Monte Grappa - Caupo Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Monte Grappa - Caupo

Italy

Longest, northernmost and perhaps the most scenic of the 11 Monte Grappa routes.

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Sacrario militare del monte Grappa


Caupo is the northernmost and longest (17.4 miles / 28 km) route up Monte Grappa.  This route may offer the most spectacular views of any of the11 routes up the mountain.  The lower portion of the climb involves the inevitable Monte Grappa tornanti and some nice views down at Caupo di Seren from whence we came.

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 2016 Brevetto del Grappa stamp for Caupo here 

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1 of 8 tornanti in first 4 miles/6.4 km

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Gateway to some incredible views 

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 Looking northeast towards Parco

 Nazionale delle Dolomiti Belunesi

We are blessed with some unbelievable and breathtaking views of the southern Dolomites as we ascend.  The huge dolomite walls and glacier formed valleys and passes are quite visible both to the northwest and northeast from several vantage points from miles 4-6 (km 6.4-9.6).  

Caupo is likely the most spectacular view route of all 11 Monte Grappa ascents.

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                                                 Caupo is a once in a lifetime climb with memorable views

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Caupo/Cismon intersect Seren here 12.6m/20.2km      

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On our way to merge with Romano (16/25.7)

All 11 routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect.  At mile/km 11.1/17.9 Cismon enters from the right (west), then Seren from the left (east) at 12.6/20.2,  next Romano from the right (south) at  16/25.7 and finally the southern/eastern routes from the right at 17/27.4 (.4/.6 from the top;  Semonzo, Crespano, Fietaa, 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:

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WW I and II Memorial in Caupo dis Seren (start)  

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Memorial to the Patriots and Resistance near top

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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Steps leading to Sacrario militare del monte Grappa

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Steps leading down from Sacrario militare del monte Grappa

To the upper parking lot - Rifugio in background.

Walkway on top of Sacrario militare del monte Grappa

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 PJAMM climbed Caupo and Romano August 27, 2016

11 climbs in 6 days of pure cycling pleasure!

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 the very beginning of the climb (10.1%)