Grand Tour is a MTB itinerary of 6 days which stretches through woods, meadows and small alpine lakes and two Natural Parks, Monte Corno Park westbound and Paneveggio Pale di San Martino at Eastern. The area covers different valleys of the Eastern part of Trentino: Val di Fiemme, Val di Fassa and Valsugana. This last one, with two bathing lakes: Levico and Caldonazzo, offers the unique beaches in the world with a view on the Dolomites.
All the tracks represent an open invitation to explore and discover pristine territories, at an altitude over 2000 meters, among the wild peaks of the Lagorai mountain chain, the Dolomites’ peaks of the Latemar, Catinaccio, Sella and Pale di San Martino declared a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”.
It is possible to run them for 6 months per year, both ways, clockwise and anticlockwise; they are respectively 320 and 353 km long with an elevation of minimum 8,790 metres and maximum 10,470 mt. During summer it is possible to use the lifts, open from middle June to middle September, to reduce the elevation.
Grand tour in detail
Tappa 1: Levico Terme - Cavalese
The starting point is Levico Terme. From here, following the Valsugana cycle path, head towards the town of Roncegno Terme. On reaching the church, continue towards the village of Ronchi and onwards to Torcegno. From Torcegno head towards Telve until you reach a crossroads where the climb up to Passo Manghen (2,047m) starts. This legendary ascent has featured in several editions of the Giro D'Italia. From here, a thrilling downhill stretch leads to Cavalese.
Tappa 2: Cavalese - Moena
This tour leeds 360° round of the Latemar massif and offers impressive and unforgettable views. The starting point is Cavalese, than you reach Predazzo on the cycle path, ( where the Latemar cable car brings us to the Feudo pass ( 2,200 mt ), in the Fiemme Obereggen ski area. The tour then reaches the Carezza lake, a pearl in the midst of pine trees, in its still waters it reflects the peaks of the Rosengarten. From Karerpass it goes downhill again returning to Moena.
Tappa 3: Moena – Moena
Starting from Moena, you follow the cycling path up to Pozza di Fassa and then reach the beginning of Val San Nicolò. Ride initially along a dirt road and then along a path and reach the Jumela valley, ride further along the valley to reach Sela Brunech (2,419 mt). The route takes you down to the Ciampac plain (good selection of restaurants) from where, following the Tour 2007 signs, you ride down to Canazei and right after Mazzin, on the cycling path. From Mazzin, follow the Tour 2008 signs which leads you to Moncion first and the Gardeccia hollow shortly after. It goes back down to the valley, passing through the hamlet of Pera and after to get back to Moena along the cycling path.
Tappa 4: Moena – S.mart
The starting point is Moena, from here the route reaches the station of the Lusia lift. Here you can choose whether to use the cable car or to take a demanding uphill of 8 km and 1000 mt of height difference till Le Cune. Le Cune is a wonderful panoramic view on the Fassa Dolomites and Pale di San Martino. From here the route runs downhill to Malga Bocche and will introduce. One of the most characteristic valleys in the area. The route runs mostly on unpaved roads in the Val Venegia valley, until you reach the famous Baita Segantini hut. From this privileged vantage point at 2,200 metres altitude, you can admire the cliffs of the Pale di San Martino in their full beauty. The uphill, long but not steep, gives the biker the opportunity to have a rest at Malga Menegia and Venegiotta. The descent, in part on unpaved road leads to San Martino di Castrozza at the feet of Pale.
Tappa 5: S.mart – Levico Terme
From San Martino di Castrozza, at the foot of the Pale di San Martino group in the Dolomites, ride down the length of the Valle di Primiero and then continue uphill from the village of Imer towards the Passo della Gobbera to finally reach Canal San Bovo. For those wishing a short-cut while remaining on dirt tracks, there is an alternative route using a forest road that starts from San Martino di Castrozza and reaches Lake Calaita directly and then links back to the tarmac road on the downhill stretch from Passo Gobbera down to Canal San Bovo. From here, continue on a tarmac road to Refavaie and then on a dirt road along the Val Cia for about 20 km, entering deep into the Lagorai range, up to the Passo 5 Croci 2018m. After admiring the Cima d'Asta massif, the tour continues with a long 18 km descent which first runs on a forest road to the Rifugio Conseria and then on a series of paved/unpaved stretches down to Castelnuovo where it joins the Valsugana cycle path leading back to Levico Terme.
Tappa 6: Levico Terme – Levico Terme
After having spent 5 thrilling days in the Dolomites and in the Lagorai range, the last stage of this tour is a leisurely ride around the Levico and Caldonazzo lakes. The route at first dominates Lake Levico from above and then descends towards the lake, running along its shores on a dirt track; continue uphill to the foot of the hill on which the Pergine Castle is perched and then onwards to the town centre. From here, continue on the cycle path running around most of Lake Caldonazzo until you reach Levico Terme, where a relaxing swim can be enjoyed to finish off the day.