Italian Bike Resort Alpi
The Atherton's have hooked up with Bike Resort Alpi and will help to develop the trail network.
I've not heard about this resort before but sounds like it could be worth a look over the summer, 8 chairlifts, 2 cable cars, 50 freeride routes, 20 minute enduro runs...the numbers seem to add up.
Anyone been? Let us know in the comments below.
Here's the PR bit:
This June marked the first of many visits by the Atherton family to the Italian Bike Resort Alpi. Nestled on the Italian/French border the resort is made up of 3 valleys, 8 towns and over 50 freeride routes, just 40 minutes from a bustling Turin airport. The family had been looking for a European base to train and settle in-between World Cups for a few years and when we discovered Alpi it ticked all the boxes. With riding in the area offering everything from 20 minute enduro runs to short downhill race courses the team knew this was the place to base themselves. "The riding in Alpi is amazing, the trails and scenery are beautiful and I'd urge anyone who hasn't been here to visit" commented youngest sibling Rachel.
The partnership will also see the Athertons help develop the trail network by adding input from their experiences of racing all over the globe, Dan who builds a lot of trails close to home is so excited at this prospect, "we're fully taken back by the potential here! the existing riding is amazing but I feel I'd like to make my mark here with a couple more World class downhill trails"
The team wil be using the resort as a base all summer but you are most likely to catch them there during August 22nd-28th where they will be using Alpi's network of trails to prepare for this years World Championships happening a few hours North in Switzerland.
Check out the first of a few Contour headcam videos from the resort, first off is the Italian downhill race course in the town of Sestriere.
About Alpi Bike resort
Alpi Bike Resort is a great new idea for lovers of Mountain Bike: a unique area where all the exciting versions of this sport can be enjoyed.
Consisting of 3 valleys and 8 towns, it offers over 50 Freeride routes at various levels and hundreds of kilometres of Cross-Country trails, to which are added the Bike&Skill Park, Dirt and Four Cross areas, North Shore tracks.
Alpi Bike Resort is a reference point for all cross-country fans, but also offers a unique opportunity for those who love riding but aren’t so keen on the climbs: 8 chairlifts and 2 cable cars equipped for carrying bikes will cut out some of the effort. An ongoing project, the Alpi Bike Resort is yet another reason for choosing nature, the landscapes and the multiple attractions of the Alps of the Alta Val Susa: Bardonecchia, Cesana Torinese, Chiomonte, Claviere, Pragelato, Prali, Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere form the magnificent summer setting for those who want to enjoy the unique riding experience in the saddle of a Mountain Bike.
It wasn’t by chance that we decided to define ourselves a ‘resort’ since it was inspired by our intention to become a bike destination where the quantity and quality of the routes comes with a whole range of top services. We want to offer a truly complete experience, offering bikers a network of dedicated services, able to meet any need: hire, repair shops, MTB schools and Bike Hotels.
Alpi Bike Resort is open from mid-June to mid-September. The area is so large that you need never take the same route twice, even if deciding to spend a couple of weeks staying in our mountains. Each year there are numerous MTB events and competitions: XC, Marathon, Superenduro, DH and Maxiavalanche.
INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.alpibikeresort.com