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Ridge line views plunging down to the lake 1600 meters below. Quiet well worn trails used by shepherds for centuries. The crunch of autumn leaves beneath your tires and the laughter with new friends. Mountain biking Lake Como is famous with the locals who know how lucky to have these trails at their doorstep, but it's not well known outside this area. ComoLagoBike guides can show you these amazing trails too! Beginner options are available on more mellow trails, and for the expert there are plenty of steep rocky downhills and ridgeline climbs waiting to challenge you. But no matter your ability, you'll breathe in the tranquility of this area as you sail through the forests and across the top of the peaks. ComoLagoBike offers Bottecchia hard-tail, aluminum mountain bikes with front suspension and disc brakes, which are perfect for exploring the terrain.
One of the most popular trails in the area takes you all the way from Como to Bellagio, with a little help from the Como funicular to get you started. It is called the Dorsale del Triangolo Lario, and in its 25 kilometers and 1,320 meters of elevation gain you'll find singletrack, mule track, wide loamy trails, and views for days. Once in Brunate the climbing begins, undulating north along the ridgeline through dense forest and clear alpine meadows with unparalleled 360 views. This trail is also frequented by hikers so there are many steep spur trails off the Dorsale that lead to the summit of nearby peaks if you wish to tick off some summit bagging. Otherwise catch your breath as you take in the views of this unique singletrack experience and get ready to celebrate your traverse with a great meal and beer at Hotel il Perlo - the Dorsale conveniently passes through the field next door.
One of the most challenging rides is Monte di Tremezzo, but one never forgotten! A ferry ride to the west side of the lake and a funicular to the town of Pigra begins your exploration of this mountain steeped not only in trails but in history. On one side is Italia, and to the west pure uninterrupted views of Switzerland. The high alpine roads and barracks were built in WWI to form the "war line", the Linea Cadorna, linking artillery stations that would keep watch on Germans bent in invading neighboring Switzerland for better access to industrial Milan. A steep descent through il bosco and even a WWI tunnel bring you back to the shores of Lake Como.
Gabriele and I took the e-MTBs on this route in July 2018 and I’ve called it one of the best rides of my life, ever. Just stunning scenery, a great gentle climb to the ridge and Rifugio Venini, and technical challenging descent, but well worth it. The descending trail is narrow and exposed in places, and other parts are covered in large stones that require technical skills to navigate. It is definitely not a route for beginner mountain bikers, but intermediate to advanced riders will find it thrilling. Another option is for beginners to take the road from Pigra to Rifugio Venini and return the same way rather than make the descent.
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