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 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…
I created a Strava route from the climb that you can export to a tcx file for your Garmin.
I chose to take pictures in the autumn, so you’ll have a good idea about what to expect when you go and ride your bike in the months of October or November in Sicily. The following pictures were taken on October 18, on a beautiful sunny day. It was around 27°C, so excellent cycling weather!