Visting Lerici, Italy with the Superenduro

Jun 20, 2019
by Ben Winder  


Lerici, Italy

Superenduro is one of the longest running Enduro race series, and has influenced the sport at a world level responsible for organising the Italian stages of the series. Yet they've helped out with a lot of developing trail areas in Italy. They visited Lerici in last weekends race, Lerici is in South Liguria just an hour away from Pisa airport. It's a young riding spot, with plenty of potential and some fantastic riding. Here are the essentials if you're wanting to check it out.



Location

A seaside town, located in the very south of Liguria, Lerici is nestled between Tuscany to the south and the historical beauty that is the Cinque Terra to the north. Lerici Bike, is still a young trail association only forming in 2017, yet the town is a typical, historic, bustling Italian town that dates back to the Etruscan period and it’s castle built in 1152 still stands overlooking the town. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation, food or drink. It’s a harbour town with fresh fish brought in every day.


Riding

The trails network in Lerici is young and still developing. They currently have a solid trail network already in place, with about 33 kilometres of singletrack made up of 15 trails. Lerici Bike have been uncovering and adapting old hunting paths and access routes to form it’s trail network. The riding has been kept natural, using the natural features of the hillside with a few ‘man made’ sections to help keep the flow. The riding is suited to trail bikes, which can be accessed by pedalling or the shuttle service run by Portofino Bike.



Essentials

Where to stay:
There's lots of choice in town with plenty of hotels and apartments to rent, but if you're on a budget camping is an option, Campeggio Maralunga is the closest camp site.
What to eat:
Eating good food isn't that difficult at all, but if you want to try the local specialties the Ligurian focaccia, pesto with trofie or fresh, local mussels.

How to get there:
By car Lerici is just 25 minutes from the motorway. If you're flying, Pisa Airport is the closest. There's a train every hour, from Pisa or Genoa to La Spezia and then a bus/taxi ride to Lerici.
Season:
The riding is all year round, but the best time to visit is either in the Spring or Autumn. In the height of Summer it can be pretty warm and busy with tourists.

Shuttle:
Available via Portofino Bike, €20 for half a day or €50 for a full day.
Bike Shop:
Located 8km out of town, Tendola Cycling (Via Aurelia 327, 19033 Castelnuovo Magra).


Trails

Lerici Trail mountain biking trails

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 winder got lost for sure....

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