The climb from the south to the Berninapass
is quite an effort due to the large difference in altitude (1309 m)
between Poschiavo and the pass and due to the slope,
which ranges almost during the entire trip between 7 and 9%.
Still, this is not one of my favourite passes.
The landscape is not really special,
and the road is wide and quite busy with traffic,
including a lot of trucks.
Besides, really exciting or very steep passages are missing.
The steepest kilometer has a slope of 9.1%.
The Berninapass is the only connection
between the Val di Poschiavo, which is part of the Swiss territory,
and the rest of Switzerland.
In the Val di Poschiavo Italian is spoken,
On the other side of the pass, in the Oberengadin,
Romansh and German.
The ride begins at the bridge across the brook
on the north side of Poschiavo.
After two easy kilometers (4-5%)
the real ascent begins at the end of San Carlo.
On the remaining 15.5 kilometers the slope
measures almost always 7-9%.
There are short moments to relax
at La Rösa (at an altitude of 1871 meters)
and in the mostly wide turns of the road.