The perfect MTB week in trail heaven – Finale Ligure

Mountain Biking Collection by Julia

Finale Ligure has long been known as the Garden of Eden of the MTB areas among Enduro bikers. Originally famous as a seaside resort, it's a holiday paradise for sun-seeking outdoor enthusiasts. The Ligurian Alps directly hug the sea, making beach visits and biking (or climbing) possible on the same day. After a long day in the saddle, you can tuck into a big plate of pasta or fresh fish, washed back with some gelato or tiramisu – bliss!

The special thing about Finale Ligure is not only its unique location but also its trails. Mountain bikers come back year after year to ride over 100 enduro trails here. However, this area is not for beginners. The terrain is steep and rocky at the least and often blocked, rooty and full of tight curves. There’s also plenty of exposed slopes on some trails. So the saying goes among enduro bikers: ‘the trails are difficult or finale-difficult.’ Biking here is on another level than elsewhere, even compared to the Alps.

You won't find any easy trails in this Collection as there simply aren't any, so come prepared. In addition to a fully-functioning mountain bike with sufficient suspension (I recommend at least 150 millimetres), adequate protective equipment is vital. Many bikers here ride with full-face helmets, knee and elbow pads and back protectors. If you aren’t sure if your bike is up to the finale trails, you can rent one on site.

Finale Ligure is a very large MTB area. The legendary endless descents mean that you will have to pedal uphill a lot. There are no chair lifts here, but there are a lot of shuttle companies that can transport you through the mountainous hinterland for the day. Most of the time there is also a MTB guide on the shuttle who shows you the best trails in the area, but you can also go on your own. Hard-boiled bikers take on the very steep and long uphills themselves. Decide for yourself what you want to do or just change from day to day. And, if you want a day out of the saddle, you can chill on the beach and soak up the sun.

You can get to Finale Ligure either by car (from Munich via Brenner or Switzerland in about eight hours) or by train (about ten hours). Finale Ligure is also easy to reach by plane via Genoa or Milan. Locally, getting around without a car is actually no problem. You can either stay overnight in Finale Ligure, close to the beach, or in the charming medieval Finalborgo. Shuttles run every morning from there, and it's a quick ten-minute cycle to the Finale Ligure from the parking lot.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    34.2 mi
    6.0 mph
    5,975 ft
    6,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    New to Finale Ligure? Then this tour is a must-do for you. Here you drive two of the most popular Finale trails and an almost obligatory uphill to Base NATO. So you get a good feeling for the terrain and the logic of the trail builders in this region. If you only want to pedal part of the tour yourself, we recommend replacing the first uphill to Melogno (DIN) with a shuttle. So you get to about 850 vertical meters with constant depth meters.For all brave uphill treaders, the Osteria DIN is the ideal breather after the first 1,000 (!) Meters of altitude. Here you can relax with an espresso or a hearty lunch before heading out on the trails.The rollercoaster has cult status among the Finale fans. With its constant ups and downs, the name program and your cheers are almost inevitable. Incredible flow is always paired with technical sections that should not be underestimated when wet. The lower part of the trail is also classified as S3 on the single trail scale. S2 is more likely at the top.Now it is time for the big climb of the day (except Melogno pedals). On an asphalt road that is very frequented by shuttles, you crank up to Osteria DIN. From here it goes much more gently, but steadily uphill via roads and small feeder trails to Base NATO. Once at the top, another break is recommended, which you can combine with exploring the ruins of the old NATO base. Then it goes on to the final downhill of the day.First you follow the Cravarezza, a flowing S1 trail that is perfect for swinging in. This merges seamlessly into the Ingegnere, another favorite of the finals. Here you can also expect perfect flow, but at S2 level with steep sections, rock and root stages. Especially at the end of the trail, your technical skills will be challenged again on a rather long blocked section before you roll out the last kilometers of the tour relaxed on the road.

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  • Difficult
    8.47 mi
    6.6 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Bondi tour is the perfect start to an action-packed week in Finale Ligure or perfect for in between, if you don't feel like a shuttle.The 320 vertical meters are quickly mastered in a pleasant climb on an asphalt road. The first few meters you drive on the main road between Finale and the motorway, which means a lot of traffic and noise. However, drivers here are used to cyclists on the road and (mostly) take care.After the roundabout, it immediately becomes quieter and you can enjoy the dreamy, rustic villages and the view. The last part of the climb leads through the forest on a forest road.Pleasure comes after work: The Bondi Trail is a picture book trail with an incredible amount of flow. It is the ideal gentle introduction to the final terrain and at the beginning a playful flow trail with a few pebbles and roots, before it slowly but surely becomes more and more crisp. I accidentally swallowed a quite remarkable stone step very easily because I was in the flow - that's what perfect trails feel like!The challenges await later. The curves are tightening and you can tell from the pain of your index fingers that the trail has become really steep. For finals, however, everything is still in the green and at the end of the tour you will probably consider exchanging the deserved final espresso in Finalborgo for another round of Bondi.

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  • Difficult
    9.64 mi
    4.9 mph
    1,875 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Without the first climb to Base NATO and the way home from Mallare to Finale, the altitude difference on this tour is quite manageable. If you are looking for a relaxed half-day tour (for finale conditions) in the hinterland, you've come to the right place. However, if you have ambitions to have conquered the demanding uphill to Base NATO yourself, plan a whole day. Please also note that the tour ends approximately 18 kilometers from Finale Ligure in Mallare.The most beautiful tours start downhill, including this one: The steep, rooty and stony Sentiero 115 is guaranteed to get you out of your comfortable shuttle half-sleep within seconds. On about two kilometers of downhill fun, which despite the S2 / S3 classification feels somehow flowy on the single trail scale, you grooved perfectly for the rest of the tour.Now the first meters of altitude are due to get you started on the Neverland Trail. According to map S0 this is what could not be further from the truth. The Neverland Trail is not quite as rocky as other Finale trails, but just as steep, full of tight curves and (very slippery when wet) root passages. He earned at least one S2. He gets full marks on the fun scale.The second uphill is the longer of the two and also the steeper. Added to this is the not always flat nature of the road, which justifies the fact that in Finale Ligure many shuttle vehicles have all-wheel drive.A very popular trail with the charming name Little Dog is now waiting for you. It is the most flowing trail of this tour and at the beginning a relaxed S1, later more S3 with hairpin bends, blocked passages and steps. An absolute dream at the end, before you either get picked up by a shuttle or take the long way home.

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  • Difficult
    12.5 mi
    7.6 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This half-day tour leads over a largely unpaved bumpy slope through beautiful Italian mountain scenery up to the starting point of the iconic 24-hour race. This is where the hard work really gets going: The DH Huomo Trail is a genuine downhill trail that rightly reaches an S4 on the single trail scale. A great enduro round for advanced bikers.It starts in Finalborgo or Finale Ligure, depending on where you sleep. The first kilometers you follow paved roads along the coast into the valley and the first meters of altitude on a winding mountain road. Then the beautiful part of the uphill begins: on a gravel road, your way leads to Ponte Romani, an old Roman bridge and then on through the idyllic hinterland of the Ligurian mountains.At the beginning, the route is easy to ride. Later it gets steep and somewhat blocked, making this climb one of the few enduro uphills in the region. Many bikers also choose this route as a simple downhill flow trail. Therefore, increased attention is required in the high season.With burning calves you reach the mountain top at Camping Terre Rosse. Here you can either linger in the cozy restaurant or you have a few snacks and drive the first few meters of the DH Huomo (here S1) to rest for a few minutes with a breathtaking sea view.Then it goes downhill - and by downhill I mean steep-blocked-scree-where-is-here-a-line-downhill. I definitely didn't ride everything on this trail and had a look at individual sections on foot beforehand to find out how I could get my bike down there. What looked totally easy a few days before at the EWS professionals poses several riddles.It takes me about the same time for the descent as for the uphill - but the experience is still worth it! Alone the view over the Mediterranean Sea glistening in the sun and the surrounding mountains make up for our efforts. In the valley you can jump straight from the bike into the sea and celebrate that you have mastered this trail.If you drove this tour in the morning and don't have enough afterwards, I recommend the La Briga tour afterwards:

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  • Intermediate
    6.51 mi
    6.0 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Briga tour is a relaxed little round for afternoons, when you have eaten too much Italian pasta at lunchtime or after a sun-drenched beach morning you still want to climb a few meters. I strongly recommend taking this tour in the afternoon or early evening as the landscape is bathed in golden light at this time and makes the tour even more beautiful.You start comfortably from the promenade in Finale Ligure in an easterly direction and find yourself quite quickly on a relatively quiet asphalt road, which you follow all the way up. Make sure you take a few short breaks along the way to enjoy the phenomenal view of the bay (s) and the sea.Once at the top, you have two options: either you take the first signposted trail entry onto the classic La Briga (single trail scale S1-S2) or you follow my suggested tour to the La Briga Express (S3), a new variant. The La Briga Express ends up in the classic trail at some point, but before that it is a crisp announcement that is steep, rocky, downhill on a slope and full of hairpin bends in the usual finale manner. Great fun for drivers who appreciate challenges!The rest of the Briga is a very relaxed flow trail with no big surprises, which is especially charming in the soft evening light. The tour ends at the Piazza in Finale Ligure, where the well-deserved Aperol Spritz is already waiting for you.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    71.3 mi
  • Duration
    11:42 h
  • Elevation
    11,100 ft

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