Monte Grappa - Possagno Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Monte Grappa - Possagno


Warm up before this one - 13.5% for the first 13.5 miles!

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Climb Summary

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

Top of Sacrario del Monte Grappa -

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


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 donkeys 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.  

Cycling Monte Grappa from Possagno  - cyclist riding through tunnel near mules

 One of 4 tunnels at mile  9.2 and their frequent occupants  


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.  

Cycling Monte Grappa from Possagno - bike leaning against steps - rifugio basano grappa 

Rifugio Bassano a Cima Grappa


PJAMM climbed Possango and Semonzo August 29, 2016

11 Monte Grappa climbs in 6 days

One of our all-time favorite cycling trips.

Giro History



Stage Winner



10 (Romano d’Ezzilino)

Emilio Casalini



21 (Caupo)

Eddy Merckx



16 (Cavaso del Tomba)

Vincente Belda



14 (Semonzo)

Ivan Basso



19 (ITT/Semonzo)

Nairo Quintana



20 (Caupo)

Thibaut Pinot 


Steepest grade begins at km 11.9 (13.4%)