Starting in the mountains of Sospel in the Provence region of France and finishing on the beaches of the Italian Riviera – a must do for any mountain bikers bucket list. Our extensive knowledge of the area has enabled us to link up the best trails in the Southern Maritime Alps to bring you this amazing backcountry tour.
*1,395€ approx £1,150
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This 6 day tour is fully supported. Amazing regional cuisine and great accommodation from converted country farmhouses to beachfront hotels. You will arrive at each location by bike whilst your luggage will be waiting for you at your next destination.
Day 1 – Arrival – Pick up from Nice airport for the 45min transfer to your accommodation for the first two nights – Chapel St Gervais, near Sospel, a lovely converted farmhouse and chapel situated in lush meadows overlooked by the mountains. Once unpacked and bikes built there may be an opportunity to do a shake down ride on the “city trails” of Sospel.
Day 2 – L’Escarèn & Sospel
We start the day with a short warm up ride above Sospel before we take the stunning drive from sospel at 260m up to Col de Turini at 1607m. After a quick espresso and a short pedal along the ridge, we ride our first alpine descent of the day, with a mix of switchbacks, loam and fast ancient mule trails to Moulinet. After another shuttle the terrain really changes as we ride the open moon rock trails of Disneyland in the Val Paillon down to L’Escarène. After lunch we ride a couple of other moondust trails before the final run “Polyvetta” back down to Sospel. After a few bières pression we head back to the Farmhouse where our host Pascale will prepare an amazing home sourced dinner.
Day 3 – Val Roya & Val Argentina to Molini
We make our way up the Roya Valley and down to Molini. There will be 3-4 awesome high alpine descents with a shuttle to 2000m to finish with the amazing Kop Killa trail into Molini. You will receive a warm reception by the locals of Molini and owners of the family run Albergo Santo Spirito where you will stay for 3 nights.
Day 4 – Molini Shuttle day – You will ride the local shuttle trails of Molini and some of the higher hinterland trails of the Val Argentina. Expect to ride about 40km and about 5000m vert all on
singletrack with no pedalling!! Evening meal will be at the L’Erba Gatta a lovely restaurant in the stunning mountain town of Triora.
Day 5 – Il Padrino The Godfather – One of our signature days is to ride the Via dei Alpini, a trail hacked into the cliff faces during the wars… not for the faint hearted!! A huge 1800m drop trail will take us to Pigna for a late lunch before a couple of shuttle runs back to Molini. You will enjoy a hearty meal at the Santo Spirito after a great day in the saddle.
Day 6 – Alp to Sea – Today we leave Molini and head for the beach!! After a couple of local shuttles we will make our way up to Mt Ceppo to be greeted by an incredible ridgeline trail that takes us to Bajardo a stunning hilltop town at 1000m. After lunch we will ride the trails above San Romolo before the final descent through the old town to the Casino in Sanremo. After enjoying a few drinks along the seafront we will head to our beach hotel.
Day 7 – Sanremo/ Val Prino – The last day of the trip we will ride directly above the Riviera, whether it be through the pretty villages and olive terraces of Val Prino or the insane trails of Sanremo/San Romolo.. In the evening we will go to a coastal restaurant or have a farewell bbq or some lush seafood on the beach
Day 8 – Departure for the 1hr trip back to Nice Airport.
Accommodation varies from excellent hotels along the Riviera to rustic but comfortable farmhouses and refuges in the mountain villages. The package is based on two persons sharing a room, a single supplement may apply if you require a single room. Bathrooms will be a mix of shared and en-suite with toilet and shower facilities. The food will be plentiful, authentic and delicious. We will stop at local trattorias and restaurants for lunch.
Our tours are fully supported and your luggage will be transported for you, so all you need to take is your own bike and backpack. You will arrive at each destination by bike, so no lengthy transfer times. We will collect and drop you off from Nice NCE airport, France.
The trails on this tour are for the experienced mountain biker where a good level of fitness and technical skill are required. Expect challenging and technical singletrack and some exposure. In sections you will need to carry your bike, there will also be river crossings and depending on the season there may be snow wedges to cross.
The Sospel – Molini tour runs from late April until early November. There may be some variations to the itinerary above due to Snow conditions in the early season.
- The package is based on 7 nights arriving Saturday and departing the following Saturday.
- 6 days mountain bike guiding
- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
- 6 nights dinner (final night we will eat at local restaurant or a bbq on the beach)
- Vehicle shuttle support
- Transfer of luggage to each new location
- Airport transfers to and from Nice airport
Price does NOT include:
- Lunches (budget around 10€ each per lunch)
- Evening dinner on final night
- Single supplements
* The price is based on two people sharing and a group number of 6. If there is an odd number then a triple room may be provided. If you require a single room a supplement will apply. See our terms and conditions.