Now and again you have to dare to do something to risk, for instance, that a tour planned on the drawing board involves more carrying and pushing of the bike than riding it. You have experienced this before. It also applies, however, when you are looking for new trails and wish to put together new tours for the coming season.
Alex planned a tour like that with a click of the mouse on the screen and in mid-November persuaded Martin, Werner, Tom, Ines and Oschi to "explore" the tour.
The tour began in Bressanone at 9.30 am with everyone as keen as mustard. We decided to take the bike shuttle to Mules and Rizzolo, where we transferred to our bikes. This was the point of no return. Before us lay almost 35 km of forest and Alpine meadow tracks and of course, a wealth of trails.
Up and down above the timber line
But first you have to get up there. We started by pedalling along a good forest track until the path became narrower and steeper. Those with enough juice in their legs pedalled; those, who wanted to save their energy, pushed. This is the smarter option, for a glance at the map had already shown that today both the uphill and the downhill had to be mastered.
Pedal or push? Each makes his own choice!
The variety-packed climb to the Stoanamandl was relatively quickly mastered and we slapped each other on the back to celebrate Summit No. 1 of the day and took a break for snacks and to admire the view of the Valle Isarco and the Dolomites.
But the coming trail descent was calling to us and we did not take a lot of persuading. On the starting blocks, onto the bike and the undulating trail carried us firmly downward. The purest pleasure!
This is what you call an flowy trail!
With broad grins we all met up again a few hundred metres in altitude higher and at once saw the next summit that Alex had planned for our tour: the Monte Campo Quaira, 2021 m in height. We shouldered the bikes for the last 50 m, for the final climb to the summit is really high and exposed and sure-footedness is a must.
Carrying the bikes is inevitable.
Two summits in one day - that is really strenuous. That means that just about all of the trail is uphill. After a short break we set off on the descent. Happily we sailed down and a couple of rugged stretches could not spoil the general flowing feel of the descent. The maximum.
Variety is provided by stretches like this.
Only too aware that a couple more exhausting uphill stretches awaited us on the 20 km descent, we were careful to conserve our energy and took breaks whenever possible Because we were keeping well to schedule, we did not have to push ourselves and so the climbs did not make us out of breath and we broke out in a gentle sweat.
Then the final metres of the trail spat us out, absolutely exhausted, in Novacella, where the successful day had begun. Mega!
To sum up: a dream of a MTB tour in Valle Isarco!
Would you like to take the tour too and discover the other trail delights?
Then book your next biking holiday at a BikeHotel in Valle Isarco
. Your hosts will take you to the finest trails in the area!
Foto: Werner Ebner (www.rideonmtb.it