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Visting Abetone, Italy with the Superenduro

Jul 30, 2019 at 1:20
by Ben Winder  


Abetone, Italy

Superenduro’s main criteria when picking a resort to organise an event at, seems to be the riding. The riding comes first, and that’s no different in Abetone. Abetone is a small ski resort in Northern Tuscany, who’s bikepark first opened in 2009. Since then they’ve host multiple Downhill races, and are now developing their trail riding area. Just under two hours away from Pisa airport, it’s definitely worth a trip.

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Location

Abetone is a ski resort just on the Northern edge of Tuscany, it’s in some pretty big mountains though, the bikepark lift takes you up to 1892m. Not your typical idea of what Tuscany is, but has it’s own flavour and charm. It’s situated on a small ‘plateau’ on the mountain, which in summertime can be treated as a mid station as it’s possible to book a shuttle back up to the town, or using the service bus for just two Euros.

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Riding

The Bikepark features nine trails which are maintained by a full-time trail crew, and these trail are a mix of Enduro and Downhill. Not only do they have the bikepark they also have an extensive trail riding network, some of the rides are over 70km long, that can stretch to the sea, linking up with different resorts, which can be done with one lift pass that costs €30 (the bike-park lift price is €22 per day). To help you get around on this trail network they’ve developed their own App (Abetone Trailpark), which has a difficulty gradings, descriptions, length of trails and estimated ride time.

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Essentials

Where to stay:
Even though it’s a pretty small ski resort there’s a good selection of accommodation, with hotels and apartments. For those in campervans, there’s a free carpark next to the lift station. There’s no campsites in Abetone, but the resort are happy for people to camp in the area above the lift station for free, they also have showers and toilets.
What to eat:
The region has fantastic wild mushrooms, and an abundance of blueberries. The local restaurants make a wide range of dishes using these, any would be recommended.

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 season is just over three months long, opening from the third/fourth weekend of June to first/second weekend of September.

Lift Pass:
A day pass costs €22 and the extra area’s for trail riding costs €30.
Bike Shop:
Located at the lift station, Abetone Gravity Park.

Trails

Abetone Cutigliano mountain biking trails

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