A short trip to the Alps

In June 2005 we got two weeks of unexpected holiday and took the opportunity to drive down to the Alps, a long drive for just two weeks. We went to some of the spots where we liked the mountain biking best in 2000, Engadine, Livigno and Lago di Garda.




Loading up the car


Puttgarden


Ronnie & Inger


Lichtenstein


We camped for the night in Puttgarden, next to Ronnie and Inger from Uppsala, again in a rainy Lichenstein, and made our first real stop in Sankt Moritz. There we rode som of our favourite trails from 2000. The weather was splendid and the riding good.  The first day we rode the steep uphill to Alp Surlej.




Camping  Olympiaschanze


Heavy upphill to Alp Surlej


Slow going


Almost there


The view

The second day we rode the winding singletrack to Maloja, following the southern shores of the lakes there and riding a high traverse on our return.  It was a splendid outing!



Assembling  the bikes  in the morning


Passing a waterfall


Along the valley floor


High on the meadows of Isola





Switchbacks






The next day we crossed the passes to Livigno.  Heavy clouds were hanging over Livigno, giving the place a melancholic autumnlike feeling, so we only did one ride, up and across the Alpisella Pass, and decided to head for Lago di Garda the next day via the Stelvio Pass and Maddonna di Campiglio.




Camping in Livigno


Bridge on the trail to Alpisella


Large switchback


High altitutde lake


A break


On the crest of the Alpisella Pass


Passo Stelvio


Dramatic road





The Brenta Towers

At Lago di Garda we stayed in the Camping al Porto in Torbole and rode in the mountains on both sides of the lake. Our first day we headed up to the Segalla Hut via Molina and joined the Tremalzo trail for the best bit, the only real singletrack on it.  There  were some obvious differenences since we last were riding it. The lower parts of the trail on the old tunneled roads outside Riva have been spruced up. The no access sign were gone, replaced by signs with mountain bike ethics.



Camping al Porto


Strenuous ascent from Molinas


Joining the main trail from Tremalzo



Singletrack at last


Stunning views


Passo Rocchetta


Switchback


The old road  from Pregasina





Approaching Riva

The second day we did the Dossa Spirano trail on the steep slopes on the east side of the lake, a strenuous ascent of almost 1200 metres followed by a steep technical singletrack with plenty of baby heads and staggering views down to the lake.



Climbing


Singletrack at last



Water bar





Baby heads


Traverse


Overlooking Lago di Garda


Switchbacks





The  third day we took the shuttle up to Tremalzo. It costed us 15 Euro each and allowed us to coast for hours back down to Riva and Torbole. Most of the Tremalzo ride consists of fire road but there is also a  nice section with fine singletrack beyond the Segalla Hut.



Stoving the bikes


On top of Tremalzo


Setting off


Tunnel


Swtichback


Great fun for a fire road


The road ahead


Another tunnel





Singletrack


Above Lago di Garda


Passo Rocchetta


Garda is windsurfing Mecca


Cold even in late June


When Lago di Garda felt too hot for us we bet on driving to Nauders in Austria, over the Timmeljoch. However, when we arrived  the camping place appeared half deserted and uninviting; and we could not find fuel for our kerosene stove so we decided to go back to Sankt Moritz and do the Suvretta Pass, an epic ride which involves crossing a 2615 metres pass pushing and carrying some bits.  One ascends through the Bever Valley, beyond the Suvretta Alp it is singletrack, some of it is just nice twisting undulating alpine path but there are also some hairy sections with rock gardens.



Assembling the bikes


Engadine landscape


Ascent in Bever Valley




Pushing


Fine singletrack


Crossing a stream


It does not get better


Bridge


A few metres of carrying


Crossing another stream


Snow on high elevation





Lake, Bernina Alps





Descent



Keeping the cattle in


Too  interested

The next day we set off on the long drive back to Sweden, crossing first the beautiful Albula Pass, going on to Davos and Klosters before we hit the autobahn. On the drive home we spend midsummer night in Rottenburg and a second night in Sönderballe on the Danish Baltic coast.



Disassembling the bikes


Albula Pass


Port of Lindau Insel


Midsummer in Rottenburg


Our neighbours had a miniature midsummer pole


Rottenburg


Sönderballe, scandinavian midsummer day idyll


Aacross the bridge back to Sweden



We had some excellent singletrack and saw some really beautiful land, it was a splendid holiday. The major drawback was all the driving. Sankt Moritz and Lago di Garda is far, we winded up spending as much time driving as riding, if we would do it again we would make sure to have more time so we could drive less and ride more.

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This page was mounted 30 of June 2005 by Per Löwdin.