Road Cycling: Scareno and Ponte Romana, Lake Maggiore, Italy - 608 m. (1,995 ft)

Mon, 13 July 2020


Minimum altitude: 124 meters

Distance: 53.4 km

Slope Aspect: South-East

Trip Reports

Vertical Climbed: 962 meters (3,156 feet)

Vertical Descended: 960 meters

Rating: 4


I'd never cycled up to Scareno before and to be honest, there isn't much reason to. It is a long way up a big of a rough road. Not too steep until the last 2km which are an average of 13% but with some sections nearer 20%. Scareno has nothing but a pleasant looking church and a helipad!

I returned via the Ponte Romana - this is not a Roman bridge but a pack horse bridge built in the 18th century to link the villages of Rovegro and Cossogno. I've no idea why they wanted to be linked but it gives an idea of what roads in the area were like back in the day - not cyclable.

From Rovegro I took another steep climb to Bieno. It says 12% on Strava but much be a lot steeper in places.


Weather was cool and overcast. Much less traffic than a normal year.

The road after Cambiasca is in an increasingly poor state.


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