Bike region Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi

Mountain biking in the midst of the “Pale Mountains”

There are no other mountains in the Alps which offer such a gorgeous panoramic view. Comfortable alpine huts offer culinary delights. A 1.000 Km extended network between 700 and 2450 m of altitude, 30 well signposted routes with different levels of difficulty: these are the peculiarities of the bike area Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi. You can reach the Alpe di Siusi with the cable car “Mont Sëuc” from Ortisei, but also over unique forest roads.

To get an insight into the diversity and singularity of the Bike Paradise Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi, the homepage www.mtb-dolomites.com has been launched in a common project. On this page you will find the characteristics, tour dates, the road book, height profiles, the GPS data as well as other interesting and useful information about individual routes in the bike paradise Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi. The homepage is extremely user friendly and contains also important information about the area, MTB schools and equipment hire.

The Hiking and Mountain Bike Map by Tabacco (1:25.000) is available at the Tourist Offices and at the Online-Shop.

Val Gardena is the only “Approved Bike Area” in South Tyrol!

The destination Val Gardena is an “Approved Bike Area” mountain bike region in South Tyrol. The unique in South Tyrol. That’s the conclusion of “Mountain Bike Holidays” which offers bike and cycling holidays in Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
Regions like Val Gardena that have been awarded with the “Approved Bike Area” Quality Seal for Tour & Trail are experts in mountain biking as core area. In Val Gardena bikers can expect for example:

Mountain biking safe and fair

10 recommendations from the Alpine associations

As a healthy outdoors sport, mountain biking offers great opportunities for fitness, adven-ture and wellbeing. The following recommendations from the alpine associations are de-signed to make mountain bike tours safer, environmentally friendly and free from conflicts:

  • Be healthy on your bike
    Mountain biking is an endurance sport. It is a sport that provides positive stimulation for the heart, muscles and circulation and requires you to be healthy and to realistically assess your own capabilities. Try not to rush and increase the intensity and length of your bike rides slowly.

  • Careful planning
    Specialist literature, maps, the Internet and experts are valuable tools to help you choose a bike tour that suits your fitness and ability. Always adapt tours to the group, weather report and current condi-tions. Note for single mountain bikers: even small incidents can lead to serious emergencies.

  • Only cycle on suitable trails
    Do not cycle off road to avoid erosion damage. Use only approved roads and trails and respect local re-strictions and regulations in order to avoid conflicts with landowners, those responsible for maintenance of trails and other users.

  • Check your bike
    Check your brakes, tyre pressure, the tightness of the wheels, suspension and gears before every trip. Annual maintenance of the bike by a specialist company will ensure its perfect technical condition. En-sure the seat is in a healthy position.

  • Make sure you have everything you need
    Warm clothing, rain and wind protection, a repair kit and a first aid kit should be in your rucksack, as well as your mobile phone (Euro emergency number: 112), a torch and enough food and drink. Gloves and glasses protect your hands and eyes. Map and GPS provide valuable guidance.

  • Always wear a helmet
    Uphill and down dale, always wear a helmet! In case of a fall or a collision, a helmet can protect you against head injuries or even save your life. Protectors can prevent injuries.

  • Pedestrians have right of way
    Have consideration for pedestrians by announcing your presence at an early stage and slowing down. Stop if necessary. A friendly greeting promotes acceptance. Cycle in small bike groups and avoid trails that are heavily used by hikers.

  • Control your speed
    Match your speed to the situation! Ride carefully and be ready to brake, because unexpected obstacles can appear at any time. You can learn biking and brake techniques in mountain bike courses.'

  • Leave no traces
    You can prevent soil erosion and damage to trails by braking gently so that the wheels don't lock. Take your rubbish with you and do not make a noise.

  • Think of the animals
    Twilight is feeding time for wild animals so cycle in the daylight to avoid disturbing them. Approach an-imals at a walking pace and close cattle gates after you.

10 recommendations from the Alpine associations

Created in collaboration with the Arc Alpin Club and Alpenverein Südtirol.