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1805. Passo della Morte
Comano, Valle dei Laghi
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Difficulty
Intermediate
Activity time
4:10
Duration in hours
Distance
21.2
Distance in km
Status
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Pass of Death: what a name! It sounds as if this place was so dangerous to put at risk the life of a quiet biker. Nothing of the kind, considering that Passo della Morte can be reached via a common dirt road. The downhill trail descending from the pass indeed is a little more demanding, though still fit for all bikers.
The origin of the name is completely different and dates back to a time when no road ran through the gorge of Limarò, hence the necessity for wayfarers to go this solitary route - well above the level of the gorge - to overcome the pass leading from Toblino to Comano. As a legend has it, the Earl of Castel Toblino had desperately fallen in love with the beautiful gentlewoman dwelling Stenico Castle, located in Comano valley. In order to ask for her hand he had to overcome this pass and right there he got treacherously killed by a jealous rival in love.

It is anyway quite unlikely that, once reached Passo della Morte, bikers will have to face a similar destiny. This tour is very enjoyable and packed with attractive points instead.

After the departure from Ponte Arche, an uphill road with little traffic takes to the village of Comano, where a beautiful view on Val d’Ambiez and Brenta Dolomites can be enjoyed. Right outside the village a dirt uphill road departs and takes to Passo della Morte via a gentle ascent offering an uninterrupted view of Comano valley.

The view from Passo della Morte is not particularly scenic by itself. Here and there, along the gravel road, the biker's gaze falls on the gorge of river Sarca.  Emotions definitely get the better a little further on, when, once inside the forest, the tour leads down into the gorge below, getting therefore steeper and more technically demanding.

"Bicycle path" is a definition that may conceive a sense of boredom, but this absolutely isn't the case of this old road running along the gorge that river Sarca crosses in this place known as "Limarò". This road had been laboriously excavated during the 1920s and, after a sequence of tunnels were digged to shorten the main road destined to motor vehicles, this road was converted into a bicycle path. Thanks to the sensational glimpses of the depths of Gorge of Limarò it provides, this bicycle path may certainly be considered as one of the most attractive in Europe. At approximately halfway bikers are given a chance to refresh with the local specialties served by Maso Limarò, an ancient building once used as farmstead, recently restored and now operating as Agritur (farmhouse). At the end of the bicycle path, bikers shall keep pedaling along the main road, take a trail on the right, and descend a steep downhill road leading to Ponte Balandin, a bridge dating back to the Roman era.

The gorge of Limarò/Sarca can be nowadays traversed on a new steel bridge, approximately 100 meters away from the Roman one. An uphill stretch along a quite steep trail towards Villa Banale is followed by a downhill stretch reaching Ponte Arche via a pleasant, narrow road that crosses the forest and offers beatiful glimpses on Comano valley.

Route info
Intermediate
Distance
21,2 km
Activity time
4 h 10 min
Ascent
743 m
Descent
743 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
848 m
Lowest point
350 m
Safety guidelines
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.

Punto di partenza
Ponte Arche
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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