|Difficulty Medium - Hard|
|Elevation gain 1779mt|
To reach the Savio Valley, you pass through Bertinoro, descend towards San Vittore in a landscape of hills and vineyards, and then continue on to Borello. At the end of this village you come to a roundabout, where you follow signs for Mercato Saraceno. The road becomes flat, but then rises a bit, taking you to Mercato Saraceno. You ride through the old centre, and at the bridge you are faced with the “monstrous” Barbotto ascent. This climb has exhausted even the greatest cyclists because, quite apart from the first 2 km which are fairly hard, the final 600 metres are at gradients of 14 – 18 %, with a series of tight bends which offer you no respite. At the top, you turn right towards Perticara, but then you have to climb again (with short breaks) until you reach the town centre at a height of 650 metres. You then begin the long, fast descent to Novafeltria, with straight stretches and wide bends, and at the bottom you turn left onto the main “Marecchiese” road, which can be quite busy. It goes gradually downhill, enabling you to ride at up to 50 km per hour at some points, and after about 10 km you turn right towards San Marino. You pass below a banner saying ”Benvenuti nell’Antica Terra della Libertà” (Welcome to the Ancient Land of Liberty) and continue towards the summit; but as far as the cable car station the road is very busy. The final stretch takes you to the entrance to the old town, where you can rest and enjoy the beautiful view over the valleys of the Marche. You return by the same road and after cycling downhill for about 5 km, you turn left towards Ventoso. When you have crossed the border into Italy, you’ll come to a short but steep descent and then an undulating road takes you to Verucchio. In this village, there’s a magnificent Malatesta fortress, from where you get a fine view of the Romagna coast. You cycle through the centre of the village and then downhill towards the main “Marecchiese” road. From now on it’s all on the flat. You cross the River Marecchia and continue to Poggio Berni, and just after it, turn left for Savignano sul Rubicone. At the roundabout on the Via Emilia, look out for the road that takes you through Gatteo, Sala, and Montaletto, and then continue along the Via Carlona and Vialone di Gattolino. Follow this road until you get to Martorano di Cesena, and continue as for the industrial zone and on to Forlimpopoli. This town is well worth a visit, especially for the 16th-century Ordelaffi Fortress and the Casa Artusi. Fratta is about 10 km from Forlimpopoli.
We are located in Emilia Romagna, region bordered by Veneto and the beautiful cities of Venice and Padua to the North, and by Tuscany, Umbria and Marche to the South, offering charming cities such as Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Urbino.
We are characterised by a concentration of adrenaline, traditions and typical cuisine, captured in the most beautiful tours that touch sites on the Adriatic coast such as Cesenatico, the land of Pantani, and reach all the way to Ferrara and Ravenna, cities of art and history, passing through rugged ascents such as those of Cippo and Carpegna, or the Cimone in Modena.