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This holiday is in the past. The next edition of the Saisonauftakt in Ligurien (Chiavari) will take place on from 24th to 31st March 2018.

Season Opener in Liguria (Chiavari)

Explore the empty mountains of Liguria – 1/04-8/04/2017

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In Liguria the mountains reach down to the sea. So in Liguria our bike rides go from the sea to the mountains - and you can explore the unique scenery from the saddle. The south beckons. While the grey April drizzle dampens our spirits at home, the first flowers are in bloom in Liguria. The Mediterranean coastal climate is mild, the rays of Liguria's spring sunshine are already powerful, enabling early season bike rides. In Liguria with Epic Climbs you can leave the winter behind definitively and enjoy the anticipation of a successful summer's cycling.

Our base is the picturesque little town of Chiavari, in the Tigullio Gulf, roughly mid-way between Genoa and La Spezia. Numerous bike rides are possible from here into the empty mountains of Liguria - but the world-famous Cinque Terre are also within striking distance. And in the evenings you can enjoy the Italian lifestyle and Ligurian cuisine in the authentic bars and trattorias in Chiavari.

Lap up the Ligurian sun!


The Guides

Jan – The Boss

quäldich-Guide Sahner Jan

Founder and CEO of Epic Climbs and, as such, on a very special mission - with his inimitable style he motivates his flock to perform great deeds in the saddle. Sometimes does great things in the evening programme, too!

Paul – The Pilot

quäldich-Guide Paul Velten

A friendly, cheerful Dortmunder and a huge believer in the dolce vita. Totally devoted to looking after his flock and, once on the road, it's diesel to the top and jet fuel to the bottom.

Klaus – The Saxon from Lago

quäldich-Guide Klaus Hoffmann

Since Klaus moved to Lago Maggiore for family reasons, he's been unstoppable on the bike. On his first Epic Climbs trip as a guide, he's definitely far more than a linguistic support for the team.

Getting there

Our ****-hotel is located in the historic centre of Chiavari.

Cars can be parked, for a fee, near to the hotel.

From north, west and south-west Germany and from Switzerland via Gotthard or Bernardino towards Milan. Via Genoa taking Italy's A12 to the Chiavari exit.

From Austria and Bavaria via Brenner or Villach to Verona. Via Parma and La Spezia taking Italy's A12 to the Chiavari exit.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

The nearest airport is Genoa. From there, take a regional train to Chiavari.

Eurocity trains run from Basel or Zurich to Milan (Milano Centrale). You can take a Eurocity from Munich to Verona and from there to Milan. Then take a regional train to Chiavari.

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 1/04-8/04/2017

  • Saturday, 1st April 2017
    Travel to Chiavari. Introductory ride from 2pm. Meet in front of the hotel at 8pm for evening meal.
  • Sunday, 2nd April 2017 to Friday, 7th April
    Circular rides out of Chiavari.
  • Saturday, 8th April 2017

Client Reviews More...

Stefan aus Köln

Relaxed group

„Ligurien bietet tolle Strecken mit phantastischen Blicken hinauf in die Berge und hinab zum Meer, wo wir nach der Tour oft entspannt im Café in der Sonne saßen. Und das Ganze in einer Gruppe, die Spaß macht. Jeder gibt, was er kann, aber jeder bekommt die Zeit, die er braucht. Ich hatte immer das Gefühl, in meinem Tempo mit der Gruppe und den Guides fahren zu können, ohne über mein Limit gehen zu müssen. Und so konnte ich auch noch zusammen mit Gleichgesinnten eine Stadt genießen, die mit ihren Restaurants und Bars auch am Abend keine Wünsche offenlässt.”

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Gerhard aus Harthausen

Steady group

„Wenn ich an Ligurien mit quäldich zurück denke, kommen Erinnerungen an traumhafte Pässe in malerischer Landschaft auf „italienischem Asphalt“ mit herrlichen Ausblicken und Abfahrten voller Flow als Belohnung, eine tolle Gruppendynamik und ein Radler-gerechtes, kulinarisches Abendprogramm. Innerlich grinse ich dann immer zufrieden in mich hinein. Ich werde lange von den Eindrücken zehren und wieder kommen...
Ciao Chiavari, ciao Limoncello ;-)”

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