MONTE GRAPPA

#TCRNO5 // CONTROL 2

LOCATION | SEMONZO, PROVINCE of TREVISO, ITALY |

CLOSES | WEDNESDAY 2nd AUGUST 2017 |

HOSTED BY | PEdAL ED |

 

“There lie the bones of over 12,000 Italians and 10,000 Austro-Hungarians who never came down from the mountain.” The Ossuary on Cima Grappa is a testament to the tragic cost of the Great War. Monte Grappa was itself a fortress of tunnels, bunkers and trenches in the front line against the Austrian invasion and the stage of the heroic last stand of the Italian Army. In World War II it was the refuge of the resistance, from where partisan brigades fought the occupying Nazi forces.

Parcours number 2 will demand a climb to the Rufigio Basano at the Cima Grappa from Semonzo, requiring a return to the top of this 1775m peak in the Venetian Pre-Alps, in typically pointless Transcontinental fashion for more climbing after the rider’s crossing of the alps is already complete.