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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:19 am 
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I may be going to Italy for about 3 weeks in August. Likely, I will spend about 10 days in Tuscany and about 10 days either in the north part of the country or the southern west coast south of Rome.

Tuscany is an easy one as far as places to ride = anywhere really. The other 2 areas I'm not very familiar with or have heard much of as far as riding. Suggestions??


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If your anywhere near the Neapolitan Riviera i can recommend Napoli , Castlemare, Vico Equense,piano de sorrento,Positano (stop and have lunch) Amalfi, the up to Rivello its a 8 km climb at the end and is quite demanding, but worth it when you get to the top, the views are stunning :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:21 am 
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North of Lake Garda:

1) Monte Bondone - a truly epic climb, the classic route is from the Trento side - so many hairpins, I did it in the pissing rain and fog (locals told me to turn back!). The descent to Aldeno is amazing, single lane down to Garniga Terme (Bit hairy in the fog!).

2) Passo Coe - the hardest climb I have done. Cambered hairpins on the SS350 to Folgaria means there is no let up at all, lovely road surfaces. This is where Cadel Evans bonked in 2002 Giro. I love this climb makes the alpe seem like a molehill.

3) Santa Barbara (also known as Monte Velo!)- from the Ronzo side the last 2km are pure evil lots of 23% stretches. The Bolognano Riva side is more steady.

4) Passo Bordala - link it to Santa Barbara for hilly ride!

All in all a great area for cycling, v.quiet roads, good value local hotels. You can do lots of loops which arrive back in Rovereto or Trento.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:43 pm 
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Having driven considerably through the Amalfi coast and slightly inland from there to Ravelo, I would be hesitant to rode around there. Not so much for the cars, but that area is plagued with huge buses zig zagging through all the blind turns.

Looking into the other suggestions though.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:45 pm 
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I can recommend a truly awesome ride. it's 75 km in total and you start in Udine. You can go to the piazza Maggio, where the tourist centre is, for maps.

I scanned the map if you want it.Image
map udine by Quattrings, on Flickr

I was told it's an old smuggler's route from the czech republic into Italy leading through the hills. It's absolutly beautiful for it's scenery and nice roads with lots of haipin turns.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:57 pm 
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Dolomites-wise I can give all the information you want
I'll be there 28 July until 5 August , join up if you wish (pm me)
otherwise Undine area for steep steep climbing


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:27 am 
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I'll have a day or two after my Maratona dles Dolomites to ride some other climbs nearby. What would you recommend?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:33 am 
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Enda Marron wrote:
Dolomites-wise I can give all the information you want
I'll be there 28 July until 5 August , join up if you wish (pm me)
otherwise Undine area for steep steep climbing


Thanks for the offer, but I will not be there until after mid August. I am pulling out the paper map already and checking things out. Did some searches too, and since I suck at climbing big time I won't be trying to tackle the mayor beasts. Maybe a couple just to say I did LOL.......


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:56 am 
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Location: Lima, Peru and occasionally in the Washington DC area.
Might I make two suggestions as a recently local boy:

1. Tuscany; and
2. Umbria.

Close enough to big cities, plenty of medieval citta d'arte, fantastic food, accomodations and even better cycling/roads/scenery.

As long as you stay away from the coast (which will be a zoo in August) you will be fine.

PM me for more info if needed.

If going after 20 August I might suggest Puglia region, another glorious part of the country much more overlooked by foreigners, great roads, history, etc and far less expensive than the central bits of my country.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:29 am 
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Tuscany for me. Rolling hills means no real easy rides but so rewarding. Traffic is moderate and the drivers are very cycle freindly. Temps are a bit high during the day so best to go early and get back early so you can enjoy the wine and the food of the region.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:24 am 
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In the Dolomites I enjoyed the Sella Ring. Great combination of amazing scenery and good climbing.

Or stay in Bormio and ride Gavia, Mortirolo, Lavigno (smaller climb but beautiful village) and Stelvio. My favourite was Stelvio, starting in Bormio up the southern (less famous) side of the Stelvio, almost to the top but turn off into Switzerland via the Passo Umbrail and then loop around the valley and back up the northern (classic) side of the Stelvio then descend back to Bormio. Simply amazing views and great climb, especially the epic 48 hairpin classic side of the Stelvio.

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Location: Northern Italy close to Gavia and Mortirolo
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:56 pm 
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Of course the Sella Ring and the Lakes region (as pointed out by Micky) are also fantastic... nice problems to have to the OP! :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:15 pm 
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Not to hijack the tread but I figured we could get collective input.

I will be going to Trentino region for 1 week just to ride.

I am thinking 3 days in Bormio and 3 days in Badia to do Dolomites

Bormio

1- assemble bike and easy ride
2- Stelvio
3- Montrolo + Gavia
4- Easy day- move to Badia

Baida -

5 - Passo Fedaia and ??
6 - I am thinking of doing long track of maratona dolomiti

7- Easy day do some traveling and pack
8- Leave Italy

Do you think this is a good plan??

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