I climbed the southern approach from Val Sugana a couple years ago and today finally tried it from the north, Molina di Fiemme. The climb starts very gradually, so you can use it for a warmup if you want. I did just that, because I had gotten lost driving to Molina di Fiemme and squandered half an hour of ride-time. After 6 or 7 kilometers of warming up the hard climb begins: 8 km averaging 10% gradient with a few spots in the mid-teens (Garmin says 16%). I decided to see if I could stay in the 27-tooth cog the whole way and I succeeded. That was a first. Also used my mountain bike pedals and shoes on the road bike because I was originally planning a climb in Austria where they'd be needed, but the weather there turned bad. The MTB shoes seem more steep-climb friendly.
Lots of clouds boiling up over the pass from the south. I quickly donned my cold weather clothes and headed back down. Lovely descent with many riders heading uphill now. Maybe word is getting out about this place. Best of all I even found the correct roads driving home. I highly recommend climbing Passo Manghen if you get a chance. No tour busses, motorhomes or packs of motorcycles. Lots of trees and streams.
|Pastures transitioning to fir trees above Malga Cadinel|
|View of Cima Fornace across the valley from Cadinel|
|Stream rushing down the precipitous slope|
|Another stream with waterfall|
|Large loud cascate di Torrente Avisio|
|Rive delle Stue at 1250 meters|