Mountain biking around Paganella in the Dolomites – a biker’s paradise
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The Paganella region in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy is a paradise for mountain bikers of all disciplines and skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or professional, or cross-country fan or die-hard downhill riders, you’ll find awesome trails in the region. e-MTBers will also be happy here. The region understands the needs of mountain bikers and is constantly evolving to maintain its status as a mountain biking mecca. In 2020, a few brand new trails have opened: the Peter Pan trail, the Giada Line, and an uphill tour to the Croz dell'Altissimo hut which is especially for e-MTBers.
Nestled amongst the Adige Valley in Italy, the Paganella is a beautiful mountainous region with secluded lakes. Its stunning landscapes and the calm waters of Lago di Molveno are a well-kept secret compared to popular destinations like Lake Garda. Yet, the region is a dream for mountain biking – you’ll find almost unlimited trails and possibilities to explore.
For riders looking for technical trails and downhill action, the Dolomiti Paganella Bike Park, with its three zones, is perfect. Here, you can let off steam on downhill tracks or fun-oriented flow trails and end the day on one of the two pump tracks. Various cable cars bring you and your bike straight to the start of the trails and homey mountain huts make sure you never go hungry.
If you prefer to experience a breathtaking mountain adventure rather than action-packed trails, the Dolomiti Paganella is the right place for you. With over 250 miles (400 kilometers) of routes, the area offers something for every level of biker. Combining action and nature, the “Ultimate Enduro Experience” offers a unique adventure. On this route, you can take the lifts up to the top of the climbs and then join spectacular trails that are absolutely insane for any biker.
In the Paganella, there are 27 bike hotels and twelve bike chalets to make your holiday even more enjoyable and bike-friendly. The 13 charging stations at different huts ensure that even e-bikers do not run out of juice. And, if you need to hire a bike or you do not want to go on a big Tour on your own, bike hire stations, bike shops, and tour guides are on hand to help out.
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Are you wondering whether we made a mistake when planning this tour? We can reassure you: everything is just right. And yes: it only goes uphill. Of course, hard-boiled bikers can also pedal up here on their own - but we actually came up with this tour for the use of e-mountain bikes. After all, with a little help, it's a lot more fun to destroy a decent amount of altitude.
Of the three "zones" of the Molveno bike park, the Molveno zone is the lightest. The two mountain railways "Molveno - Pradel" and "Pradel - Tovre" bring you up, on different, flowy trails you come down again. One of these trails is the "Big Hero", the easiest downhill trail in the park, which is also ideal for beginners and children.
"Willy Wonka" is one of the newest trails in the Dolomiti Paganella bike park. In the Andalo Zone it is, so to speak, the continuation of the "Hustle & Flow" Trail. It starts at the middle station of the Andalo Doss Pel cable car. Highlights of the trail are the North Shore screw and many beautiful jumps, where technically experienced bikers can take off again and again.
Spectacular views of the Dolomites, the Valle dei Laghi, Lake Molveno and even Lake Garda in good weather - this tour offers the full package of mountain adventures with minimal effort. Because the biggest part of the altitude is done right at the beginning of this tour by the mountain railway of Andalo. It takes you up to about 1,800 meters altitude for the actual start of the tour.
In the Dolomiti Paganella area there are a number of beautiful cross country trails - well maintained, far from roads and well marked. These trails you can drive individually or link to long tours. For this approximately 35-kilometer-long exit, we have selected the trails 788 and 791 and put them together to form a moderate bike round, with promising mountain plateaus and idyllic lakeside a great adventure in the Dolomites.