eMTB the Dolomites: Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday

Sep 12, 2017 BY Luke Rees

Explore the jagged peaks and rugged landscapes of a UNESCO site in an eco-friendly way as you eMTB the Dolomites. A Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday opens up the trails to riders of all ages, fitness and abilities, to explore one of Italy’s most beautiful regions.

eMTB the Dolomites Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday (C) Val Gardena (13)

Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday

The high plateaus and vast gorges of Val Gardena in the Dolomites are home to a more than 1,000km network of biking trails. Most is situated between 700m and 2,450m altitude, with a particular highlight being the world famous Sella Ronda Circuit.

Once the snow melts, this wintertime ski resort becomes a maze of single track, enduro, cross country and downhill MTB trails. Although a lot of the ski lifts are open in the summer, there are still uphill sections and areas that can only be reached by pedal power.

Owing to the altitude and terrain, in the past some riders have been put off by the challenges of riding here. But with the introduction of a new fleet of eco-friendly eMTBs for all ages by Adler Dolomiti, the region has just become a whole lot more accessible.

eMTB the Dolomites Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday-® freddy planinschek

There’s still all the tough trails, flowing single track and adrenaline fuelled downhill you can handle. But with the opportunity to eMTB the Dolomites, the mountain lodges and incredible views are now achievable for almost any rider. There will certainly be less chance of you having to push uphill!

Sellaronda and beyond: The riding

Each year the Hero Bike Festival is held in the Dolomites and mountain bikers race an 86 km off-road route around the Sella Ronda. Taking on 4,500m of the toughest climbs plus plenty of downhills in the Dolomites it’s known as one of the world’s most challenging mountain bike marathons.

As well as Sella Ronda you can also take on the trails at Sassolungo, Sassopiatto and Alpe di Siusi. All of these are known for their tough ascents, but with an eMTB you’ll have that little extra help to get you to the top to let the majestic views take your breath away rather than the climb.

Hero Bike Festival © www.wisthaler.com hero rennen

Whether you’re riding with a guide or on your own, this is a great place to work on technique and boost your riding power.

eMTB the Dolomites: The bikes

eMTB bikes have grow in popularity in recent years, largely thanks to improved technology making them more practical and reliable. The mechanics are now so good that we are at the tipping point where ebikes are transitioning from novelty item to must have accessory.

Of course, as with any change, some purists bemoan the ease they bring to cycling. But if more people can enjoy the challenges and rewards of a Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday it can only be a good thing.

eMTB the Dolomites Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday (C) Adler Spa Resorts

It’s also important to remember that eMTBs only assist the rider. There’s no such thing as a free ride. You’ll still be required to pedal, break a sweat and burn some calories. But you’ll have that little something extra in the tank to help you conquer the trails.

You’ll be able to cover more ground, scale bigger climbs and handle tougher tracks. The extra distances you can cover reduce the need for additional car transport, adding to the already impressive green credentials of the ebike.

With Adler Dolomiti there’s a choice of MTB styles. Take out a full suspension beast capable of handling the gnarliest of trails and you’ll feel your confidence grow in the saddle. Or you might prefer a hard tail (front suspension only) for a more leisurely ride if you don’t plan to ride all-terrain.

eMTB the Dolomites Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday (C) Adler Spa Resorts

There’s also a selection of front suspension bikes for kids, although some height restrictions do apply. Alternatively, you can get ebikes with fully equipped child seats, so the little ones don’t have to miss out on the fun of a Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday.

Biking the Dolomites: The packages

Adler Dolomiti spa resort provides the eMTBs for its guests on a first come, first served basis. You can either head out by yourself to explore the region or the in-house bike guide leads daily excursions. They cover a variety of different routes and will tailor rides towards the ability of the riders.

The bike store is located just a minute’s walk from the resort, so you can be pedalling out in no time. There are normal bikes available too in case you don’t want to assitance.

eMTB the Dolomites Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday (C) Val Gardena

Adler Dolomiti also runs several ebike packages throughout the year. Their four-day ‘eBike Special’ packages are held in September and October. These are organised in conjunction with the MTB school in Ortisei, so you’ll have access to the most in-depth local riding knowledge and expertise.

Packages cost from between €495 per person based on two sharing a room. The price includes bike rental, an introductory day, two guided tours and half board accommodation. In addition, you’ll have access to all the legendary spa facilities at the Adler Dolomiti.

Innsbruck or Verona airports offer the easiest access to Val Gardena and the Adler Dolomiti. From here you can make your way to the resort by private transfer, rail, coach or rental car. There is a large car park at the resort for guests.

eMTB the Dolomites Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday (C) Adler Dolomiti Hotel

Adler Dolomiti: The resort

Adler Dolomiti was founded way back in 1810 and has remained a family-run business ever since. Acquiring new properties and building on the original hotel, it has grown into one of the most prestigious spa resorts in Europe.

Located in Ortisei in the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site region, you will be perfectly placed to make the most of Val Gardena and its surroundings. Whether you’re on the trail as you eMTB the Dolomites or relaxing your muscles in the spa, Adler Dolomiti offers more than two centuries worth of hospitality expertise.

If you’re looking to eMTB the Dolomites, then a Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday at Adler Dolomiti provide the perfect opportunity. With its new fleet of ebikes giving you that extra boost to ride further and tackle bigger climbs, the rewards of more than 1,000km of trails are opening up to all riders.

Want to eMTB the Dolomites? Book a Val Gardena electric mountain biking holiday with Adler Dolomiti at: www.adler-dolomiti.com

Dolomites, Dolomiti Superski Area, Italy, Ortisei, Val Gardena
Mountain Biking
DH (Downhill), eBiking, Enduro, Environmentally Friendly, Eco, Green, Marathon, Sella Rhonda Circuit, UNESCO (World Heritage Site), XC (Cross Country)
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