|Reiterjoch/Passo di Pampeago|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1997m (road height 2004m)||1364m - 20.4 km (Molina via Carano)
1167m - 19.4 km (Carano fr. San Lugano)
1016m - 11.1 km (Tésero)
1106m - 12.6 km (Lago di Tésero)
717m - 7.2 km (Rauth/Novale)
867m - 9 km (bivio Weissenstein/Pietralba)
1121m - 11.3 km (Birchabruck/Ponte Nova)
1731m - 26.1 km (Bolzano/Bozen)
|4 (5)||3-4 (5)|
|How to get there||
From the south, the most natural (and most famous) climb starts in Tésero (988m) (or lower down near Lago di Tésero (898m)), which is a very hard climb. The other south variants are about as hard or tougher still. First time I went from Molina (811m) to Cavalèse (1003m) and then I think I took the serpentine road to Daiano and then up over the Passo di Pramadícco (1443m (1451m)) to Stava (1280m) and up to the pass. If coming from Passo di San Lugano (1100m), you would do well to take the road via Carano and over the Passo di Pramadícco and up from Stava. The road from Stava is quite steep and often above 10%. At the Alpe di Pampeago (1757m) the road has been asphalted since the visit of the Giro d’Italia in 2012 and it is now the only +2000m fully asphalted pass in the Dolomites that is close to traffic except for locals and cyclists. Just after the road height (2004m) the road descends a little to the actual pass and this part was asphalted since long ago.
The northern climb could be started already down in Bolzano (266m), and thus it becomes a very hard and long climb. You would climb the famous Eggental/Val d’Ega road. This has two long new tunnels at the start, but might be possible to use the previously unusable old road that is very nice in this part (it was being cleaned up in 2010, but not sure if it was finished, but the idea is that it should be maintained for bicyclists and others). This road section is one of a couple of roads I still have to visit in the area myself. The road is very narrow on the last section on the north side from Obereggen/S. Floriano (1512m). A nice alternative is to take the road over Obergummer, but it is a little more obvious choice if heading for Jouf de Ciareja/Karerpass/Passo di Costalunga/Pas de Costalongia (1752m), so I include it there instead.
If coming down from the Karerpass or Nigerpass/Passo Nigra (1688m) one starts at Birchabruck/Ponte Nova (876m). If coming down from Passo di Lavazè/Lavazè Joch (1807m) one starts at Rauth/Novale (1280m). Finally, if coming from Ora/Auer (247m) over Aldein/Aldino and Deutschnofen/Nova Ponente, you will start a bit down below Rauth/Novale at turn-off (1130m) for Weissenstein/Pietralba (1520m) and these villages.
|Other comments||The road up from Bolzano through Val d’Ega/Eggental should be very nice with its gorge. This is indeed a very hard pass from either side. Bring water even if you probably could find some on the way at restaurants. See also Passo di Oclini/Joch Grimm (1990m). Other name: Passo delle Pale.