Pila, a small village in the north of Italy, is an incredible place that has played a huge role in mountain bike history in the western Alps and is nestled up in the mountains next to the French border. If you’ve already been there, then you probably first stopped in Aosta, the small town down in the valley below Pila. From there you probably took one of the most popular gondolas among Europeans downhillers, that takes you from Aosta to Pila. Straight from the city of Aosta you climb up to more than 1800 meters and enjoy an incredible landscape, surrounded by the highest peaks of the Alps such as Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. The scenery up there is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful alpine landscapes a man can experience.
All photos by Alex Luise