Right before reaching the big meadow at the mountain top, the so-called "Capanna Don Zio" can be found. Shortly after this mountain shelter, a turn to the right takes - along slightly visible tracks - to the above-said meadow and then till the top, where some benches and a big table invite to have a break and enjoy an uncomparable 360°-view.
The tour continues southbound through a meadow, takes to a cross situated a little further down and then leads back to "Capanna Don Zio". Instead of riding on the outward road, bikers may take an easy trail departing from below the above-said mountain shelter and return by riding on route 411 till reaching a place called "Le Quadre". Here is where fun really begins: almost 10 Kilometers - more than 40% of the entire tour - of rather smooth downhill road waiting for riders to merrily enjoy it.
Once reached a place called "Duson", the downhill road takes a turn to the right and, shortly after, it goes uphill again. Those who prefer to avoid riding uphill can simply proceed straight ahead on the trail, that now runs along the edge of a precipice: the sign „Bici a mano“ kindly invites them to carry their bicycle by hand along this stretch. The following stony stretch through the forest is rather technical, but, anyway, it generally allows riders to keep pedaling till Malga Valbona.
Shortly after this mountain hut, a short stretch of dirt road takes to the so-called "Sentiero dei Russi", that is the trail of Russians (name due to the fact that the trail was built by Russian prisoners during World War I); a long descent - all in all a smooth one - leads back to Comano. This tour is what pure joy looks like!
Safety informationBIKER’S CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY
- Plan your ride
- Share the trail with other users
- Yield right of way to hikers
- Let your speed be determined by your experience
- Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
- Cycle only on authorized and open trails
- Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
- Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
- Do not frighten animals
- Take your rubbish home with you
- Respect public and private property
- Always be selfsufficient
- Do not cycle solo in remote areas
- Take back home only good pics
ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET !
Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.
The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.
Tips and hints
This is an official route of the Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage.
For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation - APT Garda Dolomiti Tel. +39 0464 554444
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentRiding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a drop your energy levels. The unexpected things also make up a part of the fun!
Remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.
What do I need to bring on my bike tour?
- An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
- Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
- Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
- A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
- Bike gloves/mitts
- Map or GPS device
- Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
- Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
- First aid kit
- Emergency whistle
It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.
Emergency telephone number 112.