STAGE 3: Campodonico – San Cassiano Location (26 km)
The third stage of the Frasassi MTB Tour connects two thousand-year-old Abbeys (Campodonico and San Cassiano) along an ancient Roman and medieval road, from which, however, we deviate for a stretch to climb rapidly in altitude on the flanks of Mounts Purillo and Puro, enjoying wonderful views. From here it will descend again, passing through the villages of Serradica and Cacciano along a narrow valley that leads to Cancelli, an ancient Roman crossroads.
The route is 26 km. After passing through Belvedere, the route from an elevation of 600 m climbs rapidly up the flanks of Mounts Purillo and Puro, reaching in about 3 km over 900 m. From here it descends back into the Serradica ditch syncline and continues to Cancelli, crosses the Janus River, and continues north.
Length: 26 km
Elevation gain: 1018 m
Downhill elevation gain: 1100 m
Highest point: 923 m
Lowest point: 414 m
Type of surface: mixed
Along the way it is possible to refuel with water at springs, farmhouses or hamlets. Therefore, it is recommended not to overdo the water supply so as not to carry too much weight. Instead, it is necessary to have the main spare parts for your bike with you. With, or following rain, it is possible to encounter stretches with mud. The average altitude is around 500 mt, but it is still recommended to have a windproof jacket even in warm weather.
Municipality of departure: Fabriano
Starting location: Campodonico
Municipality of arrival: Fabriano
Place of arrival: San Cassiano
Recommended period: April to October
The Frasassi MTB Tour is a route around the medieval town of Fabriano,inland from Ancona, between the Gola della Rossa and Monte Cucco Nature Parks.
You ride MTB in picturesque valleys bordered by the main Apennine reliefs of the Umbrian-Marchigiana ridge, in a ring route of about 225 km.
There are 6 recommended stages (30/45 km each), to be tackled with trained legs. The total elevation gain uphill is 9500 meters.
Starting base is Genga, an ancient medieval village, famous for the Frasassi Caves.