|Outside Hotel ready to set off|
|Family group who led to me losing the ciao challenge|
|One of many river and mountain combination based view|
|Energy giving pasta|
|At what I assumed was the official start of the climb, because there were flags|
|One of the many views on the way up|
After the first hour I decided I should act like a parent and waited for George, who I was impressed to see was only a couple of minutes behind me (take note other regular cycling guests). However he had foolishly believed it when I said it would take an hour to climb to the top as never having done this ride before I had given him my standard one hour answer when asked how long it would take. He was therefore more than a bit disappointed when we saw a sign saying 13 km more to the top which was about what we had done to this point.
The next few kilometres were fairly flat before it kicked up again in order to climb the remaining 700m. After passing no cyclists in the first section we passed several on this stretch mainly as they had got off to push their bikes up the road, so despite their cycling Lycra they were hardly proper cyclists at all. Worse than that we were overtaken by man on an ebike which annoyed us both as riding one of those is worse than getting off and pushing.
|There was still plenty of road to cover before the top|
|At the cafe at the top of Monte Grappa|
|Beer and doughnuts turned out to be excellent summit food|
|Few of the people had cycled here|
|View from the top of Grappa showing the steep path down|