Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the most significant climbs in Italy and is well-renowned on the Giro. Rising 2,230 metres above sea level and its final 4 kilometres is amongst the most famous in the cycling world.
When to ride Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Like most climbs, Tre Cime di Lavaredo is best-experienced between late-May and early-October. Due to its difficulty, it is relatively quiet, but in warmer months it can prove more difficult. As a result, if you want a less intense experience, tackle this climb in May or October. The climb is closed during winter months.
Riding Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the most significant climbs in the Dolomites, but despite this its length is relatively short at just 7.5km long. It is renowned for its toughness, scaling an average gradient of over 8%, with the finish peaking at 2,373 metres above sea level.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo starts from the beautiful Lake Misurina and the early stages of the climb are amongst the toughest, with an average gradient of 10%, peaking at 18% at its most intense point, over a 2km period. After those tough first two kilometres, the road flattens out at Lake Antorno before climbing again for a tough final four kilometres at a constant gradient of 12%. It is easy to see why this ride is so tough, but its simplicity and beauty make for a thrilling ride and due to no pass on the other side of this Col you can appreciate the difficulty of the climb on the descent.