Video: Colle delle Finestre

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Colle delle Finestre will be the feature climb in Saturday’s Giro stage 20. It’s a gigantic climb that I’ve dreamed of cycling. Before watching it on TV, I thought I’d explore while the roads were deserted (in fact closed to cars).

A quick thanks to all the people who have asked if all was well due to the lack of posts recently. I’ve been nursing a sore knee.

Anyway, here’s a brief video of the climb:

A few random thoughts:

  • The steepest ramps seemed to be in the first two kilometres. The rest of the climb is very steadily steep.
  • The first 10 kms are beautifully paved – and narrow – with loads of hairpins
  • The 8 unpaved kilometres were clearly just smoothed over for the Giro.
  • At the top are two monuments to Danilo Di Luca that was first over Finestre in 2005, it’s only other Giro appearance
  • ABOVE, the Colle is an interesting “garden” with monuments celebrating the most famous cycling climbs (Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia, Ventoux, Tourmalet, Izoard, Galibier, and Alpe d’Huez)
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  2. If you can do this one, then your knees must be getting better again. LOVELY climb, isn’t it? Your videos are getting very professional.

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  4. Hi Tim,

    I don’t know. The top half is unpaved, but I rode it a couple of days before the Giro and there were steamrollers flattening the route. It may be less good know. An amazing climb.

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