Monte Zoncolan (Sutrio)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Sutrio 1,734m 1,179m 13.0 km 8.7% 1,450 ****






Monte Zoncolan - Sutrio - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Monte Zoncolan is one of the most infamous climbs in cycling. The climb from Sutrio is the 'easier' side, but don't let that fool you. It still averages the best part of 9%, with the last three kilometres particularly challenging.

Most cyclists descend this side after climbing from Ovaro, and it is an enjoyable descent once the road gets wider after passing the ski village.

The climb to the ski village is open throughout the year, but the climb is best done between May and October.


Monte Zoncolan from Sutrio - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

This is not the most scenic side of Zoncolan, but it is still a pleasant ride through forest






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is generally in good condition, although it is cracked in places on the upper section and coming through the ski village. This is nothing more than a minor annoyance though, and is more of an issue when descending this side than climbing it.

Unless you climb during the main ski season, there is very little traffic throughout.




Alternative Routes

Zoncolan can also be climbed from the classic Ovaro side, and a little known route through Priola.





Nearby Climbs


Monte Crostis

Sella Valcalda

Sella di Razzo

Sella Ciampiagotto






Cycling Holidays

The climb to Monte Zoncolan (from Ovaro) is one of the highlights of our Dolomites & Italian Alps cycling holiday, which crosses the mountains of Northern Italy.

In the links below you can find out more about this and some of the other tours that we run in high mountains.




Monte Zoncolan
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,350 EUR
*Bike Hire Included