One of the steepest climbs regularly raced up – appearing 10 times in the Giro since 1990 – always from this side starting in Mazzo.
I chickened out and used my hybrid – for the extra gearing. Sometimes I am wise.
It’s a funny climb. A tiny single lane road that climbs relentlessly past 32 signed hairpins, mainly in the woods.
At hairpin #11 (#1 is at the top) is a monument to Marco Pantani. Apparently the tradition is to leave your old bandanas here.
I descended back the way I came but turned off to descend to Grosio. This route is easier (but still challenging) and , in fact, a lot more scenic. The higher parts along a pretty ridge road with mountain and valley views.
OK, this is a very difficult and challenging climb – with some serious Giro history. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. But, it is no-where near the shear epic beauty of nearby Stelvio and Gavia. No comparison at all (yep, I guess I am a climb snob!).
Steep! And fun. But no where near as interesting as its neighbours Gavia and Stelvio.
Quiet / No Traffic