Choosing the Right Holiday
At CycleActive we carefully grade our trips to a required level of fitness and, for a required level of mountain biking skill. We also offer personal advice to anyone who needs it, by email or on the phone, thus ensure that you find a holiday suitable for your abilities and desires. This is not a downhillers holiday and is classed as an "All mountain" trip.
Fitness grade 3. Good fitness from regular exercise sessions and time spent actively involved in mountain biking. This is an "All Mountain" trip with a good downhill bias. There are climbs every day, combined with the high mountain terrain and full days in technical ground.
Skill grade C. There is a great deal of singletrack riding, sometimes on narrow, steep, rocky trails which cling to the sides of the mountains. In places there are options to avoid the most technical riding, but a good level of skill and confidence is required throughout the tour. "Drops-off" are avoidable if needs be.
Geography & Climate
Lake Garda is in the north of Italy, on the edge of The Alps. Summers are warm with reliable sunshine, but a cool wind blows inland from the lake in the afternoons, making it very comfortable for cycling even in the middle of summer. The surrounding mountains are dramatic and make this a favourite location for climbers, mountaineers and mountain bikers alike. However, mountains can also affect the weather so there is always the chance of cold spells or rain, even though we do not expect too much of either during the biking season.
Accommodation & Food
We stay in hotels with en-suite rooms, a laundry service for your bike gear and a very bike friendly attitude. The hotels are on the northern shore of Lake Garda – right by the Lake – in the lively town of Torbole. This is the place where most windsurfers, bikers and climbers choose to stay when in the region. All breakfasts are included. Lunches and evening meals are not included as there is so much choice and, for example, large pizzas with a beer costs just 10-12 Euros in most restaurants.
All rides are led by a qualified, experienced mountain bike guide who has worked in the Garda region for over 10 years. They always ride with good tool kits, spares and first aid kits, with the aim of looking after you and your group in any eventuality. We also work closely with some of the leading mountain bike shops in the region, providing rental bikes but also a very useful repair and maintenance service, should you need it. Most bike spares are readily available here too.
If you want to use your own bike it is usually easy to find flights which are suitable and we will send you our guideline packing instructions. If you prefer to rent one we work closely with the providers of high quality front suspension and full suspension bikes. Up to date prices can be found on our website. Bikes can vary depending on models and availability so always call for details and to make your bike reservation.
Flights & Transfers
Milan Bergamo Transfers are included for all arrivals between 15:00 and 19:00 local time. We will pick-up after the last arrival flight (if you arrive early there are bars and cafes at the airport). For departures we like to allow 2.5 hours for the transfer, and suggest that people book flights not leaving Milan Bergamo before 10:00am. We will set off in time for the earliest flight.
Passports & Visas
Italy is in the European Union so a valid passport is required, but no visa, for visitors travelling on UK passports.
On booking, a more detailed pre-travel pack will be sent to you with information on clothing to bring, money, bike packing and other useful topics. If you have any questions on these either before you book or before you travel our office staff know this trip very well, and should be able to answer all of your queries.