Note: the times taken during these journeys include very long breaks I had to take because of lack of training.
It's almost nine in the evening: I've to hurry before dusk ends. But It's too late: when I reached again the route to Costalunga I have no time to go down to Lago di Carezza (a charming point of view over the Latemar) so I got back to Pozza from the same way, the last three kms. in total darkness (no light available for me;luckily I had no crashes during this period).
After a break I set out to Passo Gardena which is far only 11 km. from Sella: the ascent is made up of two stretches a bit steep separated by a flat straight stretch. What a pity, the pass is surprisingly full of cars (is not a beautiful day) and there's a lot of chaos. (till here 33 km. 150 min. 1150 mt of devilement) Descent to Corvara is amusing: on the way you pass through Colfosco where begins Val Mesdi' maybe the most fashinating way to enter inside Sella group (on foot). Also Corvara is chaotic: I prefer to start ascent to Campolongo at first made up of steep hairpins. The difficult stretch ends with an hairpin on descent: from here you ride in a quiet environement the route straight with some short steep stretch. The sign "Passo Campolongo" maybe is located too much early before getting to the pass where you find a fountain at your left: I take a long break . (till here: 50 km. 230 min. 1500 mt. of devilement). The place is not so charming compared to the previous ones but it's very quiet.
Descent to Arabba is quite steep, but the most disappointing thing is that from Arabba starts immediately the ascent to Pordoi made up of 33 hairpins each one reporting the height; besides the pass is soon in sight (on distance). I take it easy during the climb: luckily this side is less steep than the Canazei one. Sella group at your right seems very close when you reach the height of 2000 mt. a.s.l. The last hairpins allow you to take a glance eastward and you see Campolongo route and towards Tofane (very small). Pordoi is similar to Stelvio as far as concerns the chaos: however I'm tired and I take another long break. (till here: 63 km. 290 min 2150 of devilement). Descent to Canazei is amusing (however beware of cars in the opposite way). From Canazei to Pozza some up and down that in the morning was useful for warming now turn to be tedious due to wind blowing opposite to me ... but it's over (85km. 380 min. 2150 of devilement).
After a break I go back till corssing route to Passo Valles: some days ago a stage of women Giro d'Italia passed here and it's plenty of signs on the route for all the women racing. The route is very well paved and the environment is beautiful with a little river at your right green grass some little rock and enough trees. After 3 Km. you cross the route to Baita Segantini suitable for MTB in order to get back to Passo Rolle; besides the slope brutally increases in a straight stretch. Only 4.5 km to the pass: a left bend introduces yourself to the last part less demanding and full of bends (till here 49 km. 200 min. 1400 mt of devilement) The pass is very quiet and very fashionable: they sell a nice post card in the restaurant at the pass. I prefer to stay outside to have my lunch (there's a small fountain on the left). Descent is in Belluno region and it's very steep with few bends and a couple of hairpin: it's very easy to gain speed. If you're lucky to stop at the very right point you can see a good view over Falcade and its valley known as "Agordino". When you cross the route to S. Pellegrino pass you have to respect a STOP sign before turning left to the pass but if the route is free you can use the final descent form Valles as run up for S. Pellegrino because a sign informs you a slope > 18% is coming ... and it's true. The ascent is demanding but not very long (5.5 km. ) and full of many hairpins almost flat: landscape is not very remarkable and you have to face another 18% stretch.
After 3.5 km the most demanding stretch is definitively ended ... but not the climb now made up of a long straight stretch that turns to be demanding at this point: S. Pellegrino pass is very wide full of skilift ... maybe during winter is more fashionable. (till here 63 km. 290 min. 2000 mt. of devilement) The descent to Moena is very very fast (not well paved): beware when in sight of Moena, of a couple of hairpins that suddenly appear. At this point it remains the ascent from Moena to Pozza: as the weather is not good I ride with wind blowing behind me and that helps me (till here 83 km. 350 min. 2200 mt of devilement).
The descent goes on till Caprile: the route is narrow and still steep. The more surprising thing is that the air is very cold although it's plenty of sun along the streets: if I had gloves I'd use them.
From Caprile there are two ways of reaching Selva di Cadore: one through Colle S. Lucia and one less demanding through Val Fiorentino (two short tunnels no lighted: no problems). My choice is the less demanding route you find almost at the end of Caprile (find a sign saying "Selva di Cadore turn left"). Last 1500 mt. before Selva are bad paved and the street is narrow, a bit steep and full of bends: suddenly you enter a wider route and to go to Passo Giau turn left.
A steep descent allows you to start the climb with a bit of ease: the route is wide but steep and you need a regular pace to face it Bridges over little river Codalonga allow a bit of rest: meanwhile landscape becomes wider and Mount Nuvolau is so in front of you that you're a bit disappointed when the route suddenly turns right and the mount is going out of sight: it lasts 2.5 km (the last ones) to the pass when you can see Nuvolau again together with Tofane Cristallo Sella Marmolada (till here 48 km. 200 min. 1800 mt. of devilement). After another break the descent to Pocol starts immediately steep: there are more trees and slopes are varying (two signs saying gradient > 10%: beware of that because the street is narrow). You get to Pocol in ascent: local booklets say about a good view over Cortina from Pocol but I don't see nothing (maybe you have to go down but I don't want to add more climbs). I turn left toward Falzarego pass: there's more traffic than previously (here' s within the known "Dolomiti route") and I cannot enjoy a straight stretch almost flat within wood because of a lot of cars and buses overtaking me at highest speed. On the right I can see the huge mass of Tofane: then, as the gradient increases, bends show up again but not so demanding. The pass is overcrowded, so without stopping I goes on to Valparola pass: two straight stretches a bit demanding take you to the highest point but the better view is available from the hospiz at the beginning of the descent. From here you see till S. Cassiano and Val Badia: if I were in good shape I'd go down to S. Cassiano and then get back to Canazei through Corvara, Gardena and Sella (that would be 7 pass crossed during the tour) but as this is not one of my best years I prefer to get back to Falzarego. (till here: 75 km 300 min. 2400 mt. of devilement)
The descent towards Arabba ends approximatively in Pieve di Livinallongo where you find on your left before a circular bend a drinking fountain. From Arabba to Pordoi I've already written before: luckily the ascent doesn't turn to be more demanding than the previous time when I faced it in a shorter tour. The descent to Canazei is free of problem. (till here: 115 km. 500 min. 3200 mt of devilement)