This tour takes us riding through the beautiful areas towards Cesena, renowned for producing excellent Sangiovese wines and other excellent gastronomic products.
Starting with a descent from the Monte Titano summit along the Ventoso face, which out of the eight faces is certainly the richest in cycling history, due to the passage of several editions of the Coppa Placci and stages of the Giro d’Italia.
The first stop is the village of Verucchio, which since the time of the Malatesta has been a natural lookout over Via Ariminensis, the important access road which, following the course of the Marecchia River, connected (and still connects) Arezzo with Rimini. The main square with its coffee bars – an essential meeting point for passing cyclists – would definitely be worth a stop if the ride weren’t so long, given that we’re only at the 10 km mark.
The next stretch is mostly flat and leads, after the descent from Verucchio Hill, to Santarcangelo di Romagna, another Malatesta stronghold with a beautiful historical centre closely surrounding the fortress, which you climb up to through narrow streets that open onto vast panoramic viewpoints overlooking Valmarecchia and the Riviera.
The climb resumes towards the 30 km mark, in Canonica, where you ride through beautiful verdant areas and vineyards, renowned for producing excellent Sangiovese wines.
These 360° panoramic views accompany you while traversing the towns of Montalbano, Tribola and Borghi, until reaching the next stage: Sogliano al Rubicone.
This town is well-known to gourmets for its production of Formaggio di Fossa, a special type of cheese ripened in ancient wheat pits of Malatesta origin.
From Sogliano many possibilities for alternative courses are open to you: 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 tackle the climb towards Perticara, certainly the most difficult stretch, which requires good training.
Our course, rather, descends at this point towards Ponte Uso, to then continue with the scenic rises and falls leading to 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 sheeps.
Going down the Monte Uffogliano hillside again, you return to Valmarecchia in the Secchiano suburb, from where you take Via Marecchiese, which follows the course of the river back towards San Marino.
The climb to the summit of Monte Titano is via the Acquaviva face (tackled in the final San Marino stage of the 1998 Giro d’Italia) featuring a very challenging short sprint in the town of Baldasserrona.
YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING ROUTES: