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Etappe 3: Etna Ost – Tanz auf dem Vulkan

Etappe 3: Etna Ost – Tanz auf dem Vulkan

Difficult
04:06
24.2 mi
5.9 mph
4,250 ft
4,250 ft
Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

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Includes a very steep uphill segment

You may need to push your bike.

1.03 mi in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.20 mi
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Rifugio Ragabo

Mountain Biking Highlight

9.97 mi
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Lava!

Mountain Biking Highlight

13.3 mi
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Refugio Citelli

Road Cycling Highlight

23.3 mi
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Villa Mirador

Road Cycling Highlight

24.2 mi

Piazza Don Luigi Sturzo

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 3.71 mi
Path: 4.26 mi
Access Road: 130 yd
Street: 1.55 mi
Road: 14.6 mi

Surfaces

Unpaved: 8.25 mi
Cobblestones: < 109 yd
Paved: 1.02 mi
Asphalt: 14.8 mi
Unknown: 175 yd

Weather Forecast

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Martin Donat planned a gravel ride.

March 31, 2021

Comments

  • Martin Donat

    This is how a day can begin! In a wonderful Italian country estate surrounded by vineyards, it is not difficult to get that holiday feeling.The tour begins with an ascent of around 1,000 meters in altitude on the east side of the Etna. It is very different here than in the north and south. You mainly drive through the forest, but it always opens up, lets the sun through and offers great views.
    Above the forest becomes lighter and suddenly you are back in this typical, surreal volcanic landscape. Here, however, it looks much richer in contrast, because in the middle of green forests a gray strip of desolate volcanic desert simply stands out much more clearly.
    A few cars are parked at the top of the mountain café, with a bit of luck you will meet other cyclists. This route is great for cycling and seems to be relatively popular. You will find out why exactly. Because the descent back to Zafferana Etnea is calling. Pure enjoyment, even if in Italy one wishes from time to time that one or the other Italian motorist would show a little more consideration for other road users. It is best to keep your eyes open a little and pay attention to what other road users are up to.Once at the bottom in the hustle and bustle of small towns in Italy you will agree with me that this was a great descent! And it's best to do what any Italian would do now - drink a delicious espresso and take a break. You have enough time to review this great tour in this unique volcanic landscape.From Zafferana Etnea, the return journey to Catania is waiting for you. You can do that by bike, as it only goes downhill. In Catania you can reward yourself with a detour to the beach.

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Etappe 3: Etna Ost – Tanz auf dem Vulkan

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