Below Sarone I turned right and climbed up to the junction for Il Cansiglio. I went straight at the junction toward Castello di Caneva and then descended to Caneva. From here I took the back way to Villa di Villa, and began the climb up to Castello di Cordignano. The section after the castle has the steepest gradient, approaching 20%, then you descend to Rugolo. Here you join the wonderful cliffside road to Montaner, Osigo and Fregona. The views of olive orchards and prosecco vines on one side, and the steep escarpment of Il Cansiglio on the other are spectacular.
At Fregona I decide to return the way I'd come, instead of descending to Cappella Maggiore as usual. When I returned to Montaner I followed an impulse to try the back road down to Sarmede. I had expected a rough, narrow road but it was quite nice with lots of smooth, sweeping curves. I'll have to climb it in the opposite direction soon- has some very steep sections to surmount.
From Sarmede I continued on the main road along the plain through Caneva and home. Really nice ride- hope to have more like this in coming months.
|Ruin of 11th-century Castello di Cordignano|
|Montaner, with Col Visentin (1763m) in background|
|Osigo, backed by escarpment of Il Cansiglio|
|Looking back at Montaner from descent to Sarmede|
|View across olive orchards and prosecco vineyards toward Osigo|
|Steepest stretch above Castello di Cordignano|