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Skedaddle Twaddle about Liguria in Italy

Liguria: Bring on the whoops!

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Skedaddler Clive Davies headed to Italy to sample the trails of Liguria by bike. He sent us some cracking photos from his time away.

Aside from coastal landscapes to rival the best, the Italian Riviera hides a secret network of mountain bike trails, that promise plenty of technical fun, which can be explored during our Riding the Riviera tour. With the promise of testing routes in the sunshine, Clive Davies headed off to Italy to see for himself. See his photos and write up to find out how he got on…

The fear: Setting out from sea level when you are Œmountain biking was always going to involve some climbing but as we made our way slowly up the steep rocky paths it wasn’t the climb that disturbed me, so much as those we passed on the way, all of them kitted out in their full face helmets and body armour, what was in store for us when we started to come down?

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The reality: I shouldn’t have worried; Finale has some of the best trails I have ever ridden, and our guide Lorenzo knew them all. Take your favourite bits of Coed Y Brenin, Dalby, Cannock Chase and the other UK trail centres, string them all together in a seemingly endless network of flowing singletrack, add sunshine and stunning views and well… you get the idea. Once you’ve tired yourself out on the trails, the perfect finish to your day comes in the form of a gelato and a swim in the Mediterranean!

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My advice? Just watch out for the Œwhoops, Lorenzo’s term for the various trail features requiring a degree of commitment, but which invariably result in an audible exclamation of satisfaction when successfully negotiated. Bring on the Œwhoops.

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Clive took on our mountain biking holiday Riding the Riviera in Italy. Click here to find out more about our cycling holiday here.

Head off on an Autumn adventure…

Forget those post summer blues! We’ve still got space on some of our most sought after biking destinations across Europe. With sunshine, singeltrack and too many fun trails to count, there’s no better way to ease yourself into autumn…

For biking with the chance to cool off in a sparkling, inviting sea, we’ve a couple of tours that promise to really thrill. In Italy, Riding the Riviera takes in the high coastal routes of this sunbaked Mediterranean destination. With a great combination of testing terrain, technical descents, magical forests and beautiful coastal vistas, there is plenty to take in. For more biking fun in the sun we recommend the Trans Andaluz in Spain or the Costa Verde in Sardinia,  both of which offer fantastic place to place adventures across impressive and varied landscapes…

If you’re looking to really push yourself, look no further than the Sensational Sierra Nevada, a challenging trip which takes you deep into the wild and rugged peaks of the epic Sierra Nevada.

Late Season Sunshine…


Looking for some late season, heart-pumping fun? If you don’t want the summer to end and are looking for diverse biking trails basked in glorious sunshine, it’s time to head to the continent and enjoy a late season getaway…

In Spain the epic Sierra Nevada takes you far from the beaten track, to explore dramatic rugged mountains, the second highest range in Europe.  Complete with rocky ridges and striking gorges, our loop tour of this region will give a fantastic overview of this mountain biker’s paradise. Over in Italy, Liguria offers plenty of single-track to really test the tyres. From fast, flowing routes to more tight, technical trails, the constant presence of the Mediterranean Sea also allows riders to cool down after a day in the saddle!

Or why not head to the island of Sardinia, which combines beautiful coastlines and rocky interior for maximum biking fun. For a moderate tour accessible to all, Costa Verde could be for you! Or, if you’re an experienced rider, you may prefer our North to South tour, Sardinia Traverse.