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Video Preview: Colle delle Finestre

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Gasping for breath after the jump.

Colle delle Finestre via cyclingchallenge (@ youtube)

 

A few random thoughts:

  • The steepest short ramps seemed to be around the second kilometre. The rest of the climb is generally very steadily steep @ 8.5% - 10%.  No place to rest. 
  • The first 10 kms are beautifully paved - and narrow - with loads of hairpins as the road climbs through a forest.
  • I saw just two motor vehicules. A road sweeper, and a truck painting fresh white lines on edges of paved stretch.  Beautiful.
  • The 8 unpaved kilometres were clearly just flattened over for the Giro - note the steam roller parked at the top.  Very smooth, especially the first few kms.  But it may deteriorate a little with all the fans and support cars.
  • At the top are two monuments to Danilo Di Luca - he was first over Finestre in 2005, it's only other Giro appearance.
  • Easy to miss: above the Colle is an interesting "garden" with monuments celebrating the most famous cycling climbs (Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia, Ventoux, Tourmalet, Izoard, Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez)

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Larger at Flickr

Smoothest un-paved road evah?

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Larger at Flickr

If interested, a few of my Finestre pics at FLICKR are here along with some from a sunnier day (taken by Eric the domestique).