The Madonie MTB Association Resort was founded in 2009. This is a long-term project that was undertaken by the public body of the Madonie Natural Park and the Municipalities belonging to the Park. The aim of the project is to transform one of the most important mountain areas in Sicily into a real resort at an international level that is ideal for practising all the different disciplines of mountain biking, cross-country and downhill cycling.
Over the past few years, many different people who share the same passion and love of the mountains and of nature have joined the association. In recent years, through sports promotions, the association has organised a variety of different events and shows. These have not been solely linked to cycling activities but have also high-lighted the need for greater sensitivity and respect for the environment and nature in general.
The Madonie MTB Resort also specialises in sports tourism. According to the data that was published from 2015, an average of 55 people per month reach Castelbuono and the Madonie to experience some of the best mountain trails currently in existence in Sicily. Fans come not only from Italy but also from northern Europe, Asia and America. The ability to practice so many different activities at the Madonie MTB Resort has provided the association with an endorsement on an international level covering downhill and cross-country and also for hikers and fans of outdoor sports in general.
Today, the Madonie MTB Resort can count on more than 50 kilometres of slopes. All the trails have been created for professionals but also for those who are beginners at mountain biking. The Madonie offers bikers and other sports enthusiasts unique and rare spectacles along the trails that cross the widespread mountain slopes like a network of capillaries. On entering the trails, you will slowly discover a different universe from that which you would have normally imagined, an environment in its own right in a Sicily that is far away from the congested and obsolete stereotypes of the island, a place where the colours of the mountains which are rarely thought of as one the island’s main features, dominate the scenery unchallenged combining spectacular views with the unique flavours and aromas of this mountainous area. All of this is what makes up the “Madonie MTB Resort” with the mountains in bloom by the sea.
To sum up, what we are basically offering are days on a bike, whether that is inside or outside our bike park, with the presence of a guide. The disciplines are varied and for example, include endurance, all-mountain, downhill or cross-country.