To fully enjoy a bike ride, be it in the mountains or in the banks of a quiet river, it is necessary to know something more about the proposed itineraries. It is to point out that these itineries also meet the needs of disabled cyclists on handbikes, e-handbikes, mountain tandems.
The itineraries collected in the guide are the result of GPS survey, accessibility verification, evaluation of the IMBA difficulty class (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and of the tools that allow you to follow them.
On the page dedicated to each itinerary, the feasibility of the route is declared on the basis of the technical characteristics (height difference, characteristics of the land, etc.), so that the path suitable for the vehicle available is chosen.
All the routes designed can be used with a Mountain Bike or e-bike (pedal-assisted mountain bikes with at least 2-inch off-road tires); paths with significant gradients and slopes are considered NOT suitable for Handbikes without assisted pedaling.
Accompaniment and orientation
Many of the proposed itineraries develop in nature areas, sometimes with little human presence (woods, nature reserves, etc.); it is therefore highly recommended for all cyclists with physical disabilities to face the excursion together with friends or relatives.
In the event of mechanical problems or any request for help (for example, a small push to overcome a stretch in a steep climb or an unexpected obstacle, such as a fallen tree, etc.) a guide will be able to solve the situation by avoiding a request for help.
If you have a hiking GPS you can download the .gpx track by clicking on the appropriate button on the itinerary page.
ITINERARIES ARE CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO
INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BICYCLING ASSOCIATION (IMBA)
The IMBA classification of the difficulty of a path is based on the technical characteristics of the route (slope, width, presence and size of natural obstacles, type of surface, etc.) and is not linked to the concept of physical commitment required (which depends largely on the length and from the difference in height of the itinerary).
The proposed itineraries are rated as IMBA classes 1, 2 and 3:
IMBA 1: very easy; no obstacles along the way; compact surface; minimum width 1.80m; max slope 5%.
IMBA 2: easy; natural obstacles no higher than 5cm; compact or gravel surface; minimum width 0,9m; max slope 10%.
IMBA 3: intermediate; natural obstacles no higher than 20cm; variable and loose surface; minimum width 0,6m; max slope 15%.
TYPES OF ITINERARIES
The proposed routes are of the following type:
LOOP (ring): point of departure and arrival correspond;
P2P (from point to point): at the end of the path you will have to organize the return to the starting point with an alternative means to the bike or following a different route;
P2P (from point to point with return): at the end of the route you will return to the starting point retracing the same stretch of the outward journey. The itineraries so designed can be shortened at will.