Garda Trentino Bike Marathon 2020 Ronda Extrema
The Ronda Extrema is the most demanding route in the BIKE Marathon and therefore the route for advanced and ambitious bikers. On 82 kilometres a total of 3,458 metres in altitude difference must be mastered.
After the start in the heart of the old town of Riva del Garda, the first kilometres of the route lead through the picturesque areas of Varone, Cologna and Gavazzo to Tenno. Afterwards it continues on a dirt road to Ville del Monte. From here the route leads along a beautiful gravel road to the unique Lake Tenno, famous for its unspoilt landscape and turquoise blue colour. After the ascent to Monte Calino, after 15.6 kilometres the route divides at Sella di Calino into Piccola and Extrema. At this point the Ronda Extrema turns onto a dirt road to Vespana and leads via Lomasona to Prial. Now you should shift into a low gear to master the demanding climb to San Silvestro. The path continues on to Malga Vigo (1,079 metres above sea level), where it crosses an archaeological area (S. Martino) until it reaches the beautiful Valdori forest. At Malga Vigo, after 31.5 kilometres, the Ronda Extrema separates from the Ronda Grande. On unpaved roads the route leads downhill on a beautiful sibgle trail to Naone and uphill again to Duson.
The Senter de Mez connects Duson with Malga Valbona, the highest point (1,433 metres above sea level) of the Ronda Extrema in the village of Prà dei Muci. At this point, half of the total distance has already been completed. The route now passes Pozza Bella, on the same route as the Ronda Grande. Continuing on through Semont, a final climb to the church of S. Giovanni awaits. From Coste, the track descends to La Selva, past Dos del Clef and continues on the same last stretch of the Ronda Grande. The last few kilometres follow the Sarca river, along large vineyards and many orchards - a region known for the best Trentino wines and sweetest apples- towards the finish at the festival area in Riva del Garda. A great performance has been achieved.