Campagnolo. Often mispronounced and underappreciated but it has kitted out the bikes that have won the Tour de France (and all other races in history) more than all other options combined. Campagnolo is relevant to this climb.
On a freezing November day in 1924, while racing over the Croce d’Aune, Tullio Campagnolo invented in his mind the modern cam-style skewer, inspired by his inability to undo the wing nuts on his rear axel He later invents the first rear derailleur as well. Today Campagnolo makes stunning but expensive components, with a greater consideration given to aesthetics than do Shimano and SRAM because these are Italians. God bless them. I love Campagnolo components and every cyclist should too because no matter what they ride, Tullio Campagnolo has influenced their lives for the better.
As a Campy fanboy, I had to pay pilgrimage to the place where cycling modernization accelerated. Passo Croce d’Aune.
Distance: Not long. Depends on where you start. It ranges from 1 to over 10 percent. It’s not a hard climb but there are those 10% sections in the last 3 km.
This ride caught my eye in the 2019 Giro, stage 20, won by Pello Bilbao.
To ride or not to ride
This climb and this route were both a delight. Though not a bucket list climb it was a perfect day in the Italian countryside. The auto traffic was non existent and the scenery exquisite. Stop, as I did, in the village of Aune and have a snack then continue on exploring the areas tiny quite roads.