Valle del Chiese - Arco
The starting point of the last stage, Roncone, is indeed in the Valle del Chiese, but strictly speaking it is not. Roncone belongs to the municipality of Sella Giudicarie, a connection of several villages on the saddle that separates the Chiese valley from the neighbouring Val Rendena. The Chiese river itself flows in from a side valley and turns right below this saddle towards Lake Idro. The Chiese valley, otherwise hemmed in by valley flanks and peaks up to 2000 metres, has a wide opening here to the neighbouring valley. And this is exactly where this last stage starts, over this saddle down to Tione on the banks of the Sarca. Now all the water flows into Lake Garda, the Sarca pours into it after another 50 kilometres at Torbole. Now it can't be far to the finish. However, a small detour in the shadow of the mighty Brenta massif is allowed. A lap around the Brenta via Val di Sole, Val di Non and Lake Molveno would be 140 kilometres more - too much. There is no shortcut, because no road leads through the over 3000-metre-high mountain massif. Only here, in the very southwest, is the huge slice of cake cut a little. The Passo Daone does not really penetrate the massif, at most it plays a little with its southern foothills. Nevertheless, it is an attractive road bike pass, especially because the sweeping descent back down to the banks of the Sarca is fun. Once the Sarca is crossed at Preoré, Zuclo awaits on the other side of the valley, the last town before Passo Duron. You now have to climb 400 metres until you reach the Passo Duron on a wide road. After a short descent, you hardly lose any altitude on the edge of the Val Lomasone, so that the last pass of the 2022 Transalp, the 775-metre-high Passo del Ballino, is only a marginal note in the altitude profile and means no more than a last twitch of the leg muscles. Soon the turquoise shining Lago di Tenno is passed and with a view of Lake Garda, the route now only leads downhill to the magnolia avenue at the church square in Arco.
Mountain passes: Passes: Boniprati, Passo Duron, Passo del Ballino