Pescaglia - San Rocco in Turrite s(u)
This is a small summit, that serves as demonstration what
makes the riding here so pleasant and scenic. But probably
the best aspect is, that it seems that there are dozens of
summits like these just waiting to be discovered by riders
who are just bike wandering around. And should one ever run
out of two summits, there are inumerable one way climbs to
7th century churches and old villages. But the pavement is
from the pleasant present.
START-END SOUTH: jct SP2 - road to Pascoso
2.(283m,8.0km) profile turns right at this signed four
way intersection in Trebbio.
4.(740m,16.0km) TOP: Pescaglia - San Rocco in Turrite
5.(590m,18.3km) road on right keeps going downhill to
7.(150m,34.6km) START-END NORTH: sp20 bridge over
Serchio, east of Fornaci Di Barga
From South. The profile starts where the
riding gets pleasant, and that is after turning away from busy
SP2, and heading direction Torre and Pescaglia instead. The
first several km of this little road has big trucks hauling big
rocks. The quarry is only a few km up the road, and they were
producing artifical land slices as I went by. After that it gets
The first intersection contains what seems like half a dozen
names, that I still can't find on my map. But all of them have a
ring to them and promise to be hidden spots in the mountains.
The only thing I know about this intersection, is that the comes
down from Passo del Lucese, and
that is something the over a dozen of signs do not tell you.
Eventually the road winds high above Pescaglia to a panoramic
vantage point of the road just climbed. The surface is covered
with 200m and 500m chalk marks, signaling that this climb too
has been used in bike races. A well defined top of a high peak
of the Alpi Apuani appears behind the next small drop in the
road, and this marks the summit.
The route continues straight to Pescaglia. The road starts to
contour up towards the hilltown on the right, at the same time
improving the vantage point on a village across the valley. In
the distance across the valley, from my perspective it looked
like somebody was watering the lawn on top of a church roof. But
that was probably an optical illusion due to foreshortening, yet
it gives an idea of the view.
From North. The profile descends
this small dip and turns right to descend back down to the
valley of the Serchio. Going straight is probably one of the
most interesting places to get lost that I know of, and the
chances that one will get lost are very high. More on the Pascoso
A Dayride with this point as intermediate summit
is on the page: Pascoso -