Shortly after leaving the town of Selva you have the first hairpin with a long straight that follows the contours of the mountain. Another hairpin with a gradient approaching 10% takes you to another long straight where it’s steeper than 7% in just a couple of sections.
You soon reach the winter lift facilities of Plan de Gralba and from here, only 1km separates you from the junction to the Passo Sella or Passo Gardena portion of the famous Sellaronda loop. Once you reach the crossroads, turn left following the Passo Gardena sign.
By now you should already know that the more you stay on the inside on the hairpins, the steeper the road is and feels
If you have the power and feel good enough to push out of the saddle, you’ll get good training. But, if your legs are begging for mercy, better take a wider turn.
Before the end of the climb you reach a 2 km long stretch that has a gentle gradient downhill. So take away this 2km from the resume above and you will see that the Passo Gardena gains some more respect.
After this long part you may feel to take some speed in order to gain some 100 meters speeding up the last 1,8 km until the top of the Gardena. Maybe the speed will last barely for 100-200 meters but only 3 hairpins separates you from the top of the Passo Gardena.
Remember to look sometimes behind you because from here you have one of the best views on the Sassolungo / Langkofel mountain symbol of Val Gardena.