The much nicer alternative motorbike route between Cortina d'Ampezzo in the north and Agordo in the south is next to the classic route across the Passo di Falzarego and Alleghe the tour across the Passo di Giau, Forcella Staulanza and Passo Duran. You start that tour from the north in the village of Selva di Cadore which is either your the southernmost end point of the Passo di Giau, or you can reach this point alternatively via the Passo Fedaja or Passo Falzarego through the valley. The vilage Caprile in the valley is this case the junction point between the pass roads.
A well designed road across the Forcella Staulanza pass connects Selva di Cadore with Zoldo Alto, whereby Zoldo Alto is already the northern entrance into the Passo Duran. Coming down from Selva di Cadore be ride uphill south through several small villages in the Dolomites and leave the Mount Civetta with his mighty jagged peaks on the right. Only in the last third of the pass we ride through six serpentines before we reach the pass peak.
The pass summit is located in a small valley between Mount Coldai (2.395m) and the Pelmo (3.168m) mountain with some small houses a little restaurant with a parking lot. From now on the pass road runs downhill through plenty of serpentines passing several small villages until you reach Zoldo Alto from where you can make a right turn up to the Passo Duran.