For the next kilometer from Forchia di Meduno to Forchia Piccola the road is almost flat, a good chance to catch your breath. Then just as suddenly, it tilts steeply upward again, remaining constantly above 10% for 2.5 km. The road climbs through a dense forest, shady even in February when the trees are bare.
Finally the constant 10% lets up a bit at 923 meters. Then the pavement ends at 940 meters. Now the road is very rocky- better suited to a mountain bike than bici di corsa with 23mm wide tires. I managed to ride all the way up to 985 meters before encountering a stretch of ice and snow in the road. No snow on the surrounding pastures though. At the end of the road at 994 meters sat a couple of cars from Austria with hang gliders on the roof. I saw the drivers standing on a nearby knoll- maybe deciding whether to make the leap.
The descent was very fast and curvy- fun! Good ride.
|Monte Raut, right. In background, mountains of |
Valcellina west escarpment
|Frisanco, left foreground. Poffabro, right|
|Emerald green Torrente Meduna, |
town of Meduno in foreground
|Icy pond atop Monte Valinis|