BIKERS BY NATURE
Hi, my name is Fabio and I am the founder of grancanariamountainbike.com. I have been living in Gran Canaria since 2013 and, before landing on this island, I have rode the most beautiful trails in Italy and in Europe.
My story as a mountain biker begins much earlier. Before the mountain bike was invented. Being of the 70’s generation, my baptism with the fat tires happened on a Saltafoss. It was 1976 or so. Even then, I regularly built jumps and ramps to clear with my bike… An aspect that has always accompanied me over the years.
I have lived all the evolution of mountain biking, from the first steel bike arrived in Italy to the e-bike, which I recently got. I have practiced all disciplines, from XC to DH, which I still do today. If I had to categorize myself as a biker, I would call myself a freerider.
All my life, in the last 40 years has turned around mountain biking.
By choice I have never raced, but in my biker curriculum there are significant experiences. For example, I participated in the first two editions of the 24 Hours of Finale Ligure, when it was still an epic and pioneering race (starting from lighting systems!😁).
Working for a company that sponsored international athletes, in 1999-2000 I attended the team of Paola Pezzo, 2 times Olympic mountain bike champion. You can also find me in some of her videos, both as a rider and as a helmet-camera man. I also attended Corrado Herin team, DH World Cup winner in 1997. In the same period I developed a patent to synchronize the impulses of a neuro-muscular stimulator to the pedaling movement onboard of the mountain bike.
Of course I did not miss the most beautiful bike parks in Europe: Les Gets, Morzine, Chatel, Les Deux Alpes, Crans Montana, Leogang, Saalbach and Finale Ligure, where I started my activity as a mountain bike guide. Nor a pilgrimage to Moab, a mountain bike mecca.
Before leaving Italy for Gran Canaria I did an “abusive trail building” in one of the most beautiful mtb spot in Italy, recently became a regular appointment for the Superenduro circuit: Portofino. Yes, this is a public confession, which I do only because today riding mountain bike in Portofino mountain is no longer prohibited as it has been for over 20 years since 1994. If you have been lucky enough to ride on the Superenduro trails of Portofino, you have surely plowed some trails that I have re-opened and worked with some local friends and that today represent the core part of its special stages…
In short, no palmares, but anyway a life lived in the name of mountain biking. A biker by nature, therefore. Is it enough to trust me?
RIDING GRAN CANARIA
Here on the island of Gran Canaria the lifestyle is very relaxed, but it doesn’t mean we do not do things right. Our guides, including myself 😁, are patented and know very well the best local trails. Our technical partners are professionals who are passionate about mountain biking. So expect a quality service, but friendly and cordial, from people who you will feel more like old bike buddys, rather than tourist guides.
Let’s be clear: Italians like to enjoy life. We invented the “good life”, right? We rediscover this style in our excellent food, in our wines, in the passion for performance, in the joy of riding free and in the search for a good quality of life. These are the values that inspired me when I founded this site. So, booking a mountain bike holiday or a guided tour on grancanariamountainbike.com, you can be sure that you will have an experience that includes all these things. So, expect a holiday based on the Italian lifestyle. Even in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
WHY GRAN CANARIA MOUNTAIN BIKE
Just like you, we appreciate the beautiful things of life too, so you can feel comfortable knowing that you will enjoy an experience personally studied and assessed for its quality and its “wow factor”. For this reason we have selected for you the most exciting trails of Gran Canaria, the best technical partners and we rely on good quality hotels with a strategic position with respect to the most beautiful and renowned beaches of the island.