Road cycling and mountain biking in Lunigiana resource guide

Biking in LunigianaThe hills and mountains of Lunigiana are ideal biking territory and you can’t miss the many stylish lycra-clad road cyclists, particularly on the weekends.  The region lends itself to gran fondo endurance training, as well as being home to the Giro della Lunigiana and  is often included in the Giro d’Italia route. The many trails and quiet  backroads are also ideal for  mountain biking.

If you are not familiar with the area, it can be quite tricky to work out a good route. Fortunately, there are various sites that can help you, although you will need to brush up on your Italian cycling vocabulary.

Pontremoli Bike

Pontremoli Bike is a good place to start. It has news on events and organises rides.

Due Route

Due Route is based in Villafranca and is a shop with a range of services that include new and used mountain and road bikes for sale, bike rental, clothing, a work shop, expert advice and more.  It also also has information on cycling routes with maps and elevations. It now also hires out the fabulous e-bike – the electric-assisted one.

Biciclo

Biciclo is a relatively new shop  on the approach up to the station in Aulla. Bike hire is available in the summer, but they require notice. Prices at the beginning of 2012 were €20 for the first day and then €10 per day for one week. Children’s bikes were €10 for the first day and then €5 per day for a week. You can contact them on Tel: 0187 408020 or e-mail biciclo@biciclo.it. Their website is still under construction.

Lunigiana Guide MTB

The Lunigiana Guide MTB site contains a wealth of information on mountain biking in the region, together with information on available guides.

Lunigiana XBike

Lunigiana XBike is based in Filattiera but organises rides throughout Lunigiana. It has a useful route  information for both mountain biking and road cycling.

Parco Alpi Apuane

The Parco Alpi Apuane offers guided excursions on mountain bike trails that include using the train on the Aulla-Lucca line.

Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco-Emiliano

There are various tracks suitable for mountain biking in the Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco-Emiliano, although none of them are documented online. In July and August, the ski lift at Cerreto Laghi di Prato provides special hooks to transport mountain bikes to the top of the ski lift. There are also tracks suitable for mountain biking in the Sassalbo area near Fivizzano. For more information contact the Park.

Bike Map

BikeMap.net has routes and elevations plotted by cyclists. There are several routes in Lunigiana as well as this cycling route that takes in the Cinque Terre.

RouteYou

More cycling routes centred around Bagnone and Pontremoli.

Piste Ciclabili

PisteCiclabili.com has routes in Massa Carrara plotted by cyclists.

Cycling in Lunigiana appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 22 February 2011. Updated on 31 January 2012, 29 December 2013 & 2 April 2014.
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