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Monte Grappa - Semonzo

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Average grade: 8.1 %

Length: 19 km

Altitude start: 215 m

Altitude top: 1745 m

Ascent: 1530 m

Monte Grappa rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 273 (all)
Ranking Italy: 48 (all)
Ranking Dolomites: 8(all)
Difficulty score: 165.85 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 Semonzo, the Monte Grappa ascent is 19 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1530 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8.1 %.

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Since 2005, the Monte Grappa will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Giro d'Italia 2014 :  Bassano - Cima Grappa on 30/05/2014

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Stories, information and comments from Monte Grappa climbers
Story by Freddy Quinart from , Belgium, submitted on 20/07/2012
With 28 curves (tornanti) it''s realy worth a ride :-)

I did ride it in an impulsive act the last evening of my paragliding holiday. Now that I read the Climbbybike info I look back on it with a lot of satisfaction!
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Story by Christopher Weld from Vicenza, Italy, submitted on 04/08/2007
Fantastic ride. Leading up through Semonzo to the summit is a challenge, but the monument and view from the top makes it well worth it. The scenary changes with your altitude, and is a good way to mark your progress. While the road through Semonzo is a more challenging angle at the summit, it is also the best route to go with little traffic, some cows to keep you company towards the top, and great panoramic views. So, my story on Grappa was one literally worthy of the papers and so I am caving in to tell. I was pleased with my ride to the top, keeping a pretty good cadance and enduring through the more challenging stretches of road. It was a relatively low-traffic day; I may have passed a half-dozen bikers on the accent and didnt see many more cars. After a cappacino and a brioche at the top I headed off to descend by heading to an adjacent peak to the East. My descent was short lived though, as I awoke in the Treviso Hospital. Somewhere shortly into my trip down I crashed hard, tossing my 2-month old Calnago C50 and taking the blunt of the crash on my jaw/face. What happened in between is a story that only the locals know, however, from my vantige point I woke up from my concussion in the Treviso Hospital where I would spend my next two weeks having surgery on my face which had fractured in two locations. The next day the papers had stories of the American Military cyclist who was air-lifted by helicopter from Monte Grappa after found on the road. The damage is evident in my smile that is now missing one of my front teeth (beautiful, my wife loves it); the titanium plates in the face are hidden though and the swelling has needless-to-say gone away. Great climb though! Im looking forward to attacking it again sometime if I can find the time between military deployments. This weekend Ive got my sites set on Zoncolan which will be my first big ride since my crash last June 06. I would recommend Grapa to anyone, but be sure to take the Semonzo route. If you can get your hands on a Treviso publication w maked routes, this is one of them and it will give you an even better stretch of road (marked by road signs) for an extended bike route up the mountain. Among other locations, it takes you through a neat town named Asolo (walled town conatined at the top of a smaller hill) which is coincidentally where I picked up the biking guide for the region (free at their information office). Thats my story for Grappa! Its also the best one I have from my time on the road. Hope you enjoyed. If you see a gap-toothed tall guy when you are on the roads in Veneto then give me a "hello". Happy cycling.

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