Monte Crostis is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.982m (6,502ft) above sea level located in the Carnic Alps, in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The road to reach the summit is called Panoramica delle Vette. It includes gravel and asphalted sections and is one of the most spectacular roads in the world.
The Giro d'Italia intended to pass Monte Crostis in 2011, but after the death of Wouter Weylandt and ongoing protests of the peloton, the jury decided to remove the Crostis from the route due its dangerousity and brutality. On the summit you really have a fabulous view of as well the north as the south of the region. Back to the road: the west summit and the east summit are separated by a 5km long offroad track; only with a mountain bike you can ride the whole part of the track. Going down the other side (to Ravascletto) is a nice option. The road is also in an excellent condition without much traffic. Monte Crostis is usually open from May until October. However, it has been known to be open longer in warm years.
This climb, in the Friulian mountains of north-east Italy (near the famous Zoncolan) is a very regular and beautiful climb. In the last 14km you gain a height of about 1.390 meters. In the last section (about 2km before you reach the top) the sloopes raise (for about 400m) up to 18%. Until you reach the little village Tualis you have a nice view over the Val Degano valley. Then you enter a forest (you are on a height of about 900m. The only thing you will see for about 10km are trees... (pinewood). The road is in a very good condition. Only in the last 3-4 km you get a view over the Val Calda Valley and Monte Zoncolan.You can not reach the summit of the Crostis (2.251m) by bike or car. A scary and extremely dangerous footpath, without guardrails or any protection, is the only solution.
There are 3 possible routes to get the summit. Starting from Ovaro, the ascent is 17.1 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.457 meters. The average percentage is 8.5 %. According to 2011 Italy Giro’s organization, ‘after Ovaro riders face the 14-kilometer ascent of the Monte Crostis with an average gradient of 10.1% and maximum gradient of 18% along a narrow road in a high mountain environment. Past the KOM (1st category 1982 m – km 172.8) riders reach the descent to Ravascletto along the Panoramica della Vette dirt road which, for 6 kilometers, follows the 1900-meter’s contour line. An extremely technical and narrow descent spaced out by several sharp U-bends on a road in good conditions. It includes a fairly flat gravel section at the top and some precipitous drops. Starting from Comeglians, the ascent is 15.5 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.397 meters. The average percentage is 9 %. And starting from Ravascletto, the ascent is 17.7 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 976 meters. The average percentage is 5.5%.