CMP TRAIL - LONG
COMPETITIVE RACE WITH PRIZE MONEY
3rd edition 7 October 2018
Length: 43 km
Elevation gain: 2106 m+
Start: Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel
Finish: Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel
Refreshments: 5 + 1 at the Villa
Maximum time: 9 h
Bassano del Grappa (VI) - Contrà Corte Sant'Eusebio 15 Veneto – Italia
CMP Trail Long - 2018 edition - reverse version!
Great novelty of the 2018 edition is the LONG trail, which in this 3rd edition will be reversed compared to the 2017 edition, making all those who want to try this track reset their laps and change the tactics of the race!
The inversion will allow you to properly warm up your legs at the start: in the initial phase, after a lap of honour around the vineyards of Villa Angarano, there will be a large linear path that extends over 4 abundant km along the Brenta, which will flow to your right in the opposite direction. These first flat kilometres to the north can be covered fast until reaching Campese, where the sprinters will have to make way for the climbers.
In fact, here you will find yourself facing a "race within the race", with a vertical climb of 1000 m in just 5 kilometres, which will take you to the top of Mount Caina, at 1121 metres above sea level (the highest point of the trail). The sticks could be a valid ally in this phase. The effort will be rewarded once you get to the top: after passing near the statue of the Madonna, you will be able to enjoy a breath-taking view and you will know that the first real climb is now behind you. This passage will make you marvel at its view: from the Caina you overlook Bassano del Grappa, a large slice of the merger of Valsugana, a huge portion of the Veneto plain, and on clear days you can see the Apennines. On the right dominates an imposing Mount Grappa.
Some ups and downs among the pastures and then you take the mulattiera leading to the Trinceroni di Campolongo: built after the breach of Caporetto, these impressive fortifications linked the numerous battle stations set up under the crest of the mountain and, armed with artillery, they were used to guard the Grappa and the underlying Brenta valley in case of enemy invasion. These will take you through a comfortable and easy path that reaches the malga (rustic building used to shelter livestock and process milk) Valranetta, where you will be accompanied by free animals in a territory known since the sixteenth century for the production of cow's milk malga cheese. From here, with a dirt road in progressive climb, you get to the entrance of the Cave Dipinte (Painted Quarries) (km 15.4) of the famous Bassano artist Toni Zarpellon. It is one of the most charming passages of the trail: these quarries are in fact true open-air artworks whose works began in 1989 with the "Cava Dipinta" (Painted Quarry). Alongside it there is the "Cava Abitata" (Inhabited Quarry), done in 1991 and named so because inside it they placed about 150 fuel tanks of cars of various shapes and sizes which, thanks to cuts and cracks obtained with chisels and gouges, acquired human and animal features. The third and last quarry "Laboratorio" (Laboratory) is a space open to imagination, a place of experimentation within which every intervention is left to the free interpretation of visitors.
Next, 3 km downhill of the insidious Val delle Lupie, which in case of heavy rains in the previous days is to be tackled carefully due to a particularly slippery ground. Then up the second true climb with 500 m of height difference and you reach Contrà Pizzati (21.2 km), where a long descent begins among pastures and small villages. After the turning point of the trail you will be faced with the infamous Gorghi Scuri, which will test even the most technical downhillers. Relaxing ups and downs and "eat and drink" will take you through the Marostica hills of San Floriano and San Benedetto and cross the enchanted Gemma Oasis, a passage among pools of spring water and delicate blooms. One last effort will take you to Caluga and then down to Vallison and San Bovo until you return to the Brenta. For those who will still have it in them there will be a sprint of 2 km and then... the beautiful frame of Villa Angarano and a well-deserved beer!