Since 1977 the Gran Fondo Dobbiaco – Cortina takes place. The track is the original Tour de Ski track, run in the opposite direction, from Dobbiaco to Cortina. It follows the former railway, the so-called “Dolomites railway”. It once connected Dobbiaco and Calalzo di Cadore in the Province of Belluno, approx. 40km south of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The railway was closed down in 1964.
The “Dolomites railway”, which had known moments of glory during the winter Olympics of Cortina in 1956, was later abandoned and fell into disrepair – quite an inglorious end – but has today come back to life, even though in a different guise: it is now widely used both as a cycle path over the summer and for cross-country skiing in winter.
In 2016, the Gran Fondo Dobbiaco – Cortina is for the first time part of the Visma Ski Classics Circuit. The 39th edition of the Gran Fondo starts at the Military Airport on the field of Dobbiaco and goes towards Innichen (San Candido), there the track makes a turn and goes back to Dobbiaco crossing the cross-country stadium Nordic Arena, where the FIS Cross Country Skiing World Cup and the Tour de Ski took place in December and January this season. After doing part of the FIS track “Saskia” the course goes out into the Höhlensteintal (Val di Landro), passing by the Lake of Dobbiaco and the viewpoint of the 3 Peaks of Lavaredo, reaching the highest point of the
course Cimabanche. From there, the track goes downward through two galleries to Cortina d’Ampezzo. The finish line is located in the city centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo on the main shopping promenade. The whole track lies in the Unesco Natural World Heritage.