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E-mountain biking trip in the Dolomites - a beginners course

6 days from 1045 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort
Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 2752 m Skill level : 1 Montagne Stamina level : 1 Montagne Direct train from Paris

Pros

- Comfy accommodation including one night in a mountain hut, closer to the "Cime"

- Italian gastronomy and hospitality to recover from the e-biking days and all the fresh air

- Magnificent scenery, unique in the world

- Good views of the entire mountain range, so little known yet so majestic

- Heaps of technical advice to help you progress and be at ease in all circumstances

- Relaxed pace and easy biking, with no technical difficulties:  essential to help you gain confidence

 

In a nutshell

The Dolomites are a unique place in the world ! "Tofane", "Tre Cime" or "Cinque Torri" are the names of the limestone towers that stand high up in gentle green sunny valleys, ideal places for e-biking itineraries in the Dolomites. The Italian way of life is well present but the Austrian isn't far away. We retrieve this cultural mix in the food, the language & the architecture. On this trip you'll get to travel on your bike over forestry tracks, easy trails and through villages... we're here to have a good time, take it easy and have fun at the same time !

We love the Dolomites, winter and summer. In the summer, e-biking is the best way to make the most of this area and tickle emblematic summits or pedal alongside the most beautiful lakes.

The only drawback to biking in the Dolomites: you'll fall in love with this place !

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)
  • 1095€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 1045€ per participant
  • 1045€ per participant
  • 1045€ per participant
  • 1045€ per participant

Day to day

Day  1 - Get together & on the road to the Dolomites and warm up

On this trip you'll have the chance to get to know your guide and the rest of the group. Upon arrival in the Dolomites, you'll most probably have itchy feet and want to get on your bikes... no worries ! It's time to "let the dogs loose": pedal, stretch your legs, take in all this beautiful scenery - approx. 1 to 2 hours  e-biking to get into it, the guide will assess the different levels of the group and will enable to tune the program for the coming days. The setting is already absolutely gorgeous, but it is just the beginning! We settle down in Cortina for the next two nights.

Ascent/descent: + 300 to 500 m/- 300 to 500 m

Distance: 15-20 km

Meal included: dinner

Accommodation included: night in hotel

 

Day 2 - Mountain biking from Lake Misurina to Tre Cime

We start from the lakeside, Misurina. Magnificent ! From there we climb up to the Auronzo mountain hut at the foot of the fabulous Tre Cime di Lavaredo. These are the most famous Dolomite rock formations, fully deserved ! Several descents are possible depending on conditions and the guide's mood ;)

Ascent/descent: + 1450 m/- 1450 m

Distance: 37 km

Meal included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: night in hotel

 

Day 3 - Lake Federa, a beautiful setting

Ascent to the Federa lake. There we have a break, take in the scenery, make the most of it, read our book, have a cup of coffee at the Croda da lago mountain hut. 

Ascent/descent: +800 to 1300m

Distance: 10 to 20 km (possibility to do less, to relax and rest in view of the upcoming days)

Meal included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: night in comfortable mountain hut

 

Day 4 - E-biking the Passo Falzarego and the legendary Lagazuoi

We descend the valley and ride up with the minivan to the Falzarego mountain pass. We ride up with the lift to the famous Lagazuoi hut (2752 m - it's possible to organise this for the previous depending on the weather). Stunning views.Transfer to Canazei/ Ortisei for the last 2 nights.

Ascent/descent: + 800 m (or 600 m on foot if Lagazuoi cable car option)/- 900 m

Distance: 20 km

Meal included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: night in hotel

 

Day 5 -  Departure on our mountain bikes for a trip round Ronda Sella & explore Alta Badia 

This is the longest day on this e-biking trip in the Dolomites. We do the trip round the beautiful Sella mountain range. No worries, for the long ascents we have access to bike lifts and for the rest you have electric assistance. This itinerary is major, magnificent and is a trip in itself. Wonderful days cycling between different valleys and cultures: simply a must. We can do half of the tour accordingly to the group level.

Ascent/descent: + 3500 m (incl. 3060 m by cable car)/- 3500 m

Distance: 20 to 57 km

Meal included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: night in hotel

 

Day 6 - E-bike - early morning ride

For our last e-biking introductory course in the Dolomites: early morning to ride a beautiful tour starting in Compatsch. Then we hit the road and return to France. Arrival around 8 pm.

Ascent/descent: +1000 m/- 1000m

Distance: 20-25 km

Meal included: breakfast 

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of an e-mountain biking trip and course the Dolomites. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions, cable cars and mountain hut accessibilty as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. 

In case practices and customs defined by the local authorities change, estimating the reasonable number of clients per guide, for safety reasons, Azimut respects these, even last minute, decisions and recommendations. Such cases are rare and mostly related to exceptional conditions in the mountains. Therefore some compensation may be requested from your side due to less participants per guide.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

Get together - practical information

Please wear your cycling clothes on day 1.

We always do our best, but can't guarantee the exact time of arrival at the train station (due to traffic or weather conditions). Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. If you're travelling by car, we'll meet you at one of the indicated meeting points, or at one of the drop off points where you'll be able to leave your car for the entire trip.

Access

Make sure the train you plan to catch welcomes mountain bikes.

Car park

Public parking free of charge can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended).

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level *

Open to all, beginners or not, wishing to discover enduro or all mountain biking, that have only occasionally done all mountain biking or e-mountain biking. You will be taught basic techniques for down and uphill riding on relatively easy trails to enable to check out the next stage, level 2 !

Stamina required *

Open to mountain bikers and/or for people who regularly do [outdoor] exercise, keep fit and wish to discover mountain biking in a relaxed, progressive and easy way. We will mainly ride on 4 x 4 tracks. You should be ready for approx. + 250 m up to + 1450 m uphill day per day. No stress, electric assistance makes it surprisingly easier than it sounds ! 

Group size

5 to 8 participants

Guiding

Azimut qualified mountain bike instructor & guide.

All our mountain bike guides are certified instructors. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

Meet our guides and instructors just around the corner

 

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough (for more detailed advice see gear section) to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) layers, a few snacks, your picnic and a repair kit. All other personal gear not needed for the day will be transferred to our accommodation.

Shuttle service & assistance / Lifts

Ski lift fares are not included in the price, they are at your own expense and will be bought on site, that will enable us to remain flexible in case of bad weather. The cost is approx 60 € for this trip.

 

Pricing

The price includes:

- Trip arrangements & organisation upon arrival

- Minibus transfers from/to one of the indicated meeting points to the departure of the trip

- Accomodation on half-board basis, 4 nights in a 3-star hotel and 1 night in a comfortable mountain hut

- Azimut mountain biking guide services for 6 days (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation and transportation)

- Azimut welcome pack

 

The price does not include:

- Your transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Gear rental if required

- Ski lift fares

Lunches so that the group chose together

- Personal insurance

- Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel) and personal extras

- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances with our partner, on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur (beware, such insurance only covers European citizens). 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Our minibus will be used to transport bicycles thoughout the entire trip from one spot to the next. Having our own minibus makes things easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and less binding: we can chat, take a nap and listen to our own music. If luggage transfers are necessary, you have the possibility to use the transfer if you're tired and for any other reason.

Accommodation & meals

Food & Accomodation during bike trips

Half board in a 3* hotel for 4 nights, in twin rooms with private toilet and bathroom, towels and sheets are provided. Depending on the size of group and avaibility, you may have a triple room.

- One night is spent in a mountain hut: bring a sleeping bag liner. Shared rooms.

- Single room supplement according to availability: 220 € 

- Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotel or in the Cinque Torri hut

- Lunches are not included, to give flexibility to the group to chose a sandwish from a bakery or to go in a local restaurant to relax

- Snacks: details are important especially after such demanding physical effort ! To boost your energy we've chosen to provide mulebars, organic, vegan, digest and extremely nourishing quality-wise without preservatives, food colouring or additives.

- For certain trips, it's possible to book a single or double room if available, with surcharge.

 

Accomodation before & after bike trips

Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book accomodation before or after the trip. All accomodation on the list is close to the meeting points and you may often benefit from preferential rates.

 

Phone & WiFi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Free Wifi is available in most places.

Mobile & 4G coverage can be unreliable.

Equipment - clothing & gear

Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and give photos a funky edge !

 

Technical gear

- Mountain bike: all mountain type or enduro bike, with platform pedals or your own clip-in pedals (that we can mount on a rental bike)

- E-bikes: please remember to charge your battery for day 1

- Backpack with a 20-25 liter capacity max 

- Helmet & sunglasses are mandatory

- Mountain biking gloves (an extra pair of warm gloves can be useful)

- Knee and elbow protectors are highly recommended

- Low hiking shoes with flat soles, or your shoes for your clip-in pedals

- Repair kit including a set of brake pads (that match your brakes), a spare derailleur hanger, a quick link for your own chain, a pump, self adhesive patches, inner tubes with the right dimensions and anything else that may be specific to your bike.

 

If you don't have the adequate gear for this trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.

Prices of rental gear during the entire trip (competitive prices as we only charge you for the number of days of use on the trip): 

Tarifs des locations pour ce séjour (tarif avantageux ne prenant en compte que le nombre de jours d'utilisation sur ce voyage):

Enduro bike pack including repair kit and helmet for 6 days

240€ 

 

Important: all bikes are thoroughly checked before rental, you are responsible for any damage.

Prices and bike brands may vary according to availabilities and trip levels.

 

Clothes 

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start. Prefer lightweight warm and comfortable clothing. This is not just a detail, it makes a hell of a difference ! 

Headwear

- Sunglasses and glasses with clear lenses for forest sections and cloudy days (it's important to protect your eyes). Photochromic lenses adapt to light intensity and protection categories range from 1 to 3 or 2 to 4 to optimize visibility from shade to brightness. Very useful.

- A buff and/or thin beanie that you can put under your helmet if it's cold.

Bodywear

- Under layer: breathable long sleeved top as well as leggings to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Have this in mind if you need to update your wardrobe.

- Outer layer: a light fleece jacket and/or a light hooded down jacket that you can put under a jacket that has a breathable waterproof membrane (soft shell type or Goretex), easy to slip on during a break. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: mountain biking shorts and leggings in case it gets cold

- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. 

- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed in pools or hot water springs baths. 

- Good to have: an extra t-shirt in your bike backpack, appreciated after a big sweat on an uphill ride).

Footwear

- Bike socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Remember this if you need to stock up.

- Slippers or crocs are recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfy ! www.charentaises.fr

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • duck tape
  • factor 50 suncream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the gîte, avoid suitcases. 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

- To make up your a first aid kit, check out the Ifremmont website. 

 

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

Official partner and service provider for Terres d'Aventure

 

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

  • Leave our contact details with your friends and family
  • Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)
  • Bring your insurance contract number and documents (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)
  • Bring your “carte vitale” or your European health card (for EU citizens) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  www.ameli.fr
  • Check that you have the right equipment
  • Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices such as camera, video recorder
  • Bring some cash and your credit card
  • Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group
  • Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !
  • Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!

 

                 We look forward to seeing you very soon !

                            Have great rides with AZIMUT !

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