Monte Velo - Passo S.Barbara - Loppio
A short, but intense tour, for climbers. Mount Velo, stunningly beautiful but exceptionally tough, is one of the most popular climbs with the cyclists of the Garda Trentino area.
<p>Included in the "<strong>Great climbs of Trentino</strong>", Mount Velo is a must for all cycling enthusiasts, especially the gradient-mad. It stretches for almost 13 kilometres, mostly in the shade, to reach the Santa Barbara Pass at an altitude of 1170 metres. In 2002, it was the setting for a stage of the Giro d’Italia in which Cadel Evans lost the pink jersey.</p>
<p>This itinerary proposes the classic version with the descent from <strong>Val di Gresta</strong> towards Loppio. Among the other routes you’ll find another <strong>two versions</strong>, both tougher: one that maps out the return through the Lagarina Valley, and the other that adds on the climb to Mount Bondone.</p>
<p>From a technical standpoint, the climb has a very constant gradient of around 8.5%, with a few short sections exceeding 12%. The descent is very pleasant, as the roadway is wide and the traffic extremely quiet.</p>