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E-MTB5 Monte Velo

Mountainbiking · Garda Trentino
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  • On the bike path between Riva del Garda and Torbole
    On the bike path between Riva del Garda and Torbole
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
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A tour designed for e-mtb to Monte Velo through olive and chestnut trees. 
Distance 47.5 km
4:00 h
1,460 m
1,460 m
1,142 m
62 m
This is a particularly pleasant and peaceful route along a quiet stretch of road away from traffic. You’ll depart from Riva del Garda before taking a cycle path alongside the lake, and then the River Sarca. Your uphill climb will begin in Arco, with an average incline of around 10%. After a dozen kilometres or so along an asphalt and then dirt road, you’ll reach the Passo Due Sassi, where you’ll begin your descent. Here, on your way back to Riva, you’ll briefly cycle uphill towards Nago along a dirt track, where you’ll get to enjoy some fantastic views.

Author’s recommendation

This itinerary offers several point of views over Lake Garda.
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Update: August 05, 2021
S2 difficult
Highest point
Monte Velo, 1,142 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 62 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 46.81%Forested/wild trail 33.71%Path 2.64%Road 16.82%
22.2 km
Forested/wild trail
16 km
1.3 km
8 km
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Rest stops

Malga Zanga Restaurant

Safety information


  • 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


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

For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation - APT Garda Trentino  Tel. +39 0464 554444 


Tourist Office - Riva del Garda (68 m)
45.884930, 10.844773
45°53'05.7"N 10°50'41.2"E
32T 643140 5082917
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Tourist Office - Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

This itinerary starts at the Garda Trentino tourist office in Riva del Garda. Take the cycle path which runs along the lake in the direction of Torbole. When you get to the harbour of San Nicolò, the cycle path continues on a boardwalk jutting out over the lake as far as the mouth of the River Sarca. Here you turn left and follow the cycle path towards Arco. The path along the river bank is completely flat and surrounded by vegetation. At the sports centre, the path splits in two: go straight on and cross the River Sarca on the cycle bridge then stick to the right until you come to the car park in Caneve di Arco. Come out of the car park and you come to a roundabout where you take the third exit. Go on a further hundred metres, turn right, continue as far as a small square, turn into via del Ri.

You are in Caneve. Continue uphill along an asphalt road, then take the first left and go straight on. Turn into via Gazzoletti and stay on the main road. Pass through the village of Massone, then on the right you come to San Martino. Go right through the little hamlet and under the clock arch which is unique in the area. Continue along the main road and then turn right in the direction of Pianaura and Massone climbing gym. Ride on up the asphalt road among century-old olive groves. On your left as you ascend is the world famous climbing crag “Policromuro”. The view behind you is utterly unique: on the right Arco Castle, in front of you Monte Brione and Lake Garda. As you climb, the scenery changes. The olive groves give way to chestnut woods and you come to Pianaura. On the right there are rock engravings, turn right at the junction and follow directions for Troiana. Ride uphill through the chestnut woods along the asphalt road and the gradient is almost constant. In Troiana, follow directions for Carobbi, continuing along an asphalt road and turn right at the junction. You ride up a compact dirt road which presents no particular difficulties. Keep straight on without taking any turn-offs as far as the Passo Due Sassi pass where, on the right, you can go up onto the rock to admire one of the most spectacular panoramas in Garda Trentino. The road now continues, winding up and downhill. At the end of the dirt road you find yourself on an asphalt road once more. Pass a local bar, come to the stop sign, turn right and head downhill. After about a kilometre, at a turn-off on the right, you come to a narrow asphalt road and signposting for the church “Chiesa di San Francesco”: take this narrow road. At the start, the road is on the flat, then it goes gently downhill as far as a group of houses. From the church you must pedal uphill on a dirt road, then turn right. After an initial flat stretch, head downhill, making sure to stay on the main dirt road. There are straight stretches and winding sections until the end of the dirt road. Now continue on the asphalt along via Cacciatore. At the stop sign, go on straight and then shortly after turn left into via Benaco. Continue down via San Valentino to the main road. You are now in Vignole. Cross the road at the traffic light and follow the Anello Garda Sarca loop signposts. Following the signposts you end up on a good compact dirt road alternating with stretches of cement road. As you climb you have wonderful views over Garda Trentino. Take care as you cross the road and then continue on a dirt road. In Nago turn right and go down via Europa; the gradient is steep so go slowly and stay on the right. During the descent you can enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Garda and it is well worth stopping  to take a photo. Stay on the main road until you come to Torbole where you follow directions for the cycle path to Riva del Garda. Cycle along the beach, watching out for bathers and pedestrians, until you come to the mouth of the River Sarca. Ride on to the harbour of San Nicolò and soon after you are back to the point you started from.


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Public transport


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



Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).

Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.


45.884930, 10.844773
45°53'05.7"N 10°50'41.2"E
32T 643140 5082917
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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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

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Thomas Sepp
July 04, 2018 · Community
Die Runde ist einfach super. Wunderbare Ausblicke auf den Gardasee . Ein Abstecher au die Malga Zanga und dort einen Capuccino geniessen. Natürlich muss ma sich dies erst einmal erarbeiten, denn die ersten Kilometer geht nun mal bergauf. Oben wird man dann entlohnt. Bei der Abfahrt bedarf es eininger Konzetration aber diese ist wirklich machbar, auch für Biker die es weniger tecnisch mögen. Ich hoffe ich kann Euch mit meinem Bericht und den Bildern etwas Appetit auf die Tour machen.
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Malga Zanga
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Traunhafte Ausblike bei der Abfahrt. Es lohnt sich immer ein kurzer Stop um die Landschaft zu geniessen.
Photo: Thomas Sepp, Community
Photo: Thomas Sepp, Community

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S2 difficult
47.5 km
4:00 h
1,460 m
1,460 m
Highest point
1,142 m
Lowest point
62 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Insider tip


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