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Monte Di Ragogna s(u)

This is a small, but steep climb onto an oval shaped hill, in a very strategic position in front of the dolomites. Below to the north are the enormous braids of the Tagliamento River, as they exit the triangular peaks around Tolmezzo. On the lower south side is lots of racing graffiti, spurring on cyclists whose name will live until the rain washes them away. Signs along the road call this "the Wall of Ragogna", and the "Beginning of the Alps", and once in a while the words "Giro" and "Tour" appear also. All the evidence mounts up to say that this is a very popular racing summit. The road is not wide, but not really narrow by local standards, and paved as smooth as an ironing board.

The name of the actual mountain is Monte Muris. Both Muris and Ragogna are also towns at the foot of the mountain. Ragogna also serves as name for the route.

1.START-END EAST:Vilanova Di San Daniele
3.signed junction with WW1 bunker and turnoff to Inn
4.TOP: Monte Ragogna s(u), 480m~1575ft
5.START-END WEST:bridge over Tagliamento
6.START-END WEST ALT:bridge over Tagliamento,


From South.
Approaching this area from the south along the Tagliamento, you can see this hill, crowding in the church in Ragogna. Behind the church and the hill in th distance is an impressive dolomitic escarpment, assuming this is a clear morning. I must have had one of the clearest ever. So it comes as a small surprise that when you pass through this town of Ragogna you actually descend a small amount to finally find the signed turnoff to Monte Ragagno.

This climb is short but steep. On the Saturday I was there there, I was in the company of several dozen other cyclists. This side has only one prominent view of Tolmezzo and the river below. For me it comes as a welcome rest between steep switchbacks.

Immediately before the top is a junction. To the right it leads to appears to a restaurant, but no great views that I could find. It branches after 50m, but no matter how hard you try you end up at private property areas. But at the junction itself stands a partially reconstructed WW1 bunker. A sign explains this defensive positions in Italian. Much of the structure was built by the Austro- Hungarian side after the WW1 battle that happened up here. (More in the history part below).

As it turns out, this junction with all the signs, pointing to nearby villages, is not quite the summit. Turning left here the gently climbing road leads along the ridge. There comes an innocent looking trail junction, where a small trail leads along the edge of the cliff to a picnic table. This is the place with all the million lire views, the Tagliamento with its untamable gravel braids below, the villages with the church towers fronting the mountain cliffs, wedges of framed dolomitic triangles in the distance. This also happens to be the summit.

From West. (described downwards). The road switches to the west side of the mountain. One more picnic table at a the next trailhead, quite a bit lower, is the choice position to study the braids of the Tagliamento as it seems to head as straight as braided rivers can for the horizon. Just beyond that point it ends in the Adriatic Sea.

One more ramp through the trees, as the road passes several WW1 bunkers; then you can take a left and connect back to Ragogna, or go right and actually cross the Tagliamento. This option follows a road hugging the last vestiges of the foothills, and then head straight for Splimbergo. The profile should stop at the bridge where the road crosses the Tagliamento. However due to the amazing fact that the river looses another 200ft very quickly, during the short ride to the next bridge downriver, I also included that part in the profile. According to the map, this is actually the shortest through-going paved route in proximity of the river. This shows how much respect the Tagliamento floods have earned over the years.

The Romans actually relocated the lower part (running on the plain) once, trying to control the river. But after two disaterous floods it was decided to just give it the width it demanded. This idea seems to be coming around again, even for less tempestuous water ways. The flow of this river varies between 80 to 1600 (forgot the units. but it is volume/time and a factor of 20).

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Dayride with this point as highest summit


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Monte Di Ragogna: Passariano > Codroipo > unmarked narrow paved road following Tagliamento north on east side > Turrida > San Odorico Al Tagliamento > combination of roads and unpaved Cyclavia Tagliamento paths north > Dignano > Carpacco > Villanova Di San Daniele > SP74 north with detours > Ragogna > Muris > Monte Ragogna s(u) > Pinzano Al Tagliamento > Splimbergo > Dignano > same unmarked road along Tagliamento south > Codroipo with shopping detour > Passario: 65.1miles with 2420ft of climbing in 5:53hrs (garmin etrex30 r5:21.10.22)


Like Monte Grappa, this mountain top was the sight of fierce WW1 fighting. The main stratigic objective here was not so much in the mountain top itself,  but controlling the line along the Tagliamento river. The top of Monte Muris/ Ragogna was an instrumental aid in this. In Novermber 1917, forces of the Austro Hungarian/  empire along with German forces succeeded infiltrating the northern slopes and attacking the Ragogna mountain top, held by Royal Italian forces. In the course of deteriorating Italian positions, the rest of the Italian forces retreated over the Pizano bridge ( bottom of western approach ) and left the defenders of the mountain top on their own. They went as far as actually destroying the bridge to keep the enemy from advancing. To understate conditions: without the bridge escape for the Italians remaining on the mountains, was also more difficult - but not impossible. About 600 Italian infantry managed to make it to the other side of the Tagliamento via the next bridge downriver ( probably the one in the first picture ), before it too was no longer passable. After the battke. the remains of about 400 dead Italians were collected in the forest by inhabitants, along with hundreds of Austro-Hungarian remains.

While Italian forces gave up Monte Ragogna, it allowed them to strengthen their defense along the Piave River and also Monte Grappa. In the end this proved more important to winning the war.

Cycling: So - compared to other famous racing climbs this one is relatively small, but steep. However - there is nothing that keeps race organizers to make cyclists go over the summit multiple times. In 2020, the summit was part of the stage Udine - San Daniele, and included a finish with two loops over the summit with a third ascent, finishing on top. 1800 spectators were allowed along the line, each one identified with a color bracelet, which was a first in spectator regulation history. The climb ascended the tight switchbacks on the southern side and decended the less curvy road on the Splimbergo side.

The climb was also on the 2018 Giro. But that time it was an intermediate climb, finishing on the higher Monte Zocolan, many km to the north..