ortschaft egg dosso bei freienfeld penserjoch strasse radfahrer dahinter wipptal mit mauls
ortschaft egg dosso bei freienfeld penserjoch strasse radfahrer dahinter wipptal mit mauls

Passo di Pennes round tour

The pass route from Vipiteno via the 2,211 m high Passo di Pennes and through the Val Sarentino valley to Bolzano makes discover the wild beauty of the Sarentino Alps.

We start this tour in the early morning hours in Vipiteno (948 m a.s.l.), first on the Passo di Giovo mountain road towards Racines/Ridanna. Right past the motorway bridge we turn left to the Passo di Pennes road. The first 3 km proceed rather flat on the edge of the forest, then the first steep uphill ride lies in front of us (11 percently and then 12.5 percently gradient). It leads to the farmsteads of Dosso at 1,500 m asl. After the first bends we reach the timber line (between 1,900 and 2,000 m asl) where further two bends are located.

In a landscape characterised by mountain pastures a 4 km long steep semi-circular section takes us to the Passo di Pennes. At the Alpenrosenhof restaurant on the pass we stop for lunch before enjoying to the fullest the downhill ride: we leave the 2,000 m asl limit behind us and pass the hamlets of Pennes, Rio Bianco and Sonvigo before reaching Campolasta and Sarentino, the main village of the Val Sarentino valley. The road snakes its way through the gorge downhill to Bolzano.

Way back to Vipiteno: either along the Valle Isarco and Alta Valle Isarco Cycle Tracks or by train (bicycle transport is offered).

Please note: avoid this MTB tour on hot summer days, because the mountain road is heavily sun-exposed, and in case of thunder storms (fog and danger of lightning strike).

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please inform yourself about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Vipiteno
Route: Vipiteno - Passo di Pennes - Sarentino - Bolzano
Cycling time: about 2 - 3 hours (uphill ride to the Passo di Pennes), 90 minutes (downhill ride to Bolzano)
Distance: approx. 16.8 km Vipiteno - Passo di Pennes + a further 49.5 km to Bolzano
Altitude difference: 1,270 m (uphill), 1,960 m (downhill)
Level of difficulty: good physical condition required
Road surface: asphalt
Experienced in: June 2014

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