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Discover the wonders of Italy’s Valle Sabbia from your mountain bike

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Discover the wonders of Italy’s Valle Sabbia from your mountain bike

Mountain Biking Collection by Nicola Amadini

13

Tours

55:23 h

306 mi

65,700 ft

This Collection has 13 circular itineraries that take you to some of the most beautiful places in the Upper Valle Sabbia (Vestone, Bagolino, Anfo, Capovalle) in Italy. You can expect breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable rides.

The Valle Sabbia’s variety makes it an outdoor paradise in all seasons. Landscapes range from rocky crags to the sandy shores of Lake Garda, from pre–Alpine peaks to Karst plateau caves, from torrents to villages and military forts – there’s something for everyone here.

The proposed itineraries have around 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) of climbing, spread out over an average distance of 40 kilometres (25 mi) per Tour. You don’t ascend more than 2,000 metres (6,500 ft) above sea level on any route.

These rides are ideal for people who enjoy cycling through nature and spending long days exploring mountains and lakes, rather than seeking out technical passages and tough climbs.

The best time to visit Val Sabbia on two wheels is autumn, spring and summer. But, given the relatively low altitudes, you can even ride the trails in winter. If you do, I recommend checking the snow conditions before you set off.

You find places to refuel along all the Tours: traditional mountain huts and alpine pastures welcome you with local cuisine and make sure you leave with a full stomach and water bottle, so you can tackle any demanding climbs.

If time allows, you can travel to the Valle Sabbia in the most sustainable way – by bicycle along the Greenway Valli Resilienti cycle path. Trains and buses are also convenient: Brescia has a train station with many daily connections to Milan (Central Station and Porta Garibaldi Station) and Verona. At the SIA bus station in Brescia (a stone's throw from the railway station), buses leave for Valle Sabbia. The most frequent connections are the Brescia–Vestone line and the Brescia–Bagolino line to reach the upper valley (visit arriva.it for up-to-date timetables).

If you can't avoid using your car, exit the motorway at Brescia Est or, if you’re coming from the north, at Trento.

The ideal bike for exploring these places is a mountain bike that can tackle the climbs without losing the fun on the descent. A front suspension bike is more than enough to enjoy most Tours, whist a full suspension bike is recommended for some to give you more confidence on the technical trails.

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    Between Valle Sabbia and upper Garda Bresciano – the wonders of Valle Sabbia from your mountain bike

    Difficult
    05:06
    26.7 mi
    5.2 mph
    5,600 ft
    5,625 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour proposal is a ring with departure and arrival in Capovalle, a village still linked to mountain traditions which, as the name suggests, marks the beginning of the Sabbia Valley, between the basin of Lake Idro and that of Lake Garda. Capovalle was the scene of bloody battles during the First

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  • Difficult
    05:24
    29.0 mi
    5.4 mph
    5,325 ft
    5,300 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Tour begins in Nozza di Vestone, which is also the arrival point of this circular itinerary. You may have already heard of this small town because of its magnificent rock cliff - the Rocca di Nozza - and the church of Santo Stefano, which dominates the cliff, or because of the beauty of the surrounding

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  • Difficult
    04:22
    23.1 mi
    5.3 mph
    5,375 ft
    5,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The loop itinerary that I propose today starts from Pieve Vecchia di Idro, which overlooks the lake of the same name - Lake Idro - of glacial origin.

    

    Like the other tours presented in this Collection, the first part is uphill: "Those who start well are already halfway through", don't you say so? You can

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  • Difficult
    04:50
    27.0 mi
    5.6 mph
    5,375 ft
    5,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour proposal is a ring with departure and arrival in Anfo - one of the most beautiful Valsabbine towns overlooking Lake Idro, of glacial origin. The town is known for the splendid Rocca d'Anfo, a military fortification dating back to the Napoleonic era, the largest in Italy (50 hectares). The fortress

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  • Difficult
    04:57
    29.2 mi
    5.9 mph
    5,550 ft
    5,550 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The tour begins and ends in Pieve Vecchia di Idro, which overlooks the lake of the same name - Lake Idro - of glacial origin. The start is perfect for warming up your muscles before tackling the climbs planned for the day: the first twelve kilometers are flat and almost entirely on a cycle / pedestrian

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  • Difficult
    02:26
    12.2 mi
    5.0 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Tour begins in Vestone, which is also the arrival point of this circular itinerary. You may have already heard of this small town because of the magnificent rock cliff - the Rocca di Nozza - a few kilometers away and the church of Santo Stefano, which dominates the cliff, or for the beauty of the

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  • Difficult
    03:20
    19.2 mi
    5.8 mph
    4,175 ft
    4,175 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Tour begins and ends in Vesta, a beautiful lakeside village that is reflected on the intense blue surface of Lake Idro, of glacial origin. The first five flat kilometers on the eastern shore are really useful for warming up the engines and enjoying a ride next to the water. Don't be impatient, the

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  • Difficult
    07:43
    47.3 mi
    6.1 mph
    8,650 ft
    8,650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The starting and ending point for this ring tour is Bagolino, one of the most folkloristic villages in Italy, famous for its Carnival: once a year the streets of this medieval gem come alive with dancers, musicians and typical masks (the “Maschér), for an event that attracts adults and children. In addition

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  • Difficult
    04:08
    20.3 mi
    4.9 mph
    5,175 ft
    5,200 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Tour begins in Pertica Alta (or Pèrtega Alta in the Brescia dialect that you will hear speaking to the few inhabitants of this small scattered town), which is also the arrival point of the beautiful circular itinerary that I propose to you. The name recalls an ancient Lombard tradition, according

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  • Difficult
    01:55
    16.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    4,175 ft
    4,175 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting and finishing point of this ring tour is a small town west of Lake Idro, Pertica Bassa, which now has only 500 inhabitants but is incredibly active on the cultural side: it is home to a historic sculpture workshop and welcomes every year several art installations.

    

    Do not be fooled by the

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  • Difficult
    02:54
    11.7 mi
    4.0 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,600 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This Tour is designed for expert cyclists and cyclists, who can count on good endurance and good technical skills downhill: it is a great challenge, which will give you great satisfaction!

    

    To start immediately with the right determination, tackle the climb from Vesta - the starting and ending point of

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  • Difficult
    02:51
    16.1 mi
    5.7 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour begins and ends in the small town of Agnosine (Gnùsen, in Brescia dialect), south of Lake Idro but still part of the Valle Sabbia Mountain Community. This beautiful area is called "Conca d'Oro" and the Vrenda river flows here.

    

    The itinerary does not have an exaggerated distance (about 26 km

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    28.6 mi
    5.2 mph
    6,150 ft
    6,150 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This Tour is undoubtedly one of the most evocative of this Collection.

    

    Park in Capovalle, a village still linked to mountain traditions which - as the name suggests - marks the beginning of the Sabbia Valley, between the basin of Lake Idro and that of Lake Garda. The town was the scene of bloody battles

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    306 mi
  • Duration
    55:23 h
  • Elevation
    65,700 ft

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