Bariloche Enduro - 8 days

You can arrive at any time today - our team will meet you at our joining hotel, and we'll get set building out bikes for the week ahead.

Bariloche, nestled in Argentina's Patagonia region, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor adventures. This picturesque town sits beside the glacial Lake Nahuel Huapi, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains. Bariloche is famous for its Swiss-style architecture, chocolate shops, and artisanal breweries.

The area is dotted with national parks, including Nahuel Huapi National Park, offering pristine wilderness and diverse wildlife. Bariloche also hosts cultural events celebrating its European heritage, making it a charming blend of alpine allure and Argentine flair.


ACOMMODATION:  Hotel Bustillo

MEALS: D

Our first ride in Patagonia is just out of Bariloche township - the Cerro Otto.

A mix of forest flow, ridgelines and alpine technical riding, there's a bit of something for everyone on this day - all shuttle assisted! It's a good change to get a feel for the trails and get used some descending which is what we're focused on.

DISTANCE: 8-10 miles
ACOMMODATION:  Hotel Bustillo, Bariloche
MEALS: B,L, D

If there's a better view to enjoy breakfast anywhere in the world, we're yet to see it. With the Brenta Dolomites as a backdrop, we'll make out preparations after breakfast and make our way to the nearby village of Andalo. Here we'll take a gondola ride up to Passo di San Antonio where we'll commit to a short climb into the back country, and to the head of the legendary "Secret Trail". This epic 949 metre descent is a mix of tech, flow, rooty forest riding and rock gardens all the way down to Molveno Lake. It's a guide favourite!

We'll explore another couple of hidden gems in the area before heading back to Corvara late in the afternoon.

DISTANCE: 7 miles +
ACOMMODATION:  Hotel Villa Eden, Corvara
MEALS: B,L, D

Today is free to take a rest or even ride some more! We'll be on hand to provide you with an array of riding options - either ones we've done already (which have become favourites!) or new trails that our team have up their sleeve.

If you're keen to take a day off riding, Corvara is a fantastic place to kick back and relax. Take a gondola up to a mountain top restaurant, hike a forest trail, or venture over to an entirely different valley to try it's unique cuisine.


ACOMMODATION:  Hotel Villa Eden, Corvara
MEALS:B, D

It'd be rude not to bust out a lap of another Canazei classic this morning. So shortly after breakfast, we'll get an uplift to the top of the valley and descend from high alpine tundra, into the forest and back to town.

After this warm up, we'll take a gondola above to the other side of the valley to begin 2 days of back country riding and descending with absolutely KILLER views of Marmolada mountain it's immense glacier. It wouldn't be a proper riding trip without a little bit of lung work, so it's a traversing trail ride today, with rock gardens, narrow flow and a short pinch climb at the end to bring us to our home for the evening at 8250 feet - the Rifugio Viel Del Pan. This high mountain Inn is utterly epctacular, great views, amazing food and friendly local hosts who have owned the Inn for generations.

DISTANCE: 7 miles +
ACOMMODATION:  Rifugio Del Pan
MEALS: B,L, D

After breakfast on the deck viewing the giant marmolada glacier, we'll set off with a traverse along the remainder of the Viel Del Pan trail to the the Arabba-Marmolada Pass, where we'll drop down into the Arabba Valley. There are two options here - an intermediate flow trail, or techy and tight - you choose! A short gondola ride to the top of the Pordoi Pass then brings us to the super fun Infinity Trail (2300 feet descent) all the way to Canazei.

This afternoon you're free to kick back and relax, explore Canazei or ride some more!

DISTANCE: 7 miles +
ACOMMODATION:  Hotel Villa Eden, Corvara
MEALS: B,L, D

This is the big one! The defining feature of this area of the Dolomites is the Sella Massif - an enormous plateau mountain group with four connecting bvalleys surrounding it. Today we'll ride all the way around it - all 32 miles of it, with a bit of help on the climbs from the fantastic lift system, connecting the four Ladin valleys: Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa and Arabba.

It's THE ultimate mix of flow, forest, rock tech, bike park, rooty goodness and loam all thrown into one epic day of riding. Not to mention stopping along the way to sample the various treats at mountain Inns along the way.

We'll return to Corvara for our final evening in the Dolomites.

DISTANCE: 32 miles
ACOMMODATION:  Hotel Villa Eden, Corvara
MEALS: B,L, D

This morning we'll depart our hotel in Canazei, take a final look at the incredible mountains we've explored the last week, and return to Venice for flights home.

It's our mission to create lifelong friends, memories and stoke through the shared experience and joy of riding in our favourite parts of the world and we hope you'll have enjoyed the epic descending, climbing, views, people and goodtime here in the Italian Dolomites.

MEALS: B,L, D

Bariloche Enduro - 8 days
at a glance
trip highlights

+ Deep local knowledge

+ BIG descents

+ Incredible local flavours

+ The classic EWS stages

+ The world's MOST beautiful mountains

+ Ride the four Ladin Valleys

The Dirt on the details

September 2-9 2024

ARRIVAL

We have a pick up time at Venice airport at 12.30pm on Day 1 of the trip, if you are flying in on this day. We recommend, however, that you fly in a day before. We can recommend hotel options in Venice! If you are already in Venice, we will pick up from a Venice Mestre hotel (as long as it is NOT in old town Venice) at 12.00pm.

DEPARTURE

We recommend flights out on day 8 to be no earlier than 1pm! We will drop you at the airport on this day.

Fare per person: US$3899

INCLUDES:

- All guiding

- All accommodation

- Meals as per itinerary

- All transport, including pick up and drop off from Venice airport

- Local taxes

- Uplift when using cablecars, gondolas and chairlifts

NOT INCLUDED:

- International flights

- Alcohol

US$1600 per person

INCLUDES:

- All accommodation

- All breakfasts and dinners

- Pick up and drop off from Venice airport

- Local taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

- International flights

- Alcohol

- Lunches

The Dolomites is a stunning place, and Corvara is a great place to base yourself for adventures if you're not riding. Our guides will advise you with options for great hikes and activities for the duration of the trip, so you'll be able to experience the Dolomites to the fullest.

You're generally comfortable riding all types of terrain in the singletrack realm. Technical features are common here, along with rock gardens and some steeper sections.

There is some climbing on this trip, so make sure you're comfortable with a couple of 500 metre climbs thrown in the mix.

Due to the varied terrain and mix of tech, flow and occassional climb, 150mm of travel front and back is best, with descending focused geometry while still allowing for a comfortable climb. Our pick - A Zerode Katipo!

No worries! We have bikes available if you don't want to bring a bike. They include...

2023 Santa Cruz Nomad, 27.5'' - $110 per riding day

2023 Santa Cruz Hightower. 29'' - $110 per riding day

A mix of single track - forest and ridgeline. Some sections of trail are rocky, with stones, and there's some bike park flow thrown in for good measure.

Some sections of trail in this area (in fact all areas of the Dolomites) are hundreds of years old - orginally put there as narrow, steep and traversing walking trails.

This trip starts and ends in Venice. We recommend coming in the night before Day 1 and stayin in Venice, so that you're ready for a 12pm pick up, and the spectacular drive into the Dolomites.

For flights home, we recommend booking them no earlier than 4pm on the last day.

Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit Italy. If you are outside these regions, please check with your embassy. You can also check the Visa HQ website for up todate information.

Some EU nationals may travel in Europe using only an identity card, however please check with the relevant authorities if this applies to you.

A good guide makes a trip great - a first class guide creates memories that last lifetime. You'll experience your trip with a leadership team who are local, experienced and know more than simple where to go and what to ride. We make sure our trip leaders are engaging, pro-active, passionate, can read the room and are simply a whole lot of fun to be around.

Your head guide for this trip is Stefano Ude. He built a couple of the trails on this trip, and is pretty famous in the Italian mountain bike scene for pioneering new trails in the Dolomites.

Thankfully for us, we reckon they've got the whole star rating thing a bit mixed up in the Dolomites. Technically, we stay in locally owned 3-star rated hotels, but they of a MUCH higher standard than that. Super comfortable, bike friendly, great communal areas to hang out in and tell lies about the lines you took, and awesome hosts who can tell you a few stories about the history of their establishment.

Rifugios - We spend one night high in the mountain in a Mountain Inn. These places, while a little less sofisticated than the hotels we stay in, are simply amazing - cosy, warm, cool dining/lounge areas and a deck with killer views to kick back and have a beverage.

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Testimonials

★★★★★

What an incredible trip! Great trails and impeccable organisation. I've taken mtb trips all around the world and they've proven that they really care about every last detail.

BKXC - Brian Kennedy
Vallejo, CA
★★★★★

My trip with Phil and his team was THE best mtn biking trip I've ever taken. Wherever they go next - I'm going.

Jeff Cayley - September 2023 - Worldwide Cyclery
Los Angeles, CA
★★★★★

Man, now THAT was a mountainbiking trip! This was an absolute trip of a lifetime with epic 8 days of riding, food, great lodgings and epic banter. Thanks Phil!

Jon Georgopulos - September 2023
Pennsylvania, USA
★★★★★

A truly amazing trip with an incredible group of people. Our guides were our riding buddies and their enthusiasm matched ours. Felt like a locals ride in the best place on the planet! Help me convince my wife that I need to do this every year!! For my mental well-being, of course.

Ted Ventre - September 2023
Pennsylvania, USA

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