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Racing bike tours in Kaltern

Bike excursions in and around Kaltern.
Bike excursions in and around Kaltern.

Kaltern has been a household name for quite some time among racing bikers. Especially in spring, Kaltern offers the right conditions for a great training preparation due to its Mediterranean climate. The well-developed cycling network as well as the numerous passes and, more than anything else, the unique landscape offer everything that a biker’s heart could wish for. Moreover, the bike-friendly venues in Kaltern offer optimal service for cyclists. A hearty and balanced breakfast, closed garages, and a washing station is everything a biker could have wished for.

Tour suggestions:

Monte Regolo tour (80 km)

To the Latemar via Madonna di Pietralba

The tour starts in Kaltern and will take you towards Ora, where you will cross the centre onto the main road (SS12) towards Cavalese, Val di Fiemme, Val di Fassa. If you just happen to lift your gaze, you will see the bold road leading to San Lugano, nestled in the mountain. The ride continue to Montagna and after 30 km take a left towards Aldino.

Continue crossing meadows, vegetable plantations and copse of trees near Aldino and the Bletterbach ravine. From Monte San Pietro, you can make a detour to the Pilgrimage site of Madonna di Pietralba. Continue to Nova Ponente where the trail will then lead you to Obereggen. At the next crossroads, take a right for approximately 2 km to Novale, where then you will have to take a left. The steepest part of the excursion follows, with a 13% incline up to Obereggen (1,560 m).

From here on, it’s all downhill! Coast Ega via Ponte Nova in the Val D’Ega with two long tunnels into the Valle Isarco. Once there, continue on the bike path to Bolzano and then straight on to Kaltern.

Duration: 4 ½ h, Level: Medium

Colle (55 km)

This excursion starts in Kaltern and takes you towards Bolzano on a bike path right to the Colle cable car. This is the oldest people cable car in the world. From the cable car, the mountain road takes you up to the Colle with an average 10% incline. The stretch continues for 7 km into the Val d’Ega before the road takes a right turn to the Bauernkohlern. From here, continue to the highest point of the excursion to the Schneiderwiesen/Seit turn-off.

Take a right towards Laives, where you can enjoy a beautiful scenery across the Mendola chain and, with clear skies, even as far as the Brenta. After some bends in the road, you’ll pass by Seit. From here, head downwards into Val d’Adige to Pineta. Continue on the bike path to Bolzano towards Kaltern.

Duration: 3 ½ h, Level: Medium

Passo delle Palade/Passo Mendola (80 km)

Starting in Kaltern, the excursion takes you on farm roads and bike paths across vineyards and fruit orchards to Lana, near Merano. You need to be in good physical shape to face this 19 km uphill path to Passo delle Palade (1,515m). It’s a virtually straight road to Passo delle Palade with a great view across the Val d’Adige. Once you’ve reached the top, you can take a breather, to then continue downwards to Fondo and be prepared for the brief uphill ride to Passo Mendola. The Mendola is Kaltern’s mountain, and its summit reaches 1,363 m. You’ve nearly completed the 80-km-long excursion. The last part is a pass road taking you downwards towards Kaltern, and the day ends well dining at a restaurant with a good chalice of Kaltern Kalterersee wine.

Duration: 4 h, Level: Medium to high