Dive into the Dolomites
The most ingenious way to discover the Dolomites in all their splendor is with our Dolomites Enduro Traverse, the adventurous crossing of the entire mountain range from west to east. This four-day enduro tour takes you to the best spots in the Dolomites: challenging, high-alpine and hearty, this mountain bike highlight is a dream for all strong, downhill-oriented bikers. Indeed, in order to partake in this extraordinary experience you’ll need to be in great shape and above all have great riding technique, because even if there is the opportunity to occasionally switch to somewhat simpler sections, this trek is still nothing for the inexperienced. Crossings are often designed in such a way that a wide range of riders can take up the offer. Not so when it comes to our Dolomites Enduro Traverse, which we developed with the ideal tour in mind: A tour with the best scenic highlights, cozy, rustic huts to stop off and stay overnight, delicious food and of course the greatest possible dose of steep descents so that you can get from A to B in exhilarating style. The Dolomites Enduro Traverse can reach a total descent of 12,000-14,000 meters in four days, compared with approx. 2,600 uphill meters. But this should not be underestimated, because although there are numerous cable cars, lifts and shuttle busses along the way, the ascents are often quite tiring, partly because the bike must be carried on shoulder and after all, the riders are on their bikes for four days in a row. For some of you, it might sound like this is just a tour for pro riders, but it’s really not all that bad…. A solid riding technique and good endurance are, however, a prerequisite to get your money’s worth on the Dolomites Enduro Traverse, and unnecessary risks should not be taken. Participants should therefore easily be capable of mastering long, partly exposed single trails at difficulty levels S2 and S3 (what does this mean?).
Best of Dolomites
Our Dolomites Enduro Traverse starts in Val Gardena, passes the highest mountain of the Dolomites – the Marmolata -, continues to Cortina d’Ampezzo and to the legendary Three Peaks and finally ends in the east in San Candido (Innichen), from where a shuttle takes us back to the starting point. We spend the nights in high alpine refuges, where after a well-earned shower we can enjoy the tasty, traditional cuisine in a family atmosphere and sleep together in shared rooms (private rooms on request). For those who so choose, at halfway mark, there’s also an opportunity to wash and dry your cycling clothes. This makes it possible to travel light and leave extra bags behind: Everything we really need for equipment and clothing is in our backpacks, which also contributes to the adventurous character of our traverse tour. A backpack with a volume of about 25/30 liters is enough, but we remain quite light.
The Dolomites Enduro Traverse is a thrilling experience and runs a real risk of becoming the bike trip of a lifetime!
- The Dolomites, one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world and a jewel among UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- 4 days/3 nights
- Difficult enduro tour on S2-S3 trails
- Daily average of 3,500 descent meters on phenomenal single trails
- 20+ cable cars and lifts
- 3 shuttle buses
- 3 nights in idyllic mountain refuges
- Summer 2018 (mid-June to mid-September)
- 100% fun
The costs for the Dolomites Enduro Traverse are divided into the fees and expenses for guiding and the expenses of third parties (transport, accommodation and food, etc.). The latter are paid directly to the various service providers during the tour: Ride oN does not assess a surcharge! As the costs depend on group size and time of year, please contact us for a definitive cost overview.
The ideal bike for the Dolomites Enduro Traverse is of course an enduro mountain bike, a fully with 160 mm travel. It’s even more important than usual for the Traverse that the bike is in perfect condition, because a defect may not only lead to unwanted falls, but also mean the premature end of the tour.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
Summer in the Dolomites ranges from Mediterranean warm to hot. It’s usually sunny, but rain and especially thunderstorms can also occur. Since most of the Dolomites Enduro Traverse runs in the high mountains, bikers may experience severe drops in temperature. Very occasionally, this leads to snowfall. It’s therefore important to have the correct equipment/clothing along with you.
For Ride oN, mountain biking definitely involves single trails and a good portion of our tours always take place on them. Of course, this varies, depending on the tour as well as the technical difficulty, but we tend to follow the mantra “the more, the better”!
Single trails have different technical levels of difficulty. To be able to classify the different levels, we use the proven system of the Single Track Scale. Find out exactly what’s behind this classification.