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Passo Croce d'Aune

Feltre's "home pass" touches the dolomites from the south. Mostly this wide road stays in the trees. For me, finding it was quite a revelation. I was gps-less and wandering around the foothills on much steeper, narrower paths before I ran into this thoroughfare. The are interesting villages in the valley on the east side, and vacation style villages along the approach on the west side.

1.START-END EAST:turnoff north in Arten
2.start of signed route in Pedavena
3.TOP: Passo Croce d'Aune, 1011m
5.turnoff to smaller route down on an alternate route on left
6.profile joins busy SR50 with its tunnels
7.START-END WEST:traffic circle, some distance west of Feltre


From West.
The starting point of the climb - the little town square in Pedavena - was the most interesting sight for me - between here and the summit. The smooth, surprisingly wide road ( much wider than where I was lost looking for it) stays in the forest to the top. Even the switchbacks are almost highway style radius.

At the top is an Inn, flanked by a relief to Mr Campangnolo and his cycling mechanics. It looks like there are also interesting climbs to higher points in both directions. Looking at this now on the map, one of these actually appears to be a third approach from the valley to the south, leading over a slightly higher summit point. I didn't notice that when when I was there. But at the time, a thick mist covered the entire area, even if it was a hazy kind of sunny. All mountains more than 100 yards away were reduced to a faint black paper cutouts.

From East. (described downwards) This side has a few more reasons to use the brake pads once in a while - not only to slow the at times very steep decent  - but to look for that perfect vantage point of on the church tower in Sovramonte, against the flat surface of a black mountain backdrop. Once in a while there are hints of views of dolomitic canyon walls.

When the decent joins the main road from Passo Rolle (Sr50) traffic becomes uninterrupted and heavy, and the canyon walls are now as vertical as you can get. Long downhill tunnels with lots of traffic noise make for a lively ride.


Dayride with this point as highest summit:


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Passo Croce d'Aune: Feltre > 20miles of lost detours to Pedavena <> out and back on Via Venezia Secca < turnaround point when it turned to dirt >> Pedavena > Passo Croce d'Aune > Sovramonte > Sr50 south > bike route back to Feltre : 52.1miles with 5110ft of climbing in 5:48hrs (garmin etrex30 r5:21.9.25)
Notes: It was 3pm till I finally found the right starting point for the western approach. But actually - I got better pictures at the places where I was lost looking for it,