No time for a long ride today so I tried to string together a few local climbs. A heavy rain last night cleared away the clouds, so it's sunny and mild. I warmed up with a ride down Via Pedemontane past Polcenigo to Coltura (50m), and then climbed up to Mezzomonte (475m).
Next I descended back to Polcenigo and climbed up past Budoia to Dardago. From here a nice steady climb up Val de Croda to end of pavement at 535m.
Then I returned to Via Pedemontane and climbed past Aviano to Costa (205m). From here I climbed past Madonna della Monte to Rifugio Bornass (767m). Descending down the switchbacks toward Pedemonte gave me a chance to test my new brake pads. My old Campagnolo pads were finally roasted after 3 years, so yesterday I switched them out for some aftermarket pads I bought awhile ago. They worked ok, but not as powerful as Campy- they seem to require a bit more distance to stop. On the fast stretch with double chicane, I got up to about 50 mph before hitting the brakes hard when rapidly approaching a tornante and got a loud squeal from the front brake. No problem, they'll work fine until new Campy pads arrive in the mail.
Good workout, close to home on a lovely sunny morning. Love it here!
|Elevation of the 3 climbs|
|Mezzomonte and Val de Croda climbs|
|Rifugio Bornass climb and descent to Pedemonte|