AGNELLO - 2748 m
Start 1. Sampeyre
Access 1. Cuneo - Saluzzo - direction France
Start 2. Ville-Vielle
Access 2. Gap - Embrun - Guillestre - direction Chateau Queyras
So asking for the Agnello, people said 'duro e fredo'. To tell the truth, that was. Starting at Sampeyre, it is quite easym only when crossing Casteldelfino and Pontechianale that becomes a bit more complicated. There must be a 20-km section at 4% average, with those kilometers at 8%. So we arrive to Chianale, where the world seems to end...but there's a road still going to nowhere.
Flat section along a dam
There ar still 2-km to ride in peace before getting into last 10-km, where we will hardly ever find something below 10%. now it looks like the real 'fredo' Agnello. A left bend marks the end of the easy section, a bit more than 9km to go...and the 'duro' also appears in front of us.
The calm announcing the storm
Gradient turns to something nasty for the last 9km. The fog arrives...and also a light but cold rain. We can't see anything, but we are climbing the steep part, this we feel. A great asphalt, but at 9-11%, no time to take a breathe, and the road going up to France. That is the real Agnello, that was a surprise for us to come here for this mountain, one of our best climbs during 2006. We climb last 3km in blind. No doubt the best moment of the climb, 10-11-12%, height...that's great!!!
Great asphalt, beautiful sights, horrible weather
So a 39x25 or 27 should be enough. The ride is slow, tough, but we never challenge 15% sections. This zone of Valle Varaita is very strange, not as touristic as Alps or Dolomotes, but can show you great places like this, which I do really recommend.
Luckily we left the car on the top, if not...