02 Gozzi Riminesi
Here we face the classic tour of Rimini bikers, with a route devised by the Sbubbikers team and used in the first edition of the “GozziRiminesi” cycle tour, which gave the event its name. “Gozzi” means uphill climbs that are hard on the legs and lungs, repeated at close intervals, short and difficult enough to defeat even the most intensely trained cyclists.
The route follows renowned horse tracks and skirts several vineyards of farms in the Rimini hills, for a total of 42 km and an altitude range of about 800 metres.
Although these technical data do not sound too challenging, this route is actually quite difficult, with its numerous hard climbs (ten in all) with steep gradients and downhill runs that are over too quickly to allow the energy lost to be recovered. Considering that in just a few metres of the route the maximum altitude of 200 metres is reached, gradients in excess of 20% can be calculated in at least three stretches.
The effort needed to reach the top of the climbs (the “gozzi”) is however rewarded by the panorama that opens out, where San Marino and Verucchio and then Santarcangelo and Rimini appear on splendid horizons for use by bikers as reference points.
In summer we recommend leaving with two 750 ml water bottles or a hydration backpack, because there are no drinking points along the route, and in particularly dry periods it can be very dusty. Not advisable after rain, because the clay soil is very heavy and tends to stick to wheels.