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Monte Grappa - Romano d'Ezzelino

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Average grade: 5.9 %

Length: 26.5 km

Altitude start: 168 m

Altitude top: 1735 m

Ascent: 1567 m

Monte Grappa rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 549 (all)
Ranking Italy: 127 (all)
Ranking Dolomites: 38(all)
Difficulty score: 138.3 what?

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Monte Grappa is part of the Grappa massif, 100 km in circumferance, which straddles the provinces of Treviso, Vicenza, and Belluno in the northeast Italy's Veneto region. It rises from the plains to a height of 1775 m (5769 ft). It was a World War 1 battleground and has great significance for the Italian people. It is a wonderland for cyclists, offering nine paved routes to the summit, one of which is considered the third hardest climb in Italy. The Giro has visited Monte Grappa three times. The last was in 1982 in the Comacchio-San Martino di Castrozza stage, won by Vincente Belda of Spain. In 1974 it was in the Misurina-Bassano stage, won by Eddy Merckx over Moser and Gimondi. On both of these occasions, the race went over the mountain but did not go up to the summit which is a dead end road. The only time it did so was in the Trento-Monte Grappa stage in 1968, won by Emilio Casalini, a domestic servant of Eddy Merckx. There's also an annual race, Bassano-Monte Grappa, which celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2005. It used to be a pro event and was won by Gino Bartali in 1934. It then became a dilettante race, with Leonardo Piepoli, Ivan Gotti, Gilberto Simoni, and Damiano Cunego adding their names to the list of winners. It is now reserved for Under 23 category riders. "Fare il Grappa," to do Grappa, is the obligatory climb and right of passage of every local cyclist. The oldest person to do it is a 90-year-old area resident. Another local rider, Ginesio Ballan, has ridden up Monte Grappa more than 1000 times, 273 times in 1999 alone! It's the tradition of Paduan cyclists to climb the mountain on June 13, the day dedicated to their city's patron, St. Anthony. The climb is now included in the Salite del Giro program. The worst time to climb the mountain is on the weekend, when thousands of cars, motorcycles, scooters, and buses crowd the roads and belch out fumes. If you climb Grappa by the "classic" route (from Romano d'Ezzelino), you can stop at the inn at Ponte San Lorenzo (on your way down, of course!) and see autographed photos of Gino Bartali and Marco Pantani! Story and pictures by April Pedersen Santinon -

The Monte Grappa is situated in Veneto. This climb belongs to the Dolomites. Starting from Romano d'Ezzelino, the Monte Grappa ascent is 26.5 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1567 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.9 %.

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Story by Rikard Löndahl from Stockholm, Sweden, submitted on 05/05/2015
A very nice climb suited for both experienced climbers and beginners due to its relative low gradient. Magnificant views and a very intresting history.
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Story by Steen Hermansen from , Denmark, submitted on 29/07/2013
First ever climb except flat Denmark. The climb was chosen due to the low gradient and distance. Went on a monday without any traffic. startet fra Romano at 08:00. The climb was diffucult from start and at the end, but fair in the middle. I was perfect for a newbeginner. Beauteful wievs. Hotel after 10-12 km, where we got a coffee. Unfortunately it began to be cloudy 2 km from the top, so there were now wievs from there.

Climbing time was 2 hous and 11 minutes. This has to be beaten next year.
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Story by douglas ritter from , United States, submitted on 07/08/2012
I went to bicycle in Italy and this specific mountain after reading about it in a magazine article. I was not disappointed. Have gone the last 9 years and climbed it nine times, 8 from the front, this way and once from the back. It''s a very doable climb of roughly 18 miles, with a one mile flat stretch at about midpoint. Be warned, there is no free water on this climb. Take enough to get to at least mid point -- where there is a cafe/restaurant and you can buy water if you need it. Otherwise bring enough to get up and down. As well as food. I climb a 6% grade at 6 miles an hour. That''s a three hour climb. I use a full 70 oz. Camelback and two 24 oz. water bottles. One Powerbar gel per hour. Once you get to the top it''s quite a scene on a weekend and people will congratulate you on a job well done. There is a large war memorial up there that is worth seeing, but is quite a hike. Grappa is one of several climbs in this region. Depending on your ability, watch the decent. The skilled Italians will reach 50 mph. If you are not comfortable with that speed, use your brakes. Also -- ALWAYS pack a wind breaker, and or a plastic trash bag to put under your jersey. It can be quite cold up there in the summer coming down.
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Story by John Reay from , United Kingdom, submitted on 02/04/2012
This is the climb I had gone to Italy to do, and it certainly did not disappoint.

Five of us set out from Campolongo where we were staying at Benemax Multisport. We had a fairly easy roll out to Romano and posed for the customary photo.

From Romano it is virtually straight into the climb. We quickly split up and settled into our own climbing rythem. Myself and Ian being the biggest at 95kg plus were soon grinding out our own pace. There are some breath taking views on the way up and its worth taking the time to enjoy them. There is some ''rest'' on the way up when the gradient eases off for a short spell and you feel like your flying along. But its not long before its back to the grind. Eventually the summit refuge comes into sight, after about 2 hours 15 minutes of non stop effort the coffee and apple strudel is very welcome. The weather at the summit is fabulous and the views astounding. The Dolomites to the north and as far as Venice to the south. Probably my best ever day on a bike.
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Story by Jim Smith from Calgary, Canada, submitted on 09/08/2008
I was in Bassano del Grappa in 1983 and noticed Monte Grappa looming over the city. Little did I know that 25 years later, Id return to the area with my son Adam, now 23, and ride up that giant. Adam was out of shape (working too hard as a junior banker) but game to try. Im old and slow but ride a lot in retirement so was ready to go. We set out on a warm morning on the route from Romano dEzzelino. Its a steady climb right from the start with open views out over the valley that just get better as you climb. We stopped at Oropa to refuel and then separated again on our way to the top. The cloud cover was getting lower and lower as we climbed - we were going up at the same time that the sky was falling. I reached the top and carried on a conversation with a local whose English was even worse than my pidgin Italian. There is an interesting looking war memorial at the top but it was getting cold and windy so I just hung out at the cafe. We came down the Semonzo route - much shorter and steeper and a real rush on the descent, but it would have been a bear to climb and I dont think the views would have been as good. Not as good as the Stelvio, but Id still like to do it again.
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Story by Nigel Bathurst from Derby, UK, submitted on 08/06/2007
This is a good day out! I started in Romano and you can easily follow the signs to the bottom of the climb. The initial gradients seem to the most difficult of the climb and in combination with the heat of July proved difficult. The heat seemed to radiate from the walls and hang in a dense haze. However, soon patches of shade developed and the temperature dropped to more manageable levels. The road condition is excellent and this really gives a lot of confidence in the descent which was one of the best I have experienced. I went on a Friday and there was very little traffic and only a few fellow cyclists. This is not a climb of difficult gradients but it is a very long summit, some 27km from the bottom, so it is a relentless climb. But it is easy to get into a rhythm and hold it, I used a 39x25 most of the way up and didn’t ever need anything easier, I would suspect the pros would use the big ring. However, I underestimated food and water demands and quickly ran out and suffered greatly, if I was to go again I would take 2x600ml of water and some energy bars. Switch on your odometer as you start, as there are 2 or 3 different distance markings which are confusing and can demoralize. Right at the top is the monument, a café and a souvenir shop. Café is good, but bear in mind after 27 kms of suffering you will be required to walk up around 300 steps in cycling shoes to get to the monument! All in all a great climb, the gradient is deceptive but the length is taxing, the quiet roads the beautiful scenery and the poignancy of the monument all make for a classic climb.

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