Finale Ligure

In an attempt to escape the never-ending snowy Swiss winter I spent several days last week riding Enduro trails in Finale Ligure. With almost year round sunshine and mountains that rise straight up from a pretty Italian town on the edge of the Mediterranean sea, Finale is fast becoming one of those must visit places for mountain biking and its easy to see why. A network of amazing trails run through the spectacular mountains surrounded by views of the sea, ancient castles, huge rocky gullies and pretty villages with great coffee (priority!).

Despite the reputation for sunshine we timed it wrong and had torrential rain nearly every day. The locals said they wouldn’t bother riding – it’s muddy, the rocks are really slippy and dangerous, it won’t be fun they advised. Of course we ignored them and found some amazing riding despite the mud and rivers running down the trails. They were right about the greasy rocks though, wet limestone would make road biking on sheet ice seem grippy! The trails are tough but incredible, long climbs followed by physical technical descents full of tight switchbacks, loose stones and rocky drops. Luckily I was on-board my new Specialized Stumpjumper Evo, the most fun bike you can ever imagine, it gets up the hills no bother and skips playfully back down taking anything you throw at it. Time to see what the fuss is about and try some enduro racing I think!

A monster 9 hour train ride later and I arrived back in Zurich to find spring has arrived, temperatures have gone up 10 degrees and the snow has melted – wahoooooo!

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