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Lombardy

The cycle route of Adda

From Milan to Adda and back again – 60 km entirely along a cycle path. A (trained) family trail, completely flat but never monotonous which leads us along the ancient Martesana canal to a fascinating river area full of interesting sights in terms of history and natural beauty.   It starts from one of the […]

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Lombardy

Sighignola, the balcony of Italy

The ascent that takes you to the top of the Sighignola is not a difficult one, but it is a long one with tricky stretches. The pinnacle soars up from the end of the d’Intelvi valley on the Western slopes of Lake Como and rewards you with a breathtaking view.   The sight literally overwhelms […]

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Svizzera

The ascents of the Giro: Umbrail Pass, the “other” Stelvio

In a Giro first, the 23 May 2017 stage of the Centenary year of the race included the Umbrail Pass, on the lesser known Swiss side of the Stelvio. The Stelvio, the most classic of the Cime Coppi peaks and an arena of legendary exploits, is a climb that needs no introduction. Nevertheless, for the […]

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Piemonte

The ascents of the Giro: Oropa

The 14th stage of the Giro visits – for the sixth time in the history of the event – the Sanctuary of Oropa, scene of the legendary climbing exploits of “Il Pirata” in 1999, leading to its renaming as “Montagna Pantani”.   On Saturday 20 May, Oropa, in the province of Biella, have seen the […]

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Lombardy

Oltrepò Pavese: up and down the rolling hills and vineyards

Just a few kilometres out of Milan lies a veritable “cyclist’s paradise”: rolling hills and lanes are the ideal place to test the comfort of the Max SLR Gel Flow by Selle Italia.   The Oltrepò Pavese may not be Chianti but can almost be considered a close relative, with its serpentine roads and the […]

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Lombardy

From Milan to Pavia, taking in farms, bridges and abbeys

Thanks to the milder winters, in the north the bike season is now longer compared to a few years ago, so in mid-February we’re launching the 2017 cycling year with a good ride on the flat to get ourselves used to being in the saddle.   New season, new saddle Talking of saddles, last year […]

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Tuscany

In the heart of the Apennines with Selle Italia

A challenging ride over 100 on the Apennine Ridge on the Tuscany-Emilia borders, with tough climbs and harsh environments. An excellent road test for the Max SLR Gel Flow by Selle Italia.   120 km in total, 2,300 m elevation, 3 tough climbs, almost 6 hours in the saddle: not an impossible feat but still […]

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Veneto

THE ASCENTS OF THE 100TH GIRO: THE MONTE GRAPPA FROM THE CAUPO SIDE

On Saturday 27th May the Giro 100 scales the Monte Grappa, a massive Alpine peak closely associated with historical events during the First World War. Today a huge Military Memorial Monument stands on it and preserves the memory of the dead soldiers.   It rears up like a lonely giant in an area where cycling […]

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Liguria

Roaming along the Ligurian coastline with Selle Italia

A circular itinerary in Eastern Liguria passing in and out of tunnels between one glimpse of the coast and blue skies. Nothing too demanding, but plenty of gratification to be had. What better start could there be to the season? …and what better way to test Selle Italia’s new Flite Superflow?   Off from the […]

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Emilia Romagna

The Val d’Arda ring

It starts and finishes at Lugagnano in Val d’Arda, in the heart of the Piacenza hills, with a circular itinerary of 100 km that is not too hard, but is spiced with continuous ups and downs that require non-stop effort. The characteristics of the route, along with an asphalt road surface that is not always […]

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Trentino Alto-Adige

The Pinei Pass, short but tough

A few, though top-quality kilometres along this South Tyrolean route, perfect for stretching your legs in comfort, using a Max Flite Gel Flow saddle by Selle Italia. From Ortisei to Castelrotto and back again through the little-known Pinei Pass, covers just 23 km, but the route is perfect for those staying in the Val Gardena […]

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Sicily

Etna, challenges the volcano

With its 3,340 metres, Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and in addition to its attractive landscape and suitability for hiking, it is also of great interest to cyclists, with a number of opportunities for uphill cycling. We are at the end of April and the weather is ideal for tackling the challenging […]

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Lombardy

Salita di Cancano

Starting from Bormio, you take the S.S. Stelvio road as far as the third hair-pin bend where you take the turn-off for Livigno onto the S.S. 301 road going towards the Foscagno Pass. After about 3 km you reach the junction for the road to Cancano. Formerly known as the “Via Imperiale di Alemagna”, the […]

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Abruzzo

Blockhaus, The Big Unfriendly Giant

Blockhaus. The name alone commands respect. Take a look at the altitude data and it’ll send shivers down your spine: 28 km with a vertical climb of 2,038 m and average gradient of 7.3% for the climb that starts at Scafa-Lettomanoppello. One of the most challenging and unique ascents in all of Europe, and the […]

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Trentino Alto-Adige

Sellaronda, The Tour of Four Passes

So many times, and in all seasons, have we travelled this route that to describe it seems strange and surely risks cliché. But, we’re talking about the Dolomites here, the university of road cycling, climbs that have shaped the history of the bicycle and created the legend of so many champions. Sella, Pordoi, Campolongo and […]

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Tuscany

Crossing the Apuan Alps

A wild itinerary that takes in picturesque villages, forgotten roads, dazzling marble caves, and lots and lots of green. We set off in a group of 3 from Aulla in Garfagnana, north-western Tuscany. Ahead of us, up to Querceta-Forte dei Marmi, awaits a vertical climb of 2,000 m and 107 km of extremely tough and […]

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Lombardy

Ghisallo, a challenge that’s worth double

It’s never happened before but this year I didn’t start the season until April. The unfortunate result of a nagging knee tendinitis issue that has kept me off the bike all winter. Keen to build up my form again I choose a “basic” ride for my first foray back in the saddle. Not too demanding […]

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