Pso. di San Osvaldo
The Friulli dolomites along pso di San Osvaldo may not be
quite as high, and the canyons may not have as many
precipitous steps as the ones of the Bellunesi dolomites.
But this pass has other things going for it. It is a great
cycling routes because of less traffic and two picturesque,
sedate towns along its eastern approach. Also, there is
little chance to get lost since this a (for the alps)
relatively long route with few cul de sacs up side valleys.
440m) START-END WEST: Longarone
02.(km10+1/2,790m) Erto e Casso
03.(km14+1/2,827m) TOP: Pso di San Osvaldo
05.(km21,550m) turnoff to Pinedo on left
07.(km45+1/2,320m) START-END EAST: Montereale
Valcellina, west of Maniago
From West. From Longarone you cross the wide
braided river Piave and head north. The road climbs partially up
the limestome plateau with long regular ramps. It enters a one
way gallery type tunnel with a red-green interval of 8 minutes.
From the gallery openings are great views downvalley of
Langarone. Where the tunnel emerges, the road turns into a
damned low canyon. From here a rolling hill route leads to the
town of Erto. A cycling / pedestrian path before the town turns
out to have a short 20 percent grade and leads to the lower part
of the town, where you have to carry the bike up stairs to get
back on the road, not exactly the most efficient route, but
picturesque nontheless. All businesses, such as an
alimentari, are in the new part of town which is above the main
road. Leaving Erto the road traverses under a high cliff around
a lake, enters a high valley and finds a low saddle at the end
of a high valley for the descent. No ski areas, hotels or
souvenir shops on top of this pass.
From East. (described downwards) There are a few
forested switchbacks. But the road soon enters a gradually
sloping valley that is as easy to ride down as it is easy on the
brake pads of a fully loaded mountain bike. A long gradual
descent leads through the easy going tourist town of Cimolais.
Turning south the road enters a deep canyon and several long
tunnels, culminating in a 3750m long tunnel with ear deafening
ventilators on both ends. They are well lit and of course open
to bicycles. This is a good descend in the rain. You stay dry.
If already wet when entering the tunnel, the ventilors help dry
out, if you can stand the noise. This last tunnel emerges on a
half kilometer long, low bridge over another damned lake. A few
more curves and the road reaches the southern end of the
mountains in Maniago, where it becomes apparent that this is the
sountern end of the dolomites.
A day on a tour:
(<Pso di San Pelegrino
Pso di San Osvaldo:
Longarone > Pso di San Osvaldo
> small roads of Friuli to San Daniele: 66 miles with
3400ft of climbing in 6:2 hours (VDO MC1.0 m3:9.5.10),
Notes: This included an extraordinarily long and difficult
room search in San Daniele . From here the ride continued over
valley roads to the Slovenian town of Kobarid.
picture locations. 1: Piave river
valley from tunnel gallery above Longarone 2: another gallery on
the eastern side below Erto.
|Pso di San Osvaldo
Highest Point: 827m
|from Longarone (440m)
|Erto e Casso (790m)
|turnoff to Pinedo (550m)
|from Montereale Valcellina, west of
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