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Exploring the Dolomites - Tre Cime di Lavaredo

May 18, 2013
by Hannes Klausner  
Enduro Trip to the Italian Alps Mountainview Christoph Breiner Photography

It has always been a dream of mine to take my bike into the very big alpine mountains and discover some new trails and rideable terrain. One day some of my friends gave me a phone call to pick me up and travel to Italy to exactly do what we had wanted so badly for a long time - to discover the Dolomites and find a way to the very famous "Tre Cime di Lavaredo."

Photo Christoph Breiner Photography

Photo Christoph Breiner Photography

At 4:00 a.m. we started to hike and pedal up the mountain, starting at the small house we had been sleeping in. Getting up early was worth it for sure - we were able to watch the sun rising at 2500m above sea level.

Enduro Trip to the Italian Alps Early Morning Sunrise 2500 m sealevel Christoph Breiner Photography

Photo Christoph Breiner Photography

A long way up and several hours of riding and hiking through a mountain dreamland later, we finally arrived, and they looked even better than we ever could imagine: Tre Cime di Lavaredo... they looked like smoke stacks on that day.

Enduro Trip to the Italian Alps the famous 3 Zinnen Christoph Breiner Photography

Beautiful trails, rough terrain, open rideable freeride sections and a nice group of friends made this small trip perfect.

Enduro Trip to the Italian Alps SUN Christoph Breiner Photography

Enduro Trip to the Italian Alps The BIG Mountain Christoph Breiner Photography

Enduro Trip to the Italian Alps The Crew in Mirror Christoph Breiner Photography

Photo Christoph Breiner Photography

All in all we ended up riding our bikes for three days at one of the best and most beautiful alpine mountain spots we had ever been to.

Photo Christoph Breiner Photography

The mountains, this is what our bikes were made for.

Photo Christoph Breiner Photography

Photo Christoph Breiner Photography

Sometimes an image says more than a thousand words, so there is nothing more to say. Just a great time!

Photos: Christoph Breiner Photography
Crew: Hannes, Christoph, Chris, Steve, Dominik, Denise, Daniel, Christopher
Words: Hannes Klausner

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  • 4 0
 Great photos!! Unfortunatly the Tre Cime are in National Park and you can't ride into the park. Those pics have been shot on the only trail accessible at the foot of the Tre Cime (pics 4 to Cool by a 4x4 track to the entry of the park , then the trail is forbidden to Mtb even if it more then 1 meter wide :-(
Find some great shots of Dolomites here: www.alpsmountainbike.com/mountain_biking/Mountain_Bike_Dolomites_Italy.php
  • 2 0
 Its a shame - mostly "James Bond" hikers in that part of the world
  • 2 1
 Tre Cime Di Lavaredo are incredible peaks, one of the most iconic on this planet. I saw them only from the plane. but hell. I'd eat a marmot to be able to stand under them one day, with or without the bike. I might give up mountain biking one day to climb such mountains.
  • 1 0
 The 8th photo, would that be Monte Paterno (or Paternkofel)? If so, I was on that peak last october. Awesome views all around, including the Tre Cime. Awesome report, thanks for sharing!
  • 2 0
 wow, just got several weeks worth of pod worthy screensavers. mucho gracias pinkbike !!!!!!!!! and to you to Christoph Breiner Smile
  • 1 0
 Shot #5 is just surreal, above the clouds, amazing. But who is that dude stuck on a rock in the last shot.. did he overbake the corner and ended there.. someone get it off...he looks desperate...
  • 1 0
 What tires are they running? I see Maxxis and assume Minions. I live in another part of the Dolomites and the trails look identical.
  • 1 0
 Seeeeeeeeeeeehr geil! A harter cooler Hund mit einem Job, der ihm SpaƟ macht, so soll es sein!!!!
  • 2 0
 Wow. Simply a dream.
  • 1 0
 Are those trails opened up now for bikers?
  • 1 0
 Unfortunately no - its just short sections of trail linked by roads for the most part that are legal
  • 1 0
 awesome shots and beautiful area of the world!
  • 1 0
 A dream

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