Monte Grappa - Cismon Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Monte Grappa - Cismon

Italy

Westernmost ascent to Cima Grappa - beginning with spectacular views of surrounding sheer face mountains.

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Climb Summary

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Cismon is the westerly most ascent to the Cima Grappa (top of Monte Grappa) and begins with spectacular views of dolomite-like granite walls bordering Cismon to its east.  As of 2016, we receive our Brevetto del Grappa journey book stamp at Birreria-Bruschetteria Nazionale 67.5 then begin the 16.2 miles / 26 km trek up the western of ascent to Monte Grappa.

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Cismon is the westerly most ascent to Monte Grappa

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2016 Brevetto del Grappa stamp for Cismon here                               

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Cross watching over Cismon  

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Short Tunnel  early on in the climb

                                                                                                                   

Cismon and Crespano are the only routes up Monte Grappa that involve gravel.  While Crespano is entirely gravel and rock until the last segment, Cismon involves only two relatively brief sections of gravel that we encounter between miles 8 and 10 (km 12.9/16) and last 400 and 550 meters, respectively - they are both manageable on a road bike (we used 25mm tires)

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We do encounter a few Monte Grappa-like steep pitches  

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View northwest towards Cismon and SP 76 - our road to the far left

                                

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12 tornanti in the first 5 miles / 8 km      

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First of 2 gravel sections (400 and 530m each)

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Merge with Caupo and Seren routes at km 14.5

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Ristorante Forcelletto at mile 11.3 / km 18.2

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Seren enters Cismon at Ristorante Forcelletto (11.3m/18.2km)

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Formaggio anyone?

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Route from Romano d’Ezelino intersects at km 22.5

All 11 routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect.  At mile/km 9.9/16 we turn right onto SP 148 from Caupo (to our north), next Seren enters from the left (east) at 11.3/18.2, next Romano from the right (south) at 14.7/23.6 and finally the southern/eastern routes from the right at 15.8/25.4 (.4/.6 from the top;  Semonzo, Crespano, Fietta, Possagno, Cavaso del Tomba, Pederobba and Alano).

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

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WW I tunnel cannon placement

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Shrine of the Madonnina del Grappa

Alll 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.  

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The top of this mountain is a sacred place    

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cycling  Monte Grappa from Semonzo - refugio, bikes, tables and sign 

Rifugio has fantastic sandwiches, pastries, beer, and more

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PJAMM climbed Cismon and  Seren August 28, 2016

All 11 Monte Grappa climbs in 6 days

One of our greatest cycling experiences.

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 begins at km 2.8 (13.3%)