Friday, July 7, 2017

Matajur

Matajur is smack on the Italian-Slovenian border.  There are several routes but this is the toughest, via Stermizza.  The lower parts are shady and cool, which came in handy in the humid 32 degree Celsius temps.  Unfortunately above 900 meters the trees thin out into grassland.  Stinking hot.  Resting at the top cooled me off a bit, then just as I began the descent the rear tire flatted.  Luckily a nice shade tree was conveniently nearby so I wasn't roasted while working.

There is a wonderful descent on the main road from Cepletischis to Ponte San Quirino.  The road through Stermizza is too switchbacked to sustain any speed on descent.


Note: this climb was included in stage 13 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia.  They paved the road for the stage and it's still absolutely perfect.  








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