The climb starts from Corvara and the first part of the ride is to reach the town of Colfosco. The gradient is around 8-9%. As soon as you enter the town, the road gets even steeper and, honestly, I always consider this the hardest part of the whole climb. As soon as you leave Colfosco behind, the first hairpins begin. Hairpin after hairpin, the straights in between get shorter and you see all the hairpins lined up above you.
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