Three exciting days of adrenalin-fuelled rides on country tracks. Some mountain biking experience is required, particularly for the heli-biking day.
Day One: Mountain biking
Arrival at the hotel and then transfer to Oriano Ticino, a hamlet near Sesto Calende. From here the mountain bike guide will take you on a ride over a fantastic hilly route known as the “Team Loop”. From Oriano the ride goes over the Oriano knoll and Prato Balzarini to Mercallo, and then to Monte San Giacomo, Varano Borghi, Comabbio, Monte Pelada, Osmate, the E1 path and then back to Oriano. A packed lunch is supplied by the organisers. An evening meal in a small traditional restaurant. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Duration: about 5 hours - Elevation gain: about 600 m - Difficulty: medium - 45 km (28 miles)
Day Two: Heli-biking
Breakfast in the hotel and then a minibus ride to Maccagno. Meet up with the guide for a briefing. Board the helicopter and fly to the top of Monte Paglione. The trail is quite challenging and the descent offers breathtaking vistas on the way to the La Forcora Inn. Lunch made with local produce. From the Forcora Pass we first get to Lake Delio and then follow a trail and mule tracks to return to Maccagno. Return to the hotel and free time for dinner.
Duration: 5 hours - Elevation loss: about 1200 m - Difficulty: difficult - 20 km (12 ½ miles)
Day Three: Mountain biking
Breakfast in the hotel and then a minibus ride to Varese. Meet up with the guide for a briefing. The ride loops around the Campo dei Fiori Regional Park and passes through some tiny villages, such as Orino with its fortress, Castello Cabiaglio and Brinzio. The route is not particularly difficult, but is almost all on dirt tracks. A packed lunch is provided. The ride finishes in the late afternoon.
Duration: 4 hours - Elevation loss: about 670 m - Difficulty: medium - 35 km (nearly 22 miles)
Daily individual participant fee: € 70,00 euro for 8 participants
Heli bike daily individual fee: 300,00 for 6 participants
The price includes:
- Mountain bike national guides assistance
- Heli-bike helicopter
Possibility of renting a Mountain Bike and a helmet for € 15.00 daily