The Tour of Monte Rosa is another pioneering mountain bike journey which showcases 5 days of awesome views and spectacular descents.
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The Ride the Alps mountain bike tour of the mighty Monte Rosa is a true adventure. These are little used trails so the riding is rough and very technical in places. It’s definitely our toughest trip for experienced Alpine mountain bikers only.
What is included?
The package includes five days of guiding with half board accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast). One very high altitude hut and both refuges in Italy are inaccessible by motor vehicle so this means that this an exclusively self-supported tour. That is, no van to carry luggage, tools and spares. We can help you to arrange airport transfers if you need them. Email us for more information.
When can I ride the route?
Choose your own dates. We will run this trip from late June to the end of September. Any earlier and there may be too much snow on the high passes. Any later and the refuges and mountain hotels will be closed. We are flexible on start and finish days.
How do I get there?
Fly or take the train to Geneva airport and we can help you with travel arrangements for getting to the first night hotel. You can also drive over and leave your car at the first/last night hotel.
How hard is it going to be?
A very demanding route for committed mountain bikers who ride regularly every weekend and have ridden multi day routes before. There is no van on this trip to carry luggage, tools and spares. Riders preferably need some experience of bikepacking in order to come on this trip. On the Italian side of the mountain the riding is rougher and more technical than on any of our other point-to-point routes. There are several long sustained technical descents. Although the daily mileage is quite low and the climbing reduced by cable car support it’s definitely our toughest trip both physically and technically. The Monte Rosa is for experienced Alpine mountain bikers only.
This route is point to point and provides a great chance to see some of the best views and scenery in the Alps. There are several hike-a-bike sections but also lots of fantastic singletrack descents! We cover around 170km in distance and ascend approximately 4,840m. We descend around 13,640m (depends on chairlifts used and how much playing you do en route.)
The maximum altitude is approximately 3,330m so there are no problems with altitude sickness but you may still feel the altitude in your lungs on the climbs.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation is in a mixture of good quality 3* hotels with en-suite rooms and mountain refuges. There will be group sleeping arrangements in the refuges. With the exception of the first high hut where there is no running water there are hot showers and good and plentiful food every night.
What sort of bike do I need to bring?
A mountain bike! In good working order, recently serviced prior to the trip. Full suspension and disc brakes are highly recommended for this trip to make your life more comfortable. Your bike must be a good quality mountain bike with at least decent front suspension forks and tyres suitable for descending steep rocky terrain. No hybrid bikes as these are not suitable. We ride dual suspension 5 to 6 inch travel “all mountain” and “enduro” style bikes.