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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

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Italian Passes Cycling Routes

  • Cycling the Italian Passes

    Time to go road cycling in the Italian mountains… (Photo by David Marcu, Unsplash)

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.

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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.


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ALÉ Speed Fondo Bib Shorts

ALÉ Speed Fondo Bib Shorts



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, as they come oozing performance sewn in and are stylish and modern.

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Dealing with the chamois pad firstly, it would be easy for me to simply repeat the technical data, but I won’t do that because it won’t necessarily make sense. Instead I’ll tell you that it has a multilayered honeycombed design to the pad, with a thicker area of pad in the necessary areas, thinning out where not required to be so deep, and it’s super soft, body formed and beautifully stitched to ensure maximum comfort. What does this new honeycomb design achieve then? Well, in short it ensures the pad is lighter, softer, wicks and absorbs better and provides maximum cushioning without making you look like you’ve got a sponge down your pants. Having ridden in these on long, short, steep and wet rides, the pad has caressed and cared for me perfectly. They’re also now my shorts of choice for a sweaty roller session due to the absorption too.

Now to the rest of the details. These ALÉ Speed Fondo bibs use the latest material technicity to produce a super light, super strong and stretchy performance short. Working our way down, the upper area is formed from stylishly cut webbing panelling to keep the weight down, with classic wide brace straps made from elasticated material which is lightly dimpled on the inner to help keep it in place.

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Minimal seams and compression are the key to these shorts and ALÉ have achieved this with well thought out panels that are superbly sewn. The lightweight fabric belies the strength, as ALÉ have used 41% elastomer content. It’s been well researched and the resulting garment fits perfectly where it touches with no sag or bag. In terms of technicity again, the material is designed to be hydrophilic on the inside, which means that it aids wicking and as I say, this short has become my training short of choice simply because it works and wicks superbly. The outer fabric is treated for water repellency and yes, in the rain it looks after you just enough. Better still, the fit and compression is so refined that the short doesn’t move and rub in the wet and I’ve remained comfortable in all areas … no details needed

The legs are cut stylishly long and have been finished off with a wide band of thicker elasticated material that simply grips very well. Styling and branding is subtle and refined and adds to the high end and modern look of these performance shorts. You can also use the. With several different jerseys, which is always a plus.

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I wish that I could fault these bibs but I can’t. No, not even at the price point, because they’re excellent value for the money, will keep you happy, last for a good while and make you look and feel great. We added the Speed Fondo shorts to the ALÉ Dot jersey, using the Air summer glove and a pair of Speed Fondo socks, both of which proved themselves (see their specific reviews) and are also perfectly priced for the quality and performance level.

Yes, at some point winter will turn to spring and in the meantime you’ll be indoors and training hard. Italian brand ALÉ have produced a short that is ideal for this and most riding conditions, being perfectly styled and a short that could easily become a classic choice. Im off on the rollers – and I’ll be wearing these Speed Fondo’s.