Dolomiti di Brenta Bike - Expert
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Brenta Dolomites near Rifugio GrafferPhoto: ph. Ronny Kiaulehn, APT Dolomiti di Brenta e Paganella
Dolomiti di Brenta Bike expert!Challenging dirt roads through deciduous forests, clear blue skies above and all of a sudden opening up to a clearing that reveals the majesty of the Dolomites, peaks, hills, pastures and the slalom between the cows (and their leftovers!). Steep downhills, hands and arms fixed fast the handlebars, red-hot break disks. Sprays of water, streams, rivers, waterfalls and then more climbs, alpine lakes, new peaks and glaciers! Even more meadows and cultivated fields, apple trees in full blossom, vineyards, stooped heads when passing through the vaults of the old villages, refill with water and then up again... the DDB never gives up!
The expert itinerary is the itinerary for the demanding biker: dirt track, single track, challenging climbs, high altitude (up to 2300m) and breathtaking downhill: 171 Km of pure MTB with a total elevation gain of 7,700 meters. In addition to this there are more routes to select for those who want to experience true emotions!
1 Ride Open Trails
Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness
2 Leave No Trace
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
3 Control Your Bicycle
Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
4 Yield Appropriately
Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
5 Never Scare Animals
Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
6 Plan Ahead
Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips and hints
We begin the description from Campo Carlo Magno, Val Rendena. However, the DDB tour does not have a fixed starting point as it is possible to access the loop from any valley and ride it anticlockwise (recommended!)
At Campo Carlo Magno the Expert Trail begins the climb up the forest road that leads to the Rifugio Graffer alpine refuge, an historic stopover for countless enthusiasts who every year take on the “TransAlp” route. The trail reaches Monte Spinale, following the ancient tracks used to move animals between winter and summer grazing, towards the summertime mountain pastures. From here it begins the descent towards Madonna di Campiglio, along the exciting Malga Fevri forest track. . From Campiglio, the Expert Tour heads into the wild Vallesinella valley then drops down into Val Brenta before turning uphill again along the narrow path to Valagola and the emerald coloured lake of the same name, plus the nearby alpine summer pasture. From here the trail takes the steep uphill (bikes have to be pushed) to the Bregn da l’Ors pass, continuing from there along the relaxing cycle path to Malga Movlina, with incredible views of the southern peaks of the Brenta Dolomites and, to the west, the Lares glacier with the Carè Alto peak.
From here the Trail reaches Passo Daone, the gateway to the Giudicarie Centrali, a beautiful and picturesque basin surrounded by the Adamello Brenta Natural Park. It then proceeds on to Binio, a rural mountainside hamlet at the start of Val di Manez, and drops off to Cerana, a village whose population was wiped out by the plague in the 17th century, before continuing on to the picture-postcard village of Ragoli, graced with numerous murals and frescoes painted on the exterior walls of houses. Shortly after Coltura the route links up with the Country Trail and follows the provincial road from Lisan to Stenico, passing by the characteristic Rio Bianco waterfall.
In Stenico, the majestic castle welcomes you: you are crossing the Terme di Comano district, a lush territory that stretches between Lake Garda and the Brenta Dolomites. It’s famous for its unique spa waters, recommended for beauty treatments and skin cures, not to mention aerosol treatments favoured by sportsmen for their beneficial effect on the respiratory system. From Stenico the trail heads towards the sun-kissed slopes of Banale, with charming views over the plateaus of Bleggio and Lomaso all the way to Fiavè, a hop, skip and jump from Lake Garda. After crossing the small town of Andogno, the Expert and Country Trails proceed together along small country roads, winding through a thermophile pine forest to the villages of Moline and Deggia: places that leave an impression thanks to the well-preserved traditional architecture which can be seen in the buildings, the mule track, the arched wood and masonry bridge and in the local culture.
The terrain turns rough again with the odd tarmacked stretch to Nembia where, crossing the provincial road, you enter the WWF nature reserve, which leads to views over Lake Molveno.
After the attractive centre of Molveno, the Expert and Family Trails tackle the steep slope that leads to Pradel.
From Osellera the Expert Trail continues the climb, first on road and later over rough terrain, reaching Andalo on the orographical right.
The two trails converge again at the sports centre in Andalo. From there they follow a rough track through woodlands to the start of the wild Valle dello Sporeggio. Next a steep tarmacked descent, the first part of which needs to be tackled with particular attention, signals the start of a long downhill. Finally the trails reach Spormaggiore, home to the brown bear visitor centre and the wildlife area dedicated to this “lord of the woods”.
From Spormaggiore, the route follows a tarmacked road to Sporminore, where it then briefly picks up the provincial road. A tough climb begins just outside Lover, taking riders along a stunning stretch of the route that explores country roads. Just above the little town of Campodenno, the trail hugs the sheer cliff face of San Pancrazio which, now made safe, offers a unique view of the lower Val di Non, the Rocchetta biotope and the nearby Valle dell’Adige. Press on, following the course of the irrigation water main through woods and apple orchards. Above Terres the trail drops down steeply towards the Tresenga stream and then again through fruit orchards to Tuenno, where the two trails once again go their separate ways.
The Expert Trail takes the Cles road, which leads to Monte Peller: this is a challenging ascent in terms of terrain and gradient, rising from the 780m of Mechel to the 2022m of Rifugio Peller.
A thrilling fast descend drops you down to the valley floor where the trail proceeds on forest tracks reaching Carciato on the orographical right. The town of Carciato signals the start of another legendary stretch of the Dolomiti di Brenta Bike Trail, the Val Meledrio. Along the Meledrio stream, the rough forest track climbs steadily up the valley floor, with several foot-bridges across breath-taking gorges providing unique views over the raging torrent and its rapids. The route then leads you through a thick fir wood, pressing on to Malga Centonia, Malga Mondifrà and the sweeping pastures of Campo Carlo Magno, where our description of the route began.
Public transportTrento railway station and then with the line-busses - Trentino Trasporti S.p.A.
line 201 Trento-Tione-Madonna di Campiglio
line 205 Riva del Garda-Sarche e 201 Sarche-Tione-Madonna di Campiglio
By roadFrom the north: motorway exit Trento Nord
From the south: motorway exit Trento Sud
From Trento: SS. 45bis direction Riva del Garda-Tione di Trento-Madonna di Campiglio to Sarche, then SS. 237 direction Tione di Trento-Terme di Comano-Madonna di Campiglio. At the traffic-circle in Tione, turn right direction Val Rendena to Madonna di Campiglio and Passo Campo Carlo Magno.
From Riva del Garda: SS. 240 direction Arco-Sarche; at the traffic-circle in Sarche, turn left direction Tione di Trento-Terme di Comano-Madonna di Campiglio. At the traffic-circle in Tione, turn right direction Val Rendena to Madonna di Campiglio and Passo Campo Carlo Magno.
From Brescia: SS. 237 direction Tione di Trento-Madonna di Campiglio; from Tione straight on direction val Rendena to Madonna di Campiglio and Passo Campo Carlo Magno.
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EquipmentHelmet, gloves, clothes change, rain jacket, sunglasses, tool set, suntan cream, water, energy bars, map, GPS device.
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Buongiorno Elia, ora è segnalata anche questa informazione; si tratta, in ogni caso, di un tratto minimo verso la parte finale dell'itinerario, poco prima del paese di Stenico.