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Three days of enduro between Cimone and Corno alle Scale


Three days of enduro between Cimone and Corno alle Scale

Mountain Biking Collection by Luigi D'Imperio



14:22 h

66.8 mi

16,175 ft

This three-day enduro loop with start and finish in Sestola, in the heart of Italy’s Apennine Mountains, is perfect for those who like to earn their downhill fun with a good dose of uphill. As with any self-respecting high-mountain trail, there will also be no shortage of stretches where you will have to push your bike.

Linking some of the most spectacular singletrack and most challenging climbs between Monte Cimone and the Corno alle Scale National Park, this route will take you on a discovery of the most beautiful places and views in the Apennines of Modena and Bologna. In about 68 miles (110 km) – and almost 16,404 feet (5,000 m) of elevation gain – you will cross thick beech and green fir forests, vast prairies dotted with blueberries and enchanting alpine ridge landscapes; the habitat of the golden eagle that often soars through the skies.

The mountain town of Sestola, in the province of Modena, is the starting and finishing point of this Tour. The most practical means of getting there is by car. If you prefer to travel by public transport, you can reach it by coach from Bologna or Modena, passing through Vignola or Pavullo. If you come from Bologna, you can also take the ring road at Vidiciatico, which corresponds to stage 3 of this Collection. To do this you must take the regional train to Silla and cycle for almost 9 miles (14 km) to the point where the route touches the town.

Given the technical nature of some of the passages, the most suitable means of transport for embarking on this adventure is surely an enduro or all-mountain MTB with full suspension. That said, given the not inconsiderable amount of climbing, if you have good riding skills you could opt for a hardtail MTB. The Tour can also be done by e-MTB, always taking into account the technical difficulties of the route.

This challenging route is perfect for a summer weekend, to escape the heat of the city and enjoy the fresh mountain air. The best time to get in the saddle is between May and September. But remember to take a look at the weather before setting off and to bring along the appropriate equipment: the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines are known for sudden changes in condition and it is not uncommon to find strong winds on the ridge. Also make sure the ground is dry: mud, damp foliage and wet rocks can make these trails really tough. It is not worth taking unnecessary risks.

On the route, you will come across several refuges offering refreshment, recharging and overnight accommodation. If you plan to sleep in one of these, don't forget to contact the hut in advance to check availability and possibly make a reservation.

A large part of this itinerary is in protected natural areas, so be careful on the trails, always respect the environment and the people you meet along this tough and spectacular route.

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Dove osano le aquile – tre giorni di enduro tra Cimone e Corno alle Scale

66.9 mi

16,275 ft

16,300 ft

Last updated: March 7, 2023

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    Stage 1: Sestola to Capanno Tassoni – where eagles dare

    19.1 mi
    4.6 mph
    4,950 ft
    3,975 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The first stage of the Harvest starts from the center of Sestola, an important mountain tourist resort in the region, also known as "the pearl of the Apennines". The beginning is decidedly "crunchy": 500 meters of climbing that never give up, to immediately set the record straight and let your legs understand

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    21.0 mi
    4.4 mph
    5,050 ft
    6,350 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today is dedicated to the wonderful high mountain landscapes of the Corno alle Scale Regional Park. After a long but extremely enjoyable climb on the forest road to the Passo della Croce Arcana, proceed along the ridge along the Apennine itinerary of the Alta Via dei Parchi towards Lake Scaffaiolo, one

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  • Expert
    26.8 mi
    4.9 mph
    6,175 ft
    5,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    I advise you not to overdo it with breakfast at the Segavecchia Refuge. In fact, even today we start uphill, among the wooded landscapes of the Segavecchia - Rio Ri forest road up to the Sboccata dei Bagnadori. It's true, starting the third stage of this collection with over 400 meters of elevation gain

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    66.8 mi
  • Duration
    14:22 h
  • Elevation
    16,175 ft

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