EWS Travel Finale Ligure, Italy

AN unforgettable, EXCLUSIVE EWS TRAVEL ADVENTURE IN THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

Finale Ligure in Italy is synonymous in the mountain bike world thanks to the Enduro World Series. So it was only natural that we should have an EWS Travel adventure in Finale, home of the Trophy of Nations 2019.

Your local guide for this adventure is not only a professional mtb guide, but also 2019 EWS Master Champion. As well as showing you the best lines on Finale classics, she’ll also get you away from the crowds and share her favourite backcountry secrets and hidden lunch stops with local farm owners.

Ride high above the Mediterranean on pristine singletrack, backcountry trails and remote shuttles, to then finish at the beach with a cold beer in hand on this exclusive EWS Travel experience in Finale Ligure.

Tour Dates 2020

  • 30 May – 6 June (6 PLACES)
  • 13 – 20 September

Trip Highlights

This EWS Travel adventure in Finale Ligure will take you beyond the usual Finale mtb experience.

You’ll leave the crowds behind to discover trails that even some locals have yet to ride, and soak up the contrasting cultures of mountain and beach life. Here are a few highlights to look forward to…

  • Follow the lines of your local guide, an EWS Master Champion
  • Discover remote trail gems, known only to a handful of locals
  • Take a private 4×4 shuttle to access hidden gems
  • Enjoy lunch at the hillside home of a local family
  • Join one of the trail builders to ride one of his own creations
  • Relax with a post-ride swim in the Med and beer on the beach
  • Receive a jam packed EWS goodie bag

THE ICONIC ENDURO DESTINATION

“This area, and the community within it, has shaped the sport as we know it today. Since the EWS first visited Finale in 2013, the region’s trail network has continued to grow, and what has been raced is only the tip of the iceberg. A week in Finale exploring these trails amongst the people who have helped to build, maintain and expand them is an opportunity not to be missed.”
Enduro Travel Madeira - Chris BallCHRIS BALLEWS Director

EWS Travel Finale Ligure Itinerary

This ultimate mountain bike experience in Finale Ligure will take you to parts of the region where some locals have never ridden. You’ll crest ocean ridge lines and descend beech wood singletrack, sampling traditional food and produce as you go. Most of your climbing will be shuttle-assisted, from van and Land Rover to modified monster-truck so be prepared for a lot of downhill grinning on this tour. But don’t be fooled, there’s still some hard work involved!

+Day 0 - Arrival in Nice - France

If you’re travelling a long way or across several time zones to Finale we advise arriving in Nice, France a day early to allow your body to adjust to local time and to make sure any flight or luggage delays don’t spoil your trip.

+Day 1 - Transfer to Finale - refresh + prepare for your bike tour

Your guide will meet you at the H+I preferred hotel in Nice in the morning, transfer you to Finale, and enjoy a coffee with everyone whilst chatting through the all-important pre-trip briefing. She will set the tone of the week ahead, explain the trails to come and answer any questions that you may have.

After your pre-trip briefing you’ll build bikes or set up rental bikes, before hitting the trails in this beautiful corner of Italy. Your guide will take you for a short warm-up ride to prepare the legs and the mind for the Finale style of riding, before returning back to your beach-front hotel for your first evening meal as a team.

Distance cycled: 10km (app. 3 hours)
Accommodation: Small 4* hotel Finale
Meals included: L, D

+Day 2 - Shuttle day - finale classics

You’ll have a very calm start to the day, watching people head for the beach and a day of sun-bathing, as you sip your cappuccino and enjoy a pastry.

After breakfast we’ll head to the bike room to collect your bikes and load them onto the trailer outside your hotel. From here we will head up into the mountains that surround Finale, around 1,100m in altitude.

We have a very short climb to the start point of our day of ‘Finale Classics’. We will build you up slowly to understand the terrain and riding style of Finale, but in the process we will tackle stages from the 2013, 2015 and 2016 EWS races.

As our stomachs start to rumble we will peel off the well-known trails and onto a more natural favourite of our guides. This will lead us to the home of a local family (friends of your guide) who have set up a table for us under some vines in their front garden, with a view over the valley below. We’ll enjoy delicious home-made Ligurian food and wine under the shade of the vines.

After our late lunch, we will ride a short uphill to the shuttle that will take us back to the tops of the mountain, where we will ride a varied selection of trails that will lead us all the way back to the beach bar for a post-ride beer and chance to swim in the Mediterranean.

Distance cycled: 30km (app. 7 hours)
Accommodation: Small 4* hotel Finale
Meals included: B, L

+Day 3 - Time to climb - coastal ridge lines + rocky descents

Today is your pedalling day. We will meet along the road from the hotel in the now familiar ‘Piazza’ in the middle of Finale. And when in a piazza you must have a coffee, so we start our climbing day with an espresso and a chat about today’s rides.

As we pedal out of town we will gradually leave behind the traffic and humid air, as we start climbing up and away from the seashore. Our climbs are not too difficult, but are sustained at 30-40 minutes each today, so plenty of water and suncream are essential.

The descents on this part of the mountain range are fun, flowing and at a perfect gradient for mountain biking, but every so often there are committing and technical rock features that will require brains to be in gear and ready for action.

As the day progresses and we are deep into our second climb, we will start a hike-a-bike portion that will take us to a rocky outcrop with 360° views over the surrounding valleys.

From the top of this descent we will take on a new trail that was opened up for the 2018 EWS race, flowing and swooping with an impressive chalk cliff dominating a large part of the trail that will lead us to an almost jungle environment.

For lunch today we will be in a cave/grotto restaurant that is also at the top of a wonderful descent – a descent that has featured in every EWS race in Finale, and a must do for any rider who visits this area, if you can find it.

The afternoon trails will drop us directly to Finale and the piazza, and a waiting ice cold beer and snacks. Life is pretty special in this corner of Italy.

Distance cycled: 40km (app. 8 hours)
Accommodation: Small 4* hotel Finale
Meals included: B, L

+Day 4 - That's Karma!

We start the day with a shuttle up the flanks of Mount Carmo and into Europe’s largest beech forest. We finish the climb by pedal power and a short section of hike-a-bike, until we reach a mountain ridge at almost 1,400m that will give us tremendous views all the way to the coast and beyond.

From the ridge this trail has it all; loose and dusty at the top, tight and swooping in the middle and rocky technical at the bottom, then leading onto village singletracks that will have us laughing and popping the bike over slab rock all the way to the beach and a seafood lunch.

As we finish off with a coffee and pull on our knee pads again, your shuttle for the afternoon will arrive – a 4×4 that will take us back up to 1300m on rough dirt roads that will take nearly an hour, just enough time for lunch to digest.

From here we will drop onto a newly built trail with the trail builder himself. This trail is full of loam and rocky corners, that will have grinning from ear-to-ear in what seems like a never ending trail made specifically for us. As the gradient gives way, we will ride along centuries old farming singletrack, made by the trail builders ancestors to take produce to and from the sea.

When we reach the beach we’ll hang a left on the promenade and head back to Finale for that post-ride swim and beer.

Distance cycled: 24km (app. 7 hours)
Accommodation: Small 4* hotel Finale
Meals included: B, L

+Day 5 - Half day single shuttle + afternoon at the beach

With such a packed week of mountain biking and descending, we are having a half day today. In the morning we will hit some Nato Base runs, picking off your preferred trails, sampling some new guide favourites and dialling those features you have had your eye on all week.

Then we will retire to the beach for a relaxed Italian lunch, long coffees and sample some ice cold white wine while watching the world go by in Finale.

In the evening we’ll saunter up to Finalborgo, the old town, to a favourite dinner location of ours, and continue eating and drinking Italian style into the warm evening hours.

Distance cycled: 23km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Small 4* hotel Finale
Meals included: B, L

+Day 6 - Remote singletrack adventure

Today we head into the backcountry, where locals who have biked in this region for the past ten years haven’t even ridden these trails!

Setting off early morning from the piazza we will travel around an hour and half along the coast and inland to our secret trail network near the village of Nava. These trails are all uplift assisted by a converted 4×4 9 seater bus, with a monster truck appearance and trailer to match.

We will spend the day shuttling and riding on a number of mountain ridges that resemble the fingers on a massive rock and tree lined hand. Your guide will weave from one side of the valley to the next, linking trails and valleys in such a way that you will feel you have been in multiple regions in one day.

As we pull up to a small village early afternoon you will be welcomed into the locals’ restaurant, where all walks of life come together to enjoy a three course lunch and down tools for an hour of chatting and relaxation.

As we finish up with a coffee and grab our bikes, we’ll take a shuttle to the highest trail of the day. You’ll enjoy around 1,300m of descent from this trail, that will see us above the tree line and dropping into ancient singletrack back to the valley floor, where towering cliffs reach high above your heads as we ride along the river back to the waiting van. A day to remember!

Distance cycled: 25km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small 4* hotel Finale
Meals included: B, L

+Day 7 - Backside Jeep day

On our final day in Finale we will ride from your accommodation through the medieval old town, weaving through the high walls that protect you from the intense sun.

Before loading our bikes on our final uplift vehicle of the week, an impressive 4×4 Landrover, we will grab a coffee and pastry in the morning light of the old town.

Our 4×4 shuttle will allow us to access a network of old and newly built trails on the backside of these coastal mountains. These trails have a very different feel to the front range – they are tighter and more natural feeling with some truly breathtaking chutes, berms and technical sections. We’ll ride to a mountain village where we settle down to a welcome lunch, topped off with home-made gelato!

After lunch we will shuttle back up to the top of the mountain where we will ride a new local trail that will criss-cross an access road, giving us a chance to shake our hands off and laugh at how awesome it is. Then we will head higher again to pick off our last run of the week. We will come down the front face all the way to the sea, taking in some trails we have been on earlier in the week, and mixing up with new ones to give us the best run of the week to finish.

As we reach the road we’ll weave through the lower parts of the valley, and back to hotel through singletrack lined with bright and colourful flowers, gardens and alleyways all the way to the sea and a swim with a final beer on the beach!

Distance cycled: 25km (app.7 hours)
Accommodation: Small 4* hotel Finale
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 8 - Departure day

Sadly this is the end of your EWS Travel experience in Finale. It’s time to pack your bike and head for home. Your guide will arrange pick up times from your hotel and deliver you to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight home. Arrivederci!

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: Your EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Finale, Italy and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience on our EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale.

+Tour price

EWS Travel Mountain Bike Tour of Finale Price

£1,950 / $2,828 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider of the same sex you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £350 / $508 USD will be payable.

Please note: A single room may not be available at time of booking.

H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe. Price includes:

  • Services of fully-qualified, English, French, Italian and Swedish speaking expert mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • All breakfasts and lunches, first and last evening meals.
  • All shuttles during the course of your tour
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotel
  • Support driver
  • Meet and ride with EWS trail builder
  • All ground costs
  • Transfers between Nice and Finale on day 1 and day 8
  • EWS goodie bags
  • All group safety equipment
  • Global Rescue medical and evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International/ domestic flights
  • Bike rental – we can arrange bike rental for you at a cost of £500/ $725 USD for the duration of the trip
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included


+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of it, by finding the perfect mountain bike tour for you. Be honest with yourself, if this adventure isn’t right for you, we have other mountain bike tours that may well be a better fit for your mountain biking experience and ability.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE+

  • You are generally comfortable riding most types of terrain in different conditions: singletrack, double track, muddy, dry, loose, bedrock…
  • You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
  • You’ll have a go on moderate technical features, such as small rock gardens, small drops and steeper sections, but may get off and walk certain technical features
  • You ride more than once a week throughout your biking season
  • And the ‘+’ part of ‘Intermediate+’ means that you will be aiming to tackle more of those moderate technical features

Fitness level: 5

  • You have a good level of bike fitness, exercising at least three times every week throughout the year, for an hour at a time
  • You can ride a mountain bike for up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle two or three fairly significant climbs a day, up to 600 metres each

Typical trails you’ll be riding

  • Much of the riding you’ll do on our EWS Travel MTB tour of Finale will be done on EWS racing trails, on a variety of different terrain
  • Double track: undulating forest roads made up of hard-packed dirt and small rocks
  • Singletrack: mainly forested and ridgeline trails with roots crossing the trails; steep descents, some very flowing, others more technical; golf ball-sized rock gardens; dusty loose trails and purpose built MTB trails
  • Some of the trail sections are hundreds of years old, so are not always buff purpose built trails, they are natural walking trails that link villages across the region and surfaces may be soft and/or muddy at times


+Arrival + departure details

Your EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale will start and end in Nice, France.

We advise you arrive the day prior to your tour start date and spend one night in Nice, allowing for any delays to flights to luggage and being ready for your guide to meet you there the following morning. Your guide will meet you in the foyer of your hotel and he/she will be holding an H+I Adventures sign and wearing an H+I ride top.

On the last day of the tour, your guide will ensure you are dropped off at Nice airport in time to catch your flight home. Therefore, we would advise booking your flights home no earlier than 2pm on your day of departure.

If your departure flights differ from this, we would be happy to help book you into an airport hotel overnight, if needed.

+Travelling to Nice

Your EWS Travel adventure in Finale with start in France, in the Côte d’Azur city of Nice. Nice airport is well-served by many major airlines from all over the world.

For up-to-date timetables and booking visit:

Here are some tips and video on how to pack your bike for travel.

Visas

Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to visit Italy. For more information on visa requirements visit the Schengen visa site.

+Preparing yourself + your bike for your adventure

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale, so that you have everything you need!

Our mountain bike tour of Finale is for Intermediate+ riders with level 5 fitness. The ideal bike for the Finale trails is a good quality full-suspension bike with around 150-170mm of front travel.

To get the most out of your mountain bike tour in Finale you should plan some training in advance of your tour.

If you are travelling with your own bike, you must ensure that it has been properly serviced before the trip.

We have some handy tips on how to do this, however if this isn’t possible for you we can arrange rental of a high quality full suspension mountain bike for the duration of your EWS Travel adventure in Finale.

+Your mountain bike guides in Italy

Our mountain bike guides in Finale, Italy are of the highest level.

They are qualified in first-aid and they have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these remote, wild and beautiful parts of Finale, Italy.

Your head guide Louise is also 2019 Enduro World Series Master Champion – so she knows her way around a bike!

Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the trails of the Finale area and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will do their best to make sure that everyone in the group has a great time.

+Accommodation + food

We aim to use the best, locally-run accommodation in each country, and that which is traditional to that specific area, whether it be city or mountain.

On this EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale you’ll be staying in one hotel for the duration of your visit. The reason for this is that the region is small enough that we can reach all four corners within one-and-a-half hours of Finale, allowing us to work with the weather to deliver the best trail experience each day.

We will enjoy a wide array of food on our EWS Travel Finale tour, all of which is prepared with the greatest of care and skill, using local ingredients.

+Health + safety

No vaccinations are required for visiting Finale.

We recommend you check before drinking tap water, but 99% of this is safe for consumption. Bottled or filtered water will be readily available throughout the trip.

Also, please let us know if you have any special food requirements, allergies or pre-existing conditions your guides should know about.

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Your health and safety is on our EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale is our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.

+Currency + foreign exchange

The official currency of Italy is the Euro. ATM machines are readily available throughout Italy.

Tipping

It is not compulsory to tip your guides or drivers in Finale, but if you feel that you have had a good service or experience on your mountain bike tour of Finale, you can tip at your discretion.

It is not compulsory to tip in restaurants, however should you wish to tip your servers, 10% of your meal cost would be acceptable.

+Travel insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads who specialise in adventure travel. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: our EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Fianle and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale, Italy.

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We only run small group mountain bike tours to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally groups of 7 people on this experience. We can stretch to a maximum of ten if it’s a group of friends. The minimum number of people we require to run this mountain bike tour of Finale is four.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

Our EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Finale caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old.

  • Q. What style of mountain bike tour is it?

This EWS Travel Finale adventure is a guided mountain bike vacation, ideal for Intermediate+ mountain bikers. The terrain you’ll be riding consists of double track and singletrack through thick forests, villages and coastal mountain ridges. You’ll encounter some steep descents and rooty sections, as well as fabulous, swooping descents. These trails are part of the EWS racing series, so can be technical. Altitude is not a factor here.

  • Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?

The distances we cover each day range from 30km to 40km, in accordance with the altitude and height gain/ loss on each stage. We will gain a lot of your height via shuttle, but you will still need to ride and climb. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

  • Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a day pack with you whilst riding with all of your spares and repairs, warm and waterproof clothing. Your main bags will stay at your centre based accommodation throughout the tour.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills help during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your EWS Travel Finale tour. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain bike holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your mountain bike guides are local to Finale and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of Finale. They are also EWS racers and trail builders, who get involved in every aspect of the EWS races when they are in town.

Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of your mountain bike tour of Finale. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip.

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

On this mountain bike tour in Liguria, Italy you will be staying in one hotel in the main town of Finale Ligure. The reason for this, is each corner of our riding area can be reached within an hour-and-a half.

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

All breakfasts, all lunches, and dinner on the first and last nights.

  • Q. What type of mountain bike is best for the trip?

A good quality full suspension with 150-170mm front travel would be ideal for this EWS Travel mountain bike tour of Fianle.

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

You should bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike adventure.

  • Q. Will there be a chance to get laundry done?

Yes, you will have the chance to have laundry done each evening.

  • Q. Can I bring a drone with me?

Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled mountain bike experience in every destination we ride. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience and health & safety.

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