Welcome to the Trails: Bluegrass Presents Finale Enduro - Stage 4-5

Sep 26, 2016 at 14:48
by Bluegrass Eagle  

We explored the first day trails of the Enduro World Series’ in Italy, in this round of the Bluegrass Finale Enduro powered by SRAM. Le Poste, Cavatappi, and Cromagnon are epic, challenging trails for the incredible riders of this event, but the trails on the second day continue to provide epic scenery and even more epic rides. And that first day to ride takes place on the trail named Crestino.

Finale Enduro Stage 4 - Crestino

Marked by the familiar wind turbines of an abandoned NATO base, this trail starts high, descending from Melogno, and flowing into a long singletrack that meanders through beech and birch. Terrain and scenery changes mark this grippy, compact, snaking course.

Stage 4 - Crestino
The iconic turbines.

4 Stage - Crestino
Stage 4 - Crestino

4 Stage - Crestino
The course offers flow turns amongst the trees.

4 Stage - Crestino
4 Stage - Crestino

4 Stage - Crestino
Riders probably won't have time to read these signs.

4 Stage - Crestino

4 Stage - Crestino

4 Stage - Crestino
4 Stage - Crestino

Underbrush pattern.

4 Stage - Crestino
Racing through the woods is a unique experience.

4 Stage - Crestino

4 Stage - Crestino
4 Stage - Crestino

The snake twists and turns through the trees.

4 Stage - Crestino

4 Stage - Crestino
White guideline.

4 Stage - Crestino
4 Stage - Crestino

4 Stage - Crestino
Winding, twisting, tight and fast.

Finale Enduro Stage Five - Rocche Gianche


Michele is a local trail builder and mountain bike guide who is the mind behind the next trail. Rocche Gianche is his creation, and it’s intense.

Finale is an intricate net of lost trails, just waiting for a trail builder to rediscover them. Michele’s vision for this rebuilt trail was born out of respect for the mountain. He started looking at the old cadastral maps provided by the municipality, which detail the borders of the land and the old roads used by farmers. Here he found what would be reborn as Rocche Gianche, named for the white rocky wall nearby.

From the top of the ridge you can see most of the terrain Finale has on offer to the Enduro world, the ride rocky and precarious. Cycling down to the second portion of the trail, riders arrive in a dusty, scrubby section and finally woods.

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche
The top of Rocche Gianche.

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche
Rocche Gianche (white rocks).

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche
Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche

Michele references a map of Finale’s lost trails.

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche
Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche
Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche

The variety of terrain on Rocche Gianche is impressive.

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche
Wheelie question: can you find Mike?

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche
Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche

Views with grassy and wooded runs.

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche

Stage 5 - Rocche Gianche
Finale is truly an incredible enduro mecca.


MENTIONS: @Bluegrassboard




13 Comments

  • + 14
 very well done, really enjoyed this little video series. Nice work Bluegrass.
  • + 2
 My friends and I stay with Michele (Mike) every Spring at his lodge (Ciapin Mountain Bike Lodge). Very much a stand-up guy; whom's passion for mountain biking and nature are in a league of their own. We were fortunate to have ridden most of Rocche Gianche before it was on any map. Great to see Mike's vision coming to life - it will be a few months before his smile returns to normal levels.
  • + 1
 Kudos to Michele. He seems to march to the beat of a different drummer and his vision is totally clear and focused. Very stylish rider to boot. His new trail is gonna be epic. And kudos to all the other trail builders in Finale, grazie ragazzi!
  • + 5
 Looks lovely...
  • + 2
 It is, and all these fantastic trails are accessible for pretty much the entire year (although i prefer to go when the shuttle companies that also invest heavily in maintaining the trails are open for business).

Last time i was there, i rode with plenty of Brits and Scandinavians that had made the long pilgrimage to Liguria, and they all agreed that it was absolutely worth it.
  • + 1
 What!! There's no dirt being kicked up at every corner or big hits being taken!! Do it again, but next time do it the same. Great work BlueGrass!!
  • + 2
 Proper gutted I missed out on a spot for this year's race. It looks like a special event. Fingers crossed for next year!
  • + 2
 Stand out videos, great collection, well done Bluegrass and PB for putting this up........ where is my bike !
  • + 1
 Crestino was one of the best trails I've ridden in Finale, shame there was no footage of the lower half.
  • + 2
 Greg Minaar is racing this weekend....blind!
  • + 2
 Love italy, love this Enduro, love the video
  • + 1
 Oh boy I miss Finale.

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