Exploring the Cinisi climb
Even though I’ve ridden thousands of kilometers in this part of Sicily, every now and then I stumble across a road where I’ve never been, or a climb I’ve never done before. This was the case with a climb I found by using Strava. I had clicked on “Segment Search” and saw a few segments near the town of Cinisi. I’ve passed through Cinisi hundreds of times on my bike, but I didn’t know there was a climb starting near the town center and ending in a small “frazione” of Cinisi. So a few weeks ago I decided to cycle to Cinisi and explore this climb.
I rode from Balestrate through the coastal town of Trappeto in the direction of Cinisi. It was a bit of a cloudy day, but with temperatures of around 29°C it felt like summer! I passed Terrasini, turned right and entered the town of Cinisi. The main street, the “Corso Umberto” leads to a few beautiful buildings, the town hall and the library:
I went around the town hall and followed the signs for “Santuario Madonna del Furi”, which is located halfway to the top of the climb. I rode out of town and soon my Garmin showed 8-10% gradients. I felt good, so I decided to try and set a good time. I found a nice rhythm and started climbing. Then 2 minutes later my phone rings and from the ringtone I knew it was my girlfriend. I cursed a few times (not because I was angry with her, but just because I could forget about setting a good time on the climb 🙂 ) and picked up the phone. Some problem needed to be addressed, so I stopped and we talked about a possible solution. I knew she would probably have to call back a few times, so I forgot about riding fast and decided to just enjoy the climb and take a few pics:
I passed the Santuario and took a picture of a monument near the entrance.
When I was almost at the top I took a picture of my Ridley Helium SL:
I turned around and saw a few bulls on the road. Just when I wanted to take a picture, one of them decided to chance his pose….
I got back on my bike and rode on. Soon I arrived at the frazione on the top of the climb. The views were amazing!
I enjoyed the views and the Sicilian sun and started to descent. This turned out to be a lovely climb and I’m sure I will be back (many times)!
Total 64 km and 1117 m ascent. Average gradient of the Cinisi climb: 6.6%