Cycling Passo Giau Selva di Cadore

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Passo Giau - Selva di Cadore

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 9.1 %

Length: 10.12 km

Altitude start: 1314 m

Altitude top: 2236 m

Ascent: 922 m

Passo Giau rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 797 (all)
Ranking Italy: 192 (all)
Ranking Dolomites: 61(all)
Difficulty score: 124.68 what?

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The Passo Giau is situated in Veneto. This climb belongs to the Dolomites. Starting from Selva di Cadore, the Passo Giau ascent is 10.12 km long. Over this distance, you climb 922 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 9.1 %.

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Since 2005, the Passo Giau will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Giro d'Italia 2016 :  Alpago (Farra) - Corvara on 21/05/2016
Giro d'Italia 2013 :  Silandro/Schlanders - Tre Cime Di Lavaredo (Auronzo Di Cadore) on 25/05/2013
Giro d'Italia 2012 :  Falzes > Cortina d'Ampezzo on 23/05/2012
Giro d'Italia 2008 :  Arabba - Passo Fedaia/Marmolada (Dolomiti Stars) on 25/05/2008
Giro d'Italia 2007 :  Trento - Tre Cime Di Lavaredo on 27/05/2007

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Stories, information and comments from Passo Giau climbers
Story by Enda Marron from Belfast, United Kingdom, submitted on 13/08/2014
The Giau is generally accepted as the No.#2. climb in the Dolomites (passo Fedaia is No. #1!)

I have climbed te Giau twice,, the first time as part of an "easy" loop - Valles, Giau, Falzarego & Pordoi

The second time as peak#2 on a difficult 191km loop that has Passos Valles, Giau, Falzarego and the Fedia

Giau is a hard climb, to get to it you first have to prove yourself by getting from Caprille to Selva di Cadore which is demanding.

The Giau itself is not a beautiful cycle but it is an unrelenting "does what it says on the tin" climb.

It is a no nonsense workers climb - a classic Dolomite climb of 10km length, 1000M gain in altitude ie 10% the whole way

I think that this is my favourite Dolomite climb, and I have done them all
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Story by Massimo Riovanto from mestre, Italy, submitted on 08/07/2011
I climb Passo Giau every year, it''s the most important meeting for me when I ride my bike, the king of Dolomites for the 360° scenery on the top, there is nothing like this, this is the reason for it''s better to check the forecast before goin''there, with a clear sky it''s unforgettable. First part from Selva di Cadore will brake your legs but after the gallery the music starts sweet and sweet every tornante.
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Story by Ante Smokrovic from Zagreb, Croatia, submitted on 08/04/2009
One of my favorite passes and probably the hardest in Dolomites after Fedaia from Caprile. What makes it hard is its steep gradient that doesnt relieve for a single meter. Slowely it takes the strength from your legs and if you already climbed that day you can find yourself in some real problems. But every drop of sweat is paid back by great landscape reward at the top. It really is one of the most beautiful passes anywhere.
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Story by Steve from , United Kingdom, submitted on 07/09/2009
rode it again this yr in the Maratona, brutal again due to heat & constant gradient with no let ups. Maratona 07 in 70mins, 3 days before Maratona 09 in 56mins (having riden only Campalongo first), Maratona 09 in 63mins....felt decidely wobbley this time at the top but bettered my overall time by 38mins to finish 6hrs 57mins...then free Warsteiner :-)
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Story by Andy Gray from , United Kingdom, submitted on 24/01/2009
Did this during the 2008 Maratona, i was ill and stupidly stuck to the plan of completing the 138km option, it near killed me, climb took 1hr 10mins. Toughest thing ive ever done, going back this yr for another crack at it.
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Story by kogèr from , Brazil, submitted on 25/05/2008
Guys, please. I like this climb forever and ever. It is what we cycling tourists like to call harkèn sometimes, but there are also vlakke stukskes ("flat pieces") of 7% where you can chill with the bills.
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Story by Martin from , UK, submitted on 13/09/2007
Climbed the Giau on the Randonnee Leman Adriatique. Final climb on a long day that had already seen me over 6 other passes. And this was the hardest, unrelenting pressure from the start to the finish, with a constant steep gradient, only relenting a couple of times when the road passes over a bridge that crosses the stream, whose path you trace up the mountain. End of the climb saw both the end of daylight and start of rain so happy to make the descent into Cortina.

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