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View Monte Zoncolan, Passo Stelvio and others on Strava. Plus new Castelli Battaglia in Montagna 813km challenge launched

Whether or not you're into Strava, the community social training tool, you might appreciate this: somebody has gone to all the effort of compiling the Strava segments for the Giro d’Italia’s main climbs.

That includes the Passo Stelvio, Passo Gavia, Passo Giau, Monte Zoncolan, Mortirolo, Sella, Tre Cime de Lavaredo and Passo Pampeago. It’s no surprise that the leaderboards for each are headed up by professional riders - you’d have to be a damn good amatuer to get within range of a speeding peloton on these mountains.

The fastest time up the Stelvio, a 24km monster of a climb with a height of 2,758m and an average gradient of 7.6%, is held by American cyclist with the Astana team, Evan Huffman. However, while many pros do use Strava, and many of them American like Ted King for example, there's many more who don't. Still, it's an interesting look at how fast the pros can be expected to scale the climbs.

And, if you're heading to Italy this summer with your bike and you do use Strava, you can see how you measure up against the fastest times.

Castelli Battaglia in Montagna

If you’re not going to Italy, but do Strava, than you might be interested in Strava’s latest challenge, Castelli's Battaglia in Montagna. Castelli and Strava have set down the challenging gauntlet of riding the combined distance of stages 10, 14, 15, 19 and 20 from this year's race.

The total distance of these five stages is 813km and you have between May 13th and May 26th to complete the riding. Manage that and you’ll be awarded a Battaglia in Montagna finisher's badge that will be proudly displayed on your Strava dashboard for all to admire. You’ll also be able to purchase an exclusive Battaglia in Montagna jersey.

You can join the challenge here. Let us know if you're going to get involved. I'm tempted...

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 3 years ago
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Hilarious that the prize is being allowed to buy something. Attempting it but I know life will get in the way!

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Jovis55 [3 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm in, I've got a cycling trip in the Alps during that time so hoping to notch up some km's  1

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm in it but won't fit in the jersey I could buy for the honour  2

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woollee23 [98 posts] 3 years ago
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FTW... well... the jersey in any case. Brilliant bit of marketing. Put yourself through a really hard test to be in with a chance of buying something  39

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mrmo [2070 posts] 3 years ago
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woollee23 wrote:

FTW... well... the jersey in any case. Brilliant bit of marketing. Put yourself through a really hard test to be in with a chance of buying something  39

And how does it differ to entering a sportive and buying a jersey that says you entered? or not???

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/wiggle-dragon-ride-short-sleeve-cycling-jersey/

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pepita1 [175 posts] 3 years ago
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It's all a scam...

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obutterwick [474 posts] 3 years ago
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Yep, I've signed up!

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ch [186 posts] 3 years ago
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Oddly their is no requirement for climbing in Strava's Castelli Battaglia in Montagna. Rather dissapointing.

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Al__S [1018 posts] 3 years ago
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people snarking about being able to "win the opportunity to buy something"- are you just upset that a free event doesn't give you a decent quality jersey for free just for completion?

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 3 years ago
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Al__S wrote:

people snarking about being able to "win the opportunity to buy something"- are you just upset that a free event doesn't give you a decent quality jersey for free just for completion?

A free event run by a free service, at that.

(Unless you upgrade to premium, obviously.)

If I thought I would be in a position to get the miles in, I'd go for it, and surely buy the jersey. It looks smart, you won't see many others about, and if you did, you'd probably give them a nod for putting the work in.

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm screwed  2 20