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Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Monte Palmeto, the descent

Monte Palmeto, the descent

In my previous post, MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto, I wrote about the climb and I’ve posted links to routes on Strava. In this blog post I’ll show you what kind of landscape and views you can expect on the descent. The descent from the top of Monte Palmeto is pretty fast, with not too many sharp turns. And if you like speed, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the last stretch, which is particularly fast. I’ll end this post with a video my buddy “Caimano made” during his KOM downhill ride. He’s going crazy fast! But first the pictures… Photos: (Click images to view larger versions) The first kilometer is the slowest stretch of the descent and you’ll actually have to pedal a lot to keep your speed high. This is where you’ll pick up speed. Downhill 4K video: My buddy Caimano mounted a GoPro on his handlebars and did the fastest Strava downhill so far. NB Don’t try this at home…try it on Monte Palmeto (but be...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in bike routes, cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto

MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto

The bike routes I made for on-sicily.com are all meant for road bikes. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t beautiful routes for mountain bikes in the area. On the contrary! Climbing the mountains in the area on your MTB will give you spectacular views in beautiful areas of this sunny island. The first route I’ll mention on this blog, is the climb to the top of Monte Palmeto. This is the large mountain that you see when you drive from the gulf area via the A29 to Palermo. This rocky mountain is located close to Eurobici, where I can organize bike rental for you. The climb is not that long, so if you only have a few hours to spare, this route would be excellent. The climb: If you start counting from the main road, the climb is around 9 km long. The climb on the mountain itself is 6.6 km long and has an average grade of 6%. In the first few kilometers there are a few steeper...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in bike routes, cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Climbing to Piano Margi

Climbing to Piano Margi

If you like climbing in excellent weather, then cycling in Sicily will be a blast! There are many nice climbs in my area, both for road bikes and for mountain bikes. The climb to Piano Margi is one of those climbs. The first part can be done on a road bike and an MTB, but if you’d like to go all the way to the top you’ll have to do the climb on a mountain bike (like we did here). The climb starts in the small town of Cinisi, pretty close to the airport of Palermo. The climb: The climb is over 8 km long and when you’ve reached the top, you’ll have climbed 540 meters. The average grade is more than 6%, but you will encounter a few short steep parts up to around 15%. If you’re as strong as Giovanni Visconti, it will take you 24.5 minutes to reach Piano Margi. Many of us aren’t, so Strava times range from 25:17 to 1:18:13… Strava route: I created...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in cycling and bike pics | 2 comments

Climbing Monte Inici

Climbing Monte Inici

My Cannondale F4 had problems with the gearing and I mainly use my roadbike anyway, so I hadn’t touched the bike in ages. When a good friend of mine bought a new group for his mountain bike, I decided to buy his “old” XT group, so I could go for a ride on the mountain bike again. Yesterday I went to Monte Inici, a beautiful, rocky mountain near the coastal town of Castellammare del Golfo and took lots of pictures. Below you’ll find several of those pics, which will show you why I love cycling...

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

October 2014: cycling in sunny Sicily!

October 2014: cycling in sunny Sicily!

Like in October last year, we still have great cycling weather in sunny Sicily: in the last few days the temperatures hovered between 28° and 30°C! So no winter bike or ls jerseys for me, but summer kit and Polar Bottles with cold water and SIS hydro/electrolyte. Here are some pics I took on a bike ride to Balata di Baida, a small town near Scopello and Castellammare del Golfo: The weather forecast looks very promising, so if you’re tired of cold and nasty weather, why not come to Sicily for a few days of cycling in the sun! Arrivederci in Sicilia 😀 Don PS Not able to come to Sicily? Check out these Sicily...

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