Are you ready to challenge yourself on the timed climbs of the Granfondo Campagnolo Roma on 13 October?
Here are the details of two of the four timed climbs of the Granfondo: Rocca Priora and Rocca di Papa. These two climbs are in the territory of the Castelli Romani - a famous region on the route of the Granfondo Campagnolo Roma, and which also featured in Stage 5 of this year's Giro d'Italia, from Frascati to Terracina.
The longest climb: Rocca Priora
The ascent of the Rocca di Priora is the most challenging climb of the Granfondo Campagnolo Roma, and is also one of the defining ascents of the Giro del Lazio, a UCI 1.HC classified event.
It is a technical climb at 6.2km in length, where very steep stretches alternate with false flat sections. The second half is the most difficult, with gradients averaging between 10 and 14 per cent, meaning that riders will need to measure their effort carefully. Given the relative ease of the first half, it will be important not to be lulled into a false sense of security - spend too much energy in the first three kilometers, and you risk blowing before the summit!
Short and punchy: the "Murus" of Rocca di Papa
The Murus of Rocca di Papa is a feared climb by all participants: while offering unique scenery to enjoy, it requires a concentrated effort from riders.
Although short at 1.1km in length, the climb gains 116m of elevation in that time with an average gradient of 10.5 per cent, and peaks of 16 per cent bookending the effort. You will have to grit your teeth all the way to the summit, because if underestimated the ascent of the "Murus" leaves no way out.