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Mount Zoncolan from Ovaro, a climb know as “The Hell”

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Is memorable the Zoncolan climb excursion arranged in the 2011 during the Giro stage. In this post we would like report information pasted from Friuli Venezia Giulia tourist board documentation about the Mount Zoncolan climb from Ovaro.

Tour overview : This is a very hard route due to the length and to the difference in height. This climb are long and reach high altitudes. Is suggested to wear suitable clothes and check weater conditions before start this excursion. Probably is one of hardest climb of Europe, is proposed this loop route after an intense training and warm-up.

How to get to the start : Tolmezzo village, is suggested to park the car at the car park area opposite the swimming pool.

Detailed climb information : From Tolmezzo head north towards Caneva, cross the bridge over the But stream and, at the end of the bridge, turn right towards Zuglio; shortly afterwards, at the end of illuminated tunnel, turn left up the climb towards Fusea-Buttea, cycle past the sports ground in the locality of Curiedi and, after reaching the saddle, go downhill following the main road (attention to the descent).

Cross the village of Buttea and follow the main road towards the saddle of Fuessa, keep cycling downhill towards Vinaio and Lauco. After crossing Lauco (after about 1,5km) turn right towards Avaglio – Trava. After reaching Trava , turn left and after a short descent you will reach the fork in the locality of Chiassis, turn immediately right and after some kilometres you will join again the State Road SS355, which you will follow as far as the bridge over the Degano stream. Now turn left towards Muina , cross the villages of Agrons, Cella, Luincis up to Entrampo; turn right at the fork , cross the bridge and turn into the State Road SS355 in the south direction.

In Ovaro, turn left towards Lianriis and from here towards Mount Zoncolan (10km with slopes up to 20%).

Once arrived at the Sella Zoncolan saddle, go down on the opposite side as far as Sutrio, Paluzza, Treppo Carnico, Ligosullo until reaching  the Sella Duron saddle. Descend to Paluaro, cross it and, after 2km, turn right into the road SP40, which leads to Cedarchis.

Turn into the State Road SS52bis again in the north direction and, turning left towards Zuglio, you will get back to Tolmezzo.

The route can be shortened, therefore, after reaching Entrampo, turn into the State Road SS355 in the south direction, cross Ovaro, Villa Santina and you will get back to Tolmezzo.

Reference : Tolmezzo

Lenght : 86km

Difference in height : 3600mt

Max height : 1730mt

Max slope : 20%

Difficult : for very well trained cyclists

Physical training : Excellent

Cyclability : 100%

Road surface : 100% asphalt

Duration : from 5 to 8 hours

Water sources : in the towns crossed.

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