Why ride with Justride?
Simply put: We are a small rider driven company with passion for bikes, the area we live in and have 15 years experience of showing riders to our trails. Our main guide Louise simply loves to ride bikes and show you around her hood. Being a local and a racer she has been to every corner in the area and, more importantly, is updated on the state of the trails.
We will accommodate the trail choice to the group’s needs, demands and experience. Our focus is service, safety and making sure every rider has a great time. We set up your stay with accommodation, airport transfer, full days of shuttle assisted mtb and local knowledge of the best places for after-bike hangout!
To access the trails we use our private shuttle service but also pedal a bit when we need to get to the hidden jewels.
What are the trails like in Finale Ligure?
The biggest advantage is the variety of trails we have; flown beech forrest trails in the hills, rocky slabs, windy single track, loose gravel by the coast, you name it. The area has grown into a still evolving immense network of trails, all manmade. According to Trailforks there are 113 trails and 200km of trail. Some are shorter, 1-2 km with 2-300 m descending but some are 7 km long, they just keep going! Make sure to bring your wish list! We have to put a notice that riding in Finale Ligure and its surroundings is not easy. For a rider to enjoy their time here we recommend you are past the beginner level. You need to be able to choose a line, be comfortable with natural rock and uneven terrain.
Why should I have a mtb guide?
What can be daunting is the lack of signs in the area so the importance of a local guide that can show you the trails adapted to your group and also capable to organise the logistics behind is important to get the most out of your stay in Finale. Here at Justride we have 13 years of experience, you get to discover the classics like Rollercoaster and the Natobase area as well as the less known tracks and the newly developed backcountry single tracks. A qualified guide is also equipped in case of accident and can quickly handle an emergency situation.
What is a shuttle day like?
Shuttles run from 9.00am to 5.00pm. That can be anything from 5-10 rides in a day depending on the choice of trails and the group’s ability. Groups are 5-7 riders with one guide. You need to bring lunch or €10-15/day for the lunch stops where a biker’s menu is often offered. A full face helmet is highly recommended and knee pads are mandatory.
What is a pedaled day tours like?
Pedaled day tours are circa 6 hours with lunch stop to rest and refuel. Either we stop for lunch in one of the picturesque restaurants in the valleys or we can stop for a quick panini at a bar. Generally we do 3-4 ups/day depending on the group, which makes 1000-1600m up in a day, being 3-400m up in one strap. Uphills are on Tarmac, dirt road and trail.
What should I bring?
An enduro bike, a rear-hanger, a couple of spokes(both brand specific and can save a holiday!), a cool helmet, some eye wear, a backpack with essentials for easy repairs, a thin rain/wind jacket, knee pads, sun screen, camelpac/hydrapac or similar.
What bike do you recommend?
An enduro bike with around 150-170 cm of travel, preferably tubeless 2 ply tires or DD,DH, telescopic seat post is helpful.
Make sure your bike has new brake pads, that the bike is clean and has had a good check through before coming on your holiday. It’s more fun for everyone!
Is there a bike shop in Finale Ligure?/Can I rent a bike in Finale Ligure?
There are a few of bike shops in the area now and it is possible to rent a decent bike on location. I highly recommend the Santa Cruz test center at Ultimate bike shop.
However it is useful that you bring specific parts/tools for your bike to not be left stranded on your holiday.
Do I need a sports insurance?
It is your responsibility to make sure you have the appropriate insurance for your activities during your stay with us. Mountain biking is a high-risk activity practiced at your own risk!
What’s the weather like?
Finale Ligure has Mediterranean climate with spring and autumn generally dry with shorter rainy spells and around 10-20 C. The summers are dry and warm 25-30 C. November to February the temperatures are around 5-15 C but less stable, it can be dry with fantastic biking conditions but we can also get a lot of rain during longer periods in the winter. www.ilmeteo.it