This itinerary will satisfy cyclists with good climbing skills, leading them up the Cesena hills where the great Marco Pantani used to train; the La Ciocca climb will be the highlight of the day.
The circular tour starts with the descent from Monte Titano on the Acquaviva face and, having passed the state border in Gualdicciolo, follows the course of the river towards its mouth for only a few hundred metres, and then fords it in Ponte Verucchio and heads towards Santarcangelo di Romagna. From here take Via Emilia, a street originating in the Roman era connecting Rimini and Piacenza, still a vital arterial road not only for vehicles, but also for cyclists from the coast heading towards the Forlì-Cesena area to tackle its well-known and fun climbs.
You reach the towns of Savignano sul Rubicone and Gambettola by way of Via Emilia, which is flat, so you can really warm up your legs, then leaving the main road the climb towards Montiano begins. After having scaled Montiano and filled your water bottles at the fountain, the fun rises and falls leading to Santa Paola begins. After this town the famous La Ciocca climb begins, renowned for its first challenging stretch, which flattens and eases and then continues to climb, free from traffic, in the open air.
At the top of this climb we find the town of Sogliano al Rubicone. This town is well-known to gourmets for its production of “Formaggio di Fossa”, a particular type of cheese of Malatesta origin ripened in ancient wheat pits.
From Sogliano there are many possibilities for alternative courses: you may indeed decide to continue along the Rubicone valley floor towards Savignano sul Rubicone, with the fun rises and falls of the Felloniche, or climb to the towns of Santa Paola, Roncofreddo and Longiano or even face the climb towards Perticara, certainly the most difficult stretch, which requires good training.
Our course, rather, descends for 5 km towards Ponte Uso, on a fun and quite technical stretch characterised by hairpin turns, and through verdant vegetation in the second part.
From Ponte Uso you start a new climb: Passo delle Siepi, better known to enthusiasts as Passo del Grillo. The climb is not particularly difficult, being quite regular with a mild to average gradient, but it is captivating because it takes you through a stark and wild environment with grazing cows, horses and sheep. After having climbed and descended the slopes of Monte Uffogliano, you head back through the town of Pietracuta leading to Monte Titano via the Montemaggio and Chiesanuova scenic road.
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