Monte Grappa - Pederobba Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Monte Grappa - Pederobba

Italy

Third longest and easternmost route to Cima Grappa.

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Cycling Monte Grappa from Possagno  - top of Sacrario del Monte Grappa, canons and walkway

Top of Sacrario del Monte Grappa

Rifugio Bassano a cima Grappa to the right

Last segment to the top.

Refugio top of screen; Sacrario to the left.


Pederobba is a quaint and charming town of about 7,000 (up slightly from its 1871 population of 4,743).  If you are doing it, this is a leg of the Brevetto del Grappa and you receive your Journey Book stamp at Cafe Kiko which is a nice cafe and worthy of breakfast or lunch, depending on the time you arrive.   The roadway from Pederobba to its merge point with Cavaso del Tomba at mile 4.9 / kilometer 7.9 and with Alano at 5.4/8.7 is in excellent condition and surrounded by trees and mountainside (peaceful, but no distant views such as we experience on the northern side). Once we make the ridge line by the Alano merge, there are good views to the south of the towns below (Possagno, Cavaso del Tomba, etc.) and on across the southerly plain towards Venice about 40 miles / 64 km in the distance.  

Biking Monte Grappa from Possagno - SP 141 sign and roadway 

SP 141 surrounded by trees at lower section 

Bicycle climb Monte Grappa from Possagno - view towards Venice                 

      Some brief distant views along the way

 

This is the southeasterly-most route up Monte Grappa, beginning at the right bottom corner of the mountain, looking at it from the Satellite view.  The first few miles of this route are more gradual than the other southerly ascents and there are thus less switchbacks over the initial climb.  Yet no route up Monte Grappa is without some switchbacks and we have, by count of the signs on the way up, 10 in the first 3.5 miles / 5.6 km up Monte Grappa’s southeasterly leg.  

Climbing Monte Grappa from Possagno - tornante 10 - roadway and hairpin   

Tornante #10

 

 Final Tonante of first leg of Pedrobba climb

All 11 routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect.  Our first merge point is with Cavaso del Tomba which joins Pederobba (enters to our left) at mile 5 / kilometer 8, followed closely by Alano (enters from our right) at mile 5.5 / kilometer 8.85, then Possagno from the left (6.9 / 11.1), then Fietta (left at  8.8 / 14.2), then the dirt and gravel Crespano route crosses our path at Refugio Ardosetta (to our left at 12.8 / 20.6; later joining from the right at mile/km 14.5 / 23.3), next Semonzo  (from left at 13.7 / 22), and finally  .4 miles/.6 km from the top we merge with the northern 3 climbs (Cismon, Caupo and Seren) and Romano d’Ezzelino by turning right onto SP 148.

Around mile 4 / km 6.4 the trees open a bit and we ride along a pleasant narrow road with a mild grade

Biking Monte Grappa from Possagno  - road   

 

                                                                           

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

   

WW I Memorial at mile/km 4.6/7.4  

 

    View from the memorial                           

 Around mile 12/km 19.3 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 for 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).

Bicycle climb Monte Grappa from Possagno - tunnel with mules   

One of 4 tunnels at mile 10 / km 16 and their frequent occupants

  Bicycle ride Monte Grappa from Possagno - aerial drone photo of tunnels and cliff

Aerial view of 2 tunnels

Road along tunnel section of climb.

Sacrario at the top of the screen.

All 11 Monte Grappa routes end at the Rifugio Bassano a Cima Grappa which is a cafe with many outside chairs and tables and 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.  

 

Monte Grappa WW I history museum at the top 

   

Tunnels to WW I gun batteries

Cycling Monte Grappa from Possagno - Sssuary, canons, Sacrario del Monte Grappa

Ossuary - Sacrario del Monte Grappa

Cycling Monte Grappa from Possagno  - bike leaning against stairs to Rifugio Bassano del Grappa

Rifugio at the top of the climb

PJAMM climbed Cavaso del Tomba and Pederobba August 31, 2016

11 climbs in 6 days

Monte Grappa - one of the great climbing areas in the world.

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)

Rojas Quintana

Columbia

2017

20 (Caupo)

Thibaut Pinot 

France

Steepest kilometer starts at km 11.9 (13.4%)