This itinerary proposes a variant of the classic Mount Velo loop, upping both its distance and its difficulty. After climbing to the Santa Barbara Pass, we descend towards Ronzo-Chienis, but instantly make our way back up again through another pass, nestled in the vegetable gardens of the Val di Gresta. At the Bordala Pass, a long downhill section begins, leading to the foot of Mount Bondone, the mountain overlooking Trento. Another ascent leads to the Viote basin of Mount Bondone, at an altitude of 1570 metres. We return to the Garda area through the Cavedine Valley.
A very taxing route designed for those who like a challenge. Three climbs for true grimpeurs, rewarded by three very pleasant downhill stretches. Those who might want to spare themselves the last uphill section can return through the Lagarina Valley but should follow the specific itinerary provided for this route.
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Cycle north along the cycle path in the direction of the bridge of Arco. At the roundabout turn right in the direction of Bolognano. After other 2 roundabouts turn left where the the Giro d'Italia race stage, as well a King of the Mountains climb, starts. Go uphill the Mount Velo for 12 km through woods enjoying the striking landscape of the Trentinian Garda, get over the hump at Santa Barbara Pass, elevation 1130 m. After a fast downhill road reach the village of Ronzo Chienis.
From here on go up again turning left towards the Bordala Pass passing through the vegetable gardens of the Valle di Gresta valley. From the pass onwards, take an initially difficult afterwards more gentle dowhnill road up to the crossroad to Villa Lagarina. Carry on straight towards the Lake Cei after an alternating of ups and downs, go downhill up to the crossroad to Aldeno, at this point turn left an go uphill towards Cimone and Terme di Garniga, a demanding climb but with a marvellous sight on the Adige valley.
After Garniga Terme enter into woods from which you will exit only by the “barracks” right before arriving at the nature reserve of Viote at the foot of Palom del Bondone, a breathtaking natural terrace on the Dolomiti di Brenta. Turn left and go downhill passing by Lagolo and Castel Madruzzo. At the crossroads turn left again and cycle slightly uphill along the Cavedine valley arriving at the S. Uldarico Pass before descending towards Drena and trough the “Marocche”. Once arrived in Dro, turn left again in the direction of Arco and afterwards get back at the starting point Riva del Garda.
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.
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You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.
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.
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!
Do not compare a road bike with a mountain bike. They are very different, especially in technical terms, and facing a hill with a road bike could be much more difficult than facing the same hill with a MTB. Therefore, remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do and the locations you plan to cross. Do not forget to consider the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: the paint of the crosswalk could be very slick.
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.
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