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    In pursuit of Italian singletrack w/pics

    We had planned a last minute trip to Italy to attend a Mini Cooper Festival in Rimini. But first we made a diversion to Lake Garda to get in a few good days of riding. After our first day of climb-a-rama, we were ready for more.

    This time we awoke to clearing skies and beautiful mountains peaks all around. Our second attempt in the bike rental arena proved more successful. With our plush full suspension rides, we headed out in pursuit of the elusive singletrack. This was our 3rd trip to Garda, and we wanted to find a particular stretch of trail that we had missed the previous trips.

    We skipped the popular shuttle, and opted as always to start at the bottom and climb up.
    We only had about a 4,200' climb ahead of us with a much more gradual grade than yesterday's feat. This was just as well for me, as my quads were screaming from 3 hours of full on climbing.

    Going through cool tunnels from an old WW1 roadbed.
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    You can see the road cut into the side of the mountain.
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    The path up to Passo Rocchetta
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    This shot is one of my favorites.
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    My other favorite pic
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    We found the singletrack! It was a blast!! Especially with 130mm travel on the front. Being 5'2" and 110 lbs, my bike isn't ever that beefy, so I had a great time.
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    The beauty of riding in Italy is going from Rifugio (hut) to hut and refueling for the rest of one's ride. How about some strudel with a view....
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    This is what you have to look forward to at the end of the ride! Ciao!
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    Wow

    Unbelievable scenery and decadent desserts....you are very lucky. Thanks for sharing.

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    Heres's a pic from the same trail in July. I went there this year on my way to a stage of the Tour. Loved Garda area so much we changed our plans and went back after the Tour stage. Wish I had more time there. I will be back there some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chocolate girl

    The path up to Passo Rocchetta
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    like Tibbs only smoother right? and with a better view obviously...

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    Holy.. That trail looks awesome.
    Allways wanted to go to Italy and ride trail close to the sea.
    Nice pics btw!

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    Wow, totally stunning. Was the descent all singletrack (probably wishful thinking on my part)?

    Great photos!

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    another awesome post!
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    Good job!

    Excellent...excellent !!

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    Wow, the quality posts just seems to keep on coming lately. Great Passion hit!

    bock

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    Sweet photos, thanks!.

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    Wow!!!

    Can anyone just hop off to Italy on a whim like that? I guess I need to broaden my horizons 'cause that looks spectacular.

    How about some pics of the Mini Cooper convention. I love the Mini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Can anyone just hop off to Italy on a whim like that? I guess I need to broaden my horizons 'cause that looks spectacular.

    How about some pics of the Mini Cooper convention. I love the Mini.
    Here you go...
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    Quote Originally Posted by radair
    Wow, totally stunning. Was the descent all singletrack (probably wishful thinking on my part)?

    Great photos!
    The singletrack has been tough to find. Most of the trails are old roadbeds and dirt roads. Almost all of the trail descriptions are in Italian or German, so it is very hard to navigate. Next time we really need to hire a guide for a couple of days.

    Ciao

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    Chocolate rules. Ummm, both.

    Probably one of the best posts I've ever seen here.

    12.01 AM, and just a couple degrees in Calgary. But a post like this makes me wanna hop on the bike and head out.

    Thank you, thank you. GRAZIE MOLTO!

    Happy riding people!
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    Unbelievable, you two!

    Just unbelievable!

    thanks!

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    Wow Chocolate, That riding looks sweet!

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