Sunday, May 20, 2018

Andreis Chiesa San Daniele

I rode to Barcis and around the back of the lake when  an official told me the road to Piancavallo was closed for a rally car race.  So I rode up Valpentina to the road end then back down,
across the supension bridge and back to Andreis, where I intended to climb Pala Barzana.  Alas another official said it was closed for the rally too.  So I rode up to Chiesa San Daniele above Andreis, then down to the raptor rehabilitation center, up the crazy climb on Via Aquadotto, and back down to the long tunnel home.  Sunday morning fun.


Lake Barcis

View southeast

Valpentina falls

Chiesa San Daniele above Andreis 

Malga Fara above Bosplans


Monte Raut

Peak above Andreis

Wildflowers

Very professional trail construction by Alpini vounteers

Approaching San Daniele 

View of Andreis and Val Cellina gorge

Raptor rehabilitation center


Friday, May 18, 2018

Cuel di Forchia

Another favorite steep steep climb, but this one is over by the Tagliamento River.  After a long warm up through Pinzano and Peonis I turned toward Avasinis and headed steeply upward.  It’s a great climb for practicing breath control because if you don’t concentrate you will quickly run out of  oxygen and become a quivering gelatinous mass.

Toward the end you also get to simultaneously practice traction control on  some steep wet algae-covered concrete ramps, where your wheel spins 180 degrees, you’re standing motionless in the pedals, and you gently try to pedal forward while gasping for air.  At the top you coast down to the altopiano of Monte Prat then down to Forgaria.  The ride home wasn’t too bad despite my knackered legs.  Very happy to get home before the rain.

Val Tochel below Monte Cuar

Monte Ragogna con Fiume Tagliamento
from descent of Monte Prat

Good training



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Via Guitcillo da Montanara

I love this crazy climb.  It starts at Montaner and heads very steeply upward to end of pavement at 850 meters.  At the last farmhouse you begin a portage through blackberry thorns and stinging nettles, soon rejoining a gravel road.  Some saliscendi on concrete roads down to the main road connecting Vittorio Veneto with the Cansiglio.  You turn off at Col Oliver picnic area and continue on the gravel road until joining the paved road to Villa di Villa.  Great fun on road or mountain bike.

View from the climb

Castello di Cordingnano at Villa di Villa


Hard climb



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Soverzene


Rode up through the tunnels to Barcis, through Cimolais, over Passo San Osvaldo, through the tunnel at Vajont dam, down the switchbacks to the Piave River and southward to Soverzene.  They've greatly improved the pista ciclabile along the banks of the Piave  since I last visited.  Instead of a muddy footpath it's a paved bike path, concrete cantilevered along the previously eroded river bank.  There's even nylon fencing along the edge to catch you if you take a tumble.  This eventually connects to the previous hard-packed earth bike path and then pavement along the canal toward Lago di Santa Croce.  I missed a turn on the ciclabile, instead taking a fun deviation on a dirt road, miraculously avoiding the giant mud puddles along the way.

At Farra d'Alpago I began the lakeside ride with some wind-blown sprinkles falling from il Cansiglio high above.  Down the switchbacks to Vittorio Veneto and then the long ride home.  Happy and tired.  


Val Cimolana

Remnant of Lago Vajont

The landslip of Monte Toc, with Col Nudo high above

Peaks above Soverzene; beautiful bike ride to Lago di Gallina
hidden high above     

Wonderful new pista ciclabile along Piave River 

Previously this old construction tunnel was full of mud
so you had to carry your bike 

Monte Dolada, daring me to try climbing it again


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Cima della Cima

Cima della Cima is another in the series of death-climbs starting from il pedemontana and grappling up the Monte Cavallo massif.  

After warming up to Sarmede, I climbed to Rugolo, turned right on the closed road toward Villa di Villa and shortly after took a left at the sign toward Chiesetta di Castellir.   Very steep climbing with some brief saliscendi.  I made it to the second sign for the church and died.  Definitely need to get back in form, as I've climbed this several times before without stopping.  While I waited for "the light at the end of the tunnel" hallucination to fade, I started pushing my bike up a side road I hadn't noticed before.  Quite pretty but it dead ends after awhile.  I rolled back down and resumed the actual climb.  I conked out again maybe 200 meters from the church and started walking.  After resting I began the slightly-less steep ascent toward Col Alt, reaching 832 meters.  Rather than walk up to the war memorial I continued on the dirt road to the alpin wetland then down to Strada di Patriarchi.  Nice descent and ride home.  I'll try to get in better shape before the next of these torture tests, Via Guitcillo da Montanara.




Trees in bloom, Chiesetta di Castellir
in background

The path by this old house leads up
to Col Alt war memorial 

Alpin wetland with chorus of singing frogs


Further down Strada di Patriarchi another
alpin wetland 


Ungodly gradients 














Sunday, May 6, 2018

Panaramica del Cansiglio-Piancavallo

The climb from Coltura up through Mezzomonte to the ridge crest road  connecting Piancavallo with il Cansiglio is unique.  There is no traffic. Other than Sundays there are rarely other cyclists.  The gradient is unrelenting, and wears you down to the point you are helpless by the time you reach the final wall.  You don’t conquer this climb, you only survive it.  I’ll try again before summer, maybe on the MTB.

View above Mezzomonte

Dardago from 1400 meters

Dislivello from Coltura to Valle Friz


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Muris

A visit to Ragogna and the steep climb from Muris to Monte Ragogna.  A couple of weeks from now the Giro d’Italia will race up this climb on the way to Monte Zoncolan.  I normally continue along the
ridge to Castello di Ragogna but today the ridge road was barricaded for maintenance.  Also visited Lago di Ragogna which is a lovely spot for a walk.


Lago di Ragogna


Finish line of Muris climb


New saddle for Maxima; light!

Deadly Muris climb


Monday, April 30, 2018

Casera Montelonga MTB

This climb from the shore of Lago di Barcis to the grassy altopiano above 1300 meters is one of the best in our area.  You can climb the lower paved section on a road bike up to 940 meters if the pavement is dry and no fallen leaves or seed casings have slickened the pavement.  Above that you'll need a MTB on the generally good gravel road.  The infernal climbing lessens above 1300 meters at Casera Montelonga.

I intended to hike/bike to Pala d'Altei and descend to Grizzo as in 2015, but a late start due to rain and the shorter Spring days didn't allow it.  So I descended the way I'd come until 760 meters when I decided to try the alternate route which eventually leads up to Casera Pala.  I used it to descend though, great fun because it's muddier with contra-pendenze to keep you pedaling hard.  Eventually made it down to the lake shore and rode back home through the tunnels.  Will try again this summer to connect with Pala d'Altei.  

Casera Montelonga

Beautiful mountainscape through a gap in the trees



From Rifugio Vallata to Casera Montelonga




Saturday, April 28, 2018

Farra di Soligo

Beautiful Spring ride through prosecco vineyards above Conegliano.  After warming up on the ride to Vittorio Veneto I climbed up to Formeniga and Manzana then descended to SP635.  Instead of climbing up the next ridge on Ca' Poggio I rode down to Conegliano and climbed up to the castello.  This ridge road ends up at San Pietro di Filetto, Refrontolo, Pieve di Soligo and finally Farra di Soligo.  I tried to bike/hike up to Santuario Collagu' but never found it- I'll try again with MTB.  This
area has some very steep terraced vineyards.  Quite spectacular.

I rode home more or less the same way, stopping at Emisfero for some emergency lemon tea.  Awesome ride.





View west from San Pietro di Filetto;
the church organist was practicing with the doors open

Northwest toward Monte Cesen

Terraced prosecco vineyards above
Farra di Soligo


Terraces with Monte Cesen above

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Meduna di Livenza

I intended to ride to the laguna at Jesolo when I started, but after repeatedly getting lost (despite my meticulously prepared cue sheet) I decided to just have some fun.  After Villa Varda, Portobuffolo, Mansue, and Motta di Livenza I headed north-ish to Meduna di Livenza.  They’ve restored the iron bridge over the Livenza and use it for cycling and pedestrians only.  Continuing north I meandered through flat farmland until I saw a sign for Rivarotte, or broken levee, which I remembered from prior visits to the Meduna-Livenza confluence.  Back on familiar ground I bore down and pedaled hard all the way home.  An unintended route that turned out perfectly, on a cool clear Spring day.

Shady walk at Villa Varda


Fiume Livenza


Restored iron bridge at Meduna di Livenza



New suspension bridge for cars