Ormea (CN) – Sanremo (IM)
Height difference: +1225 m – 1966 m
Last stage with the final dive to the sea! From Ormea, a village with a curious heart-shaped perimeter, still following the Tanaro valley, the road climbs steadily for about 10 km passing through Nava and arriving at Colle di Nava, a passageway between Piedmont and Liguria on the Maritime Alps. The Colle di Nava is home to 5 forts that in the past have played a fundamental role in Italian history. We will pass by the Central Fort, the largest and most preserved, in excellent condition and open to visitors. After having sloped and entered the Liguria Region, we expect a long descent (11 km) to get to Pieve di Teco.
At the centre of the Valle Arroscia, the town offers visitors a historic centre with magnificent medieval porticoes and here we can stop to refresh ourselves before the last effort of our Alps2Riviera, the climb that will take us to San Bernardo di Conio. After passing Pieve di Teco, a short stretch of Strada Statale 28 will take us to leave the Statale on the right to start our last climb: 18.3 km with an average gradient of 5%.
Fatigue and sweat will be rewarded by the almost 27 km long descent through the Ligurian Alps, which will take us effortlessly and with maximum fun to the sea! Through the villages of Carpasio (Lavender Museum) and Montalto Ligure (historical centre, very clean and gracious, a labyrinth of narrow streets with an ancient taste).
Finally, we will feel the sea air and the sea of Arma di Taggia finally shows itself. 12.5 km separate us from Sanremo, in the centre of the Riviera dei Fiori, our final destination. We ride on the new cycle path next to the sea, obtained from the old railway line. Arrival in Sanremo and end of the adventure on the roads of the Alps2Riviera!