Thursday, December 1, 2011

Punta Veleno, More Difficult than Zoncolan and Mortirolo

The 2012 Giro del Trentino, scheduled in April, will for the first time in a professional race feature the Punta Veleno (Poison Point) ascent, rated one of the toughest climbs in Europe.

It was first considered for inclusion in a stage for the Giro d'Italia in 1972 by Vincenzo Torriani, director of the Giro d'Italia from 1949 to 1989, but after visiting it he decided it was too hard.

The 8 km climb begins near Lake Garda in Castello di Brenzone, between Bardolino and Malcesine. Steep sections can be from 15% to 18%, and even more than 20%.

Recommended gearing is a compact with 34/29:

The action will stake place on Stage 3, April 19th.

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  1. Have to add that to the bucket list. Here's what Jack had to say

  2. I was overtaken there this Summer, but the skinny guy did not even had a jersey on, while I had my backpack, helmet and 39-28, weighing close to 90 kg, so had to give up quickly. A hard climb in Summer sun! The lower starting height is part of the problem here. But it should not pose a problem to the pros.