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Posted: Jun 25, 2019 at 7:00 Quote
Constable13 wrote:
yxbix wrote:
hi, everyone,
we have a riding week in Livigno in August, a group of 4 - two experienced and two beginners. We are bringing our enduro bikes and plan to hit both Mottolino and Carosello parks
Hi, generally speaking Mottolino is a proper bike park for dh and enduro bikes, Carosello instead is way younger and great part of the trails are just few years old. Mottolino trails are quite flowy on top, bottom sections are steeper, rougher and definitely more technical, while Carosello's are 90% flow trails, which I've been riding super fine with my xc carbon hardtail, remaining 10% is made up of a enduro specific trails (MTB7 and MT9 trails).
When you get to the top of the Carosello 3000 lift, a 30 minutes (approximately) ride to the best viewpoint of the valley is definitely worth the effort. (Madonon trail brings you there https://www.carosello3000.com/it/estate/mountain-bike-livigno/trails/madonon )
Carosello trails https://www.carosello3000.com/it/estate/mountain-bike-livigno/trails

yxbix wrote:
were also wondering if any of the guided trips listed here are worth taking? We are considering any S2/S3 trip with focus on tech or flow, figure it would be a nice change from park riding and a chance to actually ride together as a group. Specifically POSCHIAVINO + LA TORNATISSIMA TRAIL and BERNINA + COL D' ANZANA TRAIL are of interest. Anyone here done them and are they worth the price? Any other suggestions also welcome. Thank you fellow pinkbikers.


The guy (Adam) running that website and actually guiding mtbkers around the valley would definitely let you enjoy those rides, but if you are willing to climb/push up few tough trails you'll be able to ride some very nice and natural trails starting from your doorstep.
About those trips you mentioned:
POSCHIAVINO + LA TORNATISSIMA TRAIL: I can't help with this one, I know the area quite well but I've never been riding those trails included in this tour.
BERNINA + COL D' ANZANA TRAIL: first half of this one is about the same as the previous tour you mentioned, so I can't help with that. I've been riding downhill from Col d'Anzana to Tirano and scenery wise that was really nice (make sure you pick a sunny day Big Grin ), trail itself didn't really fire me up much. If you like riding on rocks it'd be a good one for you. First 2kms down from the Col are nothing special, flat, no turns, great view, then you'll ride about 2 more kms on rocks, then the trail will get definitely more technical, steep, loose and you'll face quite a few hairpin turns.

My suggestion would definitely be to head to the Cancano lake area, which is just north of Bormio and east of Livigno, that wont require a guide to get you there. Getting there is just about riding a 3 kms steep uphill, then you'll have 5 kms of fast and loose downhill (half dirt road, half great singletrack, great one. Searching "Sorgenti Adda trail" on youtube may let you see this singletrack).
EDIT: this trail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7nPpm1Ky9Y , yellow shorts guy is the mtb guide we spoke above

Once you get to the lakes you can decide to head back to Livigno by riding another steep climb and have a blast riding down from Trela Pass [trail is never too steep or technical, just fast and steady downhill, so much fun] (Italian: Passo Trela) ( http://bit.ly/2Y0I3nR this one, riding clockwise ) or you can head up to one of the most scenic trail of the area, which is this one https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/173428730#map=15/46.6037/10.2303&layers=C https://www.mtblivigno.eu/sites/default/files/styles/contentbilder/public/anteprima-tour/file_11-08-15_13_37_28.jpg?itok=NvT7C0Bn.

When you get to the top of Mottolino, don't get caught too much by all those pure DH trails, this one is definitely worth a ride http://bit.ly/2Y1JemO , it's not technical, it's fast, a bit exposed (don't drink too much beer before you ride this one Big Grin ) with great scenery.

Also, Bernina Pass is definitely worth a visit if you get to stay in Livigno for a while. At the pass you'll have the chance to see both Bernina glacier and Bernina Express (the red train). Getting there from Livigno is not that hard. You'd have to ride to the Passo della Forcola (Italian/Swiss border, located south-west of Livigno) and then take a really nice trail, which is perfectly rideable in the first half, then it gets super steep and you'll have to push your bike for few hundred meters (this is Forcola to Bernina pass http://bit.ly/2Y0sb4F )

Hope this helps.

wow, man, thanks a lot, I have a lot to process now Smile I'll make sure we check out your info. Also, any good suggestions on getting from Malpensa to Livigno? We have a rental car booked, because I failed to find any good public connection, but maybe I missed something?

Posted: Jun 26, 2019 at 4:14 Quote
yxbix wrote:
wow, man, thanks a lot, I have a lot to process now Smile I'll make sure we check out your info. Also, any good suggestions on getting from Malpensa to Livigno? We have a rental car booked, because I failed to find any good public connection, but maybe I missed something?

You're welcome, happy to help.
Malpensa - Livigno by car is going to be a 4 hours drive, but it's definitely the best option.
Just for your info, getting there with public transport would mean a three/four stops journey, split as follow: train from MXP (Malpensa) to Milano, another train from Milano to Tirano, then bus to Bormio and another one from Bormio to Livigno, alternatively there might be another bus (run from a Swiss operator) straight from Tirano to Livigno.
If you stick to google maps suggested route (by car) you'll be fine, expect about 6€ of highway toll and make sure you pay the toll here https://apl.pedemontana.com/paga-il-pedaggio within 15 days from the day you'll drive on it, since this ( https://www.openstreetmap.org/directions?engine=fossgis_osrm_car&route=45.6503%2C8.8468%3B45.6857%2C9.0872 ) highway section has no tollbooths, just cameras reading number plates of cars driving on it. You might want to ask your car rental company how to deal with it, highway name is "Pedemontana".

Posted: Jun 28, 2019 at 6:04 Quote
Italy is one of my favorite countries. I want to spend my summer vacation there. I'm planning to visit Rome and Milan. To be honest i'm a huge fan of football and always wanted to visit San Siro stadium hosting AC Milan and F.C. Inter. Has anybody visited this stadium before? I've found worldstadia guide with all useful info about things to see at San Siro and best hotels in Milan. It's gonna be awesome trip!

Posted: Jun 29, 2019 at 6:04 Quote
hentymiller wrote:
Italy is one of my favorite countries. I want to spend my summer vacation there. I'm planning to visit Rome and Milan. To be honest i'm a huge fan of football and always wanted to visit San Siro stadium hosting AC Milan and F.C. Inter. Has anybody visited this stadium before? I've found worldstadia guide with all useful info about things to see at San Siro and best hotels in Milan. It's gonna be awesome trip!
Now or never I guess, some years ago both Inter and Milan were sold to foreign investors, 100% commited to making money but with pretty much zero knowledge/interest of teams history. Less than 15 day ago they seem to have agreed on demolishing San Siro in order to build a new stadium.
Been there quite few times to watch Inter matches but can't help much with tourist tours.
Have a great stay there!

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 at 11:14 Quote
Hey everyone. Weird topic but I will be in Milan on the 19-26 for work. Also looking to get some riding in earlier in the trip, and then after the trip trying to get to Val Thorens for the second last stage of the Tour De France. Any advice for riding in Milan, and any advice for getting to Val Thorens?

Posted: Jul 14, 2019 at 23:21 Quote
xTwoSnakesx wrote:
Hey everyone. Weird topic but I will be in Milan on the 19-26 for work. Also looking to get some riding in earlier in the trip, and then after the trip trying to get to Val Thorens for the second last stage of the Tour De France. Any advice for riding in Milan, and any advice for getting to Val Thorens?

Hi, it does really depend on what kind of riding you're interested in.
If you're a xc rider and would like to put down some serious miles you could just go to Milano Centrate, get the first train to Torino and hop off after about 35 minutes of train (second stop). That way you'd find yourself in Magenta, which is really close to the Parco del Ticino, which is a natural area extending all along Ticino river. You could basically ride from Pavia to Lago Maggiore on trails (on both sides of the river). Only cons are: hot and humid during summer, uphills and downhills are not a thing there.
If you're searching for a bikepark or something similar instead, yeah, you should head up north I guess.
I'm more a xc rider so I can't help much with bike parks (except for Livigno, which is in my opinion a bit too far for a few days stay), first one that comes to my mind is Madesimo http://www.valchiavenna.com/en/sports-and-recreation/Made-Bike-Madesimo.html . There should be a train from Milano Centrale to Chiavenna, then bus from Chiavenna to Madesimo.
Finale is definitely a great spot for mtb, but you'll be there during summer, which will make it seriously hot, not sure it'd be pleasing.
No idea how to get to Val Thorens though, I guess it should be like a 6h drive from Milano

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