This beautiful tour, one of the most popular in Valchiavenna, takes us through San Giacomo Filippo, Mese and Gordona, small villages which are bathed in sun for most of the year.
We start with a Shuttle run that will take us to 1000 m a.s.l. and then, we will climb by ourself the last 300 m on a tarmac road.
We continue climbing of a trail, where we will need to push our bikes for a while, reaching 1550 m.
Here our first descent of the day starts, a long traverse on single-track with some steep sections in the beginning, followed by a more technical part with a lot serpentines.
We will then reach a flat trail, named "Mezzacosta delle Lepontine" taking us to "Cigolino", a natural terrace overlooking the whole of Valchiavenna.
Shortly afterwards we will come across another steep 20 minutes climb, which will take us back to 1100 m.
We will then enter into the undergrowth along a slightly uphill trail, before starting to descend back towards the Mounts of Menarola. Here there are some technical passages, in particular a couple of tight hairpin bends, which will put our trials skills to the test!
Once on the asphalt road that we climbed at first from Gordona up to Menarola, we will climb the last 100 m of altitude gain to reach the Dardano pastures, where the main descent of the day will begin: the first part is a series of hairpin bends on a natural path, which is steep at times with a rocky background, followed by a second faster part on a mule trail, which crosses the road several times, until we reach Gordona, after more than 1000 m of altitude drop!
The last part of the trail will take us to Mese, and then on to Chiavenna just in time for a nice beer in the old town centre!