Location: Northern Italy. Dolomites-Alps; Veneto
If you didn't realise, you're now in Alto d'Angliru and Mount Baw Baw territory, where the gradient lingers above 20% for a long lung-busting kilometre of slowly-turning pedals. But unlike these two brutal climbs the route from Possagno up Monte Grappa offers the rider a welcome breather for around 4 kilometres, which includes a dramatic 5.4% descent out of the grey mist to the forest below.
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