Instead of taking the bypass around Lamosano, I rode into the middle of the village, and took a right for Funes, Irrighe and Chies. After a bit you pass the left turn for Funes (and Casera Crosetta- future ride!), then shortly after the high bridge at Molini (701m), the main road begins descending to Chies. Instead you turn left up a little lane marked Villaggio Tamera and Col Pian. This lane is quite steep, but I stayed seated because I knew worse was to come. After over half a kilometer averaging 12.9% I reached beautiful Irrighe (832m), and the grade eased briefly. After passing the church, the lane gets even steeper than before, averaging 13.7% for another over-half km to Tamera, a tiny collection of houses.
After this, things only got worse and I had to stand, first for a half km of 15.7% average grade (with sections over 20%). The lane is now engulfed in forest, beautiful and cool, though the dampness and fir needles, etc combine with the loose pebble surface to limit traction. Finally there is a brief flat spot at a turnoff for some vacation A-frames (Villaggio Tamera). I stopped here and hyperventiated awhile. I had to roll downhill to restart and clip in, then headed upward again. But it's now even worse, a half-kilometer averaging 17.4%, with points of 25 - 31%. I stopped and hyperventilated awhile at another "flat" spot. Finally made it to Casera Cruden at 1130 meters.
After a long rest, I rode around a bit and checked out the trailhead to Pian Formosa, etc. The lane appeared to continue eastward as a trail to Forcella Federola, and the first half kilometer was newly paved. It was too steep for me to ride (+30% in parts) so I pushed my bike up. The pavement finally ended around 1200 meters, where the grade lessened. I rode down this very carefully because of the concrete drainage channels every 10 meters or so.
I continued down the way I'd come to Irrighe, then turned off for Chies. There was a light climb, then after the town, a fantastic descent on wide, newly-paved roadway with long steep straights and excellent tornanti. Very fun descent to Puos, then into a headwind along the lake (what is up with that?) over Sella Fadalto and down more twisties.
This is a great ride with beautiful scenery. I'll be coming back to climb Casera Crosetta (1156m) before long- hard to stay away!
|Torrente Funesia downstream |
from high bridge at Molini
|Upstream, with ruin of old mill on right,|
ruined arch of old bridge over the rapids
|Pieve d'Alpago left, and Plois right, on shoulder of|
|Mt Venal (2212m) above Casera Cruden|
|Casera Cruden and Monti Mol (1534m)|
|Col Visentin (1763m) across Lago di Santa Croce,|
with Irrighe (832m) on right
|Irrighe, with Mt Venal , Mt Santander (2184m) |
and Mt Messer (2230m) in background
|Meadows and forest with Monte Cavallo (2231m) in far background|
|Il Cansiglio with Mezzomiglio meadows (1270m) at upper right|
|Altimetria of killer gradient|
|25.8% and 31% gradient on climb to Casera Cruden|
|The climb from Irrighe to Casera Cruden|
|The climb and descent from Torrente Tesa to Irrighe|