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Trail Building-Punta Ala Trail Center [video]

Trail Building is one of the key elements of good mountain biking locations. Punta Ala Trail Center has a dedicated team that spends time building trails. However you ride a…

Trail Building is one of the key elements of good mountain biking locations. Punta Ala Trail Center has a dedicated team that spends time building trails.

However you ride a good trail is important, in Punta Ala the Trail Center team focuses on build good natural trails, without berms and using the natural landscape to create unique riding experiences. See how Ettore and Simone build trails!

The trail crew keep it simple, cleaning about 300 metres of trail per day, on normal trails, opening up new ones requires a bit more time maybe they can clean 150 metres per day, you need passion and energy to create the trails that people love to ride.

The guys of the Punta Ala Trail Center will be soon preparing and shaping the trails Bandite Trail Area for the next MTB season. Do you want to be the first to ride the best flow?

Check out  here  our rates for a stay during the weekend or a week at the PuntAla Camp & Resort and then  get in touch  with the Punta Ala Trail Center to book your shuttle service.

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Ettore fixing some branches

Ettore fixing some branches

The trail team likes to find interesting shaped rocks, emotions are high with their creations.

The trail team likes to find interesting shaped rocks, emotions are high with their creations.

Simone knows as a biker himself what a good trail should ride like.

Simone knows as a biker himself what a good trail should ride like.

Up close with the rake.

Up close with the rake.

Tools need to be simple and light to carry into the trail.

Tools need to be simple and light to carry into the trail.

The branches are removed the trail bed swept and all is in order.

The branches are removed the trail bed swept and all is in order.

The before and after, as the trail builders clear the bed of the trail.

The before and after, as the trail builders clear the bed of the trail.

The before and after, as the trail builders clear the bed of the trail.

The before and after, as the trail builders clear the bed of the trail.

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Florence E-Bike Festival

Punta Ala Trail Center has access to about 35 trails of varying levels close to the beach, E-bikes are one of the best ways to access those trails. At Florence e-bike…

Punta Ala Trail Center has access to about 35 trails of varying levels close to the beach, E-bikes are one of the best ways to access those trails. At Florence e-bike festival the guides and organizer spent time with people explaining the bikes and location.

Video – Punta Ala and Florence E-bike Riding

Photo Story – Florence E-bike Festival

The festival location was at the Cascine park next to the Arno river and took in a range of different bike related exhibits, including the Punta Ala Trail Center Booth where festival goer’s where invited to take a ride for free on the trail center’s E-bikes.

The E-bike Festival

The stand was located at the front of the festival.

The stand was located at the front of the festival.

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Taking place over three days the event location was busy and also the focus of the start of the Granfondo di Firenze.

On display we had a selection of our Giant E-bikes.

On display we had a selection of our Giant E-bikes.

Roberto Vergottini explains to the festival visitors how the bikes work.

Roberto Vergottini explains to the festival visitors how the bikes work.

We also had the opportunity to try the new Mo-bikes on demo.

We also had the opportunity to try the new Mo-bikes on demo.

The future of biking parked at the Punta Ala Trail Center stand.

The future of biking parked at the Punta Ala Trail Center stand.

Punta Ala Trail Center

E-bikes have changed the landscape of cycling and trail access, they also allow people who are not strong on a bike to reach some beautiful locations, their pedal assist credentials mean it feels like it is always riding on a flat road.

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The trail center has the same spirit as the festival, a welcoming location for riding in, the center guides are there to help people access the trail experiences on offer.

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Riders can choose their route and the guides will take groups on specifically tailored rides.

The cool thing about the trial center location is rides can start on the beach…

The cool thing about the trial center location is rides can start on the beach…

…and end on the beach, here in Cala Violina.

…and end on the beach, here in Cala Violina.

There are trails for all levels of rider…

There are trails for all levels of rider…

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One day we all might be able to jump like this…

Trail Center Location

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A Guided Mountain Bike Ride at Punta Ala

A guided mountain bike ride from Punta Ala Trail Center can take in the best of Punta Ala’s beaches and mountains while riding fun singletrack trails, with rides expertly tailored…

A guided mountain bike ride from Punta Ala Trail Center can take in the best of Punta Ala’s beaches and mountains while riding fun singletrack trails, with rides expertly tailored to all and any abilities.

Punta Ala Guiding

Checking out the trail map at our Bike Center shop, while hiring two Giant bikes for today’s ride.

 

Starting at Punta Ala Trail Center‘s beachside base, our guide Bibo meets up with his clients for the day – two avid mountain bikers of an intermediate level on holiday from Switzerland. They’ve hired bikes from the Bike Center’s (our bike shop) range of Giant-Liv Cycling rentals, choosing mid-travel trail bikes for today’s singletrack blast. Tomorrow they might try an e-bike.

The couple is staying in one of our Club cabins on the shore of the Mediterranean, where Bibo talks them through the local trail network while assessing their riding level and the type of trail they’d like to ride.

Punta Ala Trail Center accommodation

Bibo gets to know today’s guided customers, meanwhile the coffee brews in their Club cabin.

 

After a relaxed meeting talking bikes and discussing e-bikes (over a coffee – this is Italy after all), the ride starts directly from the door of the cabin. No need for transport here: singletrack starts a stone’s throw from all our accommodation.

Pedalling for a minute or two, the ride quickly dives into the dense and intriguing forest, where Bibo picks up a flowing snake of singletrack. Never climbing nor descending for too long, this trail is a great start for groups to get used to the dry terrain and never-ending flow of our nearest trails in the Cala Violina area.

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Pedalling through the pleasant pine cover of our accommodation base, soon the group will be enjoying nearby singletrack.

 

Bibo, one of three full-time mountain bike guides at Punta Ala Trail Center, has a wealth of experience when it comes to group rides. As a long-term professional snowboard instructor in the winter and having shaped some of Italy’s most famous mountain biking in Sauze d’Oulx (and Punta Ala!), his knowledge of sport and riders is endless. He’s also supremely talented on a bike, but incredibly friendly and patient too – perfect guide material. That’s how he’s earned so much positive feedback from our customers.

Flowing like water around the mountain, Bibo’s choice of trail gently makes its way upward, bursting out of the trees to a timeless view of the surrounding nature and across to the Isle of Elba. Bibo’s small group are stunned by the beauty of the area, but soon forget it as they hurtle through the woods on a fast, fun trail called Torretta. This is an apparently endless descent that comes seemingly for free – they barely noticed the uphill to a high point 250 meters above the sea.

Singletrack Cala Violina mountain biking

Bibo, one of Punta Ala Trail Center’s full-time guides and mountain bike experts.

 

Punta Ala Trail Center mountain biking

Every ride ends at the sea! Bibo gives a demonstration of his skills during a cornering exercise with the intermediate group.

 

After a riveting 10-minute ride with some of the best turns our group has ridden, the trail comes to a rolling finish at one of Punta Ala’s best-kept secrets: Cala Violina. A pristine beach accessible only by bike, horse or a lengthy walk from the nearest car park, the feeling of wonderful calm could not be greater.

The ride ends here as the group take a shortcut back to base at the end of this two-hour blast. But tomorrow they’ll be back here and will explore some of the dozens of trails Bibo pointed out during the ride, which he also handily marked on their trail map.

Trail map Punta Ala Trail Center

Tomorrow’s ride? Even more flow, this time with some challenging singletrack climbs on rented e-bikes!

 

At Punta Ala Trail Center the ride options are unlimited. Gentle trail? No problem. Hardcore downhill? We’ve got that covered too. Everything in-between? Yep. Just ask one of our guides and they will point you in the right direction, or even better hire them for a half- or full-day of guiding to really benefit from their knowledge of the area.

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[Video] Toscano Enduro Series – How he and she will prepare a race!

Giacomo Dodino and Rachelle Riolfo came down to Punta Ala Trail Center just before the Toscano Enduro series to enjoy the trails, practice a bit for the race and take…

Giacomo Dodino and Rachelle Riolfo came down to Punta Ala Trail Center just before the Toscano Enduro series to enjoy the trails, practice a bit for the race and take part in the first major Enduro event of the year in Tuscany.

Giacomo Dodino and Rachelle Riolfo came down to Punta Ala Trail Center just before the Toscano Enduro series to enjoy the trails, practice a bit for the race and take part in the first major Enduro event of the year in Tuscany.

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Giant PATC from Punta Ala Trail Center on Vimeo.

Racing together was a great experience and Punta Ala gave them the ideal base to make sure they had all the bike services at their disposal to make their experience seamless.

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Enjoying the beach at Cala Violina just before sunset, after riding the trail loops just by the sea.

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Spring time is ideal for riding with empty spaces and perfect weather.

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Giacomo Dodino drops down onto the beach from the last trail of the day.

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