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THE DECAUVILLE OF THE OROBIC ALPS OF VALTELLINA

Circular route: Albosaggia Porto - Val Vedello - Val d'Arigna - Bruga - Albosaggia


Characteristics: BC – TC -


Outward voyage: Uphill path on a mostly paved road with low-traffic road. From the basin of Val Vedello until the Centrale Val D’Arigna  the road is levelled and gravel.


Return voyage: demanding path that goes down until Bruga and then levelled and on paved bike and pedestrian track.


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THE TOUR

This tour requires a good fitness level and a good skill of MTB, but paying attention in some points, can also be easy and amazing for kids and families. It is also suitable also for who wants to bike on levelled road and have fun on the paved or gravel road slopes.

With our Bike Shuttle service you can be bring until the starting point of the more suggestive path, that, crossing galleries and woods, will leads you to Briotti. In this way you can choose the return road more suitable for your skills.

WELL, LET'S GO!

Starting from Albosaggia Porto, where there is the ValtelBike headquarter (equipped with a large parking), we will start cycling on the Valtellina Path in order to reach the locality of Busteggia.

From there we will start to go up on a paved road until Piateda Alta and then Vedello. It is there that starts the Decouville, called “Trecciolino” by the inhabitants of the valley.

The levelled path goes on 14 kilometres at an altitude of 1000 metres, surrounded by galleries and woods, going from valley to valley in the breathtaking landscape of the Rhaetic Alps.

Once reached the hydroelectric plant of Armisa and once crossed the steam, we will start to go down for a short stretch of the track and then trough a single track until Bruga. Finally, we will come back to Albosaggia cycling again along the Valtellina Path.


A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

Who would have ever imagine that from the works on the hydroelectric plants carried out between 1919 and 1950 could have been born an itinerary so interesting and panoramic? It is just in that period that some big dykes were built on the valleys of Belvisio, Arigna, Scais, Venina and Livrio.

At the same time, on the floor, were built hydroelectric plants in order to furnish the fabrics of electric current indispensable for the area of Milan.

The connection between the dykes and the basins was effectuated by specific railroads carts, which brought the workers, the materials all the indispensable for the work.

Still today, many kilometres of railways and, in parallel, many little artificial drains collect the water in order to lead it to the bigger basins.

Today, it is possible to bike and walk along the part of the path cleared from the rails. Surrounded by three wonderful galleries and woods of larches, spruces, beeches and chestnuts we can enjoy the picturesque landscape that goes toward the Rhaetic Alps and the floor valley from Tirano to Morbegno.

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