Castles and Fortresses of the Malatestas (via Monte Luro)

Castles and Fortresses of the Malatestas  (via Monte Luro)
Highlights
Difficulty Difficulty Medium
Distance Distance 121km
Elevation gain Elevation gain 1550mt
Cattolica > Tavoleto > Mercantino Conca > San Marino > Verucchio > Cattolica

This is an easier, alternative route to the last, passing by Mount Giove; the distance is less, as is the change in level. However, a 121-km ride and a 1550-metre level change should not be shrugged off, and a cyclist should be fit and well-trained to undertake it.

You leave from Cattolica and immediately climb towards Monteluro; then continue to Tavullia, home village of Valentino Rossi. From here, you have wonderful views over a plain of sunflowers.  After Tavullia, you reach Montegridolfo, where the road climbs steeply (at up to 15%) for 2 km as far as Mondaino: 400 metres above sea level. An enjoyable 3-km descent leads to another 4.5-km climb, with an average gradient of 5%. This takes you to Tavoleto, famous for its fine castle dating from 1300.

After a short descent and a snack and drink, the route takes you to Montefiore and then Morciano. Then a 14-km stretch of slight ups and downs takes you to the ascent of Mercatino Conca, 6 km al 7%, leading up to Montelicciano. A final effort and you arrive in the Piazza della Libertà in San Marino.

The climbs of the day are over, and now the long descent to the Riviera awaits you, past Mount Ventoso, Verucchio, Gaiofana and Coriano, and finishing at Cattolica.

Hotels nearby this tour

Hotel San Marco
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Lungomare Rasi Spinelli, 6 - Cattolica (RN)
Road Road 30%
MTB MTB 30%
Leisure Leisure 40%
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Hotel Ancora
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Via Fiume, 13 - Cattolica (RN)
Road Road 60%
MTB MTB 20%
Leisure Leisure 20%
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Bike Hotel Europa Monetti
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Via Curiel, 39 - Cattolica (RN)
Road Road 65%
MTB MTB 15%
Leisure Leisure 20%
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Hotel Gambrinus Mare
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Via Carducci, 86 - Cattolica (RN)
Road Road 40%
MTB MTB 20%
Leisure Leisure 40%
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Hotel Queen Mary
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Via Violante del Prete, 93 - Cattolica (RN)
Road Road 40%
MTB MTB 20%
Leisure Leisure 40%
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