Cycling Monte Grappa Possagno

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Monte Grappa - Possagno


Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 6.2 %

Length: 23.8 km

Height start: 268 m

Height top: 1740 m

Ascent: 1472 m

Maximum: %

Monte Grappa rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 500 (all)
Ranking Italy: 125 (all)
Ranking Dolomites-Alps: 38 (all)
Difficulty score: 134.64 what?

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Description

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 - www.biciveneto.it

The Monte Grappa is situated in Veneto and belongs to the Dolomites-Alps . Starting from Possagno, the Monte Grappa ascent is 23.8 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1472 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.2 %.

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Story by Ian Walker from Campolongo Sul Brenta, Italy, submitted on 14/09/2009
A real bruiser this one. Apparently one of the hardest climbs in Italy, but with 9 routes to the top it depends on which way you go. We started the climb from Seren del Grappa and immediatly you find yourself on a major climb. It feels relentless and never ending, but the scenery makes it worthwhile. 2hrs later we were still climbing, but at 100kg Im never going to be flying up a climb like this. At 1400m there were ominous rumbles of thunder and shortly after the rain started. We pushed on with the summit in sight and thankfully reached the Refugio Bassano before the main body of rain hit. In the refuge we revived ourselves with coffee and cake while waiting for the rain to pass. Eventually there was a small break in the cloud cover and we could see tantalising glimpses of the sunny valley below, so though still a bit on the damp side we bolted for home. My friend Arron, a slightly built Aussie began to suffer with the cold on the descent and I had to hand him some of my clothing (lesson learned, be prepared in the mountains). However within 10mins we hit a warm belt of air and completed the thrilling descent to Romano dEsselino. A great ride, only another 8 routes to complete.
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