Sauze d’Oulx has endless scenic trails for riding whether you’re looking for whole or half day rides, beginners rides or demanding routes plus, of course, Freeride with Sauze Bike Park.
In addition, a wide variety of mountain bikes are available for rental in Sauze from electric, power-assisted, mountain bikes to Freeride (downhill) bikes along with hardtail and full suspension ones and more besides. See our Bicycle Hire page for more information.
Sauze d’Oulx is an Alpi Bike Resort – a unique area where all the exciting versions of cycling can be enjoyed. Consisting of 3 valleys and 8 towns, it offers over 50 Freeride routes at various levels and hundreds of miles of trails though the Italian Alps in this area.
Alpi Bike Resort is open from mid-June to mid-September. The area is so large that you can spend a couple of weeks in the region, without riding the same route twice. Each year there are numerous MTB events and competitions: XC, Marathon, Superenduro, DH and Maxiavalanche.
Mountain Biking maps can be obtained from the Sauze d’Oulx Tourist Information Office along with information on lift opening times, the Alpi shuttle bus to take you between resorts with your bike and more. English, French and Italian are spoken.
MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTES
Here are a few ideas for mountain bike routes starting from Sauze d’Oulx .
Sauze Mountain Classic
Try your legs on the Sauze Mountain Classic. There are two routes: Marathon which is 60km and a difference in altitude of 1980m or the shorter version, Cross Country, which is 44km and an altitude difference of 1395m.
DEPARTURE Sauze d’Oulx (1510 m.) – Grandvillard (1521 m.) – Monfol (1666 m.) – Gr.Randuin (1750 m.) – strada dei Cannoni – Casa Cantoniera (2550 m.) – Gran Costa – Colle Lauson – Colle Blegier – Monte Genevris (2533 m.) – Costa Piana – Col Bourget – Col Basset – NS des Broussailles – Chalet Molino – Sportinia – Pian della Rocca (2120 m.) – Sarnas – Tachier (1662 m.) – Malafos Alta (1813 m.) – Malafos Bassa – S. Maddalena (1378 m.) – S. Lorenzo (1481 m.) – Jouvenceaux – FINISH AT Sauze d’Oulx (1510 m.).
Sauze d’Oulx (1510 m.) – Grandvillard (1521 m.) – Monfol (1666 m.) – Gr.Randuin (1750 m.) – Ferro di Cavallo – Colle Blegier – Monte Genevris (2533 m.) – Costa Piana – Col Bourget – Col Basset – NS des Broussailles – Chalet Molino – Sportinia – Pian della Rocca (2120 m.) – Sarnas – Tachier (1662 m.) – Malafos Alta (1813 m.) – Jouvenceaux – FINISH Sauze d’Oulx (1510 m.)
From the centre of Sauze, head towards Monfol (here you can fill up your water supplies). Carry on along the road which becomes unmade until you reach a small car park and the road is barred. This is the entrance to the Gran Bosco National Park.
Entering the park you proceed along a seemingly flat road until you come to a fork at which you take the road to the right. At the second fork you take the road which is signposted to Montagne Seu. At first the road is seemingly flat then it heads downhill for a long descent until you reach the small hamlet of Seu (here there is a small mountain refuge where you can eat during the summer season).
Coming back when you reach the fork sign posted Seu-Blegiers follow this direction. At first the road is quite steep. After a few bends you reach the fork Blegier-Enfers. Follow the road to Enfers. Follow the road until you reach the tarmac road which takes you to the Istituto Zoologico, from here follow the road downhill until you reach Sauze d’Oulx.
Active Azur says:
Sauze d’Oulx in the Italian Alps is known more as a winter ski resort than a summer mountain bike destination. But, with big mountain scenery, quick access to the trails from the town and great riding in a compact area, there’s plenty to enjoy in Sauze. The resort’s mellow gradient lends itself well to mountain biking and the trails are beautifully crafted with floaty jumps and freeride features used to enhance the predominantly natural terrain.