Alps, North West Italy
The North Wet Region of Italy offers breathtaking views with some of the most iconic climbs in cycling history.
Best time of the year to visit is early spring and late fall if you want to avoid sweltering heat and loads of tourists. Although if you want to catch The Tour or Il Giro, this is a good central location as you’re sure to be near some premier stages.
Our ZyngBike team does its best to put together the most useful information to help make your next adventure a breeze. But, we get it, sometimes you just want to be taken for a ride without thinking about all the travel details. Sign up for a full blown tour or guided ride with one of these top companies and you won’t be disappointed!
www.cyclist.co.uk • By: Pete Muir
The perfect way to begin any ride is with a few kilometres of flat road to gently warm up the muscles, loosen the limbs and get the blood flowing in preparation for the harder sections to come. This is not that ride. Within a few pedal strokes of leaving the carpark in the town of Susa, a sign points away from the main road towards the Colle delle Finestre, with the ominous adjunct that the summit is another 19km from this lowest point.
The epic Stelvio… This is one of the ultimate challenges for amateur and professional cyclists alike and has been made famous by the legends of the Giro d’ Italia.
The climb rises from 1225m to the ‘Cima Coppi’ at 2758m, the second highest paved road in Europe.
It’s well documented that the Gavia Pass is the 10th highest paved road in the Alps, but there is still some debate regarding its actual height. 2618m, 2621m and even 2652m are all values mentioned by different sources, with 2621m receiving the widest acceptance.
I bet you’ve never heard of the Colle del Nivolet. The Giro has not visited and soon after the pass the tarmac ends, a road to nowhere. So what’s this place got going for it? If the photo above by Flickr’s Muneaki isn’t enough it’s in the top-10 of Europe’s highest paved roads.
www.pezcyclingnews.com • By: Richard Pestes
Over a lifetime of cycling the roads of our sport, a few stand out: the fun ones, the beautiful ones, and the brutal ones – where you suffer like you never knew possible. Riding your bike up the Mortirolo in Northern Italy is all three, and ranks up there with the Stelvio and Gavia as epic climbs one must do.
|Expand Trail Network||Category||Distance||Avg. Grade||Starting Elevation||Ending Elevation||Eleation Gain|
|Alps - Colle delle Finestre||HC||11.1 mi||9%||1,617 ft||7,139 ft||5,523 ft|
|Cote Mortera||Cat 3||2.93 mi||6%||1,151 ft||2,017 ft||866 ft|
|Passo Stelvio||HC||14.90 mi||8%||3,054 ft||9,050 ft||5,996 ft|
|Passo Umbrail||HC||8.1 mi||8%||4,566 ft||8,180||3,615 ft|
|Liguria - Mt. Beigua||HC||11.5 mi||7%||36 ft||4,171 ft||4,134 ft|
|Giovo||Cat 3||2.71 mi||4%||997 ft||1559 ft||562 ft|
|Poggio di Sanremo||Cat 4||2.25 mi||4%||45 ft||523 ft||478 ft|
|Vado Ligur- Finale Ligure||N/A||10.74 mi||0%||135 ft||247 ft||112 ft|
|Madonna del Ghisallo||Cat 2||5.3 mi||5%||926 ft||2,546 ft||1,526 ft|
|Mortirolo||HC||7 mi||11%||1,890 ft||6,017 ft||4,127 ft|
|Valcava da Torre de'Busi||HC||7.1 mi||8%||1,318 ft||4,337 ft||3,059 ft|
|Campo dei Fiori||Cat 1||5 mi||8%||1,571 ft||3,687 ft||2,117 ft|
|Colma da Nesso||HC||8 mi||7%||820 ft||3,663 ft||2,843 ft|
|The Whole Enchilada|
|The Whole Enchilada||26.35 mi|
|Burro Pass||4.69 mi|
|Hazard County||2.33 mi|
|Porcupine Rim||11.18 mi|
|Mag 7 (a.k.a. The Magnificent 7)|
|Mag 7 (a.k.a. The Magnificent 7)||20.75 mi|
|Bull Run||3.48 mi|
|Ath's Corner||1.52 mi|
|Little Canyon||1.84 mi|
|Gold Bar Rim||3.51 mi|
|BRAND Trails Network|
|Bar M||7.81 mi|
|Circle O||2.52 mi|
|Rockin A||1.69 mi|
|Killer B||.57 mi|
|Lazy EZ Loop||2.93 mi|
|Deadman's Ridge||1.57 mi|
|Rusty Spur||1.40 mi|
|Long Branch||.99 mi|
|North 40||3.93 mi|
There is an incredible diversity of routes in this region as long as you like to climb. Don’t worry we’ve included a few relatively flat and even one route that is mostly downhill.
Our ZyngBike team does its best to put together the most useful information to help make your next adventure a breeze. Here are some points of interest in the area from museums to historic city locations!
Madonna del Ghisallo has a long and fascinating history linking it to the sport of cycling.
This famous hill, with its spectacular views, is in fact an iconic location for cyclists of all ages and categories, both competitive and non-competitive. Its climb has been the decisive or conclusive stage of some of the most renowned races in the history of cycling
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Even if you don’t enter the museum, the ride and views around Lake Como are beautiful as you visit the spiritual home of Italian cycling.
Beautiful town on the North side of Garda Lake
Riva del Garda is a resort in northern Italy, on Lake Garda’s northern shore. Strong winds make it a popular windsurfing destination. In a former fortress, MAG Museo Alto Garda has archaeology and history displays, plus a picture gallery with works from the 15th to 19th centuries.
Liguria is a crescent-shaped region in northwest Italy. Its Mediterranean coastline is known as the Italian Riviera.
The 5 colorful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, as well as stylish Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, are on the eastern coast or Riviera di Levante. The western coast, the Riviera di Ponente, is home to Sanremo, a vintage resort with a turn-of-the-century casino and a flower-filled promenade