Monte Grappa - Seren del Grappa Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Monte Grappa - Seren del Grappa

Italy

One of our favorite routes up Monte Grappa.

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66° 53°

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Climb Summary

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Sacrario Militare del Monte Grappa

Shrine of the Madonnina del Grappa


Hold on tight - this climb is amazing; a brute and unforgettable - We LOVE Monte Grappa from Seren.  We start in the very quaint town of Seren (one of the 2 far north beginning points of the Monte Grappa 11) and then travel 1.8 miles / 2.9 km south on Via Generale Giardino to a road on the right with a bridge crossing a creek and a sign that says “Boarnal / Pradazern / Col dei Bof”) - it is easy to miss.  In fact, we came darn close to turning back because it just didn’t seem like we were going in the right direction.  The strava segment we downloaded in fact travels .2 mile / .3 km past the right turn for Col dei Bof, indicating that at least one other person missed the turn to the Seren route to Monte Grappa.

Monte Grappa from Seren bike climb - start of climb - Seren sign in lawn   

Seren is a lovely town  

Cycling Monte Grappa from Seren - bridge and road at turn                 

Don’t miss this turn at mile 1.8 / km 3.2

 

We are on the Seren route for 10 miles / 16 kilometers before it merges with the other 2 northern routes (Caupo and Cismon which have already merged at this point).  The first leg of this climb (from Seren to the turn off at the bridge on the right) is 1.8 miles/2.9 km and only an average of 1.8% (that just means the next segment is going to make up for the holiday!).  We encounter several extended high average grades, including 20%+ in a few spots.  Of the 3 cyclists we encountered along the way, 2 were walking and, well, the other, our soon-to-be friend, Frederico, blew past us on a 20% grade - Wallah!

  Bicycle ride Monte Grappa from Seren - garmin showing 20% grade and map on handlebars

 Did we mention that Seren has some pop to it?                                                                  

As with the extreme grades, the scenery along the Seren segment of Monte Grappa is quite interesting and unique - we just can’t rave enough about this one.  We are almost reminded of the rainforest-like surroundings in Hilo, Hawaii as we climb towards Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa - the climate here seems altogether different from the southern climbs - it was warm and humid as we climbed through a steep canyon with thick forest covering the mountainside and surrounding the roadway.

Narrow road, steep cliffs, rock face, thick foliage are common on this ascent.

Bike climb Monte Grappa from Seren - narrow unnamed road

     Biking Monte Grappa from Seren - road surrounded by trees

                                 

The roadway is extremely narrow (and, did we mention - steeeeeeeep) and rough in spots, but we encountered no more than a handful of motorized vehicles for the exclusive 10 mile/16 km Seren segment of this route.  We also encountered many old and interesting structures during our loving struggle up Seren. There are also some great views of the mountains in the distance.

Biking up Monte Grappa from Seren - road and old buildings with mountains in background

A set of the many old and/or unique buildings we encountered.

Biking Monte Grappa from Seren - canyon and forest and mountains

Some spectacular views of the canyons and mountains

There are no routes up Monte Grappa where you do not encounter some ranch activity, whether it be cattle of sheep. There is a rural church near the location (mile 10/km 16) where the Seren route enters SP 148 from Caupo which we were fortunate enough to pass just before services as the bell was ringing and parishioners were walking out of the hills to church.  

Cycling Monte Grappa from Seren - field, cows,

The inevitable Monte Grappa ranch activity 

Cycling Monte Grappa from Seren - bike leaning against Albergo Forcelletto

Albergo Forcelletto

All 11 routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect.  At mile/km 10/16 we merge onto the theretofore connected routes from the north (Caupo and Cismon), we then merge with Romano from the right at 13.4/21.6 and finally the southern/eastern routes at .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 and WW II (to a lesser degree) along this way:

WW II Memorial in Seren  

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 WW I  Memorial at the top     

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.  

Cycling Monte Grappa from Seren - John Johnson PJAMM with 11 Monte Grappa climbs

PJAMM climbed Seren and Cismon August 28, 2016

All 11 in 6 days - amazing experience.

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 6.1 (16.9%)