Monte Zoncolan is about 10km of up at an average gradient of 11% and peaking at about 22% so pretty damn steep. I had obviously forgotten to mention this to cycling guest Andrew (who is notoriously hard to please) as I didn't want to put him off so just told him the bit about it being part of a Giro route as he loves all things Italian, espically cycling.
After yesterday's excursions we decided to just concentrate on doing the climb rather than a rerun of last 71 miles of the 2014 giro stage I had originally planned, as on map below. Once again we took the hire car and drove to the town Tolmezzo about 10 miles from the start of the climb. By now Andrew was aware we were going up something a lot tougher than anything we had tackled before and he was a little nervous about his chances.
|Famous cyclist at 1500m|
|Another steep hairpin|
|Eddy Merckx at near halfway|
|One of many spectacular views|
|I did find the snow but not enough to close the road|
|The iconic last few bends|
|Rare smile as I made it to the top|
|Outside cafe in nearby village|
|Excellent hot chocolate|
|Final dramatic view on the trip|
|my cake reward|