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Dolomites of Brenta

Electric Mountain Bike Tour

Grade

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5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

$2,140 P.P.
Italy

Dolomites of Brenta

Electric Mountain Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

$2,140 P.P.
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The spectacular Brenta Dolomites are the backdrop for this fantastic cross-country mountain bike journey. Our efficient electrically assisted mountain bikes help us climb high into the Italian Dolomites on a variety of trails and explore the remote corners of the region. Views of high mountain and alpine lakes greet us each day before descending into picture postcard valleys. This tour is ideally suited for mountain bikers of all levels of experience.
Designed to take in a diverse variety of trails, we will be using a great mix of dirt roads, forest tracks, fun singletrack and open rural trails. The scenery is breathtaking, with views over the high mountains and across alpine lakes. From time to time we'll pass through remote hamlets, passing ancient orchards and vineyards. We'll also climb under the watchful eye of the high peaks and descend into picture postcard valleys.
A visit to the spectacular Rifugio Peller is one of the highlights of the tour. Located on a sunny plateau at 2,020m in the Adamello-Brenta National Park, the recently renovated refuge offers a warm welcome. You'll enjoy an endless descents with spectacular views of the heart of the Dolomites.
Our circular route takes us in a broad loop through the Brenta Dolomites, starting each day nestled in the valleys before climbing towards the imposing peaks and finishing with a celebratory ice cream and cold beer! While reasonable fitness and biking experience is necessary, this tour caters to all regular riders.

Highlights

  • Everchanging mountain scenery
  • Scrumptious polenta and stew at the best little refuge of the Dolomites
  • Gazing over the most famous peaks of the Dolomites
  • Rolling through alpine pastures
  • A lakeside gelato in Riva del Garda
  • Biking through beech forests and flower filled meadows

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Verona Airport
Non-riding day

Following your arrival in Verona airport, you will be met by our Skedaddle guides and transferred to Comano Terme at Ponte Arche, on the edge of the Dolomites. Here you will have time to get the bikes ready for the week, and also make use of the Spa facilities which this town is famous for. Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Day 2
Ponte Arche to Garni Nembia
18 Miles / 30 Km Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today sees a great, but gentle start to your epic biking trip around the Brenta Dolomites. We leave Comano Terme climbing gently towards Poia, passing pastures and little dwellings, leading to the forest and trails above the Sarche Valley. A fun section of single track will take us to the Gorge of ‘la Forra‘. After a short detour to gaze at the cascading Sarca river, we start our climb taking sections of old Roman roads towards Moline di Deggia. Here we keep on riding through the forest, up to Malga Bael. From there the views open up towards the Brenta Massif. A fast descent will lead us to Nembia. Our accommodation is by Nembia lake, a tranquil spot to enjoy an evening drink and admire the stunning Dolomites.

Day 3
Garni Nembia to Tovel
30 Miles / 39 Km Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a full Italian breakfast (including some home baked cake), we set off following a forest trail leading us to picturesque Molveno lake. A trail will follow the lake side, then head into town where a gradual climb will take us into the forest area above. From here we have the option to take a short cable car or ride to the view point at Malga Trove – just below the imposing Brenta peaks, an ideal stop for a coffee break in one of the chalets. A Dowhill forest track will lead us to Andalo. A great descent is ahead of us, on forest roads down to the cultivated Val di Non. Some cheeky climbs await us as well as some great sections of single track. We finish off the day by riding through an aqueduct tunnel converted into a cycle path, linking Val di Non with Tovel Valley. From the exit of the tunnel, we have arranged a transfer to the top of the valley, unless you are keen to pedal it all the way up! The hotel is nestled on the shores of the lake Tovel, yet again an idyllic location. Depending on the time of arrival, there are short walks to be enjoyed.

Day 4
Tovel to Rifugio Peller
20 Miles / 32 Km Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Woken by the crisp alpine air we enjoy breakfast before setting off to yet another challenging day. Although the riding is not technical, staying mostly on mountain forest roads, the climbing is steady and rewarding as we reach over 2000m. Our destination is Rifugio Peller, below the Circo del Peller, offering great alpine hospitality. Mr Rinaldo will greet us with his smile and some well deserved beers! For those who want to make the most of their e-bike battery, a further loop from the Refuge can be added on. Dinner is genuine alpine cuisine, typical of this Tyrol region.

Day 5
Madonna di Campiglio
29 Miles / 46 Km Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we reach the heart of the Dolomites of Brenta by bike. Leaving the rifugio the landscape is true alpine pastures, with marmots and grazing cattle. We take a great singletrack to reach Passo della Forcola with great views of the mighty Brenta Dolomites, some of the best of the trip. On clear days it is possible to see as far as Pale di San Martino and Marmolada. From here, the descent can become a bit challenging but there are various options depending on your biking ability; from single tracks through dense forest to open forest gravel roads. On reaching the bottom of the Valley the next section towards Madonna di Campiglio is a roller coaster along the fiume Noce, leading to the final climb to Madonna di Campiglio.

Day 6
Sarche
28 Miles / 45 Km Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

We start today by taking the chair lift up to either Spinale or Rifugio Boch to embark on some great trails around Monte Spirale, towards Malga Fevri and up to Croce del Doss dei Fevri. A panoramic single trail followed by forest track will take us back to Palù near Madonna di Campiglio, where we carry on with our journey towards Vallesinella. From here the route gradually climbs on a dirt road leading to Valagola pristine alpine lake. After a short section along the lake, the next challenge will be a steep section up to Bregna da L‘Ors pass. Again the reward is a fun single track descent to Malga Movlina where we then carry on descending on a mix of dirt roads and single tracks to Cerana. Once we reach the town of Ragoli the last section follows the main road back to Comano Terme, just in time to make the most of the spa!

Day 7
Departure: Verona Airport
Non-riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Final goodbyes before your transferring to Verona airport.

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The Cycling

Terrain

This tour takes place between the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites. Each day you will be riding up lengthy forest roads to reach view points, from where you embark on some great descents. This tour is designed for those who don’t mind climbing in the mountains and love a variety of descents, from single tracks to forest roads. When climbing out of the valleys, you will mostly be on dirt roads on a mix of compact and loose terrain, with stretches through woodland. The average gradient is between 8 to 10% with some short sections reaching 25%!

Once we embark on the descents, be prepared to tackle short sections with loose limestone, tight switchbacks and roots. A full suspension mountain bike with 100 to 140mm of travel is the best option for this tour and allows you to relax and enjoy the trails.

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Mountain Biking Grade

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Grade 3 - 4: Moderate/ Challenging

25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day

Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips

For mountain bikers with some experience of singletrack and steeper terrain

May include rocky features and switchbacks

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Trips that are graded as a 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips. If you have experience of off road riding on a variety of terrain, and would like a taste of more challenging terrain, a grade 3-4 trip could be for you. Terrain will include singletrack and steep sections (both up and down) which require more bike handling ability. Shorter technical and demanding features suchs as rocks, roots and tricky climbs will be encountered on occasion on most days. A day’s ride can see you on the trails for around 8 hours (with breaks) and covering between 25-50 miles depending on the terrain. If you’re generally fit and manage to ride frequently this could be the level for you.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
07/08/2021
Return Date
13/08/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
$2,140.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms).

B) Meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).

C) Full tour service including guides, support vehicles etc.

D) Unless stated at least one leader qualified in First Aid.

E) Airport & train station collections / drop-offs on scheduled arrival and departure days.

What's not Included Cross

A) Personal clothing and equipment.

B) Travel insurance

C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

D) Bike hire

E) Flights & charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable).

F) Single room option (available if required)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. To join the airport transfer on arrival, you’ll need to arrive into Verona airport (VRN) before 09:00am for a 09:30am transfer.

At the end of the tour, we will transfer the group to Verona airport (VRN), with an estimated arrival time of 3:00pm – please consider this when booking your return travel and allow enough time to check in for your chosen flight.

The return easyJet flights from london Gatwick fit well with the schedule.

Accommodation

The majority of our accommodation (shared twin or double rooms) will usually be en-suite in 3* hotels or guesthouses.

Bike Hire

The majority of riders will be using hire bikes. These will be pedal assisted Electric Mountain Bikes (pedelecs). The bikes are very good quality mountain bikes featuring full suspension, disc brakes and good quality components. The motor systems will be from a reputable brand such as Bosch, Shimano, Yamaha or Brose.

We can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

You are welcome to bring your own saddle with you, and if you would like to use SPD/clipless pedals you will need to bring these with you.

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