Imperia is one of Liguria’s best cycling locations with over 2,000 km of biking routes separated into green, blue, red and black grades. There are flat, wide dirt tracks suitable for families, moderately difficult trails for those looking to get their hearts pumping and very demanding tracks with steep uphill sections for the true biking enthusiast. The routes range from coastal paths to mountain tracks giving cyclists the chance to experience a number of different terrains in one ride, plus enjoy the varied scenery. The routes also run though small mountain and coastal villages, giving cyclists the opportunity to sample authentic Ligurian produce.
Enthusiastic cyclists looking to compete can take part in one of Liguria’s most renowned biking contests, which are held each year:
- Alta Via Stage Race-14-22 June -The Alta Via Stage Race is a mountain biking race along eight stages of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, which follows the Ligurian Mountain Ridge. The nine day bike race covers 570km and has a 17,000 metre ascent, with a number of challenging climbs and paths. Cyclists will see some of Liguria’s most stunning views, passing terraced covered hills, 80 of Liguria’s most charming villages, dense forests and rugged mountains.
- 24 hours of Finale-25-26 May/ 1-2 June - The 24 hours of Finale is a 24 hour non- stop mountain biking race in the Finale Ligure region of west Liguria. The race has become one of the region’s most popular sporting contests since it started in 1999 with over 2,000 competitors in 2012. This is mainly due to the beauty of the course with its stunning cliff top sea views as well as inland wooded tracks.