MTB and E-Bike routes to explore Falcade and the Biois Valley, in the UNESCO Dolomites.
The routes suggested are merely indicative, and run along a variety of surfaces: asphalt, woodland roads, paths, fields and woodland.
Some stretches require good technical skills, or at least a good command of your bike and an awareness of the dangers and risks associated with MTB. We suggest you always check the conditions of the trails before you set out, or enlist the help of an MTB guide.
VAL GARES and MALGA STIA
Tour in Val Gares, with a stop recommended in Canale d’Agordo and a visit to the house where Pope John Paul I was born.
This fun itinerary is suitable for everyone. From the asphalt road, it makes its way along paths and dirt roads surrounded by woodland, where you can enjoy the gentle murmur of the little watercourses that sprint through the landscape, and the chirping of the birds in the trees.
On this delightful journey through nature, the first stop we recommend is in Canale d’Agordo, the birthplace of Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, for a visit to the museum and the home where he spent his childhood; afterwards, you can take a wander amid the old haysheds and through the little streets of the village, heading in the direction of the unspoilt Val di Gares.
In this spellbinding valley, you can admire splendid waterfalls, part of the peaks in the Pale di San Martino group, with the three Campanili dei Lastei, a view of the Comelle Plateau, and the little village of Gares, which offers the chance to explore some local history. The more experienced can continue along the route, which now becomes more challenging, paying a visit to the long-established Malga Stia alpine dairy hut, where you can enjoy the wholesome produce and typical flavours of the Belluno Dolomites, as you admire the splendid views out over the Agner, Comelle and Focobon.
FORCELLA SAN TOMASO
Round-trip tour in the Biois Valley – with a thrilling Zip Line descent recommended in San Tomaso.
Splendid round-trip itinerary. No particular technical abilities necessary, but does require a good level of physical fitness.
The route runs through some of the neighbourhoods in the upper part of the Biois Valley, coming out onto the delightful little streets of villages embellished with the typical local haysheds. This pleasant cycling route starts out from the centre of Falcade, moves on to the neighbourhood of Sappade and then heads towards the woods of Vallada Agordina, San Tomaso and Cencenighe, along the paths that from Monte Celentone cross the Piz Croce forest and then open out onto breath-taking views of some of the area’s most beautiful mountains, such as the Civetta. If it’s an adrenalin rush you’re looking for, San Tomaso offers a thrilling Zip Line descent. Thanks to this exclusive attraction for children and adults, visitors can enjoy marvellous views of the surrounding landscape below. The most technical variants on the Costa d’Agher are sure to provide satisfaction for the most experienced, who will enjoy the steep descents and the exposed stretches over the rocks.
On your way through the three municipalities of Vallada, San Tomaso and Cencenighe, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to rest and sample some typical products in the local restaurants, pizzerias and ice cream shops.
VAL DEL BIOIS TOUR
A tour around the Biois Valley, with a stop recommended at the Church of San Simon in Vallada Agordina
Long, enjoyable round-trip itinerary. Not particularly challenging from a technical point of view, but does require a good level of physical fitness.
This route runs through a number of municipalities in the valley, offering the chance to test your abilities on various types of terrain: from dirt and woodland roads to paths across woods and fields, surrounded by a landscape that includes part of the heart of the Dolomites. It starts out from the centre of Falcade, moves on to the neighbourhood of Sappade and then heads towards Vallada and San Tomaso. From here, via Cencenighe, it moves on to Canale d’Agordo and the head of the Val di Gares.
Along the way, you can admire the pinnacles of the Focobon, Mulaz and the Campanili dei Lastei in the Pale di San Martino group; the queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada, appears beyond the Cime d’Auta peaks, while also visible on the horizon is the Civetta and a series of other splendid mountains.
The itinerary also offers the chance to delve into the history of the marvellous Biois Valley: as you make your way through the various neighbourhoods, you can admire the traditional tabià haysheds, old dairies (some of them still in operation, others used for museum purposes), fountains, frescoes and historical buildings, such as the Church of San Simon in Vallada Agordina, especially interesting from an artistic point of view.
This trip back in time offers a glimpse into what life was once like in the valley.
There are numerous variants for the more experienced, and plenty of places where you can stop and recharge your batteries, or just relax.
FALCADE – SAN PELLEGRINO PASS – FALCADE ROUND-TRIP ROUTE
This adrenalin-packed route offers the chance to admire some splendid views of the San Pellegrino Pass and Valfreda
From Falcade, it leads to the San Pellegrino Pass, using the Molino Le Buse gondola lift and the Le Buse-Laresei chairlift for the initial uphill stretch.
Once you get off the chairlift, continue on to Col Margherita, before tackling the descent to the San Pellegrino Pass.
From here, head towards Fuciade and Valfreda, as far as the Flora Alpina Refuge, before embarking on a fun descent that leads back to Falcade.
The route offers some delightful views over a number of Dolomite mountain groups, such as the Marmolada, Civetta, Pale di San Martino, Cristallo and Pelmo. Lush green pastures with cows grazing, fields covered with flowers, marmots and marvellous woodland will accompany you through this splendid, unspoilt landscape.
PALE DI SAN MARTINO PLATEAU – COMELLE
High-altitude route for more expert MTB fans.
This long, very demanding itinerary starts out from Falcade.
Take the Molino-Le Buse gondola lift and the Le Buse-Laresei chairlift, then head towards the Laresei Refuge.
Pedal down towards the Valles Pass, then along the national road towards the head of the Val Venegia, which appears in all its splendour. Continue along both asphalt road and technical paths towards the village of San Martino di Castrozza, from where two lift facilities will take you up to the foot of Cima Rosetta (2600 m).
From here, cross the plateau as far as the Rosetta Refuge, which offers spectacular views of the Dolomites on all sides, which will accompany you right across the plateau. Cycle along an old military road, with some very rough ground covered in large pieces of gravel that create the sensation of an almost lunar landscape.
Many of the technical points along the route can also be tackled on foot, such as the Cengia di Antermarucol ledge, a splendid exposed mule track looking down onto the Gares Valley, which, almost at the end of the plateau, leads onto the enjoyable Campo Boaro paths until the Malga Campigat alpine hut.
It is here that the final challenge awaits you: a technical descent into the undergrowth that leads to the Capanna Cima Comelle Refuge in the marvellous Gares Valley.
Given the complexity of this itinerary, two guides are recommended, and a backpack complete with all the minimum equipment.
On the way back, the stretch between Falcade and Canale, at Caviola, is currently inaccessible due to work being carried out
About 45 km
Uphill about 830 m – downhill about 2300 m
Difficult, for experts
Path, dirt road, asphalt, rocky, single track.
DISCOVERING THE VAL VENEGIA
From the Col Margherita cableway to the Forcella Juribrutto saddle
A splendid round-trip itinerary that starts out from Pian dei Casoni, where you can leave your car, and runs through pastureland and woodland.
Along a pleasant woodland road that passes by the Malga Venegia, Malga Venegiota, Baita Segantini and Malga Juribello mountain huts, you can admire the Cima di Val Grande and Cima della Vezzana peaks, surrounded by smaller pinnacles, as well as the small Travignolo glacier.
During the route, you will have plenty of opportunities to stop off for something to eat and drink in the numerous alpine huts and refuges.
GASTRO BIKE TOUR
Tour accompanied by the guide Nicola Botter
Splendid tour suitable for everyone, offering the chance to explore the history of the cheese-making tradition in the Agordino area.
The tour pays a visit to the first Dairy Cooperative in Italy, in Canale d’Agordo, and to the Dairy Museum in Feder, with the opportunity to sample some delicious cheeses and local products.
Take a trip back in time, to some of the most magical places in the valley.
Discover the delicious flavours of the Dolomites and enjoy pedalling through the Val del Biois.