San Martino di Castrozza – Possagno
This is probably the stage of the 2021 Transalp, which has the most scenic variety to offer. On this day, the participants bid farewell to the Dolomites with a thunderbolt. When they cross the Passo Rolle and the Passo Valles to Cencenighe, they have completely gone around the Pale di San Martino and can admire this extraordinary mountain massif from all sides. The panoramas are even more breathtaking than the ascents themselves. After all, yesterday’s work pays off and presents a pleasant starting point, so that from San Martino only about 500 height metres to the Passo Rolle are left. And also, from the following Passo Valles only the final ascent is to be mastered before it goes down through Falcade into the valley. From Cencenighe to Agordo, the route now runs briefly along the tracks of the previous day. Until it finally climbs further south in Agordo up to the small mountain village Rivamonte and crosses a small pass with the Forcella Franche. Now an adventurous, winding route leads past the enchanting Lago di Mis down into the basin of Feltre, at the back of Monte Grappa. This is one of the wildest stretches of this year's Transalp, because the lakeside road runs through many small tunnels and therefore a certain amount of foresight is required.
Passing Feltre, the stage leads flat over to Trichiana, where the ascent to one of the most bizarre passes in the history of the Transalp begins. From this side, however, it is hardly noticeable as a real pass ascent due to a moderate gradient. Until the terrain at the pass drops abruptly into Val Marino. Here the engineers have come up with a very unusual solution for the pass roads descent, which is now also visually striking. They carved the hairpin bends into the rock as tunnels and stacked the straight lines on the steep slope between them. This requires some concentration in the narrow tunnel bends, but it also offers a lot of fun. At the bottom of the Val Marino valley, the road turns right towards Valdobbiadine. It leads on through the Prosecco hills, where the famous "Valdo" is harvested, but also many small wineries offer their bottles. Through Valdobbiadine the route finally leads to the bridge over the river Piave, which cuts off Monte Grappa to the east. At the foot of this vast mountain massif there are just a few kilometres to go before reaching the finish in Possagno, where at the very end a poisonous 30-metre high finish sprint uphill will give you pleasure.
Mountain passes: Passo Rolle, Passo Valles, Forcella Franche, Passo San Boldo