Itinerary: Cagli- Sant’Abbondio- Cantiano- Cagli- Bike park on Monte Catria, 78 km, medium difficulty
You will recognise Monte Catria (1,701 meters) by the imposing cross at the summit, and this route starts out at the foot of this mountain near Cagli, a village along the ancient Roman Via Flaminia.
Cycle towards Fano; after going past the centre of Pergola, known for its famous “golden bronzes” head towards Fonte Avellana and Sant’Abbondio.
You are at the foot of Monte Catria, where the hermitage of Fonte Avellana is located. It's mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy (Canto XXI, Paradise). The Hermitage was set up by Saint Romualdo, founder of the Camaldolese order, and it's one of the most important monasteries in the Marche where you can find some peace and time to recover.
There is a bike park on Monte Catria, with free ride and downhill tracks.
Kinderland - a snow playground - is located in a tranquil part of Monte Catria, where children from three years and upwards can play and take their first steps in the snow, in ideal
harmony with the mountain; from 2015, Kinderland is also open in summer with trails for children .
After our refreshing, spiritual time out, take the road towards Cantiano, where you can visit the Collegiate Church of St. John the Baptist, the Church of St. Augustine, the
Paleontological Museum and the Roman bridge. Continue, with a pause at the Tecchie Forest, which covers 180 hectares of oak and beech trees. From here, go back down towards Pesaro.