Punta Veleno (literally Poison Peak) is a climb on the Garda lake. Its name is due to the fact that in the eighties, there was a recon to decide whether to include it in the Giro d’Italia, and it was judged too hard, like poison. In the rank of Italian climbs it is classified in 16 place (www.salite.ch/struttura/salite.asp?stato...&criterio=difficolta).
But this just because in the calculation it is included the flat 2 km section after the first steep step, which lowers the average slope. Only in 2012 the climb was finally introduced in a professional race, Giro del Trentino, won by Domenico Pozzovivo. Bikers declared that the central part, 6km with average slope of 15% and peaks above 20% was harder that the better known Zoncolan and Mortirolo. Here is a link to what happened that day.
The long RLV: 83km, 1950m elevation gain.
The RLV is filmed during a sunny afternoon in January, and the video quality is excellent. The route starts along the river Adige, at Sega, an in the first part it crosses the hills towards the lake of Garda, passing trough cultivations of olive trees and wine yards. Arriving in Lazise we turn north along the lake side, along the villages of Cisano, Bardolino, Garda and Torri del Benaco. From here the first climb of the day starts, to Albisano and then to San Zeno di Montagna. Once up, we face an extremely steep and fast descent, to Castelletto, which gives the impression to jump directly in the blue water of the lake. A few more km north towards Brenzone along the lake side are now left before the big challenge of the day. In Assenza, with a sharp turn right we start the next 8km of hell. Once on top the street becomes extremely narrow and suspended on a steep cliff. From Prada the descent continues on a bigger road towards Caprino. The last part of the descent is very technical and many riders enjoy it to improve their ability in turning. The Video ends with the sunset in Rivoli. The plan around this village is the place of the famous battle between French and Austrian troops occurred in January 1797, and won by a young French general: Napoleon. It gives the name to the famous Rue in Paris.
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The free short RLV:
The free short RLV covers 10km from Garda, along the lake side and with part of the first climb, until Albisano. Because of the temperate climate and the exposition to the sun, this climb is among the favorites for winter training in the near of Verona. As for the long one, it is encoded in three resolutions: 1600x640 / 1920x768 / 3840x1536
Here is the link to mediafire if you want to test it.