Will be doing a self-supported week-long bikepacking tour from Verona, heading north to the Italian Dolomites then to Austria over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, then back to Verona. A 900km loop with over 20K of elevation.
Apparently June is a great time in the Alps because there’s still lots of snow on the mountains which looks nice in the summer sunshine.
Will be packing light with essentials in a saddle pack. We aim to book places to stay during each day to find the evening’s lodgings. We perfected this technique last trip and it works well. It removes the stress of finding a hotel and means we can secure decent prices.
Need to do some training for the mountains, especially as all my compatriots are quicker than me uphill :(
Route on Strava is here: https://www.strava.com/routes/23418746
If anyones interested or has had prior experience of these climbs to offer advice, I did a list here:
List of the major climbs
Monte Bondone 23.7km @ 5.1% 1203m, 1654 alt
Passo Pordoi 13km @ 6% 786m, 2242 alt
Passo Furcia 12.3km @ 6.1% 754m, 1789 alt
Grossglockner 25.7km @5.7% 1468m, 2571 alt
Gerlospass 7.2km @7.7% 549m, 1630 alt
Kühtai 26.8km @5% 1365m, 1988 alt
Timmelsjoch 22.5km @4.9% 1110m, 2474 alt
Passo Palade 18km @ 6.7% 1208m, 1518 alt
Passo Campo Carlo Magno 15km @6% 917m, 1681 alt
Monte Velo 12.7km @8.1% 1064m, 1175 alt
Monte Baldo (from Mori) 21km @6% 1356m, 1640 alt
Fosse 9.2km @8.3% 764m, 908 alt
Looks ace. This would be a really cool place to officially start the ride. The bikes are displayed in front of Roman Frescos
Of course you could go for the coliseum. It’s quite good too 😏
Not much to add except that it looks fantastic.
I've ridden many of the French alps and pyrenees and Ventoux but haven't ventured over that way
I suppose kit is important. As you no doubt know it can be 35 degrees and steaming in the valley but once you get up to 2,000 m it's a different ball game and can require gilet and or arm warmers as a minimum, especially on the descents.
A mate rode over an alpine crest early in the season with six foot walls of snow either side of the road and said it was like riding through a giant freezer.
The South Tyrol is a beautiful area. I lost the will to live somewhere on the Timmeljosch (coming from the Italian side), but it's a great climb. Don't forget to bring lights for the long tunnels.
I did Furcia from the north and Timmelsjoch from the south.
Furcia was early doors in August pretty chilly very quiet, nothing on the climb shop wise. But little village either side.
Timmeljosch I was in an odd mood, probably a nicer climb than I recall, though Passo Gardener was nicer. Cafe at the top where I had to sit out a storm is nice. Cows on the north side roaming free, whilst descending in the mist/ rain was exciting!
Cool, will try and check that shop out although ill probably have to stop myself from putting a deposit down on something. I'd ideally like to do the trip on my steel frame but I'm already the slowest up the ascents so probably safer to go with my carbon. We were going to do it from Innsbruck but flights there were alot more expensive for some reason.
Yes, ill be taking a lightweight waterproof and gloves for any cold weather up high so will hopefully be enough. Ill probably use a thin vest base layer too.
I have a small light I have test fitted to the rear of my helmet with a fairly big on/off button so should be operable.
Timmeljosch looks nice (they all do until you're riding up them :) . I lost the will to live on many a climb on the last alps trip we did from Venice to Geneva a couple of years ago. Stelvio, Bernina and Duran were particular struggles I seem to remember. Also it was stupidly hot even at the top of every mountain, don't think we had any rain!
A week before I went I was sent a picture of the top of the Stelvio, where it snowed. When I was there it was 36 degrees in Merano, and still 19 on the top of the pass (so a good 20 degrees up from the week prior). So yeah, you need to cover a lot of bases weather-wise.
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