VTT dans la région dracénoise

Everybody know Finale Ligure with the Italians trails and shuttle services. But not far away from Finale, also in Liguria, close to San Remo is lcoated the small village of Molini di Triora. In the heart of the Ligurian Alps, the village is at the bottom of the valley at 400m high and the ridges surrounding the village reach the 1400m elevation. Of course to link the bottom to the top, there are plenty of small steep Italian roads. The combination of the two makes Molini an incredible spot for Enduro and Dh biking assisted with shuttling service.

The trails are long, very long with an average between 700 to 1000m of descent per run, the shuttle time is short, the trails awesome to ride and the view on the mountains on one side and on the Sea on the other is just splendid. Molini is definitvely THE spot to ride on the Italian Riviera.

And you can add super friendly guides and shuttling service, a very nice bike friendly Hotel (The Santo Spirito) which provide very good food for a very affordable price. You are very very close to the perfect place for your mountain biking getaway only 1h30 drive from the Nice Airport.

For our WE trip, it’s Frederico de

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Freeride Spririt who organized the whole trip including the shuttles, Hotel, Lunchs, Brakfast and Diner. It was just perfect for us. You need a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 5. If you don’t need a guide you can add another rider.

You can ride in Molini almost all year long. Be aware of the snow in the winter which can block some of the trail. The top of the ridge is around 1400m so snow is common during the winter month. On March 30th 2018, some of the higher trails were block by the snow and we were at the limit of the snow on some others.

Because of the low elevation of the Village, it can be very hot during the summer month. So the best period to ride is spring and fall.

About the trails, you have everything. From technical to flow trails, roots, rocks, loamy dirt, off camber, berms, some jumps and drops… Everything is in a very good conditions without braking bumps. With the super long trails, after a full day of riding you should be sleeping very well.

Location:

From the France border, use the Arma di Taggia exit then drives up in the valley for about 25 Kms (30min). The road pass through Molini and the meeting point is at the village entry close to the soccer field.

The Trails: 

The Trailforks map is not updated with all the trails available in the area. According to our guide there are about 25 trails availables around Molini.

 

Molini Freeride on Trailforks.com


 

Randuro-10

Sunday September 20th 2015 is the date for the famous Enduro event (not a race) Lachens – Montauroux organised by the  foyer rural Tourrette / Fayence.

Program of the day: A bus shuttle from the Montauroux Village to the Lachens summit (the highest summit in the Var) at 1680m elevation. Then 37 Kms ride down, 900m climbing and more than 2000m downhill including a 12kms long descent for more 1000m vertical. Plenty of rocky terrain, a feeding point half way down, a meal at the end and everything for less than 15€. Pretty sweet.

A very nice track, a beautofil sunshine with clear sky a gorgeous view and at the end just an epic day!

 

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The POD from June 11th in the Verdon gorges. Objective, ride all the wy down!

 

Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon

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We all had a tire which doesn’t want to clip on the rim when you try to mount it in tubeless mode. Even with the air compressor, a lot of curses and a lot of tire, this one doesn’t want. Usually we all end up using this tire the good old fashion way with an inner tube in it.

Thanks to my friend Phil, I have now a guaranteed solution to solve this problem without effort and very cheap too!

You just need to apply some silicone (for bathroom) between the rim and the tire bead on each side. After that, just pump and your tire clips on the rim without any effort. Don’t forget to wipe the excess silicone on the tire and wait a couple of hours before adding the sealant to let enough time for the silicone to dry.

Don’t worry about the silicone in the rim, it will be very easy to remove when you will change this tire in the future.

 

Meches de réparation WeldtiteA lot of people think that if you have a hole too big to be repair by the sealant, your expensive tubeless tire is dead or has to be run with a tube in it.

Even if doing a huge puncture like that is rare, it can happens especially if you ride on rocky terrain like we do in the south east of France at Provence Enduro. Luckily there is a solution now using the same principle that mechanics are doing to fix your car tire: it’s the Weldtite Tubeless repair kit. And bonus, you can even fix your puncture on the sid of the trail without removing your wheel from your bike.

The kit provides a set of string, some special glue, a needle to insert the string and a rasp tool.

 

Once the hole is located and the foreign object remove, use the rasp tool to smoother the hole and makes it better and apply some glue solution in it.

Insert half of the string into the eye of the needle tool and coat everything with the glue. Insert the tool/string the hole until about 1/2 of the string left on the outside. Slowly pull the needle out the hole.

Cut the string about 3 mm from thread and now you can inflate the tire and you’re ready to go.

I tested on a big hole cause by a rock in La Moulière and it works first try.

Tips: The string are very long, cut them in half, it’s enough and it double the number of string you have.

 

The repair kit cost about 10€ and when you’re gonna run out of string, they are sold separately. It’s easier to find on the internet spare strings than the initial kit needed to install them I found mine on http://www.cycletyres.fr/.

I strongly recommend this product, it’s cheap, it works, it’s easy and fast to do and even can be done on the side of the trail.