I've wanted to ride the upper part of this climb from Dardago for years. The lower portion I've climbed frequently: it's one of the best road bike training climbs around here, from Dardago continuously ascending for 5.6 km to end of pavement at 561 meters, averaging 7%.
Today I took the MTB instead and continued past end of pavement up a very rocky road for 8 km to 1183 meters. Not terribly steep at 7.6%, but the continuous trail of softball-sized (and bigger) stones wore me out. It doesn't turn into a a normal dirt road till the last couple hundred meters before Sauc. By then I was slowly tweedling along in 24-36 gear on a 7% grade- I was toast. Then, smooth easy spinning on pavement slightly uphill revived me, and I rode up the hill to Col Alto at 1347 meters then down through Castaldia and Bornass to Costa di Aviano.
I may try it down hill next time. Beautiful ride,
|From 715m, looking down at Torrente Cunaz at base of|
Croda di San Tome
|Looking up at the imposing Croda|
|Looking south a huge fissure in the croda; hopefully |
I'm not hiking down there when the cliff face calves
|A landslide at 960 m; the road was privately built back in the '60s|
and isn't maintained by the government
|From 960 meters the top of Croda di San Tome|
|Return of pavement at Sauc, 1183 meters|
(if you are descending this road isn't marked).