Passo Santa Barbara

This pass, in conjunction with the slightly higher Passo Bordala, connects the north end of Lago Maggiore with the valley of the Adige and the town Rovereto. The climb is often called Monte Velo, because it's a popular racing summit.

1.(100m,00.0km) START-END WEST: route starts at bike path in Arco
2.(1169m,14.0km) TOP: Passo Santa Barbara
3.(950m,16.1km) jct with road coming down from Passo Pordala in Ronzo-Chienis
4.(240m,25.1km) START-END EAST: jct Ss240-Sp88, Loppio


From West.
It may be hard to tear oneself away from the peaceful Piste Ciclabile, coming up from Lago di Garda. But traffic on this pass is not scary either. The road width is narrow, but not so narrow that you have to fear for your life when you come down. The signs that point the way to this climb all read "Monte Velo". Those are all good signs.

In the beginning the road climbs in tight turns, and you can still see the north end of Lago di Garda and the vertical cliffs surrounding it. Straight across and below sits the distinctively charactersitic, lonely tower of Arco. Approaching the summit the road affords a few views of the peaks to the north, if the weather playing along, then enters forest and crests at an albergo. 

From East. Just a few short fast turns on a wide road lead down to the village of Ronzo. From there the next pass, that calls out to be climbed with a bicycle is Passo Bordala. But the profile descends into Loppio, to show the maximum elevation gain on this side.

A Dayride with this pass as intermediate summit is on page: Passo Bordala