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Bikepacking the Trans-Casentinesi - an Apennine adventure


Bikepacking the Trans-Casentinesi - an Apennine adventure

Collection by tristanbogaard



60:49 h

426 mi

42,350 ft

In November of 2020, I had a chance at cycling a part of the Italian Apennines, the Casentinesi forest and Abruzzo regions. In this collection you’ll find the rides. For more visuals, check out the video series of Cycling Italy on my YouTube channel.

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  1. Cycling Italy: Trans-Casentinesi (Day 1 - road)

    23.0 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,725 ft
    325 ft




    Starting out of Bologna, this is an easy and enjoyable climb onto the spine of the mountains south of the city.


  2. 02:02
    15.5 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,150 ft
    1,775 ft

    The ride becomes a little more challenging as the road makes place for gravel. But the camp spot is beyond expectations!


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  4. 02:04
    8.88 mi
    4.3 mph
    1,950 ft
    975 ft

    Going into the Casentinesi forest! Quite a challenging ascend on rough gravel, with a rifugio to sleep in awaiting you. Or, if it's closed, a flat campsite.


  5. 03:32
    21.5 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,950 ft




    Cycling the spine of the mountains. Super challenging day with multiple paths that could be a complete mud bath depending on if it has rained recently. Check the weather, take plenty of food (not many chances to stock up on this day, as well as the next) and


  6. 04:23
    23.5 mi
    5.4 mph
    3,875 ft
    3,225 ft

    More manageable gravel this day. Still quite some climbing, but once you get off the trail and onto the road near the end you'll get a sweet descend. You have the choice to cycle into town and get some food at a local fruit/veg jeweler, camp ahead of town, or cycle onwards to stay on the spine of the


  7. 03:32
    36.2 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    2,925 ft

    Due to tiredness and lack of food I decided to head into the southern valley this day, but it's perfectly possible to keep on going in a straight line, headed for Chiusi della Verna and Caprese Michelangelo, to eventually end up at Lago di Montedoglio. If you follow this particular route however, you


  8. 01:53
    20.7 mi
    11.0 mph
    475 ft
    1,475 ft

    The last day of my Casentinesi route, ending in Citta di Castello. Basically a sweet descend into the somewhat industrial valley, where you'll be on flat roads for a while. The town of Anghiari is a must-see, and excellent place for morning coffee. Depending on your route plans, you can either cycle


  9. 02:01
    20.7 mi
    10.3 mph
    775 ft
    725 ft

    Day 1 of sweet riding to Perugia. Found a little hill to camp out on with little daylight hours in November. With more light you can easily make it to Perugia and find a stay. But this sleepy hill is pretty worthy for a chill evening.


  10. 01:16
    13.5 mi
    10.7 mph
    300 ft
    725 ft

    Day 2 of sweet riding to Perugia (San Giovanni train station, not the actual city). Riverside path, easygoing road / some gravel and no distance at all. Slightly before the station I recommend having a coffee at Bar Charme Cafe'. Amazing owner, coffee and wifi. From there I took a train to L'Aquila


  11. 37:29
    242 mi
    6.5 mph
    27,050 ft
    27,100 ft




    I cycled the Wolf's Lair route in November of 2020 and it was one of the nicest pre-made bike routes I've ever cycled. Tough, but really doable if you take your time, and particularly enjoyable in a time when not many others are attempting to do the same, a perk of traveling


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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    426 mi
  • Duration
    60:49 h
  • Elevation
    42,350 ft

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