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735. The Original Adrenalina

4 Mountainbiking • Lake Garda
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Garda Trentino
  • On the road leading to Pranzo. In the background Tenno castle.
    / On the road leading to Pranzo. In the background Tenno castle.
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - Ph. Ronny Kiaulehn, Garda Trentino
  • The old road at Roncaglie
    / The old road at Roncaglie
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • The old road at Pranzo, in the background the Monte Misone and the village Canale di Tenno
    / The old road at Pranzo, in the background the Monte Misone and the village Canale di Tenno
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • A look at the lower section of the
    / A look at the lower section of the "Pinza"
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
Map / 735. The Original Adrenalina

A Cross Country route around Monte Tombio returning via the “Pinza" descent: a very steep historical road that offers magnificent views of Riva del Garda

medium
16.4 km
2:57 h
654 m
654 m

The total altitude difference of route 735 is just under 650 meters and alternates between asphalt and disused dirt roads. Rare are the moments where you can rest your legs with gradients that continue to vary - reaching just over 15% in some sections.
The proposed descent is called “Pinza", which has featured as a segment in the famous "Adrenaline" race. In its initial stretch, the old dirt / gravel road is fairly flowing with a gradient that gradually increases. In the second half it reaches 20% over long cemented sections. Some slightly exposed points, offer remarkable views. Given the gradients mentioned above, it is essential to always check your speed using both brakes, especially when wet and during the autumn season.

Author’s recommendation

With a small detour, you can visit the quaint village of Pranzo, where there is also a cool fountain near the church

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APT Garda Trentino
Updated: 2018-10-22

Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
708 m
69 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

BIKER’S CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Plan your ride
  • Share the trail with other users
  • Yield right of way to hikers
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
  • Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
  • Do not frighten animals
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Respect public and private property
  • Always be selfsufficient
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas
  • Take back home only good pics

 

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET !

Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Equipment

Riding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a drop your energy levels. The unexpected things also make up a part of the fun!

Remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.

What do I need to bring on my bike tour?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
  • A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.

Emergency telephone number 112

Tips, hints and links

  • This is an official route of the Garda Trentino Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage. A summary of the legislation is available on our website: www.gardatrentino.it
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation: APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it
  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.

Start

Infopoint Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda (68 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.884805 N 10.844754 E
UTM
32T 643139 5082903

Destination

Infopoint Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

The route departs from Riva del Garda, next to the Garda Trentino Tourist office.
You must pass through the old town where there is no route signage. So, from the tourist office head north to the roundabout, keeping left to take the cycle path of via Dante Alighieri. Once you reach Viale Roma, turn right and follow the road to take the next turn left onto Viale Pilati. At the junction turn right onto viale Giovanni Prati and continue straight onto Via Ardaro. Here the climbing starts gently, but prepare yourself for the very different gradients ahead. After crossing the village of San Giacomo, a little before reaching the crossroads you will see the signage for MTB routes 734 and 735 which lead you across the road where you must take the steep slope on your right which runs along the Albola stream.

The slope reaches 20% here and at the first fork, led by the signage, keep right where you can catch your breath for a few metres. Follow the narrow dirt road which will join with the provincial road toward Lake Tenno. At one of its hairpin bends, keep to the left taking a disused dirt / gravel track. The steepest stretch of climb is behind you at this point, but the ascents are still challenging. The alternative is to follow the normal/main road up to Pranzo, as do many road cyclists.

If you have the strength to stay on the dirt road, continue as indicated until you meet the asphalt road again, follow this for a few hundred meters, up to the next bend at Deva. Following the curve of the road, spot the sign leading you sharp right, continuing to climb again a dirt/gravel section eventually returning to the main road leading to Pranzo.

After passing through the narrow passageway regulated by a traffic light, follow the signs left to leave the provincial road for Lake Tenno and continue through the famous chestnut groves of the area. Back on the normal road keep left to reach the village of Campi. The directions lead you through the centre, passing in front of a church. At the end of the village, continue straight until you see the signs that indicate to keep left, abandoning the other signposted directions for route 734.

The time has come to descend - passing in front of the characteristic church of San Rocco continue straight to the entrance of the Pinza descent, on your right. From here the terrain returns to a more forgiving gravel kind. Take the time to enjoy the panorama, but please check your speed: even though the path is quite large, some sections are a little more dangerous. By the last section, on cement, your brakes will be very hot. Finishing the descent you are practically at the entrance to the centre of Riva del Garda, your starting point.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of the trail. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

To reach the start of this route it is necessary to go through the old town of Riva del Garda, using the bicycle lanes and main roads.

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it 

Parking

Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa). Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths,  Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, Blue Garden.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino BIKE map – On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole and online

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Comments and ratings (4)

Nils K
2018-08-22
Sehr schöne Tour besonders was die Aussicht angeht. Die Abfahrt ist leicht über Schortter wobei wenn man schneller fährt und die kleinen bis mittleren Steinstufen mit nimmt es auch schwieriger wird. Tolle Tour.
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Henning von Bandemer
2018-05-14
Landschaftlich schön, sehr geringer Trailanteil. Wer seine Kondition testen will fährt die Tour in der umgekehrten Richtung.
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Ray Burger
2017-09-06
Schöne kurze Runde für den Nachmittag. Allerdings ist es nicht die original Adrenalina, diese geht vom Bocca di Trat über Capanna Grassi nach Riva. Fahrzeit liegt eher bei 1:30 - 2:00. Geht auch deutlich schneller.
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Difficulty
medium
Distance
16.4 km
Duration
2:57 h
Ascent
654 m
Descent
654 m
Public transport friendly Round tour Nice views

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