If you’re cycling the Stelvio pass, then stay in the area and tackle these two epic climbs during your stay. Both the Gavia and the Mortirolo Passes are full of history and pain, being well known within the Giro. Yes, this is a tough ride, but it will reward you with epic views and a […]
There are some roads that are simply iconic. You only need to see an image of this amazing road to understand why the Stelvio Pass is one such road.This mountain pass on the border between Italy and Switzerland rises to an elevation of 2757m and twists and turns like no other as it works its […]
Over time we will build up a collection of classic climbs for you to follow. Each route will have a downlaodable gpx file, a route description and advice and a google map. All that you need to bring is a sense of adventure and some climbing legs.
Cycling in the mountains is no easy ride, so we will also be giving you useful information to help you to make the most of your trips and to help to keep you safe. Italy is an amazing country and has so much to explore. Cycling is a passion and the Italian passes are some of the toughest but most beautiful climbs in the world. It’s an area that every cyclist should visit and our route information pages will help you to do just that.
Distance and ascent: 120km and 5916 feet of climbing before return leg
1. Leave Gotra on the SP523 towards Benonia, climbing steadily for 10 miles to 3200 feet, passing through Spallavera along the way. This excellent road, twists and turns in true european fashion, before the descent begins as you cross from Parma into Uguria, and the views open up across the hills.
2. The winding road then take you down at speed, with superb views all around. The twisting descent eventually evens out at Varese Ligure, continuing more steadily down, and passing through San Pietro Vara, where you take the road around to the left (SS566) signed towards Sesta Godano. Passing through Sesta Godano, continue along the SS566 until a small roundabout is reached, with a banked high wall to the right of the road.
3. At the roundabout (the 30 miles), take the road right, signed towards Levanto, with a few more twisting bends, as you make your way under the main E80 motorway and down to the coast. The Ligurian coast comes into view as you make the final descent. Signs for Centro take you to the tree lined streets, leading you to the coast. Time for a real coffee and some pasta before heading back up the route for a return leg.
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Distance and ascent: 95 miles and 10219 feet of climbing
Our gpx starts the route in the small town of Giubiasco, north of Lugano, with ample facilities.
1. It was a sunny and warm day, no clouds were seen and the sky was stealth blue. Best conditions for a hard and long but also impressive day on the bike.
Ticino is characterized by it’s souther climate, we were surrounded by palms and the typical smell and handled the first elevation gain through the beauty of Valle Maggia, until the road leads further away from the river and the traffic became less.
2. We crossed one beautiful and small mountain village after another and noticed, how the landscapes turned more and more from a southern climate to a deciduous forest. The real and hard climb starts nearly at kilometre 40 – Serpentine and steep sections characterised the beginning of suffering.
3. At kilometre 58, we crossed the Lago Sambuco, which marks the start of the last but hardest kilometres – The gradient was permanently between 9 and 20 %. Slowly the nature around us turns into a rugged landscape, I was fighting against the painful and screaming legs and slowly hoped, that this torture would be over soon!
4. Finally, the view made us forget all the pain. Deep blue water in a setting of snow covered mountains – No traffic, no tourists, just pure nature around us…There are many few places where you’ll find something like this and we found paradise on 2311m a.s.l.
So the climb up to Lago del Narèt is a real insider tip for those, who are looking for quiet routes, breathtaking landscapes and who are not shying away from a long and hard climb J But where else you’ll have the chance to challenge a climb through nearly all climate zones, without traffic and on adventurous roads? It’s worth a trip for sure!
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Distance and ascent: 100km and 3897 metres climbing
- From the start point, take the twisting mountain roads as they climb to Passo Pordoi at 10 km.
- Descend to hotel Belevista, then begin more twisting climbing and descending all the way to Corvara, before taking the road back towards the initial start. However, on reaching it we now head out towards Pezzei on the SR48.
- Continue until the SR48 joins the SR203 at Cernadoi, taking this road if the longer extension is done, or alternatively staying on the SR48 to Pian Falzarego.
- If the extension is ridden, the SR 203 takes a winding road to Rucava where you take the SP251 to the junction with the SP638 near to Selva di Cadore (do not head right to the small hamlet of Selva di Cadore).
- Turn left on the SP638 towards Pocol, then taking the SR48 to the non extension route, joining it at Passo Falzarego.
- Now enjoy the ride to La Villa before finally returning to the start point once more.
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100km route & longer loops