Climbing segments around Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Varese: map and list

Do you love the road cycling climbs?
Strava users have created and labelled numerous climbing segments on Strava in the Swiss-Italian Lake District. We've rounded up several of them in an effort to make a guide and convince people to consider cycling here.

When you think of cycling destinations, the Swiss-Italian Lake District might not necessarily be at the top of your list, so we created a map to help you plan your own rides, routes and adventures around Lake Maggiore, Lugano and Varese.
We encourage you to come here to see how nice it is.

Strava segments in the Swiss-Italian Lakes

The map of climbing segments

The the map shows the location of the climbs around the Swiss and Italian Lakes (Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Varese). Click on the markers for a pop up with the name of the climb and a link on Strava to more info. Their names are in native language. Sometimes a climbing segment covers a part of the climb or covers two consecutive climbs. Enjoy the route planning.

The list of climbing segments

Their names are in native language.

  1. Mergoscia

  2. Monte Bre/Cardada Climb

  3. Gordola – Sonogno

  4. Monti Motti

  5. OSG-SassoCorbaro (bivio Artore)

  6. Castello Sasso Corbaro da Via Daro

  7. Giubiasco - Carena

  8. Carena – Giumello

  9. Gorduno - Monti di Bedretto

  10. Bignasco - Lake Naret

  11. Centovalli (Intragna – Malesco)

  12. Malesco climb

  13. Cannero colle

  14. Cannobina

  15. Lembregogno Climb

  16. Porto Ronco - Bellavista

  17. Segletta

  18. Piancavallo

  19. Monterosso

  20. Alpe di Neggia North

  21. Maccagno to Alpe di Neggia

  22. Maccagno - Passo Forcora

  23. Armio – Forcora

  24. Colmegnino

  25. Dumenza - Agra paese

  26. Passo del Cuvignone da Cittiglio

  27. Cuvignone da Nasca

  28. Sant'Antonio – Cuvignone

  29. Arcumeggia

  30. San Michele dalla Valcuvia

  31. San Michele da Sant'Antonio

  32. San Michele da Mesenzana

  33. San Martino al culmine

  34. Bedero - Roggiano climb

  35. Passo del Sette Termini - da Grantola

  36. Sette Termini - da Cugliate Fabiasco

  37. Brinzio dalla Valcuvia

  38. Mondonico

  39. Salita Mondonico

  40. Cuasso al Piano - Alpe Tedesco

  41. Alpe Tedesco

  42. Marzio

  43. Salita di Marzio da Ghirla

  44. Ardena - da Brusimpiano

  45. Marchirolo da Ponte Tresa

  46. Sacro Monte di Varese

  47. Campo dei Fiori (da bivio) Climb

  48. Sasso di Gavirate - da Gavirate

  49. Strappo provinciale del Cerro

  50. Meride – Serpiano

  51. Arzo - Serpiano (top of the hill)

  52. Arogno - Maroggia downhill

  53. Melano – Arogno

  54. Val Mara from Maroggia

  55. Lanzo – Sighignola

  56. Morcote - Carona

  57. Ruvigliana - Brè

  58. Bioggio – Cademario

  59. Bioggio-Aranno

  60. The Great Wall of Arosio

  61. Cassina d'Agno Vernate

  62. Neggio - Iseo

  63. Magliaso Careggio

  64. Monte Lema - Moschitos

  65. Monte Generoso 4 km da Salorino

  66. Generoso last 5km

  67. Giro Valle di Muggio

  68. Sessa – Astano

  69. Mottarone da Armeno

  70. Gignese – Armeno

  71. Mottarone da Baveno via Levo

  72. Isella-Cicogna Top!

  73. Via Ompio Climb

  74. Miazzina - Cappella Fina

  75. Cambiasca - Miazzina

  76. Monterosso

  77. Madonna del Ghisallo climb

  78. Muro di Sormano

  79. Colma di Sormano from Nesso

  80. Colma di Sormano from Asso

  81. Palanzo climb

  82. Bisbino climb

  83. San Fedele D'Intelvi from Argegno

  84. San Fedele D'Intelvi from Claino

  85. San Fedele d'Intevi - Pigra

  86. Alpe di Colonno from Pigra

  87. Schignano climb

  88. Selve - San Rocco

  89. Ramponio climb

  90. Ponna Superiore climb

  91. Lanzo D'Intelvi climb

  92. Lanzo D'Intelvi - Sighignola

  93. Passo Agueglio from Varenna

  94. Passo Agueglio from Parlasco

  95. Dervio - Tremerico

  96. Tremenico Legnoncino

  97. Val Rezzo from Carlazzo

  98. Passo della Clava Climb

  99. Gera to Montalto

Road cycling climbs by locals

You can see road cycling climbs by locals, so you can get the most if you are coming here to explore the mountains, hills, valleys and lakes by road bike. You've probably never heard of them, but once ridden will never forget! As you will learn during your rides, there is very little in the Lake District that is flat.

There is so much here for cyclists in the surrounding roads Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Varese both in Swiss area and in Italian area. Little known roads, huge vistas and challenging climbs. With riders using Strava, there are several climbing segments on which to test your level of fitness.

There is a climb above Locarno you’ve probably never heard of it: Lake Naret climb . Hidden in the Swiss part of the Alps, this tough, quiet, long climb has several beautiful dams/lakes (31.2 km – 19.3 mi, avg. 6%, max. 14%, elevation 1,800 m - 5,900 ft).

What is Strava?

Strava has emerged as the most popular platform to catalog rides. The “social network for athletes”. You may have heard your other running or cycling friends talking about taking segments or tracking their training on the platform. Strava’s service allows millions of cyclists to connect with each other, with the facility to comment on each others’ rides.

One of the most attractive aspects to the more competitive rider of Strava’s service is the use of ‘climbing segments’. These user- generated sections of a route are used to create a leaderboard of the fastest riders, with a King of the Mountain (KOM) or Queen of the Mountain (QOM) crown symbol awarded to those with the fastest times.

You also can take a closer look at the climbs you will face.

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