In Cycling Italy, Dolomites

Cycling Giao Pass from Pocol

The north side of the Giau is the “easy” side, though it isn’t an easy climb. This side is 8.6km long at 8.3%. The other side is 10km at 9.1%. The numbers may seem close¬†but there is a noticeable difference in the suffer-factor on the two sides of this mountain.

This is where the fun begins.

10 percent grade sign at bottom of Passo Giau

10 percent grade sign at bottom of Passo Giau.

 

The view from very early in Passo Giau climb

The Ritchey and a view from very early in Passo Giau climb.

 

Open Pasture on Passo Giau

Open Pasture on Passo Giau. We see cows very soon.

All the cows in these parts have huge bells around their necks and they make a lovely chorus.

Cows grazing on Passo Giau

Cows grazing on Passo Giau.

Getting near the top the trees dissipate the views widen.

Almost to the top of the Giau

Almost to the top of the Giau.

 

Top of Giau from North Ascent

Top of Giau from North Ascent.

I did this climb as a warm up to the Tre Cime and Here is the Strava for this ride:

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