Monte Zoncolan is located in the Carnic Alps and reaches an altitude of 1,750 metres. This climb is considered the toughest in Europe, because from the start in Ovaro to Monte Zoncolan you have to climb a total of 1,210 metres in altitude over a distance of 10.2 km, with an average gradient of 11.7% and peak values of 22%.

 
In the first 2 km after Ovaro you have some passages with over 11% gradient, but only later, in the following 6 km, the average gradient reaches 15% with peaks over 22%. From about the ninth kilometre, the gradients drop back to 7%, after which the road goes rather flat through three short, straight tunnels with a cemented ground. The last 500 metres are uphill again with gradients of about 12%.

 
This legendary climb has often been a stage finish in the Giro d'Italia. The last time this happened was in 2018, when Chris Froome broke away from everyone with 4 km to go and won the decisive stage, which went on to win the Giro d'Italia. We all remember his sprint on the steep final climb, which remains inimitable for us cyclists.

 
The Monte Zoncolan Tour foresees two routes, you can choose to leave by bike directly from the hotel or shorten the route by leaving from the Tre Croci Pass. In this case, our hotel provides a transfer from the hotel to the Tre Croci Pass.

  
Dates

  • 14 June 2022

  • 26 July 2022

  • 27 September 2022

 
Schedule > medium route

  • transfer from Hotel Melodia del Bosco in direction Cortina at 8:00 am

  • start of the tour from Passo Tre Croci between 9:15 and 9:30 am

  • coffee/snack break on the way

  • arrival at Monte Zoncolan between 2:00 and 3:30 pm

  • descent on the same route to Ovaro

  • snack break before the return journey

  • transfer with arrival at the hotel between 7:00 and 8:00 pm

 
Schedule > long route

  • start of the tour from Hotel Melodia del Bosco at 7:30 am

  • coffee/snack break on the way

  • arrival at Monte Zoncolan between 2:00 and 3:30 pm

  • descent on the same route to Ovaro

  • snack break before the return journey

  • transfer with arrival at the hotel between 7:00 and 8:00 pm

 

Route data – medium course

  • 87 km

  • ascent 1,920 m

  • descent 1,990 m

  • highest point 1,800 m

  • lowest point 530 m

  • maximum gradient 22%

 

Route data - long course

  • 131 km

  • ascent 3,460 m

  • descent 3,070 m

  • highest point 2,200 m

  • lowest point 530 m

  • maximum gradient 22%

 
Klaus’s suggestions

  • keep a steady pace at the beginning and do not overdo it on the first climbs, because the last part will be very demanding

  • after the 1.6 km climb from Ovaro up to Liariis, enjoy the flat section of 500 m before the real climb, also called "Porta dell'Inferno" Gate of Hell

  • on this steep climb, keep your pace steady because the constant gradient makes recovery difficult

  • if you have to stop, stop in a bend, because it is easier to go on from there

  • when you reach the top, take time to rest and enjoy the view

  • the descent from Monte Zoncolan to Ovaro, with a gradient of 15% over 10 km, can easily overheat your brakes, so ride slowly and make a few stops to check them

  
Price and information

  • the special Ride «Monte Zoncolan Tour» is either included in the package or bookable separately at the price of 105.00 € per person

  • other days on request at the price of 120.00 € per person

  • the price includes the transfer and the guided tour

  • the price does not include lunch

  • a minimum number of 4 participants is required

  • the itinerary of the tour is subject to change

     

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