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Passo Ballino - Tenno - Ponte Arche - Poia

Race cycling · Garda Trentino
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    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino (ph. Promovideo), Garda Trentino
  • / View on Lake Garda and the village of Canale di Tenno
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Panorama da Ville del Monte - Tenno
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A pleasant route, suitable for all levels of cyclists. A continuous series of ups and downs on the trail of the locations in the Bleggio and Lomaso areas.

 

moderate
59.5 km
4:55 h
1,270 m
1,270 m
An itinerary without a single metre of flat terrain, spanning roads that are almost traffic-free, making it a very peaceful, enjoyable ride. It passes through woodland, meadows and cultivated fields interspersed with small characteristic villages. The climb towards the Ballino Pass, which can be tackled on two different sides, takes us first to Fiavè and then to the Bleggio area. After a downhill stretch to Comano Terme, the itinerary climbs back up the other side of the valley, passing through the Lomaso area.

From a technical perspective, this route is very accessible as the gradients are never super-steep. The climb to the Ballino Pass has an average gradient of 5.5%, then the route follows a series of ups and downs.

 

Author’s recommendation

The final descent passes close to the beautiful town of Canale di Tenno. If you’ve never seen it, making a detour to take in its beauty is well worth the effort.
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Author
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: November 17, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Passo del Ballino, 773 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 69 m
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Rest Stop

Canale di Tenno medieval village
Acetaia del Balsamico Trentino
Agritur Calvola
Officina Verde
Panem
Ristorante Antica Croce
Ristorante Kapuziner
Ristorante Pizzeria Cristina
Ristorante Pizzeria Leon D'Oro
Organic Winery Torboli
Winery Comai

Safety information

  1.  Give your bike a regular checkup, especially if you've had it for years.

  2. Be seen: you must wear a high vis jacket (or sash) in tunnels and on country roads after sunset.

  3. Always wear your helmet.

  4. Make sure your front and rear lights are working.

  5. Put out your arm to give advance warning of your intention to change position and before you do anything, check there are no vehicles coming up behind you.

  6. Don't use headphones or your mobile phone handsfree kit: you need all your concentration on the road!

  7. Obey the road signs: stop at traffic lights and don't ride on the wrong side of the road.

  8. If you are cycling in a group, always go in single file.

  9. You've got a bell: use it to let pedestrians know you're there. Don't ride on footpaths. If you have to then get off and push your bike.

  10. If there are cycle paths use them. It's your safety that's at stake and the rules of the road say you must.

Tips, hints and links

  • 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

 

Start

Riva del Garda - Info office (69 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.885074, 10.844894
DMS
45°53'06.3"N 10°50'41.6"E
UTM
32T 643149 5082933
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Destination

Riva del Garda - Info office

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from Riva del Garda you go uphill towards Pranzo, pass trough the village of Deva, until reaching the magnificent Lake Tenno.

Cycle on the uphill road to the Ballino Pass (750m) and then go downhill reaching Fiavè turning left. From here onwards take the direction of Bleggio Superiore: once reached the village of Cavrasto turn right towards Santa Croce to reach Bleggio Inferiore up to Ponte Arche and Comano Terme.

Once crossed over the bridge you turn right and go uphill in the direction of Poia. Carry on heading straight and at the crossroads go downhill to Vigo Lomaso. Go ahead until the panoramic climb that overlooks the flatland of  Bleggio with its castles.

Keep on passing through Dasindo in the direction of Fiavè and get back through the same road cycled previously, carrying on for the Ballino Pass and Lake Tenno.

Go downhill passing through the village of Tenno and continue the panoramic downhill road passing by Varone, where there's the magnificient waterfall, and then get back to starting point Riva del Garda.

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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

Getting to 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.

Coordinates

DD
45.885074, 10.844894
DMS
45°53'06.3"N 10°50'41.6"E
UTM
32T 643149 5082933
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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

Book recommendations for this region:

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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!

Do not compare a road bike with a mountain bike. They are very different, especially in technical terms, and facing a hill with a road bike could be much more difficult than facing the same hill with a MTB. Therefore, remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do and the locations you plan to cross. Do not forget to consider the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: the paint of the crosswalk could be very slick.

What do I need to bring on my bike tour?

  • Bike helmet
  • Bike gloves
  • Bike glasses
  • Waterproof/Windproof jacket
  • Headlights and rearlights
  • Reflecting suspenders
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Water Bottle
  • Bike repair kit (tire levers, mini bike pump, bike tube)

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

Emergency telephone number 112.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
59.5 km
Duration
4:55h
Ascent
1,270 m
Descent
1,270 m
Public transport friendly Scenic Insider tip Loop Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value

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