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In northern Italy's mountainous Aosta Valley, we look at the upcoming mountain biking events this summer.

The Aosta Valley Mountain Biking Diary:

GranParadisoBike, 8th-9th June

The 19th edition of the GranParadisoBike is taking place in one of Italy's most beautiful settings, the Gran Paradiso National Park.

It's a 48km mountain bike race covering 1,500m of vertical.

It offers a technical route through incredible landscapes.

Over the weekend there is a also a shorter, easier race for children, the Mini GranParadisoBike.

Then there's the ecological tour over a shorter distance on a milder route that's open to everyone, including e-bikes.

To find out more, visit:

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Before we continue with the biking events, read here for more on the easier side of life in the Italian Alps.

Eating and drinking:
And a fresh-eyed review of the skiing in Valle d'Aosta, in Cervinia.
Monterosa Prestige Bike Marathon, 21st July

Mountain biking ultra marathon, the Monterosa Prestige, takes place on 21st July.

It is its second year running.

The marathon starts and finishes in Brusson in the Val d'Ayas.

It's undeniably one of the most beautiful and extreme races in the Alps this summer.

The route weaves around two of the Aosta Valley's 4,000m peaks - the Monte Rosa and Monte Cervino (the Matterhorn).

Two courses are available:

The 'Extreme', which covers 94km and 3,346m of vertical.

The 'Classic', which covers 54km and 2,164m of vertical.

The Classic is also open to e-bikes.

To find out more, visit:

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Maxiavalanche international downhill mountain bike race, 27th-29th July

A mountain bike competition starting on the border between Italy and Switzerland, Maxiavalanche is one of the stages on the European Mass Start Series.

Starting from Plateau Rosa at 3,500m, the race drops 1,500m to the centre of Cervinia, through some of Europe's best bike parks.

Various categories are open to enter, including new for this year a shorter route from Plan Maison for 7-14 year olds.

To find out more, visit:

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Cycle-friendly accommodation

PlanetSKI visitied the brand new Camp Zero in Champoluc early last ski season.

It was a favourite and is sports friendly, or sports-centric, rather, whilst offering luxury acommodation in the mountains.

Check out our report here:
The 'Bike Hotels' network promotes cycle-friendly hotels throughout the Aosta Valley.

At these hotels, their accommodation facilities are particularly suited to meet cyclists' needs and expectations.

The hotels provide information about cycling routes and events to their guests, and guarantee for their guests.
  • a safe, protected area for storing bikes
  • tools available for maintaining and repairing bikes
  • equipment to wash bikes· a laundry service
  • food tailored to cyclists
  • packed lunches
To find out more, click here for cycle-friendly residences in the Aosta Valley.

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