Monte Baldo

The Monte Baldo is the highest point on the ridge that runs to the East of Lake Garda and the views are magnificent. Climbing up from the lake itself the climb is 23km long, although the locals claim it starts in Zovo from where it is a good 12km climb. There is a cable car from the lake up to the summit to service the ski station here in the winter for those that want the view but don't like climbing!


The Climb in Detail

“Tough couple of last kilometers.” - Johan, Sweden


The Ascents

There are three ascents to the summit of the Monte Baldo. The first two take more or less the same route, there is just an argument over where the climb starts! It sounds better if you do the full 26km from Caprino Veronese, so here at Bikecation we will call this the start. From here the climb rises steadily to the 12km mark from the town of Caprino Veronese. The steady gradient of about 6% winds through vine yards and past large italian farm houses, before it dips down. Here you meet the official local start and you climb again, steadily at first, before a second false summit, a few very steep kilometers and then a few kilometers further a steep pitch to the top. 

The third and final way to attack the Monte Baldo is from the North from Platano. This is the route of the 2013 Giro d'Italia TT. 22km in length is has a steady start and then a siginificant palteau for 4km before a nasty kick to the end of 6km above 10%.

False Summits

Both sides of the climb have more than one false summit and a very steep finish. Our top tip is to save something for the last few kilometers!

Its place at the Giro d’Italia

The Giro d'Italia time trialled up the Monte Baldo in 2013. Vincenzo Nibali won on his way to winning the pink jersey by over 4 minutes. 


"The road from the lake up in to the hills is a gentle progression of switchbacks through open olive groves and Italian mansions" - Chris Baddick (Pro MTB rider) 

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