Castles and Fortresses of the Malatestas (via Colle Giove)

Castles and Fortresses of the Malatestas (via Colle Giove)
Difficulty Difficulty Hard
Distance Distance 125.17 km
Elevation gain Elevation gain 2,224 m
Bellaria > Torriana > Montebello > San Marino > Montefiore > Bellaria

This is one of the “top three” hardest routes on our list: 156 km long, with a 2700-metre change in level. It’s recommended for the very fit, who are on the look-out for an interesting challenge.
You start from Bellaria, ride through Santarcangelo, and get to the foot of the first ascent at the turning for Torriana, 4 km at 10% and some sections even at 14%. The first of the five climbs of the day will get to the legs of anyone with a lack of training. You descend to Montebello and Ponte Verucchio and then start the second climb to Verucchio, 3 km at 6%. You continue climbing to Borgo Maggiore, confronting the 18% gradients of Mount Ventoso.

After Ventoso, you ride downhill for 7 km until Faetano, completing 61 km of our itinerary. You then climb again towards Albereto: 2 km of steep ascent with a 10% gradient. From Castello di Albereto, you get to the town of Montescudo, the half-way point of the course, and we suggest you take a break here.
You continue the descent towards Montecolombo and at the turning for Osteria Nuova, towards Gemmano, you start climbing again on the “Pedrosa”: 3 km at an average 12%. Finally, you reach Montefiore and its fortress, known as the “palace of the Malatestas”.

Once through this splendid town, you head downhill again, to then cycle another 5 km uphill towards Saludecio. After reaching Mondaino and Montegridolfo (at 104 km), the exertions of the day are over. From here to the 156-km mark, the road will be first downhill and then flat, passing through Morciano, Osteria Nuova, Coriano and Rimini to take you back to Bellaria.

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