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Test Track Bike Festival - 770. Brione All Mountain Trail

Mountainbiking · Garda Trentino
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  • Entry to the trail on Monte Brione
    / Entry to the trail on Monte Brione
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The area of the "central battery" on the Monte Brione
    Photo: R. Vuilleumier (APT Garda Trentino), Garda Trentino
  • / Monte Brione
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
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From any point of Garda Trentino, you can see the hill of Monte Brione in the centre of the valley.
It makes for a lovely walk, but here we tell you how to visit it on two wheels!

difficult
Distance 9.3 km
1:50 h
295 m
288 m
336 m
62 m

The route develops largely among olive groves, reaching one of the best historical points of interest in the area: ‘Batteria di Mezzo’, a military battery at the centre of the Austro-Hungarian defensive system of Alto Garda (Festung Abschnitt). 

The proposed descent to the village of Sant’Alessandro itself, in its first stretch, is rather technical with steps, and some loose, fairly sized rocks. In all - the descent is approximately 300 metres, and we would advise those who aren’t confident with technical descents to ‘walk the bike’ down or simply return via the way of arrival.

If you do choose to tackle the descent, remember that this route is also frequented by many hikers, therefore please moderate your speed and give them priority.

STAY ON TRAIL: you are pedaling in a nature reserve! Respect the nature and stay on trail! Otherwise, you risk a fine and the mtb seizure. 

Author’s recommendation

Monte Brione was considered a strategic point for the control of the Austro-Hungarian border, and climbing up, it is easy to understand the reason.
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Staff Outdoor GardaTrentino SO 
Update: October 08, 2021
Difficulty
S3 difficult
Technique
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Highest point
Brione, 336 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 62 m
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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

Riva del Garda - Area Ex-Cattoi (69 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.883898, 10.849905
DMS
45°53'02.0"N 10°50'59.7"E
UTM
32T 643541 5082811
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///living.cutaway.always

Destination

Riva del Garda - Area Ex-Cattoi

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of the tour is from Bike Festival area. You follow the cycle path along the Lake to Porto San Nicolò.

Here cross Viale Rovereto onto Via Brione, and after a few dozen metres turn right onto Via Monte Brione. From here you can begin to follow the track, and route signs for 770 that guide you up hill. The constant gradient of almost 10% leads to a quick altitude gain, and the view of Riva del Garda becomes more wonderful with every hairpin. After about 2.5 km, on your right, you’ll reach a dirt road, partially closed by a barrier. Here the route signage directs you to continue straight. However, the track suggests keeping right to join the forest road instead. So, following the track, turn to the right, passing the barrier and continuing onto the dirt road. After just over 500m, you will reach the ‘Batteria di Mezzo’. By dismounting your bike and walking around to the front of the fort, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent panorama of Alto Garda.

The forest road continues up another 500m where you’d find yourself within a naturale reserve. The road stops here, so if needs be simply retrace it back to the previous barrier. Anyone wishing to avoid the technical descent can decide to keep left here, and return back to the starting point via the same route of arrival. However, for the technical descent, turn right, and after about 700m - on your left, you’ll see the entrance to the path. Reaching a cement road - follow it downhill until the village of Sant'Alessandro. Here, go straight to arrive at the stop sign on Via Sant’Alessandro. Cross the road and continue straight untile the cross road with Via Filanda; turn to the right and continue to reach the cycle path, that leads you back to the Bike Festival. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
45.883898, 10.849905
DMS
45°53'02.0"N 10°50'59.7"E
UTM
32T 643541 5082811
w3w 
///living.cutaway.always
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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
S3 difficult
Distance
9.3 km
Duration
1:50 h
Ascent
295 m
Descent
288 m
Highest point
336 m
Lowest point
62 m
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