This road is definitely steeper than the beautifully switch-backed highway from Sutrio. I'm not sure it's comparable to the Ovaro-Zoncolan classic but it's pretty darn steep. In fact my original intention was to reach the top, but by the time I reached the road coming up from the ski resort I was done. I stopped to pant and guzzle Gatorade at Rifugio Cocul, then turned around and rode down the same way. This time I could stop and enjoy all the wild gorgeous scenery up here. I met only four mountain bikers climbing as I descended, looking stunned to see a road bike up here.
This is definitely a ride I want to repeat next year; maybe I'll be able to reach the top by then.
|A rare opening in the dense fir-covered slopes|
revealing mountains to the east
|Just above Priola, meadows with goats, asini, and tame deer|
|Another view of mountains surrounding Priola|
|Steep, with no flat spots|
|Close up of the climb (purple line)|