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Dolomites of Brenta

Electric Mountain Bike Tour

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Duration

7 days

Prices from

$2,450 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 anchient 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 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 e-biking experience is necessary, this tour caters to all regular E-bikers.

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
  • Italian gelato after a day on your bike
  • Biking through beech forests and flower filled meadows

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Verona Airport - Transfer to Comano Terme
Non Riding Day

Following your arrival in Verona airport, you will be met by our Skedaddle guides and transferred (approx 90 mins) 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 Nembia
18 Miles / 30 Kms 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
Nembia to Tovel
31 (or 24 if opting for the cable car lift) Miles / 50 (or 39) Kms 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 the 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 downhill 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, one last turbo-powered push to arrive at the idyllic lake Tovel, where our hotel is locate on the shores. Depending on the time of arrival, there are short walks to be enjoyed.

Day 4
Tovel to Cles
20 (or 28 if opting for extra loop ride) Miles / 32 (or 45) Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Woken by the crisp alpine air we enjoy breakfast before setting off for 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
Cles to Madonna di Campiglio
29 Miles / 46 Kms 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
Madonna di Campiglio to Comano Terme
28 Miles / 45 Kms 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 Palu 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 the pristine Valagola 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 transferring to Verona airport (approx. 90 mins).

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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 viewpoints, 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 singletracks 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%

On the descents, be prepared to tackle short sections with loose limestone, tight switchbacks and roots. A full suspension e-mountain bike with at least 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 : Moderate

Distances of 25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day

Aimed at regular cyclists who have a degree of off road experience

Some moderate and difficult technical sections

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?

If you have some experience of off road riding on a variety of terrain, and would like to do more, a grade 3 trip could be for you. These rides give you elements of our higher grade trips but at a manageable level with sections of singletrack (narrow trails wide enough for one rider) and shorter steep sections (both up and down) which require more bike handling ability. 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 regularly 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
06/08/2022
Guaranteed
Return Date
12/08/2022
Duration
7 days
Price
$2,450.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

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

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Verona airport (VRN)

G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Verona airport (VRN)

What's not Included Cross

A) E-bike rental (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Chair lift (day 6) approx. 10€

J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Your tour starts and finishes at Comano Terme. 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) by 11.00 in time for an 11.30 transfer.

At the end of the tour, we will transfer the group to Verona Airport (VRN), with an estimated arrival time of 08.30 – please consider this when booking your return travel and allow enough time to check in for your chosen flight.

Most flights from the US will involve overnight travel, multiple travel days and there may not be direct options to/from Verona. Please chat to our team to discuss suitable options.

Please check with us before making any travel arrangements to ensure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to make sure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers.

Please note If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the scheduled transfer windows, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

The majority of our accommodation (shared twin or double rooms) will usually be en-suite in 3* hotels or guesthouses, with one night spent at a Refugio.

Bike Hire

The majority of riders will be using rental 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, but we do recommend using the flat pedals the bikes come with, as there might be some sections that need walking and hence SPD shoes are not recommended.

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