The area traversed by this pass, can be seen from a favorable
angle from the bike path below, following the river Adige (Etsch):
Cruising along on flat, paper smooth pavement next to the river,
the smell of grapes drift over from the practically vertical
green ridge to the west. Looking up there are various towers and
groups of houses that can be grouped into two localities.
Somewhere up there in that green wall between the towers, cliffs
and church steeples is Passo Bordala, even if the road is really
not easily visible from below.
START-END EAST: jct Ss240-Sp88, Loppio
2.(950m,09.1km) jct with Sp48, coming down from Passo
Santa Barbara in Ronzo-Chienis
3.(1250m,13.7km) TOP: Passo Bordala
5.(200m,30.6km) START-END WEST: jct with bike path
followign Adige (Etsch) river in Rovereto
From West. The profil starts in Loppio, a
short distance east of the north end of Lago di Garda. I didn't
ride the lower part, but came down from Passo Santa Barbara,
then picked up the profiled route at the point in Ronzo.
From Ronzo an unusually wide, but curvy road quickly climbs
the gap above the village. It seems every sign and billboard
here has something to do with percorso MTB, hanggliding or some
form of human racing. The top is in open forest with an albergo.
On the right, there is a turnoff onto a narrow but busy road,
that goes to a refugio.
From East. I think that this side
is more interesting. The road becomes narrower and pulls off a
few picturesque tight turns below a crest of limestone. Rolling
down in long traverses, two separate villages spread out around
their respective church towers. In the distance a sharp dagger
like peak is barely visible through the moist summer athmosphere.
But it is really only after the descent, from the bottom, that
all the features of this approach can be seen in one view, the
limestone crest on top, the two villages foreshortened into a
flat canvas on green grape plantations - and this way it looks
the most impressive.
On the bottom waits the supersmooth bike path mentioned in
the introduction. It is totally separate from the road and
follows the Etsch/ Adige river in both directions. Another
separate path connects to Lago di Garda via the ultra low Passo
History - Cycling: In 2002 this pass was part of the
Giro d'Italia, leading from Bolognana over Passo
Santa Barbara onwards to Passo Bordala.
Dayride with this point as highest summit:
Passo Bordala , Passo
Santa Barbara , Passo Giovanni, additonal out and back:
Torbole, Lago di Garda > pista ciclabile to Arco > Passo
Santa Barbara > Ronzo > Passo Bordala > Rovereto
<> out and back on Pista Ciclabile north to turn around
point just before reaching Trento >> Pista Ciclabile south
> Mori > Loppio > Passo Giovanni(shp) > Nago >
back to starting point in Torbole: 66.3miles with 5308ft of
climbing in 6:30hrs (Garmin etrex30 14.6.2)
Notes:With an accidental extra out and back down the Adige
River, before turning off to Lago di Garda, Passo Giovanni has
just barely the 300ft of elevation gain (~100m) on this side, to
The last day with different start and end points is on page: Passo