Leaving the Ronda Grande route at Malga Vigo, the Ronda Extrema continues to Cadregoni, Naone and Duson.
It will be the Adamello glacier that will stop even the most competitive bikers for a moment. Up there, at about 3500 meters of altitude, pages of history have been written related to the war events.
At Malga Valbona there is the highest point of the Ronda to overcome, Prà dei Muci, where on the adjacent ridge, is located the famous “Becco dell’Aquila”. Half of the Ronda is done, the trail passes from Pozza Bella on the same route as the Ronda Grande to Semont where, instead, the Grande continues downhill and the Extrema returns to ask for a last uphill effort to arrive at S. Giovanni’s church.
In Coste starts the downhill to La Selva, Dos del Clef and continues on the same final section of the Ronda Grande to the finish line in Riva del Garda.
The Ronda Grande is recommended for ambitious and advanced bikers.
For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation: APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it
BIKER’S CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY
ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET !
Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.
After the start in the heart of the old town of Riva del Garda, the first kilometres of the route lead through the picturesque areas of Varone, Cologna and Gavazzo to Tenno. Afterwards it continues on a dirt road to Ville del Monte. From here the route leads along a beautiful gravel road to the unique Lake Tenno, famous for its unspoilt landscape and turquoise blue colour. After the ascent to Monte Calino, after 15.6 kilometres the route divides at Sella di Calino into Piccola and Extrema.
At this point the Ronda Extrema turns onto a dirt road to Vespana and leads via Lomasona to Prial. Now you should shift into a low gear to master the demanding climb to San Silvestro. The path continues on to Malga Vigo (1,079 metres above sea level), where it crosses an archaeological area (S. Martino) until it reaches the beautiful Valdori forest. At Malga Vigo, after 31.5 kilometres, the Ronda Extrema separates from the Ronda Grande. On unpaved roads the route leads downhill on a beautiful sibgle trail to Naone and uphill again to Duson.
The Senter de Mez connects Duson with Malga Valbona, the highest point (1,433 metres above sea level) of the Ronda Extrema in the village of Prà dei Muci. At this point, half of the total distance has already been completed. The route now passes Pozza Bella, on the same route as the Ronda Grande. Continuing on through Semont, a final climb to the church of S. Giovanni awaits.
From Coste, the track descends to La Selva, past Dos del Clef and continues on the same last stretch of the Ronda Grande. The last few kilometres follow the Sarca river, along large vineyards and many orchards - a region known for the best Trentino wines and sweetest apples- towards the finish at the festival area in Riva del Garda. A great performance has been achieved.
The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of the trail. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
Info about bike public transport: www.gardatrentino.it
Getting to northern Lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
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, Blue Garden.
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?
It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.
Emergency telephone number 112