Road Cycling: Mottarone from lake Orta, Italy - 1,378 m. (4,521 ft)

Sat, 3 July 2021


Minimum altitude: 273 meters

Distance: 42 km

Slope Aspect: South-West

Trip Reports

Vertical Climbed: 1,194 meters (3,918 feet)

Vertical Descended: 1,186 meters

Rating: 5


It has been 7 years since I rode up this side of Mount Mottarone. This time I was just doing a return trip from Orta. The climb to Armeno is ok but the road after to Cheggino and beyond is around 15% and really hard. Afterwards thing flatten a bit to 8-9% with some flatter sections but the overall 8% for 800 meters climbing doesn't really reflect the difficulty of many steep and sometimes long ramps. One guy in front of me got off his bike to push. The climb was going to finish in this year's Giro but due to the cable car disaster was dropped.


Warm at the lake. Not too cold at the top but dreary weather.


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