ITALY’S BEST KEPT SE­CRET?

Mountain Biking UK - - OUT FRONT -

Walk down the street in Molini with René Dam­seaux and it’s hard to get any­where fast. Lo­cals in the small moun­tain vil­lage queue to say “Ciao!” and have a bit of ban­ter. A trades­man even se­cretly pays for René’s co ee and crois­sant be­fore leav­ing the bar we’re in. That’s be­cause the whole com­mu­nity re­spects how hard he’s grafted to make the lo­cal trails some of the sweet­est in Lig­uria, if not the whole of Italy.

For René, build­ing here and guid­ing guests with his Rad Rides out­fit is a pas­sion. He’s spent three sum­mers sculpt­ing trails in the beau­ti­ful woods with other lo­cals. Not just clear­ing an­cient paths, but open­ing tons of new ones and giv­ing the hills a help­ing hand with berms, lips and shapes to make some of the cra­zi­est nat­u­ral trails more shred­able.

With their mas­sive el­e­va­tion, good cli­mate, easy up­lift­ing and hard dig­ging, Molini and other lo­cal towns can stake a claim to be­ing some of the best rid­ing spots in the world. Just don’t say it too loud, be­cause there’s lit­tle de­sire to catch up with the vis­i­tor num­bers in Fi­nale Lig­ure, an hour down the coast, just yet.

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