Home » Gallery » 2011 Giro d’Italia, stage 14: Riding the Zoncolan 2011 Giro d’Italia, stage 14: Riding the ZoncolanBy Gregg Bleakney Published May. 21, 2011 The Zoncolan had plenty of protest verbiage against the UCI's decision not to allow the Crostis descent. An Italian enthusiast rider argues with race officials, who'd shut down the Zoncolan climb at only 100 meters from the top to prepare for police and Giro offical cars to pass. He did not make it to the top today. 2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanLooking up at the Zoncolan’s summit bowl finish at 450 meters from the finish.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanThe Zoncolan had plenty of protest verbiage against the UCI’s decision not to allow the Crostis descent.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanSome fans blamed the cancellation of Crostis on Contador’s pre-ride complaints.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanThis rider had enough at 7 kms2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanFans chalk the Zoncolan At 6kms.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanFans cheered enthusiast riders as well as the pros on the Zoncolan today2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanThousands of cyclists pre-suffered up the Zoncolan today, and it claimed many a soul–earning it a new nickname of “Bonkolan” from enthusiast riders.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanLarge gatherings and beer tents started to form at key viewing locations about four hours before the cyclists arrived–this one was at 2kms from finish.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanFans painting the road at 1.5 kms.2011 Giro d' Italia Zoncolan350 meters from the finish, most enthusiast riders were forced to dismount their steeds and hike-a-bike to the top.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanThere was a fair share of beer drinking on the Zoncolan today, making the descent for enthusiast riders quite a challenge.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanAn Italian enthusiast rider argues with race officials, who’d shut down the Zoncolan climb at only 100 meters from the top to prepare for police and Giro offical cars to pass. He did not make it to the top today.2011 Giro d' Italia ZoncolanA fan waits for the big show at 250 meters from the finish.