Lake Garda MTB / E-Bike & Hike
Most Americans have heard of Lake Como, Italy. Less than 150 kilometers to the east is Como’s sister, Lake Garda, the largest of Italy’s northern lakes, but bestowed with amazing beauty, a diverse landscape and crystal-clear waters. Long sought after by poets, politicians, divas and dictators, Lake Garda is also the most sports oriented of Italy’s famed lakes. Located east of Milan and west of Venice, this precious jewel is home to some of the best mountain biking, watersports and climbing in Italy.
At the northern end of Lake Garda, the charming Riva del Garda is nestled between the mountains and the water, with medieval streets and sunny waterside promenades. This region of Lake Garda is considered a mecca for mountain bike riders with over 1,000 kilometers of designated riding trails. Riva’s ancient town center features a Venetian watch-tower and the centuries old old moated Rocca del Riva, a castle built between the 12th and 15th centuries.
Accommodations for the week are at the Villa Tempesta – a charming and quiet boutique hotel located on a rocky outcrop with magnificent views of Lake Garda, just a few kilometers from the enchanting town of Torbole. The Villa Tempesta has direct access to the lake shore, including a private swimming cove – for a refreshing dip after a long day on the trails. Their heated outdoor pool is an ideal oasis of relaxation and wellbeing. We also have a fitness room at our disposal, for morning warm-ups.
At Villa Tempesta, every day begins with a delicious breakfast on their splendid panoramic terrace. The buffet is rich with regional products, including fresh true fruit-juices, smoothies, assorted fruits and berries, freshly baked bread, fragrant croissants, yoghurt from their own production, muesli and seeds as well a delicious selection of cheeses and cold cuts. Pancakes, crepes, all kinds of egg dishes and toasts come on request from the kitchen. No rides begin on an empty stomach!
After a great day on the bike, we can explore the lakefront, visiting medieval towns with ancient city walls, towers and Scaligeri and Venetian castles, discovering incredibly beautiful works of art every step of the way. For those who love the water, the beach of Torbole, with steady winds is a favorite wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing destination.
Brandon Cross, our Expert Mountain Bike Coach and Gary Miller, Olympic Alpine Ski Coach will be your hosts. Brandon will focus on developing your riding skills and Gary will physical fitness preparation and recovery, specifically as it relates to mountain biking.
Adventure sports in Europe differ from America in that an equal focus on health and wellness during activity is paramount for performance. Alpin Luxe selects lodging based on three criteria: Proper bedding for sleep, fitness and spa facilities for recovery and exemplary cuisine from local sources. You will leave Italy and return home with a new understanding of how to balance health and life, and maximize your performance on the bike.
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