The Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon offers all participants four distances to choose from. The marathon route runs on well-marked public streets, farmer paths and forest and hiking trails. All distances have attractive and challenging trails – we recommend to all beginners to choose the Ronda Facile.
The start and finish of all routes are located in Riva del Garda.
|Ronda Facile||28,63 km||702 hm|
|Ronda Piccola||42,05 km||1.667 hm|
|Ronda Grande||72,10 km||2.987 hm|
|Ronda Extrema||88,78 km||3.933 hm|
Ronda Facile - Lap for beginners
The Ronda Facile has nothing to do with the big tracks. It leads in the olive groves above Arco up to Laghel. The ramps should not be underestimated though. After Laghel some funny trails are waiting as well as a descent to Ceniga on steep armour plates (beware of wet!). Down there on the banks of the Sarca most of the climbs are done, the way from Arco to the finish is mostly flat.
Ronda Piccola - Small round
The Ronda Piccola follows the Grande and Extrema on the first 800 meters of altitude to Calino. Then the distance to Gonghi takes a shortcut - with an own challenging part, the crisp ascent from Treni up to Gonghi. From Pente the riders can enjoy the new final section of the Grande, the trail party down to Varignano. This route has improved a lot with the changes.
Ronda Grande - Challenging round
The Ronda Grande follows the track of the Extrema until the Sentiero dei Russi, also using the new five starting kilometres and the selective second ascent. After the "Russi" the track takes a shortcut to Malga Poia, where the core of the route begins, leading over the Prati del Granzoline (km 38 to 62). On the equally varied and demanding trail waveway over Dos del Clef, the many ramps take a lot of energy off the legs, pithy trails strain concentration - especially on wet ground. Better keep it up on the new descent down to Varignano. It’s a new exciting trail descent over 800 metres in altitude, which gives the Grande some spicy in the end, which is certainly sweeter than the asphalt of the last years.
Ronda Extrema - Marathon round
The small track changes have not altered the character of the Ronda Extrema. The starting phase up to Volta di No is a bit more direct, but on wider roads, so less susceptible to traffic jams. Until Treni at kilometer 77 the track stays the same. A key point remains the second ascent, which leads steeply and selectively up to the Sentiero dei Russi, where one of the most beautiful trail descents on a grip forest floor starts. The exciting section from kilometres 46 to 70 is decisive: This roller coaster ride with partly crisp trails and juicy ramps is fun to ride, but anyone who loses the rhythm could be out. The descent from Treni down to Varignano is new and technically more attractive. Some new trails are waiting from this point onwards, no longer a steep asphalt road through the plantations.