Heres some more Via Ferrata and Mountain Bike pictures from a trip we did In July 2011
The VF Brigata Tridentina is a pretty good with lots of vertical climbing and a not too bad hike out
In the evening I borrowed one of the Hotels bike and climbed up a dirt road to the top of one of the hills
Unfortunately this all went wrong as I headed down what seem'd like a nice trail, which ended up with me hiking my bike down a mile of steep slippy wet steps !! - Route finding is an issue here as the maps are not that great, and unlike the states there arnt loads of nice guide books to show you where the good stuff it.
The next day we did another VF - Delle Trincee
This one has some nice climbing and towards the end you even have to go through old war time tunnels (we had forgot to take torchs and ended up shuffling through the tunnels using our cameras on playback to light the way)
The next day I went on another tour with the Hotels owners son. After a long grind up alpine roads we rode some very nice singletrack
After dropping back down again we took a cable car up high again and rode some excellent non-track (Apparently the trail we were riding didnt get much traffic and was just a a sea of wild flowers)
In the afternoon I headed out to do a ride on my own, and took 2 gondolas up to the top of a pass and then rode back down trail 8 - this was the best ride of the trip
On our last day we decided to take it easy and do a VF that required very little hiking to get to the start, you take a gondal and then a chair lift to get to the start
The VF is called Piz da Lech
The next day we packed up and drove back down towards verona stopping off at Lake Garda for a refreshing swim and ice cream.
The next time we go to Italy we will definitely be taking our own MTB bikes, and will to try to find more of the good stuff !!! - with hopefully less hike a bike and dirt road.
If anyone has any suggestions for must do XC MTB in the dolomites please let us know.
Now I'll get onto planning my MTB trip to Colorado this September
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