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Cycling Pozza San Glisente - Italy #2 and World #7
Ride 9.1 kilometers gaining 1,411 meters at 15.7% average grade.
This is the Top Ranked Italian Bike Climb and the fourth hardest in the world. Many online argue that this is the hardest bike climb in the world (see the writeups on Pozza San Glisente on ClimbByBike.com, CyclingToday.com, and Road.cc to hear why they think so). We agree that this climb is definitely among the toughest around.
How do you get to be the top dog in one of the greatest cycling countries in the world? STEEEEEPPPP and more STEEEEEPPPP!! Only the extraordinary Scanuppia with its average 17.8% gradient rivals Pozza San Glisente’s extreme gradient, and Pozza actually edges out Scanuppia for steepest 500 meters at 26.7% versus 24.1%.
First segment of the climb is on a narrow paved roadway. The next portion is on a one-lane road with two narrow paved sections separated by a grass (and at times rock) center divider, which can be seen in the photo above.
The final segment is very rough cobble or cobble-dirt. Makes for an extremely bumpy descent.
Pozza San Glisente begins in Esine, part of the province of Bresica, in Italy’s Lombardy region. This climb is only 100 kilometers from the cycling center of Bormio, so consider taking this one on if you are in Bormio for the Big 3: Stelvio-Gavia-Mortirolo. See our Bormio Climb Area page for more details.