Climb three challenging routes in Italy that take you through magnificent and picturesque landscapes that will most certainly test your hill climbing abilities. Warm up well before each and enjoy the panoramic views taking you finally to the summits.
Passo San Leonardo is a relatively easy climb in a beautiful natural setting and part of the central Apennines. The pass is in the province of L'Aquila in Abruzzo, in the western part of the Majella range and southeast of the Morrone Mountains group within the historic medieval municipalities of Pacentro, Sant' Eufemia and Maiella. The San Leonardo Pass is often a 'base camp' for excursions in the Majella National Park to climb to Monte Amaro.
Apart from the two well-known Stelvio routes from Prato and Bormio, there is a lesser-known set of challenging switchbacks from the Swiss town of St. Maria, located along the Ortler Alps called the Umbrail Pass. The climb winds through unspoiled, beautiful mountain scenery to the Stelvio summit along a narrow road on the highest paved mountain pass in Switzerland. The road joins the western Italian route about three kilometers below the bustling summit with a challenging 1,378m ascent over 15km.
The Campo Imperatore pass, in the Apennine range, is legendary. The mountain, also known as the Gran Sasso, has appeared in the Giro d'Italia and has been the battleground of Giro d'Italia legends. Starting along the foothills of forests, open fields and stony meadows, we climb above the tree line, with views of green mountain pastures spread out into the distance. Right next to the ski slopes, near the summit, one can see the domes of the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso observatory.
Ride and finish the selected routes in a "Time Trial" or Race.