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Sardinia Traverse

Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

Grade

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5

Duration

9 days

Prices from

£1,795 P.P.
Italy

Sardinia Traverse

Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

9 days

Prices from

£1,795 P.P.
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A fantastic mountain bike holiday from north to south Sardinia. This is the ultimate place to place Sardinian mountain bike trip and is a dramatic ride through true wilderness. High rugged mountains, open plateaux, dense woods, waterfalls and streams all provide the scenery for what is a challenging yet rewarding biking journey. This is a tour for the fit and experienced mountain biker, with testing riding and long days across a variety of terrains.
During the trip we’ll take you through a variety of landscapes and along routes varying from well-beaten tracks to unused mule trails, tackling some superb routes which will test your biking skills and stimulate your passion for wilderness biking.
The journey begins in the northeast region of Sardinia, from the impressive slopes of Mt. Limbara, riding along ancient mule tracks through dense woods. As the days progress, we reach the wildest area of Sardinia, the Supramonte di Dorgali and its breathtaking soaring limestone peaks. The journey continues via the forested areas of Mt. Arbu, crossing streams, riding alongside lakes, winding up and down passes and meeting lone shepherds and their animals, where a brief stop for a chat normally ends up in a typical snack of bread, wine and cheese. 
Towards the southern end of the island, the landscape changes yet again and offers something different every day; vineyards, historic sites and daily challenges to look forward to. On the last biking day, we once more sample some of the islands best singletrack in the mountains of the South Coast, leading us to Cagliari our final destination.

Holiday Highlights

  • Blasting the singletrack downhill from Monte Albo
  • Biking through a constantly changing landscape
  • Fun downhill through a limestone landscape towards Cala Gonone
  • The cracking 360° views from Monte Olinie
  • Riding the singletrack below Perd’e Liana pinnacle.
  • Delicious home cooked food, washed down with tasty local wine!

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It was worth it in every way – the biking was the hardest thing I’ve ever done (but enjoyable) on a beautiful island with great guides and very good company.

Alex, County Durham

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Cagliari
  • Meals: Dinner

Following your arrival into Cagliari (CAG) in the South of the Island, we will transfer to the first nights’ accommodation near Olbia in the North. Once here we check into our hotel and after organising our bikes for the journey ahead sit down to our first delicious Sardinian meal.

Day 2
Posada to Orosei (Bidderosa)
39 Miles / 64 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1250m

Your mountain biking adventure begins south of Olbia near to the small town of Posada. Outside this village, a short section on tarmac will bring us to start the first climb on a pine forest road. We are entering the limestone territory of Mt Albo.

A gradual but stunning climb through the oak forest will lead us up to a height of 770 metres. Our award is one of the most beautiful singletracks on this part of the island, 6 km of real fun. A tarmac section will lead you toward the hills and then a dirt track to the coast.

Our journey progresses along the coast as we ride narrow trails and country lanes over granite hills that lead us to the sea. From here we start heading south again, on a fun coastal roller-coaster ride though a dense pine forest towards Capo Comino promontory, passing granite rocky outcrops and some of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia. Heading into the Baronie region, you will notice the black of its basalt rock and that the riding terrain changes again. This will be your last chance to take in the stunning sea views, before heading inland toward Orosei, our overnight stay and another succulent Sardinian dinner.

Day 3
Biderrosa - Cala Gonone
34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 950m

With a less strenuous day ahead, we can allow a little bit more time over breakfast before we get ourselves on our bikes. Leaving Orosei, we follow the coast line on a mixture of off-road trails and singletrack, through a landscape of low Mediterranean shrub, lagoons and long sandy beaches. Reaching the basalt promontory of Osalla, a short technical climb will lead you to a Nuraghe (bronze-age dwelling) from where views of Orosei open up ahead of you. Down on the beach, a short singletrack from Cala di Osalla to Cala Cartoe will keep everyone entertained and hopefully on their bikes! Heading inland towards Dorgali we embark on an amazing singletrack descent and time permitting, stop off to visit the impressive Nuraghe Mannu, perched at the top of the Fuili Gorge.

The final singletrack descent to the coast and Cala Gonone is a special treat and ends today’s ride in style. Tonight we will be staying at a small hotel close to the beach / sea front. With the evening meal taken in town, it’s time to try out one of the many good restaurants and celebrate the ride so far in one of the bars.

Day 4
Cala Gonone – Villanovastrisaili
42 Miles / 68 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 2100m

From Calagonone, we embark on a difficult days riding, leaving the coast behind and gradually climbing into the oak forest of Givine. The climb is initially on paved road, through some of the most stunning limestone mountains you will have ever seen. Then it becomes tougher as the loose gravel track become steeper. The reward is the technical single track leading onto a tarmac road, from where the climbing is gradual. From sea level to 1,000 mt in 22 km! A coffee stop at the little café at the pass is a must before we head off onto our next off-road section into the Supramonte di Urzulei. Here it feels like entering the wild west..wild pigs and horses graze freely in a barren landscape of rock and pastures, as birds of pray hover above our heads! Luckily a hard climb is always rewarded with a stunning descent! After a last glimpse of the east coast in the far distance from a panoramic view at 1,400m the fast descent on stony, loose gravel trail will lead us to the oak forest, smiling of course! Our overnight stay is in a small hotel central to Villanovastrisaili. Just a final 10 km up and down and you will be treated to fantastic Sardinian cooking.

Day 5
Villanovastrisaili -Ulassai
3O Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1200m

Lake Flumendosa is soon ticked off the schedule as we head towards Perda Liana. Climbing gradually, the rocky peak of Perda Liana will edge closer before finally reaching its base. Leaving the bikes behind a short walk will take us to the panoramic view spot from where the highest mountain ranges in Sardinia, as well as the ranges to the south you’ll will be crossing in the next few days are visible. Moving on we have a fun challenge for you all as we ride down a steep fire break section. Riding on, a ‘carefree’ descent on forest trails leads us to the forestry land of Monte Arbu National Park. More singletrack through the forest before a gravel road takes us to the ‘Ogliastra Tacchi’, whose large limestone peaks are covered by dense oak wood. Up and down from one peak to the other we head to Ulassai. Located at the bottom of a limestone cliff with views to the sea, this small mountain village a great place to end the day.

Day 6
Ulassai - Villasalto
45 Miles / 72 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1700m

Our journey continues south with an easy start descending to the rivers below before winding back up. The unspoilt nature of this area makes it a fascinating area for naturalists and bikers alike. It is an area that most vividly reflects the ancient character of the island. Shepherds trails, huts and ancient Nuraghi litter the landscape and villages perch over steep sided valleys in the far distance.

Leaving the village of Perdasdefogu behind us (after a coffee stop!) we ride along the Quirra plateau. The landscape changes yet again as we ride up and down the valleys across this vast plateau, with the highlight of today’s ride the narrow and technical track from the plateux to the Flumendosa river. Reaching Villasalto we settle into our B&B accommodation.

Day 7
Villasalto - Dolianova
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1300m

From Villasalto we continue by bike through the mountains of the Sarrabus region, taking an ancient mining trail which was used to connect the village to the mines of Villasalto. Then an nice section, riding on a mountain road contouring Mt Genis. The climbing is far from finished! After lunch we have a raod section heading downhill for a few kilometers and then up on a challenging gradient. The last climb is the best of Skedaddle Italia challenges, the gradient is 33%! The award is a 360° view, being able to see the whole range of mountains we crossed in our Sardinia Traverse journey, all the way back to our first day riding! In few kilometers along a beautiful singletrack will bring us close to our destination for the day, Dolianova.

Day 8
Dolianova - Cagliari
28 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 800m

A grand finale on our last riding day as we ride through pine forests on series singletrack trails that whilst not overly technical are great fun!

After another delicious lunch, we continue towards Cagliari, your final destination after eight days of challenging riding in Sardinia. Which ever thrilling route we take it’s down to the south coast and the beach where we celebrate our achievement with a chilled Ichnusa beer.

Our accommodation is a short transfer away, with a celebratory meal on the cards to celebrate our epic biking journey through Sardinia!

Day 9
Departure Cagliari
  • Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast it’s sadly time to head to Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) for return flights. Depending on flight times, there may be the option of exploring Cagliari prior to checking in for your flights.

If you have a day or two to spare why not extend your trip with some trekking or sea kayaking exploring the picturesque coastline and sandy shores which stretch along the coast to the east of Cagliari. Our local team can join you for a day’s guiding or we can provide the information and equipment to allow you to enjoy the routes self-guided, just give us a call for further info.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The beauty of a journey across an island from North to South is the continuous changing landscape and variety of terrain, resulting in a truly challenging adventure! Sardinia is predominantly mountainous and hilly, composed of large basalt plateaus, limestone massifs and granite boulders, crossed by deep valleys with rushing rivulets. The result is a daily succession of climbs and descents on a variety of terrain. Hot spring/autumn sunny days add to the challenge. You will enjoy some wonderful stretches of steep and fast downhill on loose gravel dirt roads or single track, but not before earning it with a climb, made even more demanding by loose stones and rocks on the trails. Daily short sections of technical single track comprise of tight corners, steps, rocks, roots and rocky dropoffs. In some places the trail is exposed to deep valleys. The single tracks are often very narrow and pass through the typical Mediterranean vegetation, with thorny bushes. We recommend baggy shorts and possibly light long sleeves.

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Mountain Biking Grade

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5
Grade 4 - 5: Challenging/ Demanding

Aspects of both our grade 4 and 5 holidays

Distances of 25-55 miles / 40-90 kms per day

For experienced mountain bikers who enjoy difficult technical sections and physical challenges

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Holidays that are graded as a 4-5, will have aspects of both our grade 4 and 5 holidays. As well as keeping a good level of fitness you are also an experienced biker and enjoy riding more challenging trails. You usually ride most weekends and can cover between 30 and 50 miles over a full 8-9 hour day (with breaks). The routes you choose include challenging climbs perhaps with sharp switchbacks and sections of large and loose rocks. You are comfortable riding most trails including sections of technical or exposed singletrack with obstacles such as drop offs and rock gardens. Our grade 4-5 trips should suit you.

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Guides superb and really made the holiday with their endless enthusiam, humour and hard work.

Ben, Cambridge

Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
01/05/2021
Return Date
09/05/2021
Duration
9 days
Price
£1,795.00
Start Date
18/09/2021
Return Date
26/09/2021
Duration
9 days
Price
£1,795.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in small hotels / agriturismi

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle, for tired bikers and luggage transfers

F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival/departure days from Cagliari airport (CAG)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Single room (available if required)

D) Travel insurance

E) Meals not stated in the itinerary

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en-route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. You’ll need to arrive into and return from Cagliari airport (CAG), according to the following schedules:

Arrive into Cagliari airport before 12:00, for a 12.30 transfer. You will arrive back at the airport for flights home at 09:00.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules available for your holiday. Please check with us before booking any flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your flights fit with our scheduled transfers. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting such places.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire.

These bikes are typically very good quality full suspension mountain bikes from a major manufacturer such as Giant, Specialized or Canyon featuring 130mm – 150mm travel, disc brakes and good quality components.

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

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