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Take your time – the Parma Apennines as you've never seen them before

Alvento – Italian Cycling Magazine

Take your time – the Parma Apennines as you've never seen them before

Bike Touring Collection by Alvento – Italian Cycling Magazine

3

Tours

22:55 h

165 mi

16,200 ft

Time: we can kill it, lose it, forget it, regret it. There are so many sayings about the concept of time. In the Pramzán dialect, one phrase, in particular, is said by cyclists. When they are riding slowly but would like to go faster or when they regret not having the latest bike brand, they say ‘G’vol dal témp’ – it takes time.

It’s hard to disagree with this expression, as everything takes time. But, cycling sometimes needs a little more. There are lots of things to do to get ready: from pumping up your tyres to getting dressed. You need to pause on the way too – to eat something or fill up your bottles at a fountain. It also takes time to remind yourself to message your friend in the morning: ‘how about a ride tonight? Around 30 kilometres (18.6 mi), I don’t have much time.’

In the Parma, time doesn’t stand still. Otherwise, Giuseppe Verdi would still be playing, Bernardo Bertolucci's films would still be being watched, and Faustino Asprilla would still be scoring. But, if you head a little further south of the capital, you’ll see how the pace slows down. The plains give way to hills. You see more trees and fewer cars. The air smells of fertile fields and – depending on your route – the road becomes unpaved. Everything, little by little, becomes more fun. Time definitely seems to flow differently here.

(Adapted for komoot from 'Alvento Destinations', a book of 13 travel ideas that every cyclist should do at least once: alvento.cc/prodotto/alvento-destinations-italy-unknown/)

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Tours & Highlights

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    Day #1: G'vol dal témp – Parma Apennines as you've never seen them before

    Difficult
    08:27
    61.2 mi
    7.2 mph
    6,150 ft
    6,150 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    2,000 metres (6,560 ft) of elevation gain and 100 kilometres (62 mi) is not a joke, especially off-road. The Parma Apennines are constantly undulating; they are both beautiful and fearsome. But, you’ll soon forget your hard work once you reach the beautiful Torrechiara Castle and the Boschi di Carrega.

    by Alvento – Italian Cycling Magazine

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  • Difficult
    07:40
    53.1 mi
    6.9 mph
    5,000 ft
    4,975 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Heading up and down trails on your gravel bike in lungo Taro is a wonderful way to whittle away the hours. The area connects Fornovo with Corte di Giarola, a beautiful estate just outside Collecchio, home to the Tomato and Pasta Museums. In Felino Castle, you’re sure to be hungry after visiting the Salami

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  • Difficult
    06:49
    50.5 mi
    7.4 mph
    5,050 ft
    5,050 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You spend the third and final day in two unexpected places: the Barboj Park in Rivalta, with its curious small jets of gas and clay, and the Magnani Rocca Foundation, one of the most beautiful museums in Emilia-Romagna. Its garden is the perfect place to rest your legs before returning to Sala Baganza.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    165 mi
  • Duration
    22:55 h
  • Elevation
    16,200 ft

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