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
Let’s talk about bib shorts, comfort and pads. As I once said, a good pad is as important to the cyclist as tuna is to a cat, and to make it international … as important as winning the TdF is to the French – just saying.
Anyway, these shorts are Italian and that means quality and style. Made by high end brand ALÉ, they certainly haven’t let Italy down
Every now and then we want to feel like a racer. It’s instinctive, remember when you were a child, speeding along with the wind in your face, riding the race and leading the peloton … then turn for home and be brought back to reality.
A long climb through the forested hills of the Vara valley, on some typical twisting roads, leads to a summit with great views, before it’s down all the way to the coast. However, a small sting in the tail nearLevanto awaits, which is rewarded with a final descent. Then reverse the route home again on the same.
With some of the most beautiful mountain areas in the world, we think that it’s time to visit Italy and to cycle some Of the best road cycling routes in Italy, cycling the Italian passes. Cycling in the Italian mountains, especially cycling in the Dolomites, is a fantastic experience. Here’s a few great Italian road cycling routes that take on great climbs to make your own Italian cycling holidays bikecation memorable.
Over time we will build up a collection of classic Italian road cycling routes and climbs for you to follow. Each route will have a downlaodable gpx file, a route description, advice and a google map. All that you need to bring is a sense of adventure and some climbing legs. Italy is a fantastic place to take a cycling holiday, and we believe that our road cycling routes in Italy are the very best.
Cycling in the Italian mountains is no easy ride, so we will also be giving you useful information to help you to make the most of your cycling trips and to help to keep you safe. Italy is an amazing country and has so much to explore. Cycling In Italy is a passion and the Italian passes are some of the toughest but most beautiful road cycling 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. Take a cycling holiday in Italy and choose a route in the Italian mountains from our selection below.
STELVIO PASS & PASSO UMBRAIL
An epic day in the saddle, cycling the legendary Stelvio pass, descending into Switzerland before climbing back via the Passo Umbrail and a final 20km descent home.
MORTIROLO PASS & GAVIA PASS
One of the toughest days cycling that you will ever have in the saddle, but definitely a great days riding, tackling these iconic Italian road cycling climbs. Def a day to remember.
COLLE DELLA FAUNIERA CYCLE ROUTE
A legendary Italian passes road cycling route, this tough climb takes you on isolated steep roads, testing the best, and rewards you with epic views and a statue of Marco Pantani
PASSO LIVIGNO CYCLE ROUTE
Another tough but rewarding day cycling the Italian mountain pass cycle routes. The Passo Livigno is a long day in the saddle, but the memories will last forever.
TIMMELSJOCH / PASSO DEL ROMBO CYCLE ROUTE
A short distance, but filled with epic views, the Passo Del Rombo of Timmelsjoch is a road cycling route classic among the Italian cycling passes. Hairpins, switchbacks and a long descent to finish.
LAGO DEL NARET CYCLE ROUTE
A long day on steep mountain roads, isolated and away from things, but rewarded with epic views and an epic descent to follow. Lago del Naret is a classic Italian cycle route.
MARATONA DLES DOLOMITES
With all loops, an 80+ miles road cycling loop in the spectacular Dolomites in Italy, based on the classic sportive event the “Maratona dles Dolomites”
GREAT ST BERNARD PASS
A classic road cycling route in the Italian mountains, one of the highest paved roads in Italy and a great days climbing,the Great St Bernard Pass is a tough but wonderful days cycling in Italy.
COLLE DEL NIVOLET
A tough mountain climb in the Italian Alps, with limited refreshments but unbelievable views.The Colle del Nivolet is a classic tough road cycling route in Italy.
TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO
A Giro classic climb and one of the most beautiful of Italian road cycling routes in the mountains. .The Tre Cime is a classic and tough road cycling route in Italy that everyone should ride.
COL DE LA LOMBARDE
A classic cycling route in Italy, taking in one of the beautiful Italian mountain passes between Italy and France. An isolated but spectacular cycling route.
COLLE DELL AGNELLO
Third highest road climb in this area of the alps and a true classic road cycling route, taking in this mountain pass between Italy and France.
CHIESA IN VAL MALENCO
A long trip from north of Milan, out to the hills and passing by Lake Como, as you then climb to Val Malenco. From our Italian climber, Stefano La Mastra .