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Season Opener in Liguria (Chiavari)
652 km / 12800 EG
<italic>Chiavari - that means a wide range of rides planned to the west, north and east, with countless mountains that soar from the three valleys that flow into the Mediterranean near Chiavari, the way in to the valleys. And in the evenings we’ll be soaking in the bars and restaurants of the beautiful old town, and enjoying authentic cucina italiana. Great stuff! There is a long ride and short ride almost every day. Usually it is the relaxed group who do the short ride, while the steady and fast groups do the long one. The rides described here are examples. The actual rides will be planned at the venue itself and adjusted to suit the weather conditions.</italic>
18 passes cycled
, Passo del Bracco
, Passo della Forcella (Ligurien)
, Passo della Scoglina
, Passo del Bocco
, Madonna delle Grazie
, Passo del Termine
, Passo di Portello
, Passo della Biscia
As an option: Passo di Romaggi
, Passo della Crocetta
, Monte San Giacomo
At 2pm on Saturday we set off on a short, optional, introductory ride. We ride along the coast and the Via Panoramica to Sestri Levante and from there a little way up the Val Petronio to Casarza Ligure. We soon head out of the valley and climb up via Masso to around 350 m altitude and the Via Aurelia. We follow this to the left for a short while, towards the Passo del Bracco, but soon drop down to the coast again at Moneglia, where we can grab our first caffè. We take a different road to climb back up to the Via Aurelia, which we follow back to Sestri on a wonderful, swooping descent. Once back at the coast we take the Panoramica back to Chiavari.
Anyone who has good legs and fancies a lovely view of the Mediterranean can turn off just before the end and add on the climb to Santa Giulia, some of which is tough. Another motive, apart from the view, is the fast, very smooth descent on a fine surface.
Today we explore in a westerly direction, following the Via Aurelia past Rapallo and Recco to Sori, where we turn right towards the first crest of the Apennines. The climb up to Casa Cornua is marvellous and the sudden quiet when you leave the coast road is particularly noteworthy. If the weather is fine we shall definitely make the detour to take in Monte Fasce (excellent views of Genoa), and we ride through Fontanabuona back towards Chiavari. Finishing off with Leivi is always welcome, and it avoids the nasty traffic in Carasco! Anyone who is keen to add on another 22 kms and 800 m of climbing can also ride down from Monte Fasce to Genoa (great!) to get their miles in.
Go on from Monte Fasce to Genoa and add a loop. Tremendous if the weather is nice, but tough!
Today we penetrate deep into the interior as far as the Trebbia Valley and on to Montebruno for our lunch break. It's all plain sailing on the Forcella, and it is only in the final section that the gradient exceeds 6 percent. We then leave the plateau to ride through meadowland to start with, then through woods to Fregarolo, from where we drop down into the Trebbia Valley. The climb to Barbagelata from Montebruno which follows is one of the region's finest ascents. At the top, if the weather is fine, you can see as far as the Maritime Alps. We wind down to the Passo della Scoglina, and zoom down into the Fontanabuona valley. Anyone who wants can ride over the Romaggi (add 15 kms / 650 m climbing). But whatever the plan, we always take in our local hill, to Leivi, before we finish.
Anyone wishing to do the Romaggi loop from Calvari will be adding on 15 kms and 650 m climbing. Then Leivi from the steep side.
All very pleasant as far as the Bocco. For anyone who insists: Mamma mia! The Ghiffi! Before the Bocco we drop down nicely to Varese Ligure for lunch, and then head over the rougher Biscia. A great descent through the Val Graveglia. Watch out for grit at the quarry entrances. Those wanting to do the full 2000 m of climbing can ride on to Monte San Giacomo. The ascent is mostly through woods but the descent offers tremendous views of Lavagna, Chiavari and the Mediterranean.
This turn of the screw adds 430 m of climbing over 5.5 kms. Steep and dirty uphill, steep and not quite so dirty with great views back down.
Today we have to do a little bit of cycling to earn THIS rest. We ride up the Fontanabuona, flat and easy, then the Colle Caprile from the rear side, down to Recco and taking the Via Aurelia back to Chiavari. But keep your eyes open! Don't miss the turn-off! The direct route to the stop-off is 22 kms from the hotel - and it's mandatory!
Today we're going to really go for it and finish off a terrific week with 3000 metres elevation gain. There is no way that you can visit Liguria without taking in the Cinque Terre. We cross over the Mola into the Vara Valley, which we leave via the summit tunnel. We ride over the Termine to Vernazza, one of the most charming villages of the Cinque Terre. Anyone who feels that the total distance is too much can take a train to Levanto, thus saving 50 kilometres / 1000 metres elevation gain.
This option has a little more climbing and it breaks up your rhythm more, but there is less traffic. Having said that, the traffic on the main roads in the usual option isn't too bad.