93KM | 3,250M+ · Wednesday 6th September
There are no easy days on the Haute Route, but some are harder than others. After Stage 2, this is certainly the toughest.
By now you’ll be used to it: roll over the start line and start climbing. The difference today is that the first climb is only 5km long, and is followed by a false flat descent before the second short climb and another chance to level out and spin your legs.
We are taking the alternative route to the Passo delle Erbe (1,987m), via San Leonardo and Luson. The real climb starts 3 or 4 km after Luson. Expect 11.5km at 7.9%. The first few kilometres are the steepest.
Your reward is the magnificent Dolomites scenery with its characteristic steep limestone cliffs. Simply stunning.
Two more cols await: a relentless 27km uphill drag to Passo Gardena (2,120m) and the short but nervous ascent up to Passo Sella (2,240m)
Once in the bag, a short descent brings us to our new home in Canazei.
Stage description by Alpine Cols
Canazei will host the Haute Route Dolomites 2017 from the 6th to the 8th of September