ABETONE GRAVITY PARK
An old mountain, inhabited by people proud of their isolation.
A ski resort among the first in Europe, Abetone, is not in the world known alps, but in the more rugged appennins, this place, 70 km from Florence in Tuscany and 80 from Modena in Emilia, is the hometown of many great ski champions of the past as Vittorio Chierroni, Celina Seghi and, of course the world and olympic champion Zeno Colò. But not only, because also Giuliano “Razzo” Razzoli trained here before winning the slalom olympic title in Vancouver, feubrary 2010.
Until 2008 it’s been just winter, that became a desert in summer, but then on, the dusty and glorious stillness of this place has seen the birth of Abetone Gravity Park from some visionary minds, sometimes also in spite of many objections.
Soon a reference for the bikers in central Italy, immediately suited with seven tracks ready for freeride and downhill, with a modern gondola that covers a vertical drop of 700 meters in just 7 minutes, many long enduro trails that goes all the way down to the medioeval village of Cutigliano, where you find a cable car with other 4 downhill trails, and more than this, many miles of XC and enduro trails in the dense fir and beech forests.
The bike park has increased the inflow of public exponentially with a unique mix of warm hospitality, “tuscan style”, appropriate quality of trails, beautiful mountain huts, great food, a workshop and a bike rental with the latest bikes from GT.
The trails are developed mainly in the woods after a transfer from the top of the gondola through a meadow of blueberries, until the tree line. The ground is strewn with rocks and big roots that make physically demanding to descend, natural drops and off camber turns complete the menu. Anybody coming here do not expect to find smooth french-style trails, but something more challenging, sometimes hard to descend. The difficulties may vary depending on the speed you’re traveling, and are very satisfactory for the experts and a good school for the rookies. The most suitable bikes are certainly the downhill ones, but now with improvement of the new enduros with 27,5 wheels everyhting become more and more easy.
If ten years ago someone had told me that things would have change so much in Abetone, I wouldn’t believed it, but now it's different. And I like it !!
During 10 years of operation the Abetone Gravity Park has hosted twice the Italian national downhill Championships FCI/UCI, some other National and International races ( with an Italian Cup win for Brook MacDonald former winner also of the UCI world championship ), the Funky Day ( the most important italian gather of mtb promoted by Tutto Mountain Bike mag ) many endure races, and last but not least a hard and tough race called Six Hours Endurance Downhill Gravity, where the racers compete for six hours no stop, even tougher than in Ft. William where you rest a little bit between one run and the following. A freeride/downhill school has been devoloped in last years with many group rides and mountain bike courses for children.
The main downhill course has been heavily revisited throughout the fall and will feature some new jumps in and out the woods, new bend a totally new technical section in order to make even tougher for next year IXS cup.
The Trails are divided in 2 main sections : the downhill areas and the enduro trails. It is possible also to experience xcountry easy trails all along the mountain.
THE DOWNHILL AREAS
Abetone Gravity Park One of the oldest and biggest bike park in Italy, served by a modern gondola that covers a vertical drop of 700 meters in just 7 minutes
1 Superbob medium/red
2 Downhill very hard/black diamond
4 Luma hard/black
5 Selletta medium hard/red black
6 David medium/red
7 Ascorta medium/red
8 Chierroni medium/red
Doganaccia is a very solid bike park served by a cable car that covers 900 metres vertical drop in about 10 minutes.
1 Nera hard/black
2 Rossa medium/red
3 Verde easy/green
4 Nuova hard/black
Via dei Cacciatori, 6 - 51024 Loc. Doganaccia
Tel. e Fax 0573629391
THE ENDURO AREAS
Abetone also have some woderful enduro trails that you can access via the lifts in some cases or just with a short pedaling in some other
Bike park 1/4/5/6/7/8 are all good for enduro bikes and easy to access just using the lifts.
On the other hand the following trail offers wonderful downhill accessibile with short pedaling, in a word the real essence of enduro
Giro del Monte Maiori km 10,9 vertical drop 496 m easy/green
Sentiero del Tedesco km13,5 vertical drop 805 m difficult/black
Reniccione, Maiori e Pescinone Km 15,9 vertical drop 676 m medium/red
I ponticini easy/green
Giro della valle del sestaione medium/red
HOW TO GET THERE
Coming from north/north east (Austria, east Switzerland, Germany, Czech and Slovak republik, Slovenia, Croatia etc.)
Exit Modena Nord on the A1 then follow SS12 southbound to Abetone
100 km from Bologna
80 km from Modena
Coming from west/north west (Spain, France, west Switzerland)
Exit Lucca on the A11 then follow SS12 northbound to Abetone
55 km from Lucca
Coming from south ( Italy )
Exit Pistoia on the A11 then follow SR 66 to Abetone
50 km from Pistoia
80 km from Florence
Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (www.aeroporto.firenze.it) 80 km
Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (www.pisa-airport.com) 98 km
Bologna Airport (www.bologna-airport.it) 111 km