The start point for this ride can be anywhere close to Monte Saccarello. You can also start from Monesi, but the route becomes harder. The ride runs almost exclusively on the ridge that divides the watershed between the Arroscia and the Argentina Valleys.
From Monte Saccarello, continue in the direction of Monte Fronte on a mountain track that offers stunning views of the Ligurian coast and, on clear days, of Corsica as well. From Monte Fronte, head towards Colle del Garezzo, continue to Pian Latte Pass (Passo di Pian Latte), where you'll turn right heaing uphill, until you reach the next valley, Valle Impero.
From there, descend to Passo Mezzaluna and continue until you reach Ciotto di San Lorenzo, where you can stop to admire the shepherds place of worship and pagan rituals. Swoop into the beech forest of Rezzo on a mystical singletrack that takes you to Passo Teglia, stay on the ridge and continue on the steep ramps - only for tough climbers - towards Monte Grande, the mountain that overlooks Impero valley.
The descent from Monte Grande down to Colle DOggia is for experienced riders. Past Colle DOggia, keep going for a few kilometers on asphalt in the direction of Ville Sanpietro. After about 4 km, pick up the dirt road on the right that climbs towards the summit of Monte Squassi, where you'll ride in the last alpine pastures before reaching the coast.
A long singletrack immersed in the typical Ligurian vegetation comes next and takes you to the bottom of the valley, to Imperia.
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Access by car:
Exit the motorway at the tollbooth of Imperia, continue on the National road SS548 in the direction of the Provincial Road, SP52, towards Molini di Triora, then turn onto the Provincial Road, SP89, to Triora.