 700 metres in altitude will pinch those legs.
Mountain passes: Passo Valparola, Passo Falzarego, Forcella Aurine, Passo Cereda