On the road to Garulla from Sarnano - the view of Pizzo Meta in the Sibillini Mountains, Le Marche, Italy
For the more adventurous there are routes in and around the mountains. The Sibillini National Park has a list on its website. The descriptions can be viewed here along with a map and downloadable GPS file. The National Park also sell a book of these routes although it is currently only available in Italian. There is also a Grand Anello (a circular route around the mountain range) especially for mountain bikes!
You can visit the MTB park of the Sibillini Mountains at a small ski resort called Frontignano. The link shows you a map of the routes available as well as the cost of the services they provide.
Go onto Youtube and search for "MTB Monti Sibillini". You will find a number of videos shot by these groups from which you can get an idea of the terrain here. Another good source of bike routes is the Bikemap website.
For those on road bikes some towns have now worked out routes that take you past interesting cultural sites. These are available online.
Bicycle routes in Le Marche.
Cycle tourism routes in either English, German or Italian to download at the bottom of the page
Cycle routes around the small towns of Macerata to download in German, English or Italian
There is also a circular road race called the Gran Fondo that takes place every year starting in Calderola (near Casa Carotondo). One short and one long route are raced and available online for you to try out for yourself.
For any kind of cyclist gpsies.com is an example of free software that allows you to work out a route and get a summary of the length of the route and the amount of elevation involved. This allows you to work out routes, for example, between the various villages in this area and ensure that they are viable. The routes can also be downloaded to your GPS. At Casa Carotondo we are keen cyclists ourselves so would be happy to help you plan were to go.Click here for a listing of some of our favourite routes in the area.
There is a 1:50000 map available from Kompass of the area. The Sibillini National Park sells a 1:50000 map and has just published a 1:40000 map. When using Italian route descriptions, check the elevation carefully before embarking on it. The term dislivello is often used and means the difference between ascent and descent and not the actual total ascent or descent, which in the Sibillini can be quite a lot.