ENDURO TRIP IN FINALE LIGURE
ALTA VIA DI MONTE LIGURIA, ITALIA.

Who hasn’t dreamed of riding for a week on deserted trails with a sea view?

The Alta Via di Liguria offers you a big dose of singletracks, endless descents through typical small Italian villages to the Mediterranean sea, pizza and Italian ice cream !!

Liguria is the region situated on the Mediterranean west coast of Italy between Ventimiglia and Genova. Its hilly terrain, old villages perched on mountain slopes where time seems to have stopped and its ancient paths make it a paradise for mountain biking with a sea view!

Traversing the Ligurian Alps you will discover the richness of this region, now mythical thanks to the Finale Ligure Enduro World Series.

Combining a mix of All Mountain and Enduro biking using shuttle buses, the Alta Via is a little treasure we have discovered, ridden within an inch of its life and now we offer you exclusively!

    Enduro shuttle ride in Finale Ligure and Molini do Triora Unspoilt secret spots on the Ligurian Alps Endless descents to the mediterranean sea Amazing traditional medieval italian villages Breathtaking views on both the sea and the alpine range Fantastic italian food and wines Gelateria and beers on the beach after a long ride

Starting from Genoa we will reach the ridgeline of Liguria passing through the hills of Finale Ligure, continuing on this wild itinerary to the French border where we will head south to the Mediterranean Sea discovering many beautiful descents on Liguria’s secret Enduro trails down to the sea!! A shuttle will take us back to our accommodation after a good cold beer on the waterside and why not a swim in the sea!

We’ve included 2 days of 100% ENDURO. Wednesday at Molini di Triora and the last day at Finale Ligure. With all day shuttle drops you can ride until your tyres are worn slick, your brake pads are completely burnt and you can no longer grip the handlebar!

Just Italian bike porn!!

INCLUDED

ALPSMOUNTAINBIKE cycling jersey 7 nights half board accommodation in hotel Daily luggage transfers and shuttles Transfer back from Finale Ligure on Friday Transfer to Genoa airport on departure Saturday Mountain bike mechanical assistance 1 meal in a restaurant on the last day in Finale Ligure 6 picnic lunches Professional guiding

NOT INCLUDED

Flights/Travel etc Transfer to the departure point Mountain bike mechanical parts Mountain bike rental Personal insurance Transfer from Nice or Genoa airport on arrival Saturday Transfer to Nice airport on departure Saturday Cancellation/medical insurances and repatriation costs Bike hire Alcohol and extra drinks All that is not included/understood in the heading 'Included'.

Warning: This itineray is given for your information and may be changed at the discretion of the guide depending on the weather conditions, physical ability of clients and the trail 'options' we decide together.

The Schedule : arrival Saturday

DAY 1 of arrival (Saturday) : Meet at the hotel in Genoa where you can assemble your bikes and make any last minute purchases. Possibility to rent mountain bikes in Finale Ligure (20 mins away)

DAY 2 (Sunday) : We will leave the hotel for our first 1000m climb towards the mountains overlooking Genoa, from here we will join the Alta Via itinerary and attack our first Italian trail. A succession of climbs and fun descents will bring us to Finale Ligure via a superb final descent to the sea!

Overnight in Finale Ligure.

Ride distance: 55km Uneven positive: 1600m Uneven negative: 1600m Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5


DAY 3 (Monday) : Our shuttle will take us up to a NATO base, the highest peak of Finale Ligure, from here you can see the Alps from the Matterhorn to the south of the Gulf of Genoa and on to Corsica! We will join the Alta Via in the direction of the Monte Carmo (approx 15min hike-a-bike) for a fantastique view and a 1400m singletrack descent finishing at the sea again! Our shuttle will take us back to the hotel bar in Garessio a superb small medieval village with incredible charm.

DAY 4 (Tuesday) : From Garessio we will climb by road to the San Bernardo pass and onwards towards the Monte Galero, contouring it with approximately a 40min hike-a-bike section with alternating rolling sections. The view is immense and the spot very wild.
The singletrack on the ridge is superb with some very short hike-a-bike sections to arrive at Colle di Nava.
A varied descent takes us into the valley of Arroscia. From here our shuttle will drop us to the pass overlooking the Argentian valley and the village of Molini di Triora! An incredible descent awaits us leading to Molini where we will sleep the night in the only hotel in the village. *warning dinner is a food orgy!!
Overnight in Molini di Triora.

Ride distance: 60km Uneven positive: 1500m Uneven negative: 1500m Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5

molini di triora trip mtb

DAY 5 (Wednesday) : A rest day for your thighs but certainly not for your arms and your brakes!! The Argentian valley is a wild treasure trove with dozens of natural paths hundreds of years old! Riding here is riding in the footsteps of generations of mountain farmers, hunters, and smugglers between France and Italy. This network of trails have been fashioned and maintained creating Enduro biker happiness!
Our shuttle will drop us relentlessly back to the top to explore the wonders and richness of this valley in Enduro mode!

Overnight in Molini di Triora.

DAY 6 (Thursday) : We will leave Molini by shuttle to the Alavena refuge and rejoin the official Alta Via trail, from here alpine becomes ‘really alpine’ with passes over 2000m. The singletrack follows the French-Italian border, slaloming between France and Italy via a former, wild, little used military road. A real delight!!
The alternation between rolling and more technical sections make for real mountain bike pleasure. Passing along ridge lines offering breathtaking views simultaneously of the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, arrive directly at Ventimiglia!

From here shuttle transfer to Finale Ligure. Overnight in Finale Ligure.

Ride distance: 50km Uneven positive: 1200m Uneven negative: 1200m Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5

molini di triora trip mtb
molini di triora trip mtb
molini di triora mountain bike
gps tracks finale ligure fake !

DAY 7 (Friday) : The last day will be the cherry on the cake! A day of pure Italian Enduro with shuttle drops, a full on mountain bike party on Finale Ligure's countless singletracks. Mixing flowy paths to technical singletrack, you will have everything you ever wished for in Finale Ligure!
A rewarding day after all your hard work!!

For this day of riding, it is possible to rent a full face helmet and protection clothing, approximately 25€ for the day.
Dismantling and packing of bicycles at the hotel.
Overnight in Finale Ligure.

Day 8 : departure day (Saturday) : End of tour and transfer to Genoa airport (only).



NB: this tour is run with a minimum of 4 clients. Lunches on Saturday of arrival and Saturday of departure are not included, but can be arranged at an additional cost.

Departure
possible
Every Saturday from April 6th to June 8th and October 8th to 26th
Level
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Physical
difficulty
  • You are a mtb fan and ride 3-4 times a week at least for 2 hours non stop or more.
  • You can ride at intense pace for short periods (15 minutes)
  • You are able to cope with longer anaerobic efforts( 3-5 minutes).
  • You are comfortable with cycling more than 5 hours at steady pace per day.
  • you are able to climb 1 hour non stop.
  • you do not mind riding in rain if it occurs.
  • you are able to climb more than 1000 meters (3000 feet).
  • vertical ascent a day over 5 days including hike-a-bike sections ( more than 10 minutes).


    Technical
    difficulty
  • You are experienced and have ridden in a lot different situations ( dust, gravels, rocks, roots, mud, slippery terrain) and different types of singletracks.
  • You can go down a drop above 30 centimeters (about 1 foot).
  • You rarely walk uphill or downhill.
  • You are not afraid of steep singletracks uphill and downhill
  • You like the technical challenge and you would like to improve your skills.
  • You can cope with tight corners while downhill with rock and roots.
  • You can ride along a technical descent for at least 30 minutes.
  • You are confident in riding with little exposure.
  • YOUR BIKE
  • The best option is to ride on your own mountain bike, as it is familiar to you.
  • PLEASE NO XC bikes or short travel bikes (below 130mm)
  • A full suspension bike with at least 130 mm of front and back travel is required.
  • You need to have big grippy tires front and back, minimum 2.3 solid casing.
  • Possibility of renting a full suspension bike from 365 euros a week in the local sports stores (list on request).
  • Distance : 190 km - Ascent : 4500 m - Descent : 8000 m
    Duration8 days: arrival on saturday, departure on saturday
    Terrain
    All kinds of trails !
    Cruisy 2 path trails
    From easy to technical singletracks (some very technical) 'rocky and rooty' trails.
    Location
    Starts in Genoa and finishes in Finale Ligure Italy
    Accomodations and food
    7 nights accommodation in hotels (based on double occupancy twin bedrooms). Each accomodations has a secure bike storage, bike-washing facilities, a bar with fresh beers ( there are important things in life! Dinners are 3-courses and each hotels can cater for specific dietary requirements ( veggy, vegan, gluten intolerant etc...), please let us in advance if you have specific diet.
    Lunch
    Our gourmet sandwiches are now reknown as we love to prepare some " deeluxe" lunch for fill your biker's hungry stomchs! So we provide a different sandwich freshly prepared everyday with delicious bread ( organic or whole wheat when possible) and local specialities. In addition we propose unlimited acces to trail snack and fruits!
    Pick up / Drop Off / Meeting point
    The closest international airport is GENOA / ITALY. The pick up and drop off from / to Genoa airport are included in the price of the trip. Please let us in advance your flight details. Please do not assemble your bike before you have arrived in at the hotel you'll stay in on saturday evening. Dependding wich trip you ride , you can leave your bike box safely at the hotel and find it back on friday