Bay nestled between the sea and the slopes of the Mount San Bartolo Natural Park, the area is rich in beauty and itineraries suitable for all cycling enthusiasts: from the natural terrace of Gabicce Monte to the hilly trails framed by flowering broom and the cliffs overlooking the sea that hide small coves.
With its fine sandy beaches and nearly 40 resorts, Gabicce Mare is one of the best-equipped towns along the Marche coast and therefore an ideal destination for those looking to combine sport and relaxation.
Here, at Gabicce Mare it is easy to spend a few hours of outdoors tranquillity, in search of postcard-like landscapes. An ideal starting point for cycling excursions, the offer is so diverse that every day visitors have the opportunity to embark on a new journey suitable for all legs, from the most to the least trained, moving from the Marche region to Romagna, from the inland to the coast, from roads overlooking the sea to the panoramic peaks.
Even climbers will find something to sink their teeth into along the Apennines with the “Brevetto del Monte Nerone” itinerary. And for a good challenge, the Granfondo degli Squali is for you.
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Between Romagna and the Marches
Looking at it on paper, the itinerary does not seem impossible, with no big climb but many ups and downs between Romagna and the Marches, for a total 80 km journey. From Gabicce Mare the route follows towards Cattolica to then enter the inland towards San Giovanni in Marignano. We head towards Morciano di Romagna, Saludecio and then Tavullia, alternating short sections and descents that do not allow you to completely catch your breath. Everything will be rewarded by the wonderful panorama with sweeping views of the inland.
The return journey takes place along the Panoramica road within the San Bartolo Natural Park that connects Pesaro to Gabicce Monte, surrounded by nature, flowers, plants and beautiful landscapes. A 39 x 23 gear should suffice.
There is no shortage of climbs in the Pesaro Urbino province, with the Apennines just further inland. Due to its length and altitude difference, Nerone is a formidable climb, which has nothing to envy from some of the most famous Alpine and Dolomite passes in terms of difficulty and scenic beauty.
We recommend the Pianello slope, also braved by cyclists during the Granfondo Straducale. The climb covers a distance of 13.2 km with a gradient of 1,009 m and an average gradient of 7.7%. The wind and the heat during sunny summer days are the greatest pitfalls offered by this itinerary.
From the coast to the foothills of the Apennines there is no shortage of itineraries for mountain biking enthusiasts. Short routes or marathons immersed in nature such as those within the Mount San Bartolo Natural Park, designed for your enjoyment, where the slopes are still mild and make you want to immerse yourself in the lush greenery.
If you are looking for something more challenging then you can make your way inland on the border with Umbria, where the Apennines serve as your test bench.
San Bartolo Natural Park (MTB)
Middle ground between Gabicce Mare and Pesaro, the San Bartolo Park offers over 30 km of routes and trails to cycling enthusiasts. It is normal to find yourself amazed as this small headland offers some special features such as the many cliffs and caves, which are sure to leave you speechless.
There are many entry points that indicate the various trails all marked by signs on the side of the road. Fiorenzuola di Focara marks the ideal meeting point to head off at the foot of the mountain. At Casteldimezzo you will have the opportunity to come face to face with what local cyclists call “the roof of the world”: a 10 metres terrace on the sea with a breathtaking panorama that conveys a sense of harmony, a kind of vital and enjoyable interplay between the renaturalised fields, the rows of trees and hedges and the Adriatic coast.
Mount Catria trails (MTB)
Expert bikers must circle Mount Catria in red, as it will surely be your paradise. Dozens and dozens of kilometres of Italian Alpine Club trails that can be explored by MTB, with loop trails that allow cyclists to discover beautiful places such as the Monastery of Fonte Avellana, the Catria Cross, and the Porci and Vernosa mountain huts. Here you will be able to enjoy a 360° panorama between the Marches, Umbria and Emilia Romagna.
We recommend trails 53, 55 and 57 taking the road respectively from Ca La Strada, Chiaserna and from Convento di Fonte Avellana. There’s no shortage of fun even for extreme sports lovers, as here you will also find a downhill and a freeride trail.