At 861meters you join the road from Pederobba, along the ridge and across the flowered meadows of Passo del Tomba. After some fairly easy ascending along a cliffside road, you reach a scalinata di tornanti exposed to the sun, gaining 253 meters in 2 km, for an average gradient of 12.65%. I was in full vapor lock toward the end of this at 1174m, gasping and wobbling but I never stopped. A brief false flat was followed by another ramp up to 1445 meters at La Vedetta.
Now a nice break, descending 10% slopes to Val delle Mure, a wonderful grassy valley with a herd of Holsteins drinking at their favorite pond then heading upward to graze. Climbing out of here you pass through some World War I tunnels and more beautiful meadows. After some cliffside riding you turn toward Monte Grappa and make the final push up to memorial at 1732m. I parked my bike and walked up to the two massive ossuaries, interment of the remains of thousands of Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers killed during the endgame of the war.
The descent is much easier of course, except the climb back up to La Vedetta from Val delle Mure. I skipped the descent back to Alano, returning directly to Pederobba for the drive home. And now the difficult task of choosing which of the routes to try next.
|Above Alano del Piave; they've included the |
flat starting/ending sections in their calculation
|From summit- looking down the route of the ascent from Nardo to north|
|From summit toward northwest|
|Westward view from summit|
|Looking down at the route I climbed|
|View east toward Val delle Mure|
|Beautiful rock formations above Valle San Liberale|
|Wild boar round up tomorrow morning|
|The climb from Passo del Tomba to summit|
|Close up of scalinata di tornanti of death|
|2 km of 12.65% average gradient|
|Note the amount of gradient above 10% for almost 3km|