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Monte Carpegna - Ponte Messa (MTB)

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Average grade: 6.5 %

Length: 15.24 km

Altitude start: 372 m

Altitude top: 1367 m

Ascent: 995 m

Maximum: 15 %

Monte Carpegna rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1732 (all)
Ranking Italy: 456 (all)
Ranking Apennines: 58(all)
Difficulty score: 96.91 what?

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The Monte Carpegna is situated in Marche. This climb belongs to the Apennines. Starting from Ponte Messa, the Monte Carpegna ascent is 15.24 km long. Over this distance, you climb 995 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.5 %. The maximum slope is 15 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Monte Carpegna climbers
Story by clive from Leicester, United Kingdom, submitted on 11/10/2015
From Pietracuta go via San Leo and S S Marco, or up the SP258 via Maciano or Ponte Messa & Pennabilli. The former is harder but more attractive. Either route has descending part way, the former down (undulating) from S S Marco, the latter down from Passo Carpegna, until you reach Carpegna. It''s v roughly 1500m for the former, 1350m for the latter. Pantani said ''Il Carpegna mi basta'', so it should be enough for the rest of us. Quotes adorn the road surface from Carpegna distracting you from the pain. There''s a sculpture of Pantani at Cippo, & in season you might be lucky enough to pick up a coffee and a bandana at the cafe. The last 600m up are through lovely woods, with the occasional spectacular view. Near the top you can see the rock formations of Sasso Simone and Simoncello to the SW. Not being very high M Carpegna can be hot in summer, & if combined with a small cassette & an aggressive approach, you could come unstuck. There''s a short tough section after Carpegna, & after bend 18. The mountain claims 22 ''tornanti'', though they aren''t all the obvious hairpins of Alpe D''Huez. The road surface on the higher parts is testing, adding to the beauty of the climb. The roads are fairly quiet, & after Cippo closed to cars.
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