Alpe Rossombolmo Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

15.3
FIETS
8.1 mi
DISTANCE
4,543 ft
GAINED
10.7 %
AVG. GRADE

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Alpe Rossombolmo is a Top Five Italian bike climb. This cycling climb is another extremely challenging and scenic ascent into the beautiful Italian Alps.
Average grade is 10.7% with 0 descent.  32% of the climb is at 10-15% grade, 9% is at 15-20%, and 5% is ≥20%.  The steepest 500 meters is 20.1% and steepest kilometer 20%. 

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Roadway:  Until the last few hundred meters, the road is very narrow and paved.  The last few hundred meters are gravel and you will need wide tires if you bring a road bike.  Beware of significant debris on the roadway on your descent.

Traffic:  Negligible.

Parking:  At the parking area one kilometer southeast of the start of the climb (Route Map; Street View).
Provisions:  There are plenty of provisions in town at the start of the climb, but none on the route. 

Gear:  Be sure to bring a bike with gearing to fit your ability because this climb has extreme gradient in spots.  A gravel bike should also be considered due to debris and rough pavement and gravel the last few hundred meters.
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
There are two other World Top 100 climbs in the area: Alpe Fuori and Alpe di Aleccio.

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1 km up the climb looking northeast from above Ornavasso

But first . . .

After 45 days and 49 climbs on my Brad’s European Tour it was time for a little TLC

 

     

The Alpe Rossombolmo cycling climb is a very challenging yet gorgeous top bike climb in Italy’s Lake District located in the northern Italian Alps.  The pavement is smooth until 3.5 miles to go, then it gets very very rough.

      

Smooth at the bottom transitioning to very rough to rock/gravel at the finish

     

Some switchbacks are approaching 40% according to our garmin.

Most of the climb is shaded which is really nice on a hot day. There aren’t any stores or cafes going up. It looks to be mostly residential/farming access. The last 450 feet of the climb are very rough and a cross or mountain bike is preferred.

 

   

The pavement stops and the road becomes an un-kept grass/grassy mess.  

If you do ride that part, the road takes you to a goat house. They are friendly but timid goats.

Alpine ibex

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Steepest kilometer starts at km 8.2 (20%)