Routes » The Transardinia trail, mountain biking across the island of Sardinia.
Transardinia, Mountain Biking across the Island of Sardinia, from North to South.
The longest european off-road mountain bike trail. 444 km of dirt roads, singletracks and mule tracks in seven days, more than 12.000 mt of total ascent across the wildest and most beautiful mountains of the island. Mountain biking off the beaten track, far away from the cities and the busy coast resorts.
Sweeping singletracks, epic descents and cross country adventures.
In the pursuit of adventure across Sardinia’s less traveled trails. Miles and miles across a rocky and mountainous interior dotted with remote mountain villages which preserve a rich and diverse cultural heritage. From Olbia to Cagliari, riding on ancient shepherd paths, on the island east mountain range. From Gallura granite to Buddusò vast plateau scattered with oaks, from Supramonte candid limestone to the high lands of Gennargentu and Ogliastra buttes. And then across the Flumendosa valleys, finally reaching with treacherous downhills Cagliari and its beautiful beach.
Sardinia,(Italy) is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and is formed by a series of mountainous massifs, hills and narrow highlands. Its coast is jagged and rocky, interspersed with marvelous beaches of very fine sand and countless inlets. The seaside landscapes are among the most beautiful in the world. Numerous small, enchanting islets are scattered in front of its coast.
Sardinia has an endless network of dirt roads, double track and singletrack trails, The Transardinia itinerary makes the most of this opportunity. Guaranteeing an itinerary composed of over 80% of unpaved roads, providing at same time the chance to experience the best mountain biking and natural wonders of the island.
The itinerary has been planned in order to get the best out of its potential and an almost total cyclability. Whereas most of climbs are gradual and over good gravel roads, the downhills are among the most exciting and technical trails Sardinia could offer. Nevertheless this experience wouldn’t be a complete one if it didn’t give the opportunity to know the real Sardinia. Transardinia isn’t just about mountain biking, is also a journey through an island, its culture, its tradition and its people.
In this website, www.transardinia.net, besides the description of the official route, there is a long and detailed trip report from a 2004 adventurous Transardinia.
Today the Transardinia official route, is rideable in its full lenght with the help of mtb guides.
To permit to a higher number of bikers to ride the Transardinia, the route was slightly modified and the most technical sections were replaced with less severe trails adding more cyclability. The Transardinia Gps Route was created, a full description of this route is available in the Gps Tracks section of the Transardinia website, where the entire route is available, stage by stage, for download.
12000 meters total ascent
80% unpaved roads
start from Olbia Sardinia, Italy
ends in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
More info at the Transardinia website