Mountain biking in the Dolomites

Adventurous and exhausting – but worth it!

Mountainbiking

A relatively new network of routes helps to protect the sensitive mountain region while encouraging this fun sport. By keeping to the simple rules and following the 30 well-signposted routes, you will be rewarded with breathtaking cycling experiences on your MTB holiday in the Dolomites. Panoramic views over impressive mountain ranges. Rustic mountain huts invite you to rest and refill your tanks of energy.

E-Biking in the Dolomites

At the Small Luxury & Spa Hotel Savoy in Selva we have four E-Bikes and five normal mountain bikes for you to borrow. Our Active Coach Georg Rabanser will accompany you on an exciting mountain bike tour or as you discover the E-Bikes. If you’d like to pick up some tips ot take part in a guided mountain bike tour, the Val Gardena Mountain Bike School is the place to be.

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Bike-Tips

Our bike tips for you so that your next bike tour in the Dolomites is an unforgettable experience!

What should you not forget

Clothing:

  • Bike jersey: preferably a manmade material
  • Functional undershirt: wicks sweat quickly away from the body
  • Padded bike shorts: guaranteed comfort and protection against sores
  • Wind/Rain jacket
  • Socks: preferably functional material
  • Gloves: protect your hands if you fall
  • Helmet: always on your head, falls can also happen going uphill
  • Glasses: protection from UV Rays and dirt
  • Shoes
  • Long trousers: recommended for cold weather

It is particularly important that at contact points (saddle/trousers, pedal/shoe, handles/gloves) the clothing should not rub or press!

Even a day trip can lead to remote areas. To be prepared for all eventualities you should have a c. 20 litre rucksack with you.

What to pack in your rucksack
  • Drinks: be sure to bring enough liquids with you (water mixed with apple juice or other juices are particularly suitable)
  • Food: How much food you take obviously depends on the length of the tour. You should always take a snack of an energy bar or a banana with you in case you get hungry.
  • Mobile phone
  • First-aid kit
  • Pump: the favourite tool of all cyclists
  • Inner tube: if it is missing you are guaranteed to get a puncture
  • Tyre lever
  • Small universal tool
  • Spare clothing
  • Sun screen: indispensable in fine weather
What you should know

In summer the chance of thunderstorms increases in the afternoon. Unlike car drivers, mountain bikers are not safe in storms and are at danger of being hit by lightning. Therefore, if a thunderstorm is close by, you should head directly downhill. If the thunder is already overhead and lightining is flashing across the sky, quickly get off your bike and get as far away from it as possible – especially in open country. When the storm has passed there is still danger for cyclists – slippery tracks.

The danger of lightning does not mean that you absolutely have to stay at home when there’s the chance of a storm though. In summer, thrunderstorms mostly happen in the afternoon, so set off early! But it’s worth it; the moment the sky tears open after a rainstorm is something beautiful.

Important: Please tell your host or friends which route you intend to take.

Last but not least: Ride on and have fun on your next bike tour at the Hotel Savoy in Selva / Val Gardena!

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