4-X (06-07-2006)  PASSO UMBRAIL - PASSO STELVIO - PASSO MORTIROLO - PASSO GAVIA
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MORTIROLO ANGLIRU ZONCOLAN KITZBUHELER HORN RETTENBACHFERNER OSCHENIKSEE 3-X 4-X

OSCHENIKSEE - 2394 m

    Start. Ausserfragant

    Access. Trento - Bressanone - Dobbiaco - Lienz - Reintal - Laisach

No doubt the other treasure this year. The start is a bit surprising, because nobody in the town knew where the mountain was. Well, you must go towards Innerfragant. First 2km are a bit frustrating, a 13% section, wide and lots of lorries. This place is very rare. Then a flat zone, 2km downhill and arriving to Innerfragant, again going up.

A bit boring the beginning. Besides, we didn't know if that was the right road

So you must follow 2km approx, until a hidden cross to your right, no signs to get it. If you keep going on, the road finishes. Again, very strange place.

Take care with this cross. Turn your head and look for the sign

Once caught the junction, everything takes another dimension. The road is for two bikes, and no more. It's a very dense, wet forest. The bicycle has no grip to the asphalt, and the gradient is set to 13% for some kilometers, similar to Zoncolan. Maybe less gradient, but longer. This part you must take with care. There are a couple of barriers, the road is private. Who made this road??? But that's great!!!

That's like this all the time

So we keep going on. The gradient sometimes thanks our effort with a pleasant 11%, but quickly turns to 15%. The forest ends, and the last part begins. Probably with the Bonette and the Finestre, the most shocking I've ever done. An incredible amount of slopes, surrounded by rocks and stones. The asphalt is bad, but the views incredible.

Starting the rocky but singular final zone

With 2km left, there's a short flat just before the summit that drives us to a small cold dark lake. Impressive place. The landscape is wild, cold, but pleasant. The lake, the snow on the peaks. This is the moment of the year.

The views on the last kilometer are different to everything

I haven't talked about gradients, but doesn't matter. It's told to be the toughest mountain in Europe, but doesn't matter. No 20% zones, but permanently at 13%. 39x27 should work, but with a 29 you'll enjoy it. This mountain is far from everywhere, but you'll never be disappointed of having gone there.

I wish I'll be back here