Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cuel di Forchia

This is a tough climb starting at Avesinis, near Lago di Cavazzo.  It's hard enough to have been included in the 2006 Giro d'Italia.  On the plus side, it's mostly shady so even in August you don't vaporlock.  I made it to the top without stopping, which may be a first for me.  After the top you descend a bit and climb to Cuel di Forchia, a little pass with trailhead for MTBers/hikers to Monte Cuar and Monte Flagjel.  After a bit more descending you reach the junction to Pielungo and Monte Prat, site of 2015 Italian Cyclocross National Championship.

At Monte Prat you descend on beautiful switchbacks to Forgaria.  Fedaia brakes worked perfectly and the handling on the twisties was splendid.  Maybe my imagination but the rolling ride home seemed easier on the new bike.  Could be the fit.

Monte Ragogna across the Tagliamento from Monte Prat.

The fontana north of Pinzano: potable water!

The climb

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