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Mountain Biking in the Riviera Borderlands

Straddling the French Italian border, just inland from the Mediterranean, miles of dry dusty mountain bike trails wind down from the Southern Alps. This is the Riviera Borderlands, Enduro mountain biking heaven.

Riviera Borderlands MTB Guide

Dusty, technical singletrack overlooking the Med.
Super hot in July and August.


Summit 2000 m

Vertical Drop 1700 m

Base 300 m

Lifts (uplifts only)

Cable Cars n/a

Chair Lifts n/a

MTB Trails

XC Very good, beginner to advanced

Downhill Excellent, intermediate to advanced

Enduro Excellent, intermediate to advanced

Total Riding 200 km

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Bike Wash 0

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Opening times

Year round

Resort prices


Nearest airport

Nice Côte d'Azur

Tourist Office

Roya Evasion
11 Boulvard Rouvier
06540 Breil-sur-Roya

Phone: +33 (0)4 93 04 91 46

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Riviera Borderlands MTB Gallery

  • MTB trail with a view in the south of France

  • Riviera Borderlands Enduro MTB

  • Technical descending on the Riviera Borderlands enduro trails

  • Occasional pedaling on the Riviera Borderlands

  • Dry, dusty trails in the Riviera Borderlands

Riviera Borderlands MTB Videos

A network of over 200 km of dry, dusty trails wind their way down from the Maritime Alps on both sides of the French-Italian border. Spanning the Bévéra, Roya valleys in France and the Nervia Valley and San Remo backcountry in Italy, this is Alpine enduro mountain biking at its very best.

You can expect steep, technical singletrack reminiscent of Finale Ligure, and to blast the trails at pace here you'll need an enduro bike with at least 150 mm of travel. Fortunately, Roya Evasion based in Breil-sur-Roya provide an uplift and guiding service, for which you can expect to pay around 70 euros for a full day. During a full day of shuttle uplifts you can ride up to 3000 m of arm pumping vertical descent. For a hassle free day, equip your bike with a chain guide, a new set of brake pads, dual ply tyres and freeride or downhill specific inner tubes.

Cross-country riders can have a blast here too. The climbs are brutal, especially in the heat of the summer months, but there's plenty of sweeping singletrack perfect for a smaller XC machine.

Although you can ride here year round, there can be snow on higher ground during January and February, and August can be stiflingly hot, so is best avoided.

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