741. Dos de le strie
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Strada del “Pil”Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
A technically very easy tour, starting and finishing in Tenno. Mostly on asphalt, the route can be enjoyed with a gravel bike instead of a Mountain Bike.
Starting from the highest point along the whole route, i.e. the village of Tenno. You will contend first with the descent, then the ascent: drawing a ring around the cliff on which Tenno Castle stands. The closure of a passage in the valley of the Dos delle Strie has forced a partial modification of the route, depriving it of a short - but enjoyable part of gravel road. From a technical point of view, this route is accessible to practically everyone. It is only the gradient in the first part of the ascent, exceeding 10%, which could prove to be a challenge for some.
Strie means witches, who probably lived isolated in the woods..
- Always wear your helmet.
- Plan your ride.
- You share the trail with other users. Yield right of way to hikers.
- Let your speed be determined by your experience.
- Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect.
- Cycle only on authorized and open trails.
- Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further.
- Respect public and private property.
- Always be self-sufficient.
- Do not cycle solo in remote areas.
This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason, we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.
Tips and hints
For more information on routes, bike services (rentals, workshops, shops) and cycling friendly accommodation: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444
The starting point of the route has been positioned at the crossroads in front of Tenno Castle. Following the clear directions for route 741 near the car park, leave in the direction of Pranzo. Continue straight onto via dei Molini, until you meet the provincial road on the other side of the wide valley. Keeping left at the stop sign, proceed downhill following two hairpin bends. Then, on the long straight, paying attention when crossing the road - take the gravel road on your left for the provincial road to Deva. Continue downhill, turning immediately left, and following the clear directions, descend to the bottom of the valley surrounded by olive trees. At the end of the descent, turn left and pass an old church. Keep left at the main road junction in Varone and a short distance away at the next intersection regulated by a traffic light, turn immediately right.
Along this stretch of route, you are not supported by signage, but it is easy enough to navigate. When you reach the church in the centre of Varone, the road bends to the left. Follow it leaving the building behind you, and at the next junction turn right. Continue to the next stop at the intersection with Via Venezia. Turn left here following the road until you reach Hotel Varone. The route is not signposted here, however you can make use of the S.A.T signs with directions to Tenno.
Just past the hotel, take the right fork up to join the main road to Tenno. Cross it continuing your ascent onto Via dei Capitelli, where you will find the route signage. The gradient is quite challenging up to the village of Cologna, which you traverse to once again meet the main road to Tenno. Travelling uphill, for a few hundred metres you will meet the start of the cycle path to Volta di No. Once in Volta di No, continue straight near to a hairpin bend and, after a few dozen meters, turn left, following the route signs. Still climbing, you will find yourself on the beautiful ‘Pil’ road. The terrain here is at times a bit rough but the gradient isn’t too bad and the view is pleasant to say the least. At the end of this gravel road, you’ll meet a secondary paved road - continue to the left, quickly finding Tenno Castle, the start point.
Tenno is connected by the intercity bus line 211 (Riva del Garda - Tenno - Fiavè - Ponte Arche).
Attention! Buses are not very frequent!
Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.
Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.
Parking in the village of Tenno in Via dei Laghi, near the playground.
Author’s map recommendations
Garda Trentino BIKE Map – Available in the info points of Garda Trentino (Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Ledro, Comano Terme)
Riding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a sudden drop in your energy levels. The unexpected things are part of the fun!
Remember to thoroughly evaluate the type of route you plan on doing, the locations you intend to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.
What do I need to bring on my bike tour?
- An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
- Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
- Waterproof / Windproof jacket
- A spare top / spare socks (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold).
- Bike gloves/mitts
- Map or GPS device
- Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
- Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
- First aid kit
- Emergency whistle
It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.
Emergency telephone number 112.
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