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Alps Extreme 4AE1606, only the brave!

Monday, October 10, 2016 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

Riding day 6, Dobbiaco - Innsbruck

Unfortunately the last riding day of this wonderful tour has come, today we went back to Innsbruck, but it was another very full day and, to get the full experience of the Alps, we could also "enjoy" some snow on the Timmelsjoch!

Michael, Hector, Paul, Robert, RIchard, Leonardo, Bruce, Brian, Ennessie, Mark, thank you for a great and safe ride together! Keep the rubber side down, and see you hopefully again!

First coffee break by Klobenstein. Here Hennessie, Brian, Richard and Bruce
On the Passo Pennes (Penser Joch). Mark, Bruce and Robert
Entering Austria on the Timmelsjoch
Timmelsjoch
On the Timmelsjoch there is a great (and very new!) motorcycle museum at 2200 metres of altitude! Why there? Maybe because this is the Motorcycle Paradise...
Inside the museum, we were amazed by the quantity and also by the quality of the bikes.
some really original old models, this one had the engine mounted in the wheel!
the section of the italian beauties...
a nice surprise when we came out... snow!
Let's go guys!

Riding day 5, Levico - Dobbiaco/Toblach

A very long ride today, but how nice! We could experience the Dolomites at their best, with good weather and no traffic! Passo Manghen, Passo San Pellegrino, Passo Valles, Passo Rolle, Passo di Giau, Passo Tre Croci... all these names can just give an idea of the roads and the sceneries we passed through today. Dolomites are probably the most beautiful mountains in the world! We reached the hotel around 7pm, but it was worth it... enjoy the pictures!

Early morning, leaving the hotel. Here Leonardo and Mark
On the Manghen Pass
Bruce, Mark, Robert and Richard
All of us!
On the Passo Rolle
On the Passo di Giau, majestic views
The Misurina lake

Riding day 4, Levico - Garda lake - Levico

Today we headed south to Lake Garda (through the narrowest road in the world!) and entered into a completely different world. For a while it looked more like being at the Mediteranean Sea than in the Alps. After a nice break by the lake in Riva, we rode on the western coast of the lake until Limone and then turned into the Valvestino Valley. Looking at the map, we were not far from our lunch place in Idro, but there were soooo many curves! For lunch we had the biggest pasta plate ever and then we were ready to continue and face some traffic around Trento before reaching our hotel. Now it's time for a good rest, because tomorrow the Dolomites are awaiting us!

Lake Garda
Bikers always welcome!
coffee break. Leonardo, Mike and Richard
group picture
A view of Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake. The entire region is famous for its beauty and the mild climate, making it possible to grow lemons, figs and olives. In the 19th century Lake Garda was already a popular destination for the rich and beautiful from all over northern Italy. Magnificent villas and other beautiful vintage buildings date from that period.
Brian has a very original GoPro mount (or mouth?)
Luch
Lake Ledro
Mike, Leonardo, Brian and Bruce
where are we, Hector?

Riding day 3, Penegal - Levico

Not many pictures today, 280 kilometres of curvy roads do not leave much time for breaks... but what a beautiful ride! The weather was simply amazig all day long and we could enjoy the alpine roads to the max! Leaving the hotel, we reached Bolzano and then little backroads took us to Merano. After a quick coffee break, we rode on the Passo Palade and then down until we reached Molveno just in time for lunch! After that, we still had hundreds of curves left to ride Monte Bondone up and down, reach Trento and finally our hotel in Levico by the lake.

 

did I mention that the weather was amazing?
Mike, Leonardo, Paul, Brian and Domenico (in the mirror)
Coffee break
Molveno
Lunch time!
yummiiiii
a good coffee (we are in Italy, after all) and we were ready to hit the road again!

Riding day 2, Fiss - Penegal

Today we can really feel blessed, perfect weather and visibility on the Stelvio and Gavia pass! What a ride! We left our hotel and soon after the Reschen Pass we entered Italy. A coffee break in Glurns-Glorenza (most towns here have both a german and an italian name because until World War one this region belonged to Austria) and we were ready for the first big challenge of the tour, the legendary Stelvio Pass! Lunch at Bruno's, coffee at the Tibet House and then down again, and then up again on the Gavia, another incredible road! Reaching the valley, the road became wider and the switcbacks turned into sweepers... but still a lot of fun!

Benvenuti in Italia!
At the Reschen lake. The village was flooded after the construction of a dam and only the old bell tower comes out from the water.
Coffee break in Glurns
Glurns
on the Stelvio Pass. 48 switchbacks to come up and 40 to come down!
Lunch at Bruno's
the Tibet House
Gavia Pass
This pass is legendary for cyclists, some epic races of the "Giro d'Italia" happened here!
The view over Bolzano from our hotel
mountains at dusk

Riding day 1, Innsbruck - Fiss

Good morning from the beautiful Alps, the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe! Being at the centre of the continent, the Alps have been crossed througout history for war and commerce, and by pilgrims, students and tourists. Crossing routes are known as passes, but back in time people who built these routes didn't know how beautiful it would have been in the future to cross them on a motorcycle!!! So, after saying thank you to our ancestors, let's get ready to ride the Alps! Stay tuned!

The first coffee break was at Edelweiss headquarters!
on the top of Kühtai Saddle, 2017 metres and 0°C!!!
our lunch spot in Imst
back to the bikes
amazing view over the Inn valley
the last highlight of the day was the road that took us to the Kaunertaler glacier, simply fantastic!
quite high!
road block on the way to the hotel
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Paul Binder
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 21:48

Hey Domenico, Hector, Leonardo and Michael,
Can I sleep on your couch for the next four years? Paul
P.S. Go Cubs!

P.P.S. Who is up for having Domenico lead us through the Pyranees in 2018?
Michael Angeli
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 15:37

I am absolutely privileged to have experienced such an amazing motorcycle tour. Thanks to Viktoria for the amazing customer service, assistance, and facilitating my booking. Thanks to Harald for your advice and incredible knowledge during the Alps Riding Training – I’m very glad I registered as it built a foundation for the “extreme” tour. Domenico made the ride extremely fun, amusing, and maintained a safe riding atmosphere for all riders.
And to all the riders that shared this life-changing adventure with me, thank you for the laughs, the memories, and your friendship.
Michael
Brian Hall
Monday, November 7, 2016 at 17:30

Words can't describe how spectacular this ride was. The experience of a lifetime. Thanks to Victoria for the easy booking and all your help. Thanks to Edelweiss-it was much better than the brochures promised-don't change a thing. Thanks to Harald for the instruction day-your knowledge and experience made me fast and kept me safe. Thanks to the great group of riders (and my good buddy Paul of course!)-I'll ride with any of you guys any time.

And thanks to Domenico for the most excellent experience. You made it fun, hassle-free and best of all you made me a better rider. Five Stars for you!

I'll be back.

BH
Mark Pacini
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 20:08

Domenico rocks! He works hard to make this organized, enjoyable, and worth doing again. This was certainly one of my greatest memories, both in the beauty of the ride, the thrill and Adrenalin rush of riding fast, and of bonding with some great guys from so many various places. I would do it again tomorrow. Thanks to Edelweiss and to all who joined me in this lifetime adventure.
Leonardo Freitas
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 16:53

Thank you Domenico for the great trip and amazing riding.
Bruce Gregory
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 15:02

This was an amazing tour, the roads were well paved, the scenery was incredibly beautiful everywhere you looked, but the riding though fairly technical was challenging and so much fun. I could not have picked a better guide or a better group to ride along side. Thank you Edelweiss bike tours and Domenico.
Nidia
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 18:45

Thank-you for the wonderful pictures of an amazing and unforgettable trip! It truly is only for the BRAVE!!!
Liliana
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 01:15

Great pictures and descriptions of what looks like a really incredible trip with lots of advanced riding, beautiful sites and yummy food!
Nidia
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 15:59

Excelentes fotos y que hermosos paisajes!! Esa pasta que comieron ayer se ve buenísima!!! Seguimos leyendo el blog con gusto GRAZIE
Nidia (hija de Héctor)

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