Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba


1 of 5 routes up the southern face of Monte Grappa - very steep start!

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Climb Summary

Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba by bike - cyclist riding on road with plains below 

Cycling Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba

Ride 21.6 km gaining 1541m at 6.4%.

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All 5 climbs up the southern face of Monte Grappa (Semonzo, Crespano, Fietta, Possagno and Cavaso del Tomba) have extreme initial grades.   From mile/km .2/.3 to mile/km 2.7/4.3 the grade averages 12.5% and we encounter a couple of 20%+ brief segments during this stretch.

Cycling Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba - roadway and cyclist   

First and toughest segment of Cavaso del Tomba ascent   

        Bike climb of Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba - garmin with 23% grade reading                 

Shut up legs!!


 All Monte Grappa southern face ascents include switchbacks (even for military purposes, there is just no engineering a straight road up this monster!)  

Climbing Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba - hairpin and roadway   



All 11 routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect.  At mile/km 3 / 4.8 Cavaso merges with the Pedrobba from the east (to our right), enter Alano again from our right at mile/km 3.6/5.8. Next, the climbs to our west begin to enter from our left as we travel easterly - Possagno at 4.8/7.7, Fietta at 7/11.2, the dirt and gravel Crespano route crosses our path at Refugio Ardosetta (11m/17.7km; later joining from the right at mile/km 12.5/20), and finally Semonzo  at 11.8/19 and our final merge is .4 miles/.6 km from the top as we merge with the northern 3 climbs (Cismon, Caupo and Seren) and Romano d’Ezzelino.

After climbing a couple extended steep sections (a) 12.5% for 2.5 miles/4 km beginning at near the start of the climbs and   (b)  11.3% for a 2.7 mile/4.3km stretch beginning at mile/km 3.8/6., 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.

Bicycle climb of Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba - cow on hill

Sheep and cattle along this agricultural segment  

     Climbing Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba - roadway and meadow

SP 19 (Strada Provinciale)

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

Biking Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba - WW I tunnel 

WW I tunnel

    Cycling Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba - WW I memorial

Memorial at  mile 9.7 and Pian Dela Bala trail


 Around mile 10/km 16 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 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).

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

3 tunnels on the way to the top  

The tunnel section is bordered by cliffs

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.  

Bicycling Monte Grappa - Cavaso del Tomba - WW I memorial bike leaning against it, rifugio

WW I Memorial - Rifugio in background


History museum at the top

Sacrario del Monte Grappa

The Sacrario del Monte Grappa and la Madonna del Grappa (chapel on top of the Sacrario).

On our 8 trips up Monte Grappa, there were often as not more cyclists than motorists at the top.    



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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

We LOVE Monte Grappa!

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)

Rojas Quintana



20 (Caupo)

Thibaut Pinot