- Mountain biking from mountains to sea in a relaxed Italian atmosphere
- A shuttle service with private trailor for drop offs on the best bike runs and for luggage transfer
- A local mountain biking guide
- Italian gastronomy with beautiful villages, setting and views
- A comfortable hotel with twin rooms and private bathrooms
- Easy access: we transfer you to Liguria from Oulx (on the Paris-Milano TGV line)
How shall we put it ? You love good single trail tracks, chasing your mates through the forest in a unique atmosphere such as magnificent villages or olive tree orchards with a sea view ? You love good food, riding from the mountains down to the sea ? You'd love to have a spritz on the beach beside your bike with mud-spattered calves ?
You love the sensation of fulfillment, and the feeling of being in the right place at the right moment ? Then this long weekend enduro Bike is for you !
Add to that a local guide and a french teacher, a comfortable accommodation...100 % fun !
We meet you either at Briançon or at Oulx-Cesana train station. Departure for Finale Ligure (approx 2h15 on motorway). You meet your driver and mountain bike guide, and will grasp what Italian hospitality is all about, he's quite a good bloke ! Smiles, warmth, motivation... nothing's missing !
After checking the gear, reviewing some basic skills such as the position on bike, brake techniques, and other security features... time to get going !
Our first drop off will be at Col Melogno for a gentle warm up on playful trails crossing historical hamlets. We head South West and cross 3 valleys riding on trails through woodlands with magnificent viewpoints. Seaviews, castle views, views of villages and medieval bridges...in just a few hours we are totally disconnected from day to day life. We end up in one of the most charming villages of the area, Colletta di Castelbianco, all rock and tiny terrasses. Let's take it easy, debrief let's get rehydrated, possibly a beer made in the backyard.
We settle in at our basecamp for the next two nights, and get ready to taste some local delicacies.
Ascent/descent : + 150 m/- 1800 m approx
Distance: 40 km riding / 20 km shuttle
Meals included : dinner
Accommodation : hotel
You want to feel the strength of a piece of wilderness, forests and deep green, where you feel so small and really great at the same time ? That's what you're in for today, a magnificent loop in Val Pennavaire. We leave our base on our bike, via an unused road to gradually ride up to the pass. That's where we start exploring on trails and bridges that were used many many years ago by the inhabitants and traders, and have nowadays become peaceful retreats to ride and make the most of small inlets with crystal clear water. This is a perfect opportunity for those who want to polish up their techniques and riding skills...for others, this is maybe simply a chance to enjoy the present moment, a good idea too !
Coffee ? Ristretto, macchiato ? Let's take it easy and enjoy the end of the afternoon, after a great days riding with lots to share and heaps of nice future memories [pictures].
Ascent/descent : + 200 m/- 1900 m approx
Distance: 30 km
Meals included: breakfast - dinner
Accommodation : hotel
Had a good breakfast and ready to hit the trails ? That's a good thing as we're starting off with a descent from Mont Galero (1708 m) where we get dropped off. Another varied single trail not much ran, though great fun. We arrive at Garessio, then Valcasotto, so close to the ultra-touristy places yet so little known, only the passionates know such places. We plunge into the hazel tree forest on a natural "pump-track", an easy going and playful trail, real wasteland with some easy banked turns, rollers and berms... The shuttle picks us up, we take a quick look at the majestic castles around, and meet Danila and Alessandra, our hosts of the charming locanda where we stay tonight, a charming old restaured mill. Just to make sure all is well, let's go and taste the cheeses in the neighbouring factory !
Ascent/descent : + 300 m/- 2100 m approx
Distance: 40 km riding and 25 km with shuttle
Meals included : breakfast - dinner
Accommodation : hotel
#1 Casotto mountain pass: first drop off. We start with a long mixing historical paths used by mule drivers and natural trails, we end up above Garessio.
#2 Quazzo mountain pass: second drop off. We head off an exceptional single trail that winds down to Bardineto.
#3 Giogo di Giustenice mountain pass: third and last drop off. Let's keep on moving, this time with fantastic seaviews down the Pietra Ligure trails, the latest not to be missed place to go riding. The locals have done their utterbest to shape perfectly thought single trails to have great fun and improve your riding.
Our last drop off takes us to the lively Finale Ligure. A nice evening along the coast await you guys!
Ascent/descent : + 200 m/- 2500 m approx
Distance: 40 km riding and 20 km with shuttle
Meals included : breakfast
Last morning of biking, full of colours. The shuttle takes you to the guide's favorite spots. You will love it!
After a lunch and a gelato on the seafront, unfortunately...it's time to set sail...or rather hit the road after an incredible and unique adventure. Transfer back to Briançon or Oulx for those who wish or those who have to go back to work...
Ascent/descent : + 200 m/- 1500 m approx
Distance: 20 km riding
Meals included : breakfast
Please note this itinerary is an example of a mountain biking trip and course in Finale Ligure and surroundings. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions, cable cars and mountain hut accessibilty as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision.
In case practices and customs defined by the local authorities change, estimating the reasonable number of clients per guide, for safety reasons, Azimut respects these, even last minute, decisions and recommendations. Such cases are rare and mostly related to exceptional conditions in the mountains. Therefore some compensation may be requested from your side due to less participants per guide.
Please wear your cycling clothes on day 1.
We always do our best, but can't guarantee the exact time of arrival at the train station (due to traffic or weather conditions). Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. If you're travelling by car, we'll meet you at one of the indicated meeting points, or at one of the drop off points where you'll be able to leave your car for the entire trip.
Make sure the train you plan to catch welcomes mountain bikes.
Public parking free of charge can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended).
Skill level **
For experienced mountain bikers wishing to progress on single track downhills, that are not necessarily steep, just technical (rocks, roots, ...) but not exposed. Ideal to build up and strengthen your basic skills.
Stamina level **
You may have to push or carry your bike on a few short sections, uphill sections are technical and require a relatively good physical conditions.
Cross-country trips and all mountain trips: max 1500 m uphill per day - between 2 & 4 hrs per day
Enduro: max 500 m uphill per day (sometimes slightly more but easy to ride)
Good to know: if you don't have the skills and stamina required, the guide may ask you to leave the group for the well-being of the rest of the group. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us !
4 to 7 participants
This trip can be mixed, MTB & E-MTB are accepted.
Azimut qualified mountain bike instructor & guide.
All our mountain bike guides are certified instructors. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.
Meet our guides and instructors just around the corner
Bring a small day pack large enough (for more detailed advice see gear section) to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) layers, a few snacks, your picnic and a repair kit. All other personal gear not needed for the day will be transferred to our accommodation.
A shuttle is at our disposal for logistics and technical assistance during the entire trip. Our shuttle drops us off at the start of rides, takes us back up for more descents and takes us back to our accomodation... What more could we ask for ?
No ski lifts on this trip.
The price includes:
- Trip arrangements & organisation upon arrival
- Minibus transfers from/to one of the indicated meeting points to the departure of the trip
- Luggage transfers with our minibus and private driver
- Accomodation on half-board basis for 3 nights in twin rooms
- Azimut mountain biking guide services for the entire trip (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation and transportation)
- Azimut welcome pack
The price does not include:
- Your transportation to/from the meeting point
- Gear rental if required
- Personal insurance
- Lunches (to allow for more flexibility)
- Any personal extras
- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”
A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure.
We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.
Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances with our partner, on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur (beware, such insurance only covers European citizens).
Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.
Azimut's minibuses are used throughout the trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and less binding: we can chat, take a nap and listen to our own music. If luggage transfers are necessary, you have the possibility to use the transfer if you're tired and for any other reason.
During the trip
Half board in cosy gîtes/hotelsin twin rooms with private bathroom and toilets . Depending on the size of group, you might be sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex.
- Bed linnen and towels provided
- Breakfasts and dinners are served at the gîte/hotel
- Single room supplement according to availability: 150 €
- Lunch in small local restaurants that offer a wide variety of dishes. For more flexibility and so you can choose yourself, lunches have on purpose not been included.
- Snacks: details are important especially after such demanding physical effort ! To boost your energy we've chosen to provide mulebars, organic, vegan, digest and extremely nourishing quality-wise without preservatives, food colouring or additives.
- For certain trips, it's possible to book a single or double room if available, with surcharge.
Before & after bike trips
Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book accomodation before or after the trip. All accomodation on the list is close to the meeting points and you may often benefit from preferential rates.
In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.
Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.
Free Wifi is available in most places.
Mobile & 4G coverage can be unreliable.
Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and give photos a funky edge !
- Mountain bike: all mountain type or enduro bike, with platform pedals or your own clip-in pedals (that we can mount on a rental bike)
- Backpack with a 20-25 liter capacity max
- Helmet & sunglasses are mandatory
- Mountain biking gloves (an extra pair of warm gloves can be useful)
- Knee and elbow protectors are highly recommended
- Low hiking shoes with flat soles, or your shoes for your clip-in pedals
- Repair kit including a set of brake pads (that match your brakes), a spare derailleur hanger, a quick link for your own chain, a pump, self adhesive patches, inner tubes with the right dimensions and anything else that may be specific to your bike.
If you don't have the adequate gear for this trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.
Prices of rental gear during the entire trip (competitive prices as we only charge you for the number of days of use on the trip):
Bike full suspension Enduro pack including a repair kit and a helmet - 5 days
Important: all our bikes are thoroughly checked before each trip. You are liable for any damage to the bike.
Prices and bike brands may vary according to availabilities and trip levels.
This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start. Prefer lightweight warm and comfortable clothing. This is not just a detail, it makes a hell of a difference !
- Sunglasses and glasses with clear lenses for forest sections and cloudy days (it's important to protect your eyes). Photochromic lenses adapt to light intensity and protection categories range from 1 to 3 or 2 to 4 to optimize visibility from shade to brightness. Very useful.
- A buff and/or thin beanie that you can put under your helmet if it's cold.
- Under layer: breathable long sleeved top as well as leggings to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Have this in mind if you need to update your wardrobe.
- Outer layer: a light fleece jacket and/or a light hooded down jacket that you can put under a jacket that has a breathable waterproof membrane (soft shell type or Goretex), easy to slip on during a break. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack
- Bottom layer: mountain biking shorts and leggings in case it gets cold
- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane.
- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed in pools or hot water springs baths.
- Good to have: an extra t-shirt in your bike backpack, appreciated after a big sweat on an uphill ride).
- Bike socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Remember this if you need to stock up.
- Slippers or crocs are recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfy ! www.charentaises.fr
Odds & ends
Toiletries and first aid kit
- Personal toilet bag
- To make up your a first aid kit, check out the Ifremmont website.
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