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    South Tyrol spam

    I haven't finished all the Swiss videos yet but after our two weeks there we went on to South Tyrol. It's actually a region of Northern Italy and not Austria. Suedtirol was annexed by Italy from the Austro-Hungarian empire following World War 1



    It's one of the original multi-cultural places. The people there are mostly German so everything works promptly. Yet they've also got lots of Italian influence so they really know how to play. This extends to mountain bikes.

    We started off with one of the more eastern parts of Suedtirol in the town of Bruneck. The ride was about 100kms E of the Swiss border and 50kms S of the Austrian border. More dramatically, Suedtirol in the Western part of the Dolomites so we had views that were wonderful



















    Then up to the local hill for some lift-served bermed goodness





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    Brixen is another small (15,000) town. Its just outside the Dolomites proper but has an awesome rinkside view of classic marble spires. We stayed at the Goldene Krone hotel that's more than 400 years old; older than Canada itself which in and of itself is so indescribably cool words beggar description.

    Our ride wound through the 1200 year old town, past apple orchards, vineyards and to the base of the Plose gondola. Up the Plose we rode alpine singletrack to the Schatzhutte alpine hut then down alpine singletrack and over to the Val DiFune and back to Brixen





















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    Next time visit Aurina valley : there are many tour like Rio Bianco and Lappago lake , Speikboden mt. And the road trough Riva of Tures goes in Austria and return in Italy valle Anterselva trough and many others in this beautiful area .

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    This is not SPAM - it's filet mignon. Delicious!
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    Incredible Lee.

    I have ridden in North Tyrol, on the Austrian side. It was great. This is mind blowing. The mountains in this part of Europe are so amazing.

    When people think of Europe, they think to the metro areas and the fancy country side. But the mountains are so dramatic...and you show it here.

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    Bravo! Beautiful pics. Truly stunning.

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    Gawd damn, that's great! Time to start making plans for some overseas mountain biking.

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    Unfortunately my ride in the Dolomites was cut short when I lawn darted (on some slippery doubletrack of all things) dislocating my shoulder so had to head back to the hotel, ice and eat strudel. Luckily my travel companions took over and covered me well for the day capturing the shots and the mood.

    This ride was in the Latemar area of the Western Dolomites and led by the owner of the Hotel Steineggerhof where we stayed. I will have to come back to enjoy it at its fullest!























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    We moved on to Latsch which has even better weather than the rest of South Tyrol; to the extent that they joke they have 315 and not just 300 Sunny Days.

    Latsch brought riding to new heights of delight and the comforts of the hotel were nice for my gimpness. We started with rides on both sides of the valleys surrounding Latsch on the Monte Sole and the Tarsch trails. Both can be accessed either by riding up; by gondola (later in the day for bikes) or by hotel vehicle shuttle






















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    Ended our trip to South Tyrol by riding the Goldsee trail. Fantastic view of the Ortler Range and chances to buy souveniers at Stelvio Pass could not be missed.



















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    Holy crap. Amazing. Thanks for sharing such a great adventure!
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    Wow. Just wow.


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    Nice!

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    I've been dreaming of spending a summer in the Lake Garda area to do some kite boarding and mountain biking. You're inspiring me to get off my butt...
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    thank-you for the terrific photos
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    Bump for the person who was asking about Dolomites riding
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    Placeholder for the rest of the South Tyrol stories. South Tyrol 2012: Mountain Biking the Dolomites & Italian Alps
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