Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

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ConRAD
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Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

Postby ConRAD » 20 May 2019, 7:58am

By tandem for 180 km from Passo del Tonale to Lake Iseo along the Ciclovia dell'Alto Oglio, 14-17 May 2019



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14.05.2019
Passo del Tonale (1884 mslm) - Capo di Ponte (363 mslm), 62km/H+679m/H-2200m
15.05.2019
Capo di Ponte (363 mslm) - Iseo (189 mslm), 67km/H+318/H-492m
16.05.2019
Iseo-Sarnico-Lovere-Pisogne, 50km (pianeggiante)
17.05.2019
Pisogne - Tonale by train+bus

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Re: Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

Postby roubaixtuesday » 21 May 2019, 1:24pm

Looks fabulous and would love to do the same ourselves.

How was the bus and train part - did you get a full tandem on, or is that machine splittable/foldable (looks like there are joins in the frame on the photos?)

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Re: Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

Postby ConRAD » 21 May 2019, 3:57pm

roubaixtuesday wrote:... is that machine splittable/foldable ?

Absolutely foldable :wink:

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Re: Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

Postby reohn2 » 21 May 2019, 4:27pm

Thanks for the video Conrad beautiful area to ride in :D
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Re: Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

Postby roubaixtuesday » 21 May 2019, 5:20pm

ConRAD wrote:Absolutely foldable :wink:

Thought so. I wonder if a non-folding tandem might be transportable on public transport - when we used the train in the Valsugana they had en entire carriage for bikes, so whilst a bit awkward it might have been possible.

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Re: Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

Postby ConRAD » 21 May 2019, 5:55pm

roubaixtuesday wrote:... so whilst a bit awkward it might have been possible ...

Definitely possible, in Italy all "Regional" trains (either R or /RV) have a dedicated space for bicycles, not very big indeed .... but at least it does exist!! Of course not all regional trains are the same so, talking about a tandem, sometimes I didn't need to fold it. The most difficult part are so far stairs since elevators, whether existing, are normally small ... too small !!!
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Re: Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

Postby ConRAD » 31 May 2019, 11:06am

As a possible extension to the previous route, it might be worthwhile to take into consideration even the following:

Trentino – The Lakes Valley
The 80km round trip starts from Torbole on the Garda lake and arrives to Terlago very close to Trento. From Torbole to Sarche it follows the Sarca river which is the main tributary of Garda lake. The path is almost entirely on its own place, well paved and signposted, always very accurate.
Once arrived to Sarche I continued to Toblino leaving the lake on the right; over there there’s a pedestrian walkway so there’s no need to use the main road (strada statale) that is just a few meters away. From there on up to Terlago there are roads with a very little traffic. On the way back passing through Calavino following a very quiet road I arrived back to Sarche where I returned to the starting point.

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Re: Valcamonica & Iseo Lake (Italy)

Postby honesty » 31 May 2019, 1:03pm

My family is from Moniga Del Garda, and my uncle regularly cycles around it. I've never got a bike out there myself but have always meant to. That route looks lovely.