Friday, December 2, 2016

Collalto

There are 4 paved routes to Piancavallo and this is one of my favorites.  It starts at Costa, about 6 km from home.  Almost immediately it gets steep and zigzags past Madonna del Monte and then coasts down to the washed out Torrente Ossena crossing.  You need to walk a few yards at the frane then remount.  From here kilometers of solitude switchbacking up the forested slope to Rifugio Bornass.  You join the main highway to the ski resort for a few kilometers up to the antenna farm at Castaldia.  Here you turn onto the narrow lane to Collalto, probably the best scenery on the ride.  

On the descent I prefer the main highway, which is better paved and switchbacked.  It's very fun despite the cold, and Fedaia's stable handling was confidence-inspiring.  Great workout.  

 
Beautiful gorge above Val de Croda with gravel switchbacks of
Venezia della Neve road 

Slovenian peaks seem to float on sea of clouds

Good climb



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