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762. New Velo Classic (All Mountain)

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  • mountain biking trail at Lake Garda: 762. New Velo Classic (All Mountain)
    / mountain biking trail at Lake Garda: 762. New Velo Classic (All Mountain)
    Video: Outdooractive
  • / Climbing wall Policromuro in the background
    Photo: M. Giacomello, North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / View from Monte Velo
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. R. Kiaulehn), North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / The panorama over Passo Due Sassi
    Photo: M. Giacomello, North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / Autumn colors on the lawn of Malga Zanga
    Photo: M. Giacomello, North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / The forest to Carobbi
    Photo: M. Giacomello, North Lake Garda Trentino
  • / The forest road towards Bolognano
    Photo: M. Giacomello, North Lake Garda Trentino
m 1500 1000 500 30 25 20 15 10 5 km MALGA ZANGA Malga Zanga Restaurant

As the name suggests, this is a classic route for local cyclists: from the slopes of Monte Stivo to the spectacular Passo Due Sassi.

moderate
Distance 34.7 km
6:35 h
1,346 m
1,352 m
1,214 m
83 m

With a total altitude difference 1340m, and an almost constant gradient of 10%, this route can’t honestly be considered suitable for all abilities. However, one can always make life easier with an e-bike and good management of its batteries.

The beautiful landscapes that characterise this route have led it to be considered as a "classic" among the Garda Trentino itineraries. The first 600m of climbing is ridden on a paved road, continuing on to an easy forest path. In terms of descent, the stretch from Santa Barbara to Malga Fiavei is rather bumpy. However, once past the Malga (hut) it becomes more stable and pleasant to ride on, returning to asphalt near to the valley floor.

Author’s recommendation

At Passo Due Sassi, every cyclist stops for a moment to take a photo of themselves against the splendid panorama towards Lake Garda. It is a must!
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Author
Valentina Bellotti
Update: December 07, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Santa Barbara, 1,214 m
Lowest point
Arco, 83 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Malga Zanga Restaurant
MALGA ZANGA

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

Parking place in Caneve - Arco (88 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.916386, 10.890642
DMS
45°54'59.0"N 10°53'26.3"E
UTM
32T 646616 5086495
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Destination

Parking place in Caneve - Arco

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts in Arco: more specifically, at the cycle path near to Caneve car park. Following the directions, head towards the centre of the town. N.B. there is no route signage in the town centre. However, once you reach the clearly identifiable church, cross Piazza 3 Novembre and, keeping to the right, take Via Segantini. When you reach the stop sign - near the bridge, cross the road and take the cycle path which runs along the River Sarca. Following the river, cross it and continue northwards, encountering a bicigrill. Turn right here to go through the small village of Moletta, and when you reach the intersection, regulated by a traffic light, cross the main road to take a secondary one proceeding to the right: in the direction of San Martino. Before reaching the village itself - at the first junction, keep left to follow the road, rising ahead of you, through the olive trees.

Continuing to follow the route signage, you will be guided past a cliff known as Policromuro: a very popular spot for climbers. You will also pass an archaeological site with rock carvings, to eventually reach the chestnut grove of Pianaura. Here continue right in the direction of Troiana and, subsequently, Carobbi. Once in this area, before continuing straight on, at the junction for Braila there is the chance to refresh your water supply. Returning to follow the signs: after a short stretch of descent through woodland, start to climb towards Passo Due Sassi. On clear days, this particular stretch of route, taking you up to Malga Zanga, offers stunning scenery. However, it would be wise to reserve some of your energy, as once past the Malga (hut), a final effort is required to conquer the ultimate part of the climb. Upon reaching the asphalt road, follow the road to the right, leading you to Passo Santa Barbara.

At the stop sign, where you will also find a fountain - Keep right. Continue along the road for approximately one hundred metres. Then, paying attention to the route signage, leave the main road keeping left, to quickly meet a gravel track. It’s at this point of the route, descending toward Malga Fiavei, that the terrain is at its most unstable. However, once past the Malga, you will notice the surface improves again.

Shortly after passing a bar (to stop traffic access), you will find yourself in the final part of the descent on asphalt. Reaching the stop sign at Bolognano, keep left - continuing to descend until you reach the church in the centre of the village. Keep right here, to Via Asilo: meeting the necessary turn a few metres after passing the church. Near the road which curves round to the right, keep to the left to continue straight on a gravel road. At the next junction keep left, then right. Continue straight until you reach Viale Rovereto - almost there! You just have to keep left here for a few dozen meters, finally taking the path on your right, leading you back to the route starting point.

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 in Caneve (5 minutes from the center of Arco, access to the cycle path). 

Coordinates

DD
45.916386, 10.890642
DMS
45°54'59.0"N 10°53'26.3"E
UTM
32T 646616 5086495
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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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Rating

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Marco Brighenti 
September 21, 2019 · Community
tour bellissimo, discesa nel bosco dopo santa barbara fenomenale.
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When did you do this route? September 21, 2019

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
34.7 km
Duration
6:35 h
Ascent
1,346 m
Descent
1,352 m
Highest point
1,214 m
Lowest point
83 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Circular route Refreshment stops available

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