Route difficulty degree
From a technical point of view the paths were classified in level of difficulty: easy, medium and difficult , depending on the mileage , altimetry and technical difficulties .
- The easy trails as flat routes , suitable for everyone even with mtb not amortized , have no technical passages and hill are without difficulty . Between 20 and 30 km. Between 2 and 3 hours of walking.
- The medium routes have a variable mileage and have also some roughness and few technical passages not too challenging. These routes have to be preferably tackle with suspension fork bike and require a certain level of training. They represent the meeting point between cyclists and trained bikers. Between 30 and 55 km. Between 3 and 5 hours of walking.
- The difficult paths, on the contrary, are mainly addressed to more experienced bikers who have good level of training and good driving skills, because they are characterized by some technical passages (almost never extreme, except for the BLACK Level). The mileages range from 30 kilometers and the paths often have long hill and steep. Experience and technical means reliable are required. Above i 55 km. Between 5 and 8 hours of walking.
Some routes will be integrated with other existing activities along the itinerary, completing the offer with related activities that will make everything more enjoyable.
Even if on the easy routes you can wear a simple tracksuit, t-shirt and shorts, it would be good to equip yourself at least with a pair of padded cycling shorts, to make the tour more enjoyable and comfortable. Do not forget a pair of sunglasses to shade your eyes not only from the rays, but also from dust and insects and, of course, you need a helmet.
Today there are very light and airy models at affordable prices. And if you're going to ride regularly, it is worth to get a complete equipment, that is breathable jersey and shorts, gloves to protect your hands and grasp firmly the handlebars, cycling shoes that can be used with both the classic pedal with the toe clips and the modern clipless pedals, which have become the standard for those who ride regularly. For an excursion on the Vespa, a windstopper jacket is better and in case of bad weather a rain jacket. Better always an all-weather boots or comfortable shoes.
If you dedicate yourself to trekking both with or without snow, waterproof hiking shoes are of fundamental importance (possibly in goretex), so as a backpack with shoulder straps (at least 15 liters capacity, useful for storing the excess clothing). A light hat is very good to be protected from the sun in spring/summer, a thicker one for cold weather, as it is very useful to have a neck warmer or a ski mask for covering the face when it's very cold. Needed are also trekking poles, useful when walking both uphill and downhill. For snowshoeing just add the snow stopper. Very important are waterproof gloves and sunglasses, the first to protect from the cold/rain/snow while the latter to protect from the glare of the sun and wind. To face snowshoeing comfortably, you need a waterproof/technical pair of trousers, with a tight leg bottom edge or, in case of fresh or soft snow, gaiters are needed, so you don't get wet while avoiding a drop in body temperature. The usual recommendation to dress in layers and always keep on hand a waterproof jacket is an imperative.
What to bring for cycling/vespa tour
As cycling is a challenging physical activity, you need to carry at least a bottle of water to quench your thirst. But do not forget something to eat as fruit, sweets with jam or honey, or some energy bars . As for the bike, do not forget a kit for little repairs, especially flat tires. Therefore a spare inner tube, pump and accessories to remove the tire or, for those who use the tubeless tire, the sealant liquid are necessary. Usually everything is included in a specific bag under the seat, with some other tools such as a screwdriver and an allen key. Considering that the trails are in the countryside or in the woods, it is good to take with you an insect bite stick and a raincoat. Do not forget to bring some money in case of emergency and useful numbers for any inconvenience. The same suggestions also apply to Vespa tour.
What to bring for hiking/snowshoeing
To recover the energies and fluids lost during the activity do not forget to take with you water and energy foods. Avoid fatty foods, overly salty and difficult to digest. Recommended is dried fruit, energy bars, fresh fruit, sandwiches. Everyone knows their own body so if the pressure difference results in headaches remember to bring a painkiller or if you are allergic to insect bites bring antihistamine. For last-minute repairs during hiking is useful a bit of a rope, a boxcutter and a safety pin (or boat hook), to let you continue trekking.