di Fedáia. Left: view towards the approach from Canazei (far
right: part of the Lake Fedáia dam). Right: Lago di
Fedáia, with main road at left (partly in gallery) and dam at
right. A part of the Marmolada mountains can be seen at the background.
Indications of the view points of the two photos are given in the map below (see inset bottom left).
|Our first climb of the Passo di Fedáia was in the afternoon of the day
of arrival in Alba di Canazei (approach corresponding
with km 68 to 58 in the graph below). The west slope of the Fedáia
starts almost at the doorstep of Albergo Aurora. The ascent from Canazei is more
easy than the east slope, as we experienced later when we rode the loop
as shown at the map below. The descent to Digonera and cycling through
the following valley (km 33-42) is most rewarding. Thereafter, a long
climb start to the Passo di Fedáia and its lake. The first 8 km
are relatively easy, but the final 6 km are pretty steep and annoyingly irregular
(see graph). That part of the Fedáia is a bastard.
Halfway the Fedáia east slope, at the village of Sottoguda, there is a choice between the old road through the Sottoguda gorge and the new main road outside the gorge. First we have followed the main road. A couple of days later we done the gorge road. Details are given on the next page.
|Below: map and gradient profile of the Passo Pordoi and Passo di Fedáia.|
Tracks, distances, profiles and gradients are based on Garmin Edge 705 data.