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
Getting thereFrom 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.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentHelmet, gloves, clothes change, rain jacket, sunglasses, tool set, suntan cream, water, energy bars, map, GPS device.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.