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- Explore New Grounds

High altitude single track, Lago di Braies - Dolomites, Italy

We set ten riders the task of designing an e-MTB route to challenge and inspire riders to explore new grounds. Former professional mountain biker and Bronze medallist at Olympics, Worlds and European Champs in Cross Country mountain biking Marco Aurelio Fontana shares his favourite high altitude single-track.

Lago di Braies is reputed to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes in the Dolomites and it is from here that Marco Aurelio Fontana chooses to start his ride, with a stunning back drop to the physically and technically challenging trails in the mountains above.

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The Dolomites are known for their jagged appearance and steep sided mountains are a characteristic of this region. It is physically demanding terrain but one that rewards riders with dramatic views and long, uninterrupted single-track trails. With the route beginning with a climb to nearly 2,200 metres, you will be grateful for the assistance of an e-MTB, which makes it an accessible challenge, and leaves you energy to spare so you can relish the descent.

From the beautiful Colli Alti Lake at over 2000 metres, the route picks up the Alta Via, a high altitude trail that stretches 120km through the Dolomites from Lago di Braies to Belluno. Turning off this a long descent leads you back to the lake and some leisurely flatter kilometres return you to your start point. It’s a trail you will remember, deep in the Dolomites riding ridges in the Alta Via, cycling life doesn’t get much better than a single track at 2400m!

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High altitude single track

Italy, Lago di Braies, Dolomites

One of the most beautiful lakes in the dolomites forms a picturesque back drop to this exploration of high altitude single track that promises big mountain adventure.
Marco Aurelio Fontana | @fontanaprorider

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