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Lake Bash - Epic Gravel Challenge

Riva del Garda, Comano, Valle dei Laghi, Arco, Dro & Drena, Torbole sul Garda - Nago, Tenno
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For the first time as part of the BIKE Festival on Lake Garda, there will be a Gravel Challenge. Everyone starts in an open time slot on Sunday between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. directly on Lake Garda in Riva del Garda.

The Specialized Lake Bash is designed as a challenge with enjoyment factor, but what does that mean exactly?

At the Lake Bash, everyone can decide for themselves whether they want to do it as a race or as a tour. The majority of the course is ridden without timing. On the 100km course, time is only taken on three sections. Everything that happens in between does not count towards the classification. So there's plenty of time to chat, gravel together and enjoy the breathtaking nature of Lake Garda. Of course, you don't have to ride fast on the stages. Only those who want to move up in the rankings or test themselves, give full throttle here. All those who 100km are too much, we offer a short round of 65km.

There was also something about enjoyment? Exactly, because the catering on the route will not consist of classic Iso, bananas and bars. We don't let ourselves down and serve regional specialties - and of course "un cappuccino".


Further information and useful links

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


Route info
Route number
101,9 km
6 h 30 min
Altitude difference (+)
1.659 m
Altitude difference (-)
1.657 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
854 m
Lowest point
64 m
Safety guidelines

Safety Tips

  1. Always wear your helmet.
  2. Plan your ride.
  3. Obey the road signs, stop at traffic lights and do not ride on the wrong side of the road.
  4. You share the trail with other users. Yield right of way to hikers.
  5. Respect public and private property.
  6. Do not cycle solo in remote areas.
  7. Make sure your bike lights are working.


This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these 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, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.

Punto di partenza
Riva del Garda

The route "Epic" offers the full program of panorama and trails, but is also demanding and should rather be chosen by those experienced in training.

The route is varied to the maximum! Asphalt serpentines and gravel climbs, but also flat passages with great views, rough trail descents and the flowy finale are waiting for you. Each passage has its own special charm. The tremendous view over Lake Garda on the first climb. The turquoise blue of Lake Tenno. The high plateau with a view that stretches for miles at Fiavé. The lovely Sarca valley with the trail to the idyllic Lago di Cavedine. For experienced gravel bikers, the route is pleasant to ride and requires no special riding skills. Only the downhill into the Sarca valley requires courage and an extra portion of skills.

On the long route, the time is taken on the following sections:

1. Tennosee from kilometer 12 I 3.77 km long, 248 m uphill

2. Comano from km 40 I 4.5 km long, 230 m uphill

3. dro from kilometer 77 I 1.93 km long, 20 m uphill

public transportation

The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.


How to get there

A22 motorway, exit: Rovereto Sud - Lake Garda. Then SS240 in the direction od Riva del Garda.

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


Where to park

Parking near the former hospital (Via Rosmini) or the former cemetery (Viale Damiano Chiesa).

Paid parking: Terme Romane (Viale Roma), Vecchia stazione (Largo Medaglie d’Oro), Ex-agraria (Via Lutti), Area ex-Cattoi (Viale Rovereto).

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 sudden drop in your energy levels. The unexpected things are part of the fun!

Remember to thoroughly evaluate the type of route you plan on doing, the locations you intend 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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