Blazing Saddles

Conquering an uphill challenge

August 26 2017

The Colle delle Finestre in the Cottian Alps is tucked into the north western edge of Italy, just on the border with France. In name it is fairly innocuous and may not be the first mountain pass to spring to mind when one thinks of the giants of road cycle racing. But what it lacks in infamy it more than makes up with character with the final 8 km of the 18 km climb being on unpacked road.