If you ride your mountain bike a lot, you probably already know Finale Ligure. This Italian bike wonderland on the Ligurian coast has been attracting bikers for years. The Finale Ligure cemented its place on the international MTB stage when the Enduro World Series (EWS) made it a stop in its annual event. It was, therefore, only logical that the FOCUS team could no longer escape the region’s spell. So, we packed our bags and headed to check out the 100+ trails.
What we found, blew our minds: the combination of ingeniously-built flow trails with natural mountain paths here is unique worldwide. The irresistible Italian flair that we experienced in Finale Ligure and in the medieval town of Finalborgo also made the experience extra special. To top it off, you can spend a few days sunbathing next to the Med after your rides. Oh, and we almost forgot, after an action-packed day outdoors, you can tuck into Italian food – perfection.
In this Collection, Fabi, Matze and Marco reveal their favorite routes that are easy to ride on both MTB and E-MTB. In Finale, you’ll often take a shuttle from trail to trail. Tough bikers like to pedal the uphills, which can be quite steep, themselves, but you can also have a little help from an e-mountain bike. We simply took both with us for testing and rode some of the trails with e-bikes. Nevertheless, the routes are also wonderful on a standard bike.
Traveling to Liguria from Germany is very easy. You can travel by train directly to Finale Ligure or drive via Brenner or Switzerland. Both options are convenient and comfortable. If you live a little further away, you can also fly to Milan or Genoa and then continue your journey by train.
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Matze - mechanic:
“This (for Finale conditions) relaxed tour through the immediate hinterland of Finale Ligure takes you on the trail of grandiose MTB races right into the Ligurian mountain idyll.It starts in Finale Ligure, where you first pedal up to the starting point of the legendary 24-hour race. From there it goes a little further and then finally to a known section of the race, the Toboga. This trail achieves a rating of S1 on the single trail scale and is a nice flowing, relaxed affair. Then it's part of the way back to the entrance to the Briga, again a fun S1 trail that was already part of the Enduro World Series (EWS).As soon as you have reached Finale again, the next uphill is pending. The Ruggetta is one of the most famous trail finals, as it can be reached quickly and easily without a shuttle. Both the Briga and the Ruggetta can be easily driven as individual half-day tours if you prefer to spend the morning or afternoon on the beach.You end your tour again on the Finale Ligure promenade, where a cold Aperol Spritz is already waiting for you in the piazza. ”
Fabi - Lead Engineer:
“This big round in Finale connects some of my favorite trails. It starts with a one-way shuttle to Din. From there to warm up once down the Roller Coaster. Then it gets more technical and tight with Kill Bill II.Cacciatore is the last trail of the first descent, so full concentration is required again. The next climb on asphalt towards Nato Base takes a while, but it's not super steep.A short trail in between loosens your legs. We don't go all the way up to the NATO base but turn onto the gravel path, which leads straight to the start of what I think is the best trail in Finale: Ingenere! Flowing but sometimes technical, the trail ends on a road that leads straight to Orco. Here it is advisable to take a little breather and refill the energy storage. To get going again, head up towards Nato Base. However, we turn very quickly and take the Casa Bianca Trail.Back through Orco, the last climb of the day is waiting. Back on asphalt we drive towards the hinterland. You don't get to this area very often. The destination is the trail that leads to Ciapin Lodge. This trail was a stage of the EWS 2015 and is a lot of fun. The trail ends here again near a road that leads through one of the countless valleys back to Finale, where you can taste the well-deserved ice cream. ”
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Marco Fontana - Pro Rider:
“The Ligurian coast is so beautiful that you can't really explore it enough. Therefore, we have the Liguria 90 on offer for adventurous bikers with good physical condition. At just over 90 kilometers and almost 2,800 meters in altitude, we take you on well-known trails and hidden pearls through the enchanting Ligurian hinterland.Of course, it is also possible to split this tour over several days. Simply use the multi-day route planner and adapt your stages exactly as you want to drive them.In principle, the same pattern always awaits you on this tour: a few hundred vertical meters of uphill, followed by beautiful trails with a view that meander over mountain ridges. The level of difficulty of the trails is relatively moderate with values between S0 and S2 on the single trail scale. This means that you can probably do the tour well with a hardtail, which is certainly good news for your condition due to the high altitude.Because of the mountain noise, you should not forget to take a closer look at these small villages (and the castle ruins!). Otherwise you will miss an essential part of the Ligurian cultural landscape.Please remember to take enough food and especially a drink with you for this tour. You will probably not be able to replenish your supplies for some stretches. ”
Marco Fontana - Pro Rider:
“This tour is something for connoisseurs and those who want to become one. If you already know the trails around Finale Ligure or if you are looking for an adventure, our Liguria Unknown tour is just the thing for you. You will explore the hinterland of Laigueglia, Andora and Cervo on this tour.You start in Laigueglia on two trails, which are hiking trails and trails that are used in both directions. Therefore, caution is required here. There is also the option of bypassing part of this section on a normal road. To do this, take a look at the map before you set off. However, the natural experience is more beautiful on this route.Once at the top, you have the first flow of the day. On three old hiking trails through the Ligurian highlands you drive along the ridge to an old castle ruin, the exploration of which is a wonderful opportunity for a short break.Then you drive towards Andora and then tackle the next climb. Here, too, you will be rewarded with a flowing view dream before the small village of Cervo invites you to explore (and for an espresso).The way back you start on the coastal road towards Andora, where you dive into the mountains again and drive back roads to the region behind Laigueglia. Finally, you can shoot the first two uphill trails into the valley, where the tour ends right on the beach. ”