From Cene, you ascend through Valle Rossa, first on asphalt and then deviating onto dirt and concrete in the forest, along a road frequented by woodcutters.
From the Pass, a broad descent on a road leads to the village of Ranzanico, from where the ascent to the Ranzanico Forcella (saddle) begins. The silent panorama over Val Cavallina and Lake Endine accompanies the ascent on rough asphalt.
From the Forcella begins a long traverse consisting of ups and downs and also gentle, cyclable stretches that circle Monte Sparavera. The old Via della Lana (wool route), expanded in the 16th century to expedite the transit of Val Gandino’s highly valued wool, is a skate park for gravel bicycles, with views of Lake Iseo and Endine, broad pastures, stone huts, horses, cows and vertical bird snare structures.
Malga Lunga, a partisan stronghold and today a shelter-museum, takes us back to the asphalt. A wonderful descent through the Valle Piana leads back to Casnigo.
From Colzate, you can take the cycle path back to Clusone, or ride up to Italy’s lone sanctuary dedicated to San Patrizio (Saint Patrick), the patron saint of Ireland. Its frescoes and position clinging to dark sheer rocks are worth the effort. The route continues to the locality of Barbata, an oasis of hushed nature at the foot of severe Monte Alben. Here, a mule track, and a short stretch of single-track trail to be travelled on foot amongst the characteristic hunting tabiotti (huts) leads to Val del Riso, where you take the Val Seriana cycle path again towards Clusone.