CyclingUp: Ofenpass-east







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Region: Switzerland
Climbing effort: 759 points
Elevation meters: 792
Steepest kilometer: 10.1%

Foot: 1370 m    Top: 2149 m
Mean slope: 5.8%
Length: 13.6 km

From: Santa Maria
Road conditions (2015): excellent
Other race bikers: 5-10 per hour
Motor vehicles: >180 per hour
Scenerie and road: (2/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes

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The climb to the Ofenpass (Pass dal Fuorn in Rhaeto-Romance) from Santa Maria takes place in the Münstertal (Val Müstair). In this valley 60-80% of the population speaks Rhaeto-Romance, the fourth language of Switzerland. After a quiet start of one and a half kilometers there is a steep (9%) ramp in the village of Valchava. Over the next three kilometers it goes uphill but the road is gradually getting less steep. Then four easy kilometers follow. However, on passing the village of Tschierv climbing becomes a serious matter and that does not change in the remaining five kilometers to the pass. The slope is with large (Swiss?) constancy 9-10%, except for a less steep passage about a kilometer before the finish. Unfortunately, the traffic is quite strong. The broad valley is beautiful but not overwhelming. The ascent can be extended with the stretch from Glurns (Glorienza) in Italy to Santa Maria. This brings another 14.4 kilometers, 474 meters of altitude and 307 climb effort points.




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