Passo del Rombo from St Leonhardo Bike Climb
PASSO DEL ROMBO FROM ST LEONHARDO BIKE CLIMB | ALPS
Bike Touring the Italian Alps should include a ride up to Passo del Rombo (Timmelsjoch), on the Italian side you are making the ascent from the town of St Leonhard. A 29 km bike climb on classic serpentine roads, the average grade is moderate at 6%, there are a few ramps the exceed 10%. A great climb that is fairly isolated and best road during the months of July and August, but still during that time you should bike gear for poor weather.
Passo Rombo bike climb from St Leonhard
ROUTE NOTES AND PROFILE FOR PASSO ROMBO
|REGION||Trentino Alto Adige Region|
|MOUNTAIN GROUP||Ötztal Alps|
|DEPARTURE EVEVATION||695 meters a.s.l.|
|MAX ELEVATION||2474 meters a.s.l.|
|ELEVATION GAIN||1814 meters|
The bike tour up to Passo Rombo from San Leonardo is a long isolated climb on a road that seems to have been forgotten. On many days you can ride on the pass and encounter very little traffic, especially if you are cycling on a weekday. You can reach Passo del Rombo by departing from Merano or riding over Passo Giova. The ride from Merano is a good warm up of about 8 km with a couple of short ramps around 10%.
At the town of San Leonardo you will turn left following the signs to Passo del Rombo. The first 6 km section is fairly easy and takes you up to about 1000 meters a.s.l. There you find the first hard section that averages over 9% until the 10 km mark and then 7% up to the 15 km point.
From the 15 to 19 km points you ride false peak that averages just over 2%, but you should use the breather to refuel and eat not just to make up time. After the 19 km point you will start the hardest section of the climb and you are reaching the upper elevations.