Tour 1 – Turn after turn
Our first day of riding consisted of about four hours of riding time during which we covered about 50 kilometres and 1300 vertical metres in a constant up and down. Each of the first five climbs had between 80 and 160 vertical metres of climbing, only the last one was longer, featuring 370 vertical metres. The uphills were all pretty technical and steep, except for the last one, which was fairly flat but longer. The first three descents were all super flowy, with a lot of bushes and trees growing close to the trails which gave it a super natural feel. Due to the undergrowth, anticipating the turns and moves was a must. The dusty dry ground made drifting into the turns and berms a lot of fun. Descents four and five were steeper and featured more gnarly and rocky sections. Then you pass by the hotel – those who want to bail, do it here -before hitting a trail called Freeride that includes the long climb up Monte Arsenti and leads through thick brush intercepted by open fields. It was one of my favourite routes because of the beautiful scenery.