When you go to Passo Tremalzo from Passo Nota, it’s a classic MTB route. Mix it up with an uphill to Passo Nota from Vesio by the slopes of Corna Vecchia and a descent to Tremosine via Passo della Crocetta to have a ride that is hardly forgettable.
The route’s not so classic if it’s done on a gravel bike. The advantage of riding the route this way is that it is obviously a harder way. Plus, since gravel bikes do relatively well on tarmac, and there are really great tarmac roads nearby, you probably add some of them to the basket. In the end, you’ll have a real sufferfest with breathtaking views.
My 36mm tires were not perfect for the paths I covered. The surface was too loose on a few stretches. On a few others, the trail was too rocky. I had to hike-a-bike a tiny bit. However, I did it and I could do it on even skinnier tires. I don’t really get why the MTB bikers were so surprised/disgusted with my weapon of choice for the day.
I had only one evening to spare for Tremalzo. I skipped lunch, took not enough water and none of the food. When I hit the road it was noon and temperature risen up to 30 Celcius degrees probably. I have basically ridden myself into the ground on the way up. The stats don’t lie. I did 80km / 4000m up in 6 hours. Was it worth it? Hell, yeah! I’ve had the best coffee and the best beer in my life in a ristorante at Passo Tremalzo.
I’ll be back to Tremalzo soon.