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Name : Matevz Zgaga
City : Skofja Loka
Country : Slovenia
Age : 41
Bike : Race Focus
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Climbs climbed by Matevz Zgaga

Date climb Climb Distance Chrono Speed Power
8/26/2016 Alto Campoo - Espinilla 21.98 Km 00:00:00 0 Km/Hr 0 Watt

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Lagos de Covadonga, Soto-de-Cangas story submitted on 7/9/2016
Before I came, I knew three things: it''s beautiful, it''s tough, it''s often foggy. Beautiful it was indeed and observing a couple of lammergeiers only added to this. Tough it was, but it all depends on your pace and we opted for a slow one, so we had no problems, even in the famous Oseria section which really seemed to last forever. And foggy it was too, though in Spanish there are two words for fog, and bruma, of marine origin and more tipical for the Covadonga area, is different from niebla. It is not as dense, so don''t be put off if brumas are forecasted in the morning. Despite the fog, we had a beautiful day and some great views. The road is still closed for private cars after 8.30 AM in high season (which includes the whole August) and the abscence of traffic is another appeal of this legendary climb.
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Alto Campoo, Espinilla story submitted on 8/9/2016
A lenghty but human climb (except for the last 2 km or so - and even those are not too difficult) to the mountain which isn''t highest in the region, but probably offers best views. Once you make it to the end of the road at 1950 m, you should lock your steel horse and continue on foot for another 20-30 minutes to Pico de tres mares at 2175 m for unforgetable views which, on nice days, include Cantabrian see, deep into the Old Castille, and, most importantly, (almost) the whole Picos de Europa. Trafic is low and the road is good, wide and not too curvy, enabling safe descents. There is however almost no tree cover so it pays to start early. Their web site said that the restaurant in the Corsa Blanca hotel at 1600 m is open on August weekends, but we were there on a sunny Sunday and it was deserted, so you''ll probably have to refuel in the valley where many good options exist. (We were however able to get additional water in a basic refugio behind/under the hotel. I''m not sure wheather it is always open, so you''d better brought enough water with you, especially if you intend to continue to the peak.)
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Alto de Gamoniteiro, Pola de Lena story submitted on 9/30/2016
I''ve only made it to the Alto de la Cobertoria at about 1120 m but since this is the same route, and as there are no other reviews, let me comment this shortened version. We were climbing from Pola on an immaculate sunny, windless day in August and started late, only at noon. There''s almost no tree cover so the sun was not our ally! Daily maximum in Oviedo was 24 C, so no extreme heat but with no shade still quite warm - fortunatelly we had enough water. It''s steep with gradient almost constantly over 9 % and very often above 11 %. I think it''s even a bit steeper than shown at CBB''s graph above. But at least traffic is low (though not nonexistent) and the climb is constant, I mean with no "ramps" which are otherwise abundant in Spain. Once atop, there are lots of horses tranquilly grazing the mountain grass, great mountains everywhere and even a small megalithic site 500 m above the pass - watch for a sign at the pole. Descent into Barzana valley is beautiful with a fine mirador about one km down the pass. And fabada of the valley is among the best in Asturias. Definitelly recommended!
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Bocchetta di SantAntonio, Faedis story submitted on 2/1/2013
I did this one in early September 2012, on a fine Saturday, forecasted to be a very warm day with max temps exceeding 30, so we dressed accordingly. But the morning was chilly so we stayed a bit longer in the charming town of Udine and only started just before noon, so when we reached Faedis it was already lunch time (and what a lunch we had :-)) However, when we decided to go on, it really was 30+ and what seemed to be an easy climb with dense tree shade from the bottom, was actually quite a nasty one! The gradient is moderate, but unexpected exposure to the sun made it tough! Views from the chapel at the top are great however and village signs in 3 languages contributed to the feeling we’ve done something special. We descended to Slovenia, quite steep, with the mysterious “Napoleon Bridge” half way down and a fine riverside beach nearby.
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Col de la Pierre St.Martin, Tardets story submitted on 9/8/2014
This is a beautifull, although demanding, alternative to some other more known passes for rides from France into Spain. I did it in August 2014, with 8 kg of luggage or so and without any serious problems, although we rode in very slow tempo which included a pause in St. Engrace and a lunch at the ski station at 1600 m. Since my climbing abilities are rather under those of average CBB visitor, this means anyone can do it, despite being one of the toughest in this part of the Pyrenees. There''s VERY little trafic between St.Engrace and Col de Soudet, sometimes less than one car in 15 minutes. The road is quite narrow on some sections and the surface isn''t always best. If descending into France, be carefull, especially between Soudet and Soucusse.
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Col de Lizarrieta, Sare story submitted on 9/8/2014
If you are based in the Pays Basque and want to do the 5 villages of Bidaroa loop, then consider following the ancient contrabanders'' paths using this pass for the ascend in order to avoid going both ways over the same roads. It''s quiet and for most of the time there will be a lot of tree shade. The gradient is almost constant, probably a former mule path. You''ll hardly find a 100 m section which is considerably more or less steep than the average, which I estimated to be somewhere between 5 and 6 %. On the French side, the surface is rather poor, but it gets much better on the descent into Spain, which is very technical. On both parts of the border, the road is narrow. Given the trafic is low that''s not much of a problem, but be careful anyway. Views on the top are OK though nothing really special; it''s the beauty of the 5 villages (especially Lisaka) what is worth the effort.
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Sella Carnizza, Uccea story submitted on 6/26/2015
A lonesome, almost mysterious, narrow road into one of the more beautiful valleys in this part of the Alps. When we did it (from Kobarid – Zaga) on a cloudy Monday in June, traffic was extremely low, especially after Ucea. Perhaps there are more cars on sunny August weekends, but I guess even then this climb is a delight. It''s not a piece of cake – starting in Kobarid, your route will have a full 1000 m of altitude gain, since you''ll lose some 130 m after the former Slovenian customs'' house. From Zaga, it is still almost 900 m. However, the climb is moderate all the way: Slovenian part is a bit steeper but still seldom above 8 %, and Italian part is even less steep, probably never exceeding 6 %. At the top there''s a cosy little cafe, open every day. If there''s nobody, hang around a little and the friendly owner will soon appear. The descent into Val Resia is very steep and technical, so don''t attempt it unless yor brakes work perfect!
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Col de la Forclaz, Menthon Saint Bernard story submitted on 11/12/2015
Lac d''Annecy is a very beautiful Alpine lake, and on a nice summer day when it''s not too hot, a climb to Col de la Forclaz combined with some swimming can make a marvellous duathlon. There is some tree cover in the upper part but most of the road is exposed. I was told the road used to be narrow, but it''s been improved save for a short section in the middle. As a result, now there''s a lot of tourist traffic, especially over this northern approach (the other side via Montmin is a bit quieter). The climb is not too difficult but don''t underestimate last 3 km which average 10 % or so.
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