A two-hour drive from Bologna, you will find a true paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts. The Apennine massif of the Corno alle Scale (1,945 metres above sea level), a well-known ski resort, is also the ideal place for exploring on two wheels thanks to a network of paths that can be cycled in all seasons, which offer magnificent views of the surrounding natural landscape.
The 10 routes have different degrees of difficulty: the one that leads to Mount Pizzo is the simplest, suitable even for the youngest cyclists. Along this 3-km ring, you can fully enjoy the landscape, the luxurious undergrowth and the Silla Valley.
On the High ridge, however, you will need to use your technical skills. This is the most difficult path, and it is quite challenging, especially in the first section, which often forces you to get off your bike. As you cycle along the various stretches of dirt road, you will reach the end of the path, which gets very complicated at this point, not least because of the slope of the terrain that it runs along. However, the beauty of the scenery more than makes up for your efforts.
There are other ways to explore the Corno alle Scale by mountain bike, for example, by renting a pedal-assisted electric bike or taking advantage of the shuttle service, which, after you have descended from the high ridges, will take you back down to the beginning of the trail.
The Silvia Rinaldi - Onlus Sports Foundation in collaboration with TrackGuru has mapped the area and made an important information service available for people with disabilities who intend to set off by tandem mountain bike, handbike or e-handbike along the Corno alle Scale trails. The result of this process is a number of trails with assistance, a series of itineraries covering an area of 400 square kilometres between Bologna, Modena and Pistoia, for an increasingly inclusive sporting experience.