Monte Grappa - Possagno Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

10.8
FIETS
12.8 mi
DISTANCE
5,231 ft
GAINED
7 %
AVG. GRADE

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Climbing Monte Grappa from Possagno is one of the steeper climbs by bike to Cima del Monte Grappa. The Possagno approach overlaps Bocca di Forca which is by itself a Top 100 World Bike Climb.

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Cycling Monte Grappa from Possagno  - top of Sacrario del Monte Grappa

Top of Sacrario del Monte Grappa -

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This climb is a BEAST!  At least for the first 5 miles/9 kilometers which average a very healthy 13.5%! This climb is among the “beautiful stepsisters” of the popular Romano and Semonzo climbs (only 303 Strava segment attempts as of August 30, 2016).  Beware of the descent back to Poaasgno as the road is extremely steep and in poor condition over the lower stretch (of course, not a problem on the way up at 4-5 mph!).

Bike climb of Monte Grappa from Possagno  - roadway surrounded by trees   

Narrow rough road surrounded by trees first 4m/6.4km  

        Biking Monte Grappa from Possagno - garmin showing 21% grade                 

    Yep - that’s no lie!

 

 There are a couple of switchbacks along the bottom part of the climb and 4 significant ones that are out of treeline and quite visible as we approach them at mile/km 4.5/7.2.  

Biking Monte Grappa from Possagno - hairpins on mountain 

   Tornanti at mile/km 4.5/7.2  

    Climbing Monte Grappa from Possagno  by bike - bike leaning against tornante (hairpin) 2

Hairpin #2                           

After climbing the initial very difficult 6.4 miles/10.3 kilometers, we enter ranch and open meadow area at mile 6.5/km 10.5 where we encounter a 2-part descent totaling -500’ over a 1.6 mile/2.6 km stretch.

Climbing Monte Grappa from Possagno  by bike - grazing sheep near road 

Sheep and cattle along this agricultural segment

Bike ride up Monte Grappa from Possagno - roadway, meadow, SP 141 km 19 sign

Strada Provinciale 141 - no, it’s not just a narrow bike path!

As with all routes up Monte Grappa, there are monuments and/or remnants of WW I along this route:

Bicycling Monte Grappa from Possagno  - WW I tunnel, roadway 

  WW I tunnel.  

 

3 caves along on this approach to Cima Grappa

    Bicycle climb Monte Grappa from Possagno  - bicycle leaning against WW I monument

Memorial to the Partisans and Resistance near the top

Riding bicycle Monte Grappa from Possagno  - WW I museum and parking lot

WW I military museum and troop tunnels just below the finish.

Aerial drone photo of Sacrario del Monte Grappa

Aerial drone photo of Sacrario del Monte Grappa.

Cycling Monte Grappa from Possagno  - Sacrario del Monte Grappa from Rifugio

View of Sacrario del Monte Grappa from Rifugio

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Steps down from the Sacrario del Monte Grappa

Rifugio Bassano a cima Grappa below.                  

At mile 6.6/km 10.6 we leave the trees and enter the open meadows and ranchland of Monte Grappa.  Around mile 9.3/km 15 we encounter 4 short and old (WWI vintage) tunnels (Google Street View) which often have a group of mules in or near them.  The road is very narrow and with a sheer drop off to the left as we ride about a mile/1.6 km along this segment - there are exceptional views along this stretch back to the Pian Dela Bala (a gnarly narrow military inspired walking trail along a sheer cliff).

All 11 routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect.  At mile/km 4.2/6.8 the Possagno route merges with the  eastern and northeastern routes of Cavaso del Tomba, Pederobba and Alano.  At mile/km 6/9.6 the Fietta route enters from our left, the dirt and gravel Crespano route crosses our path at mile 10.3 at Rufugio Ardosetta (later joining from the right at mile/km 12/19.3),  at mile/km 11/17.7 Semonzo enters from the left, at mile/km 10.2/16.4 t and just 4/10 mile/.6 km from the top we merge with the northern 3 climbs (Cismon, Caupo and Seren) and and Romano d’Ezzelino.  

Unique stretch of road on the routes from Fietta, Posagno, Cavaso del Tomba and Pederobba.

Military Road along sheer cliff to the left and through 3 short but cool tunnels.

One of the 4 tunnels around mile 10/km 16

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View back from whence we came as we near the top

Venice and the Adriatic Sea can be seen on a clear day.

All 11 Monte Grappa routes end at the Rifugio Bassano a Cima Grappa which is a cafe with many outside chairs and tables which is frequented by many cyclists each day - this is a very popular Italian cycling destination.  The Rifugio is just below the Sacrario del Monte Grappa which is a monumental burial site for approximately 20,000 of the Italian and Austrian soldiers who died in battle on the hillsides of Monte Grappa during World War I.  

 

Rifugio Bassano a Cima Grappa

   

PJAMM 6 DAY 11 CLIMB MONTE GRAPPA CHALLENGE

Photos clockwise from top right:  8-27-16 Romano d’Ezzelino + Caupo;

8-28-16 Seren + Cismon; 8-29-16 Semonzo + Possagno

Photos clockwise from top right:  8-30-16 Alano + Fieta;

8-31-16 Pederobba + Cavaso del Tomba; 9-1-16 Crespano

Giro History

Year

Stage

Stage Winner

Country

1968

10 (Romano d’Ezzilino)

Emilio Casalini

Italy

1974

21 (Caupo)

Eddy Merckx

Belgium

1982

16 (Cavaso del Tomba)

Vincente Belda

Spain

2010

14 (Semonzo)

Ivan Basso

Italy

2014

19 (ITT/Semonzo)

Nairo Quintana

Columbia

2017

20 (Caupo)

Thibaut Pinot 

France