Cycling the Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Until 1919 the peaks formed part of the border between Italy and Austria. The Cima Grande has an elevation of 2,999 metres (9,839 ft).
The climb begins in Cortina d’Empezzo, to Misurina and Misurina Lake (lovely), and then into a National Park. Bikes can enter for free, cars must pay.
From Cortina, you can go a long north route or a shorter south route to Misurina. From there it will me unmistakable which way to go. I took the shorter route so it was to the right.
The climb isn’t that long but there are some very hard kilometers. It is the steepest climb that I have done to this point in all my cycling. The Mortirolo may require a re-write of that statement that next week…
As you can see from the gradient profile above, the last several kilometers do not let up! The last 4 kilometers average 11.7%. You will be at the limit to just stay moving on your bike.
The views from the top are famously fabulous.