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Monte Zoncolan - Sutrio, crossroad SS 465     open your myclimbbybike to add this climb

13.5 km  1735 m  (1203 m)  8.9 %


The famous side is of course on the other side. This is the "easy" side. But first watch the profile. Because even here, you climb steeper than on most famous mountains. First the good news: this side is indeed less steep than its neighbour. However, the number of altimeters is the same on both sides (approx. 1200 meters). Via Ovaro, it takes you only take 10.5 kilometers, from Sutrio, 13.5 km (the attached profile starts 1 kilometer earlier). This way, you still reach a respectable average of almost 9%. Of which more than one and a half kilometers is almost flat. This means that the average for the rest of the climb is more than 10%.

Fortunately, the approach from Sutrio is gentle. And if things go a bit steeper, in some places up to 13%, then there are still strips where you can recuperate. You do indeed keep some reserve for the final. Fortunately, just before the ski station, where the steep strips start, there is a flat section where you can catch your breath. After that, it is pumping upwards, on average 13 to 14%, with parts up to more than 20%. Yet, here and then, there are parts where you have to push a little less. At the top, the reward awaits you with a beautiful view of the other, famous side of this monster. Congrats!

The Monte Zoncolan is situated in Friuli Venezia Giulia. This climb belongs to the Alps. The Monte Zoncolan via Sutrio, crossroad SS 465 is ranked number 165 of the Alps. This Monte Zoncolan approach starts in Sutrio, crossroad SS 465. The Monte Zoncolan climb is 13.5 km long. You gain 1203 heightmeters, so the average gradient is 8.9 %. The climb is ranked 482 in the world. If you want to climb the Monte Zoncolan, you can find more information on how to train to climb the Monte Zoncolan here.

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Monte Zoncolan via Sutrio, crossroad SS 465 popularity rank : 321

The Monte Zoncolan has been climbed by 7 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 321 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Monte Zoncolan via Sutrio, crossroad SS 465: 4 reviews


I did the climb from Sutrio and Ovaro on the same ride. Ovaro first, then Sutrio. While the climb from Ovaro forced me to take lots of breaks, I did the climb from Sutrio without breaks. The last 3 km are really hard, and they will break you unless you stay focused. But compared to the climb from Ovaro, the Sutrio side is more forgiving. It''s longer, but has a nice and "easy" 10 km warm-up before s**t hits the fan. Additionally, the descent down to Sutrio is awesome, with really nice and wide roads for the last 10 km. Definitely recommended over descending down to Ovaro. I was geared 52-36 in the front with 11-30 in the back, but I really wish I had 50-34 and 11-34 for the steepest parts. Lots of professionals use this gearing for Zoncolan as well. Save your knees!


Made it!...on 8 August 2014 on my 7,5kg dogma think 2. I rode from Austria (Kotschsch) through Plockenpass to Paluzza and then Sutrio, Good asphalts, beutiful views, so calmy was around 10 a.m. when i reached the summit. At 10.30 only one shop was open and i could buy a water to refule. Last 3 km is an issue...epic conversation with myself. Made it directly without any stop. Way down to Ovaro with shuttle speed when you see suffered people standing with bikes and thinking what to do then ;-) Through Comeglians, Suttiro, Palluzza i came back through Monte Croce di Carnico to home in Kotschach. Best adventure and amaizing Monte Zoncolan will stay in my memory for a long time!

Joeri Laureys

Rode it in bad weather.

But from this side it is very ok to do. Only the last km are very hard.

Tomorrow we attack the other side!

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