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Biking from Seashore Rimini to Top of San Marino

Old 02-20-21, 07:07 PM
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Biking from Seashore Rimini to Top of San Marino


Has anyone biked from the Rimini area to the top of San Marino? I may be visiting there this summer and have family obligations. If I were to take a whole day to do something or a good chunk of the day it helps to plan. This is ~21km or so therefore not too bad but the last 1/3 is very uphill with a 700 meter climb in ~7km or about 8% grade. That's a LOT. I am not in racing shape and don't have time to compete but I have biked ~2500 miles the last year and that's not counting hiking, kayaking, archery and some weightlifting so I am in good to very good shape.

I am looking to calculate things like how much time it will take and what not but running into limitations because all the map apps, websites and calculators only do automobile, sometimes public transport and by foot or walking. None of them do cycling. Has anyone actually done a ride from Rimini to the top of San Marino and back? About how long did it take? How was the climb?
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Both Strava and RideWithGPS should be able to give you cycling routes if you opt for a free trial of their paid membership. Or, many of the cycling-oriented hotels in Rimini should have cycling routes to San Marino available for their guests.

There isn't just one way to the top of San Marino. It depends on which side you want to start from. The website salite.ch, for example, shows 4 different ways up.

In 2017 I rode from Rimini past San Marino to Monte Carpegna (elev. 1,008 m), had lunch at a restaurant there, then on the way back climbed into San Marino from the southeast side and returned to Rimini from the northern side. In all (including the 50 minute break for lunch and 10 minutes in San Marino to take photos) it took me 7h40m to do the 137.6 km (2,031 m total climb). I was 61 years old then.

How hard a ride it is depends on how accustomed you are to riding hills. If you do them all the time, it's a merely a moderately taxing climb. If, on the other hand, you live somewhere flat, where highway overpasses count as climbs, it could be quite a demanding day.

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