Monte Crostis

Runchia, Italy

The Monte Crostis is a col with a length of 13.6 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Runchia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. The average grade of this col is 10.1% with a maximum of 13.7%. The Monte Crostis ascents from 551 meter at the start, to 1.932 meter at the top, with a total of 1.381 ascending meters.


Monte Crostis Profile


Distance 13.6 km
Elevation gain 1381 m
Average grade 10.1 %
Maximum grade 13.7 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 551 m
Maximum elevation 1932 m

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Monte Crostis is quite possibly the most mysterious cycling climb in Europe. It is well known, brutally hard and should have appeared in the Giro d'Italia - yet you will encounter very few cyclists on its slopes.

Monte Crostis is also holding another secret - at the top of the climb, there is a 6km long gravel section which turns it into an authentic pass. Whether or not the surface is suitable for riding on a road bike is a cause for much debate. Alberto Contador believed not and, along with other riders, lobbied the organizers into removing Monte Crostis from the 2011 Giro d'Italia stage 14 when it was planned just before the Zoncolan.

- Giro d'Italia 2011 - Stage 14 (removed out of the race)