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760. New Velo Grand Tour (All Mountain)

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  • mountain biking trail at Lake Garda: 760. New Velo Grand Tour (All Mountain)
    / mountain biking trail at Lake Garda: 760. New Velo Grand Tour (All Mountain)
    Video: Garda Trentino
  • / Climbing wall Policromuro in the background
    Photo: M. Giacomello, North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / The forest to Carobbi
    Photo: M. Giacomello, North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / Passo dei due Sassi
    Photo: Manuela Bertolini, North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / Meadow at Malga Zanga
    Photo: M. Giacomello, North Lake Garda Trentino
m 1500 1000 500 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km MALGA ZANGA Malga Zanga Restaurant Al Fortino Bike Bar & Food
Monte Velo is a classic destination for bikers in Garda Trentino. In this case, the tour takes you over the pass towards the peaceful countryside of Val di Gresta.
difficult
Distance 44.4 km
7:55 h
1,450 m
1,451 m
1,214 m
74 m

This tour, over 40 km long and with an elevation gain of about 1450 m, is quite demanding from a physical point of view. It can be done from April to November, but in recent years, it can often be done in the winter period too. The route, initially on a paved road from Arco to Carobbi, is mostly on forest trails, with good going on the uphill stretches.

The most difficult section from a technical point of view is on the downhill stretch and it is between Passo Santa Barbara and Maso Naranch: never exposed, it is all in the woods, with going rough and at times loose. On the downhill stretch too there are a number of sections on paved road.

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Valentina Bellotti
Update: December 07, 2021
Difficulty
S2 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Santa Barbara, 1,214 m
Lowest point
Arco, 74 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Malga Zanga Restaurant
MALGA ZANGA
Al Fortino Bike Bar & Food

Safety information

BIKER’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 Garda Trentino 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 Trentino  Tel. +39 0464 554444 

  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.

Start

Arco - parking place in Caneve (87 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.916472, 10.890214
DMS
45°54'59.3"N 10°53'24.8"E
UTM
32T 646583 5086504
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Destination

Arco - parking place in Caneve

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of the gps track given is in Arco, on the cycle path in the Caneve car park. Follow directions towards the town cetre. Do not expect to find signposting for the route in the town. However, once you get to the church which is easy to spot, cross Piazza 3 Novembre and, keeping to the right, head down Via Segantini.

When you come to the stop sign at the bridge, cross the road and turn onto the cycle path which runs along the River Sarca. Following it across the river and head north where you will come to a bike grill. Turn right here and cross the small district of Moletta. When you come to the crossroads and the traffic lights, cross the main road and take the secondary road which heads right in the direction of San Martino. Before you get to the village, at the first fork, keep to the left and follow the road through the olive groves where it begins to climb steeply. Clear sighposting takes you past the crags of Policromuro and the archaeological site with rock engravings until you come to the chestnut woods of Pianaura. Continue here to the right in the direction of Troiana and then Carobbi. When you get to Carobbi, make sure before heading straight at the junction for Braila to fill up with water at the spring near the house nearby.

Now follow directions again and, after a short downhill stretch through the woods, you start climbing again towards Passo Due Sassi. On a clear day, this stretch of the route which takes you towards Malga Zanga, offers stunning views. Once you have passed the pastures, you need to make one final effort to get to the pass, Passo Santa Barbara. When you come to the stop sign at the pass, where you will also find a water fountain, keep to the right and follow the main road for a hundred metres or so. Follow directions and leave the road, keeping to the left, and you are back on a dirt track again. Now you come to the downhill run with the worst going which leads you down towards Malga Fiavei. When you come to a sharp bend to the right, which is on route 762, keep left and head towards Pannone. At the next junction keep on straight, still going downhill, and you will come to Maso Naranch and its marvellous views over Lake Garda.

Keep on going in the direction of Pannone and when you get near the shrine of San Rocco, you will find yourself back on a paved road again. Keep on straight until you come to the main road which goes up from Pannone to Passo Santa Barbara. Keep to the right here, heading down towards the nearby village and almost immediately, turn right. An old dirt road brings you back onto the main road near the ruins of Castel Gresta. From here on, continue downhill towards Loppio and the route will  take you off and back onto the main road repeatedly until you come to the cycle path which runs along the bottom of the valley. Turn right onto it in the direction of Lake Garda. When you reach the pass at Passo San Giovanni, follow directions for the bike trail towards Nago and ride through the historic centre. As you leave the town, you come to a roundabout where you turn left onto a steep downhill lane which runs through a car park. You are back on a dirt track again and when you come to the snack bar Sesto Grado, cross the main road for Torbole, continuing downhill in the direction of Arco. Once you get to the bottom, in sight of Arco Castle, follow directions and cross the peaceful farmland of Pratosaiano until you get back to where you started from.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Getting there

Getting to northern Lake Garda / Garda Trentino

Parking

Free parking slots available at the starting point of the tour

Coordinates

DD
45.916472, 10.890214
DMS
45°54'59.3"N 10°53'24.8"E
UTM
32T 646583 5086504
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino BIKE Map- On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole 

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Equipment

Riding 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)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • 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

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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • 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.

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Difficulty
S2 difficult
Distance
44.4 km
Duration
7:55 h
Ascent
1,450 m
Descent
1,451 m
Highest point
1,214 m
Lowest point
74 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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