Be prepared, because this is one of the hardest itineraries we’re offering. In terms of both distance and difficulty (151 km and a 2200 m change in level) it’s only suitable for well-trained, very fit cyclists
You start at sea-level in Riccione and then head towards Morciano. Then there’s a long ascent, passing through Montefiore and taking you up to Tavoleto after 26 km.
You descend for 4 km until Casinina and then follow signs for Urbino. At Schieti, at about the 44-km mark, you climb up to Gadana and then continue to Urbino on an uphill road. There’s a descent of 5 km to Fermignano, where you climb for another 4 km and then descend again.
At Acqualagna, you’re half-way round the circuit. Here, you enter the Furlo Gorge through the Vespasiano tunnel and a really amazing spectacle lies before you. You continue to Calmazzo, springboard for Urbino at a height of 400 m, and 100 km along your route. After the village, there’s a steep 15% ascent for the next 1 km: not easy to face after all you’ve been through.
Fortunately, the 3-km descent that follows allows you to draw breath till Montecchio and confront the last climb of this itinerary: 3 km as far as Tavullia. Then it’s fast downhill to Riccione passing through S. Giovanni in Marignano.
Some advice… Keep snacking throughout the ride, a bit at a time to avoid a hunger crisis.
It’s a very long route and not without its pitfalls!