Cycling Monte Zoncolan Ovaro

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Monte Zoncolan - Ovaro

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 11.5 %

Length: 10.5 km

Altitude start: 525 m

Altitude top: 1735 m

Ascent: 1210 m

Monte Zoncolan rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 185 (all)
Ranking Italy: 28 (all)
Ranking Alps: 47(all)
Difficulty score: 180.28 what?

Monte Zoncolan ratings

(4.9)  Overall

(4.5)  Road

(4.6)  Traffic

(4)  Amenities

(4.5)  Surroundings

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One of the most difficult climbs in Europe, the Zoncolan has been compared with El Angliru, the fearsome climb in the Spanish region of Asturias. The steepest, 23.6-percent pitch of the Angliru is very short however, being part of a kilometer stretch that averages "only" 17.2 percent. While the Zoncolan has a kilometer of nearly 20%.

The Monte Zoncolan is situated in Friuli Venezia Giulia. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Ovaro, the Monte Zoncolan ascent is 10.5 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1210 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 11.5 %.

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Since 2005, the Monte Zoncolan will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Giro d'Italia 2014 :  Maniago - Monte Zoncolan on 31/05/2014
Giro d'Italia 2011 :  Lienz - Monte Zoncolan on 21/05/2011
Giro d'Italia 2007 :  Lienz - Monte Zoncolan on 30/05/2007

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Stories, information and comments from Monte Zoncolan climbers
Story by Lukas from Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, submitted on 21/08/2016
This was a difficult one. It starts steep and continues steep later on.

Actually, it is freaking steep.
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Story by Reijntjes from Zierikzee, The Netherlands, submitted on 14/08/2015
the most difficult climb I ever did. The first two is relatively easy although there is a steep part of 11,5%. After the right turn in the little village Liariis it really starts and never ends. Incredible steep parts upto 20% with one kilometer with an average of 19,5%. Your front tire comes off the ground every time time you pull your steer that steep is the climb! Drinking is hardly possible so I had a few ''pitt stops'' to drink. When you reach the tunnels at approx 8,5km you know you are almost at the top. The last steep kilometer is therefor easy! What a fantastic view at the top. I am glad I had the opportunity to do this climb during a vacantion at Grado. Another time ... you never know!
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Story by Matt from Chelmsford, United Kingdom, submitted on 10/07/2015
A challenging climb which I did on a hot (36C) day using a 34 x 28. Relentless gradients, great views and distance to summit markers adorned with pics of the great Italian cyclists. Shed at the top sells tee-shirts & hoodies, no drinks so make sure you take plenty yourself.
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Story by RudiP from Maribor, Slovenia, submitted on 16/06/2014
Great climb. I rode my MTB Corratec. The wether was rainy and on the top was 7degrees. I was very carefully and rode slow because I didn''t know how hard the climb is. I need 1h 33 minutes. I estimated that next time I would be 10 to 15 minutes faster.
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Story by Paolo De Angelis from Martinsicuro, Italy, submitted on 31/05/2014

It''s the perfection, the purity, the force of cycling.

Probably the best climb of the world, for difficulty and view. This is the "Kaiser"!
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Story by Ian walker from Campolongo Sul Brenta, Italy, submitted on 05/01/2014
We organised a Dolomites Tour for a group of Australians and this was the first major climb on the itinery. We started well and thought "what''s all the fuss about" After the 1st km we found out! Having done many big climbs in Italy I have to say Zoncolan lives up to it''s reputation. This was the hardest thing I have ever done on a bike. The climb is relentless with no real hairpins to give a bit of rest. Once you stop it is very difficult to get going again. Lots of front wheel lifting and wobbling. Having said that, a spectacular climb and once through the tunnel at the last km point the sense of relief and achievement is worth the pain. At 95kg and riding a compact with 28 on the back maybe the Zoncolan is not meant for me, but bragging rights last forever!
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Story by Michele Bean from Corno di Rosazzo (UD), Italy, submitted on 29/01/2012
I am a local from Friuli I have done more times form both wonderful, but is better with mountain bike from the other side from Villa Santina center you take the road for Lauco. You climb from there to the top of the mountain. It is the road untill Lauco then you enter in the forest. There is a road in rough concrete done for forest use then become mix of gravel and red soil with a good grip. With 22x36 ( not 36x22) and 29 inches wheel ( 2,25 and max 2 bars) you go up. Thinking bad words.

It is, i think 30% and also 40% in some parts and the medium is 20%. or more.

When you arrive down on the road before start to climb you think: ok is something that they use for cut trees in forest or is it the water line. No it is the road.

When you arrive in Malga you do the circle and you go up sweetly on the top. There, the view is a gift for your future life. You never forget it if you have a clean day without clouds.
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Story by Eudald from Barcelona, Spain, submitted on 27/01/2012
Climbed in 1992 with 3 friends. Is a very nice mountain to go. I think is more harder than mortirolo and angliru (spain) which i rate level 3. My rating is 4 because the level 5 i think is only for the maximum climbs: Scanupia-MalgaPalazzo, Nebelhorn, Saltner-Edelweiss and only some others
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Story by Robert from , The Netherlands, submitted on 27/07/2011
As it was 36 degrees and over while climbing, I confess I thought I wouldn''t make it, but I did (barely). ''Gate way to hell'' is correct under the circumstances! Once on the summit, you feel inconvincible though, as you have just finished one of the toughest climbs in Europe... A couple of days later, I climbed the Mortirolo and that was - or at least seemed - much easier.
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Story by jdam from Nuenen, The Netherlands, submitted on 15/07/2011
After the scanuppia the hardest clinb i''ve ever done. Did 300 different climbs dureing the last 20 years, but this one is special. I used the 34-25 for the whole climb and it was tough. If yoy ever have the change to climb it. Do so you will remember it..
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