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  1. #1
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    Moutain Biking in Dolomites, Italy?

    Any one ever done any riding in italy of the fat tire variety? I'm heading to Italy for 10 days including 4 days in the Dolomites. I"m likely to have one full day in or near Cortina, Corvara, Arabba, Alta Badia, etc (itinerary is flexible) to ride something decent.

    Only thing I can come up with is the Sella Ronda circuit which certainly looks cool w/ a number of lift assists and ~ 35 miles of trail, but requires a guide. Anyone done this and would reccommend it, or not reccomend it in favor of something less on the beaten path?

    I'm not even sure the euros on the board come into Sprocket Rockets, but thought I'd try and/or post on the main board.

    Thanks
    Last edited by pde20; 08-12-2009 at 03:15 PM.

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    I did a trip there in 2006. Stayed in Ortisei, in Val Gardena. A mountain bike trip there is only recommended if you like multiple gondola rides to the top of wide open alpine meadows laced with miles of singletrack. Few pics attached, none with bikes in unfortunately.

    They have a "mountain biking" map showing a few recommended routes, but we just picked up the Val Gardena Alpe De Siusi map shown here:
    http://www.omnimap.com/catalog/hiking/tabacco.htm
    from the tourist centre.

    Bike rental from
    www.dolomiti-adventures.info
    (I recommend reserving in advance)

    We didn't need guides or anything, and there didn't seem to be any restrictions about bike only or hiking only trails like you'd get on this side of the ocean.

    Let me know if you want some more info, and I'll try to remember some of the routes we took so you don't waste half of the day figuring out the map.

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFO View Post
    I did a trip there in 2006. Stayed in Ortisei, in Val Gardena. A mountain bike trip there is only recommended if you like multiple gondola rides to the top of wide open alpine meadows laced with miles of singletrack. Few pics attached, none with bikes in unfortunately.

    They have a "mountain biking" map showing a few recommended routes, but we just picked up the Val Gardena Alpe De Siusi map shown here:
    http://www.omnimap.com/catalog/hiking/tabacco.htm
    from the tourist centre.

    Bike rental from
    www.dolomiti-adventures.info
    (I recommend reserving in advance)

    We didn't need guides or anything, and there didn't seem to be any restrictions about bike only or hiking only trails like you'd get on this side of the ocean.

    Let me know if you want some more info, and I'll try to remember some of the routes we took so you don't waste half of the day figuring out the map.
    "Wide open alpine meadows laced with miles of singletrack." sounds just fine by me, I don't need technical or gnarly downhill to be happy. I'm sure those maps will be widely available. Val Gardena might be back tracking a little far but I'm sure the story is similar in the other places, so thanks for the beta.

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    I am heading to Italy for my honeymoon and will be in the Dolomites Sept 21-24. Looking to go on some sick day rides--3-4 hours. Either something I can take the wifey on (she is a pretty good rider), or leave her in town so I can go and get it done on my own. Any other suggestions on a cool town to stay in with dramatic scenery and a killer rides and hikes? Thanks.
    Rocket Sleds and Super Space Boots

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    The wife and I are looking to do some mountain biking for a week in the Dolomites this September. Anybody have recommendations on must-ride locations? We like the idea of a self-guided trip like this: https://www.dolomitemountains.com/en...tainbike72.htm but are open to other options.

    800 euros per person for 7 days/6 nights, including lodging, sounds like a pretty good deal.

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    There is very little singletrack in the Dolomites other than in Sudtirol

    https://m.pinkbike.com/news/South-Ty...es-part-2.html

    https://m.pinkbike.com/news/south-ty...rina-2015.html

    We did two trips there.

    Areas where there was singletrack in the actual Dolomites

    - Bruneck
    - Brixen
    - Steinegg

    Outside the Dolomites in other ranges

    - val Aurina
    - Latsch

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