This long climb
(23 km) through the
(Val Martello in Italian)
is very suitable for cyclists.
Until Gand, which is reached after 10 kilometers,
the valley is fairly densely populated, but from there
the road is quiet and rather narrow.
There are no settlements
and the road runs along a beautiful creek (Plimbach)
and a reservoir (Zufrittsee).
Towards the end one sees the
Zufallspitze (3757 m) and the Zufallferner.
The slope is quite variable.
After the start in Goldrain
the slope increases in the course of three kilometers
from 2 to 10%.
These 10% form the beginning of the most difficult section.
First, where the road is more or less straight,
it goes up by 10 to 11%.
Then come two kilometers, where the road zigzags upward,
that are less steep (8%).
After a short descent (20 elevation meters)
it goes up again.
Over a longer distance the slope varies widely (1-10%).
Shortly before the dam
there is a very nice and short steep section (up to 11%).
Once the dam is reached, three easy kilometers follow,
in which one can prepare for another steep section forming the final part of the ascent,
with a steepest kilometer of 12.5%.
The ride ends where the asphalt stops.