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 around Lake Maggiore, Lugano and Varese.

When you think of cycling destinations, the Swiss-Italian Lake District might not necessarily be at the top of your list, so we created this map to help you plan your own rides, routes and adventures.

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. 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. Bignasco - Lake Naret

  8. Centovalli (Intragna – Malesco)

  9. Malesco climb

  10. Cannero colle

  11. Cannobina

  12. Lembregogno Climb

  13. Porto Ronco - Bellavista

  14. Segletta

  15. Piancavallo

  16. Monterosso

  17. Alpe di Neggia North

  18. Maccagno to Alpe di Neggia

  19. Maccagno - Passo Forcora

  20. Armio – Forcora

  21. Colmegnino

  22. Dumenza - Agra paese

  23. Passo del Cuvignone da Cittiglio

  24. Cuvignone da Nasca

  25. Sant'Antonio – Cuvignone

  26. Arcumeggia

  27. San Michele dalla Valcuvia

  28. San Michele da Sant'Antonio

  29. San Michele da Mesenzana

  30. San Martino al culmine

  31. Bedero - Roggiano climb

  32. Passo del Sette Termini - da Grantola

  33. Sette Termini - da Cugliate Fabiasco

  34. Brinzio dalla Valcuvia

  35. Mondonico

  36. Salita Mondonico

  37. Cuasso al Piano - Alpe Tedesco

  38. Alpe Tedesco

  39. Marzio

  40. Salita di Marzio da Ghirla

  41. Ardena - da Brusimpiano

  42. Marchirolo da Ponte Tresa

  43. Sacro Monte di Varese

  44. Campo dei Fiori (da bivio) Climb

  45. Sasso di Gavirate - da Gavirate

  46. Strappo provinciale del Cerro

  47. Meride – Serpiano

  48. Arzo - Serpiano (top of the hill)

  49. Arogno - Maroggia downhill

  50. Melano – Arogno

  51. Val Mara downhill

  52. Lanzo – Sighignola

  53. Morcote - Carona

  54. Ruvigliana - Brè

  55. Bioggio – Cademario

  56. Bioggio-Aranno

  57. The Great Wall of Arosio

  58. Cassina d'Agno Vernate

  59. Neggio - Iseo

  60. Magliaso Careggio

  61. Monte Lema - Moschitos

  62. Monte Generoso 4 km da Salorino

  63. Generoso last 5km

  64. Giro Valle di Muggio

  65. Sessa – Astano

  66. Mottarone da Armeno

  67. Gignese – Armeno

  68. Mottarone da Baveno via Levo

  69. Isella-Cicogna Top!

  70. Via Ompio Climb

  71. Miazzina - Cappella Fina

  72. Cambiasca - Miazzina

  73. Monterosso

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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