The cycle route is suitable for everyone, even as one of your embryonic sorties, or for anyone with limited time. It takes off into woodland above Madesimo on the eastern slopes where in winter skiers take over on the abundant piste. From Madesimo, at the departure area for the “Lago Azzurro” chairlift, take the asphalt road through woodland once much-loved by the poet Carducci which leads to Motta on relatively gentle slopes. Once you reach the habitation at Alpe Motta, swing immediately to the left and take the road to the upper pastures of Motta Alta. After a couple of bends you are faced by a steep climb (around 18%) , but that’s a rare taxing section on a family-friendly route, and after a further couple of bends you arrive at the Motta Alta pastures themselves. Just alongside the fountain, take the little wooden bridge where you can make a short detour to appreciate the magic of Lago Azzurro, in a small Alpine basin shrouded within pine woodland. Back on your bike the road takes you past the Baite del Sole refuge and you move ahead leisurely along a dirt track. At the end of a straight section immersed in woodland, cross over the Groppera torrent to reach the pastures bearing the same name. The more intrepid might even choose to ford the stream with your bike. You’ve arrived at the basin at the foot of the legendary off-piste Canalone, described by Dino Buzzati as “a work of art”. The panorama on offer is that of the Andossi plateau, and the major high peaks of Valle Spluga: Pizzo Quadro, Pizzo Ferrè and Pizzo Tambò. From the small hamlet of Groppera you nosedive down to Madesimo on an asphalt road or alternatively amuse yourself along the undemanding “Baloon” track of the MadeBike Park. If you opt for the road, before you arrive in the town in Via Emet you’ll no doubt notice Golf Club Madesimo along the way.