The GLR 42
The GLR 42 motorcycle adventure route explores the mountain passes of the Dolomites. 108 Kilometers of motorcycle adventure in Northern Italy! Don’t wait and adventurise this GLR!
The GLR 42
|Lozzo di Cadore - Canazei
|April / October
The GLR 42 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 108 kilometers through the Trentino South Tirol and Veneto regions of Northern Italy. With a total of 4 connecting GLRs to this GLR 42, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
The GLR 42 is an easy route and can be ridden by any adventure rider. More information about the GLR Route Gradings System.
From your starting point at Lozzo di Cadore, you’re able to explore an additional road towards Rifugi Baion. This 30-kilometer detour traverses over 6km of off-road terrain. Also, as part of the final stretch of the GLR 41, this section of the route is worth your while! But, be aware, this road is so narrow that traffic is restricted! You’re only allowed to ride up the road up until noon. After 13:00, only downwards traffic is permitted.
After this additional section, your GLR 42 adventure is going to start for real! From Lozzo di Cadore, you follow the SS52 for 6km up north. At Santa Caterina, this road flows over into the SR48. This SR48 is leading you past one of the best vistas of the Dolomites. With the Parco Naturale Tre Cime to your ride side, it’s worthwhile to stop sometimes to take in the view.
If you like these natural sights, you must visit the natural park information center. You find this by following the road up to Misurina. From there, you can walk up the trail to view the three sisters’ mountain peaks. Be aware parking costs up to 20 euros!
After Misurina, the SR48 continues on the Tre Coci Mountain Pass. With Mount Cristallo to your right side, you follow the mountain pass into the valley towards Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Shortly after the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the SP638 shows you the way around. With 46 hairpin turns, this is a must-ride road of the region! This road ends at Caprile, where you continue your journey on the SP641 to the east.
This last mountain pass leads you to your decision at Canazei. At the top of this pass, you find a beautiful lake called Lago di Fedaia. Passing the lake, you slowly ride into the center of Adventure Tourism of the Dolomites at Canazei. From here, you’re able to continue your adventure on two different GLRs. For more information about these connecting GLRs, please see the connections section down below!
The region of Veneto is located in the north-eastern part of Italy. Veneto is in contrast with its direct neighbors Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino South-Tyrol, not an autonomous region. Locals are known as Venetians and speak besides Italian, mostly Venetian.
The region of Veneto consists of seven provinces. Venezia houses the region’s capital. Other provinces are Belluno, Treviso, Vicenza, Verona, Padova, and Rovigo.
One-third of the terrain is mountainous. The region is home to the Carnic Alps, eastern Dolomites, and Venetian Prealps. With the highest peak in the Dolomites at 3342m, the Marmolada massif stands tall over the entire region.
Besides the mountains, Veneto is covered by hills and plains. The latter, mostly situated around the Po river. At last, Vento has a total length of 200km of shoreline, of which half are beaches.
Due to the diversity of terrain, Veneto knows several climates. It knows a Continental climate around the coast and into the lower hills. When you traverse more inland, the climate changes to a predominantly Alpine climate.
Precipitations are scarce in the more southern parts of the region. To the north, precipitation levels rise up to 1100 mm per year, with an abundance of 3200mm in the Bellunese Prealps.
The Autonomous Region of Trentino-South Tyrol is located in the northern part of Italy. The self-governing region consists of the two provinces of Trento and Bolzano. Although, this self-governance has caused tensions over the past years after the Second World War. Nowadays, the region is known for its stable tourist industry during all seasons.
This, because Trentino-South Tyrol is extremely mountainous, covering most of the southern Alps and the Dolomites. Whereas Trentino’s mountainous land is 20% over 2000m, some mountain ranges in Bolzano exceed the 3000m mark. Both provinces know large forested areas.
It’s because of the mountainous terrain that the region of Trentino-South Tyrol knows both an alpine climate and a land climate, both depending on the altitude.
While adventurising this region, you have to know that most of the off-road sections are off-limits. Although it knows some extraordinary trails, few of them are accessible by motorized vehicles.
During the autumn, winter, and spring, snow may prevent you from exploring the small back-roads of this region. Therefore, I would recommend visiting this region between May and September.
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Connections in Lozzo di Cadore
At the doorstep of the Dolomites in Lozzo di Cadore, you’re able to continue your motorcycle adventure on two different routes.
Choose the GLR 41 to travel south. This adventure route explores the regions of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Travel for 189 kilometers through the Italian Prealps with this adventure route. The GLR 41 ends at Aviano.
Or choose the GLR 43 to the east. This 148-kilometer adventure route explores the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and eventually crosses the border into Austria. You end this journey at Hermagor-Pressegger See.
Connections in Canazei
At the heart of adventure tourism of the Dolomites at Canazei, you’re able to continue your journey on two different routes. Choose the GLR 38 to the west. This adventure route travels for 189-kilometers towards Tunnel Munt La Schera.
Or Travel south with the GLR 39 towards Arsiè. This 144-kilometer adventure explores the border region between Veneto and Trentino-South Tirol. Choose this route during the hot summer months for some refreshments at altitude.
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