BIKE TOURING THE GRAPPA RING (ANELLO DEL GRAPPA) | TREVISO
The Anello del Grappa bike route is a great sign posted route that takes you around the base of the Monte Grappa using secondary roads, bike paths, and some sections of main roads. The route is a great one day ride of 135 km and you should have a good base of miles in the legs prior to attempting. Even though, there are no large climbs the route does have a few short ramps and moves in and out of the lower valley's. For those less fit this makes a great 2 day route by starting either in Bassano del Grappa and riding to Feltre and returning to Bassano del Grappa. Weather you ride clock wise, or counter clock wise you will have about the same difficulty level. I find that the clock wise route is the most scenic and enjoyable.
BIKE TOURNING THE ANNELLO DEL GRAPPA ROUTE NOTES:
- LENGTH: 135 km
- START POINT: Bassano del Grappa Train Station
- DIFFICULTY: Challenging
- ELEVATION GAIN: 300 meters
- AVERAGE % GRADE: 2 %
- MAX GRADE: 7%
Checkpoints - Bassano del Grappa, Pove del Grappa, Valstagna, Cismon del Grappa, Arsie, Fonzaso, Feltre, Quero, Fener, Pederobba, Possagno, Crespano del Grappa
Time to ride: The route generally takes about 6 hours to ride, there are several worthwhile stops along the way.
Season - The best time to ride is from April to October, but you can ride during winter months but the valley and north side of the mountain, can be quite cold.
Map - Veneto 1:200,000 road map. Touring Club Italy map is the better choice.
MONTE GRAPPA | PREALPS
Monte Grappa (1,775 m) is a mountain of the Venetian Prealps in Veneto, Region Italy. It lies between the Venetian plain to the south and the central alpine areas to the North. To the west, it is seperated from theAsiago Altopiano by the Brenta river, to the east it is seperated from theCesen-Visentin Mountains by the Piave river. To the north is Corlo lake and Feltre valley. In the past, the mountain was called Alpe Madre (Mother Alp), and is currently divided into three provinces: Vicenza Province to the west, Treviso Province to the south and Belluno Province to the northeast. It is the highest peak of a small massif, which is characterized by many other peaks such as Col Moschin, Colle della Berretta, Monte Asolone, Monte Pertica, Prassolan, Monti Solaroli, Fontana Secca, Monte Peurna, Monte Santo, Monte Tomatico, Meatte, Monte Pallon and Monte Tomba.
Monte Grappa was created by the collision between the African and European lithospheric plates. During the geological eras, these sediments have been interested by a cement fixation and then they were lifted up by these pressures that caused the Alpine mountain range to rise. Nowadays, the main types of rocks found on the Grappa are:
- The Grey Limestones: the oldest formation, comprising the biggest part of the massif: it is found on the cliff faces. Its calcareous composition has caused such an expanded karst phenomenon that brought to light a lot of caves full of stalactites, deep wells and wonderful galleries;
- the Rosso Ammonitico: with its calcareous origin, it forms the amazing “cities of stone” situated in the Poise and Meda Valleys;
- the Biancone: we can find this calcareous rock on Cima Grappa, on and near the villages of Borso and Semonzo;
- the Red Flake: a clayish limestone that is the raw material used to make cement.
- Furthermore, during the centuries, different external atmospheric agents have modified the morphological structure of the Grappa massif:
- the glaciers, which are responsible of the Brenta and Piave rivers' high valleys and of the secondary valleys moulding. They also caused the formation of the glacial cirques near Cima Grappa;
- the creeks, which exist only in case of heavy and persistent rain. Because of the ample inclines of the beds, their erosive action has certainly been efficient and it can condone the asperities of the valley faces.
- The karst phenomenon, that is really expanded in the Massif. In fact, there are a lot of caves and wells, sinkholes and swallow holes, the absence of streams and sources at high altitudes, and the "cities of stone".
As the mountain is located at the edge if the Venetian plains, its climate is often influenced by extremely variable weather conditions, with precipitation likely throughout the year. A theater of war during WW1 and to a lesser extent, during WW2, the mountain is known to most Italians for the Military shrine on the summit, containing a Museum on the Great War (‘Museo della Grande Guerra’). Also well known is the sanctuary known as ‘Sacello della Madonna Ausiliatrice’, inaugurated in 1901 (also known as ‘Madonna del Grappa’). During WW1, after the Italian defeat at Caporettoin 1917, the summit became the main point of the Italian defensive system; the Austrians tried on several occasions to conquer it, in order to gain access to the Venetian plains. During the conflict they dug several tunnels, trenches and other fixed poistions in the rock. Along the Mt Grappa summit from Monte Valderoa to the Colle Caprile the Italian defenses could dominate and control all activities along the front from as far as the distant Montello.
During WW2 the mountain saw the activity of several partisan formations operating in the area, and various dramatic events ensued, both on the mountain itself and in the nearby town of Bassano del Grappa. The ‘Sacrario militare del Monte Grappa’ (military shrine) is located on the summit, and was inaugurated in 1935; it is a landmark visible for several miles. In a nearby cave, is located the bronze monument to the partisan ("Monumento al Partigiano"), created by the famous sculptor from Falcade, Augusto Murer.
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MONTE GRAPPA FROM SERMANZO BIKE CLIMB | PREALPS
BIKE TOURING Monte Grappa: One of the best middle mountains climbs in the Prealps of the Veneto, route 2 bike climb is from Semonzo, in Borso del Grappa (TV). This road is called the 'Giardino Road' (strada Giardino) and is a 20 km ride with a medium grade of 8%, the max grade encountered is 14%. The road was Built in 1918 for General Giardino, Commander of the Grappa Army Group and was originally 5.50 meters wide and was used as an alternative for moving troops and supplies quickly to the front. The strada Giardino was built because the Cadorna road was exposed to enemy fire at some points.
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Riding up to Monte Grappa starting from the village of Sermanzo is one of the climbs used in the 2010 Giro d'Italia. For years these rides have been seen as an end of season goals, ultra-challenging climb days, and training grounds for the upper elevations.
THE ROUTE CAN BE BROKEN INTO THREE SPECIFIC BLOCKS:
- FROM THE CHURCH AT SEMANZO TO TURN 20
- TURN 20 TO 1360 METERS
- 1360 METERS TO TURN 28
INSERT ROUTE PROFILE
SECTION 1: On the main road you will see the brown tourist sign to Cima Grappa, this is your key word sign for the entire ride. The climb officially starts at the church of Semanzo and for the next 6 to 7 km you will be riding in the woods and conquering switch backs. It is very important not to push hard during this first section. Average grade is around 8% and you will work your way up to turn 20.
Many of the right hand turns offer you a great view of the Vicenza Plain and in the distance you can see the Euganei and Berici Hills.
This part of the mountain is popular for para-sailing, the steepness of mountain and warm winds from the sea gives gliders a great up-lift.
Turn 20 marks the end of the first section. Keep in mind that if you are running low on water, stop at the Restaurant 'Deltapiano' (around 890 meters) to fill up otherwise you will run into problems later.
SECTION 2: This section will help you make up some time, but it also has one of the hardest sections at 14%.
At turn 21 you will continue right following the white Cima Grappa sign.
There are a few short down hill sections and you pass through two rock tunnels. Both very short and but look out for descending rides or cars.
From Malga Campocroce to the 1360 meter you encounter the hardest section of the climb, a 2 to 3 km stretch with an average grade of 10% and one section of 14%.
SECTION 3: At 1360 meters you crest a small rise and finaly get to see the top of the climb. From here there is a short down hill and contour before working your way up the last wall of the climbs. In the valley below you can spot the Piave River and the Asolo hills.
You Can See The Top!!
From turn 26 to 28 is your last grind with a couple of 11% sections.
The end of the climb. Once you round the turn there is a short ramp that intersects with the main route where you can descend or turn right and continue another 1 km to the summit. The last section to the summit very ride-able at 7%. At the top there is a Refugio where you can grab a bit to eat before you continue your adventure.