Cycling Holidays in the Dolomites
The goal you have long dreamed of is at a dizzying 3000 metres, to be reached whatever it costs
The Dolomites… even the sound of this mystical name evokes the idea of impossible challenges in places where humans can barely survive: a land where the winters are bitterly cold and Nature herself is pitiless.
The Dolomites are not “Alps” as we know them; they are in fact a distinct group, quite different in their structure and incredibly awe-inspiring, with great peaks soaring to over 3000 metres.
The itineraries you can follow on these roads are some of the most stupendous in Europe, and there are few mountains in the world which offer you such amazing and evocative views as you find amongst these peaks.
Everywhere you go, whether up at high altitude or amongst the little villages nestling in the clefts between the mountains, you are aware of the omnipresent relationship between man and his chosen surroundings.
Huge expanses of lush green fields stretch up to the lower slopes, where the meadows give way to rocks.
Crystal-clear streams and pastures for grazing herds tempt hikers through this territory to stop and sample the delicious products, still generally consumed by the local people.
There is immense satisfaction in finally reaching a mountain hut, either on foot or by bike: a feeling of achievement which is hard to understand if you do not do it yourself.
Where to ride
Dolomites Val di Fiemme
For those who like adventure by mountain biking and want to program some off-road racing weekends with an agonistic shiver more than the quiet mountain bike excursions in Trentino, the most exciting proposal is that of the Trentino mountain bike circuit. The circuit is usually developed on seven stages and includes: Val di Non Bike of Cavareno, The Vecia Ferrovia of Molina di Fiemme, Polartec Val di Fassa Bike and 3T Bike of Telve Valsugana.READ ALL
These are interspersed the 1000 Grobbe Lavarone, Lessinia Bike Sega of Ala and Val di Fassa Bike Moena. Some of these races have become an institution. The challenge is like to attend them all seven or so in a year. Which means, to contribute to the final classification of a circuit for MTB among the most popular and well-organized racing calendar on the fat tires in Italy.
The paths of these races retrace the routes by mountain bike that can develop for hundreds of kilometers in the single province of Trento: there is something for everyone from challenging tracks for lovers of tough climbs, to the more gentles, full of ups and downs that, however can also satisfy the amateurs. To make better appreciate this series of events, the facilities of Trentino, very suitable for biking: equipped and very hospitable facilities, accustomed to tourism by bike or mountain bike that can easily find hotels that know the needs of bikers and of the bicycle lovers and also know how to handle all the equipment of the two wheels.CLOSE
With its breathtaking surroundings – a mix of verdant landscapes and quaint Alpine villages, framed by majestic peaks that soar into the clear blue skies – the area around Sesto (Sexten) is a true paradise for bike lovers. Options abound for adventures on 2 wheels: from the mountain passes of the Dolomites to the classic road bike routes, and from the family-friendly Val Pusteria Cycle Route to the legendary StonemanTrail, a 120-km MTB crescendo with over 4,000 metres of elevation gain!READ ALL
If you thrive on competition, you’re in the right place! The area hosts a number of cycling events, including the famed Dolomiti Superbike.
There is also no shortage of thrills for fans of Enduro, with the new “Orto del Toro” trail offering stunning views onto the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, and the Enduro Single Trail Tour, 4,500 metres of elevation gap and 5 different lifts, entirely on single-track.CLOSE
History and Culture
Cycling along the Trentino Garda Lake
One of the best ways to discover the beautiful landscape and territory of the Garda Lake is to run its coast on bike.
Long tours on bike, alone or with friends, are in fact the ideal to enjoy the natural beauties of the greater Italian lake, characterized by beautiful landscapes.
Without the overcrowding typical of the summer months, the Garda Lake offers in this season to cyclists the best conditions to visit its territory. Along the run, you can stop and relax yourself in the many restaurants or pizzerias, where to taste regional cooking and sip a glass of good local wine, like the red Marzemino or the white Nosiola. To welcome you with their traditional hospitality you will find the Italy Bike Hotels, specialized in services for cyclists, and where you will find also important suggestions about the bike runs more interesting.CLOSE
Because of its geographical position the culture of the Trentino-Alto-Adigehas been tinted by many different populations.
Trento and Bolzano are the main cities: the first is situated on the river Adige, an historic point of encounter between the Latin civilisation and that of the German, this area keeps alive many cultural traditions and conserves artistic testimony of medieval times; in that of the second one can see a very colourful atmosphere mostly in its historic center, around the road of the Portici.
Levico Terme, on the lake, offers relaxing stays in its thermal baths. Nearby Malè (Val di Sole) there is Caldes with a medieval castle with a famous trentino legend. From Torbole, on the Garda Lake to a visit to the marmitte dei Giganti, an interesting phenomena of the Ice Age. San Virgilio, a typical town of the alto atesino, it is found nearby Brunico, the main city of the Pusteria, with its characteristic historic center with its houses crowned with bells and its beautiful Castle. CLOSE
Trentino’s cuisine among wines and lake-fish
Also with the support of a lot of “official” gastronomic runs, Trentino’s regional cooking is often more appreciated by the tourist that in every season crowd this beautiful region in the northeast of Italy.
A lot of typical restaurants present in their menus some best traditional dishes to economic prices to combine with good local wines.
Here the best is the fish, season with the good extravirgin Oil of Garda among the best of the whole Italian territory. A lot of olive-groves make a beautiful show firstly in Riva del Garda, in the centre of Coast of Oil so loved by writers and poets of every time. On Garda coast and surrounding hills they also grow good grapes base of prestigious wines as Marzemino and Teroldego (red) and the white Nosiola, from which a good grappa is also made.
To north of Riva del Garda, near Termeno, the white Gewurztraminer conquered the taste of wine lovers, while in the south, on Eastern Gardesana there is the typical production area of Bardolino and Valpolicella, red wines to combine with important dishes. Among mountain and lake specialties, Trentino and its regional cooking represent a tempting proposal for your next holidays. CLOSE