Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tillacher Pass MTB

I wanted to visit Val Visdende but didn't want to repeat the Strada delle Malghe from last year.  So instead I climbed from San Pietro di Cadore, up through Valle to Forcella di Zovo.  From there I descended into Val Visdende and began a gravel road climb to 2094 meters Tillacher Pass (or Passo Dignas in Italian) on the Austrian border.  It's quite steep in parts but other than a couple of very bouldery sections, was rideable.  Good views into Austria, where you can descend all the way to Obertillach on Gailtal Strasse if you have the energy.  Instead I rolled back down to Val Visdende, and bypassed Forcella di Zovo by descending directly to the main highway.  Great workout.     

The road coming up from Valle

The parallel road via Costalta which I climbed with road bike a few years ago

Forcella di Zovo, a few meters higher

Sea of clouds

Tillacher Pass is the notch high above

Looking east toward Strada delle Malghe

The switcbhacks up to the pass

Italian Army post from WW I

Austrian side of the pass

View of Austrian mountains

Porze Hutte in Austria

Lovely wildflowers along the trail

Metrics for Forcella di Zovo via Valle 

Metrics for Tillacher Pass from Val Visdende

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