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The Roller Coaster Trail is hands-down the most famous and most popular shuttle run in all of Finale Ligure! Starting from the top of the mountain ridge, Roller Coaster cruises down along one spine of the range at a relatively mellow grade (for European mountain bike trails).
Most riders choose to shuttle to the top with one of the many shuttle van services in Finale, but you can, of course, pedal if you're a true badass. "Every mountain bike town has a trail called Rollercoaster, but few are this good," writes [Flow Mountain Bike](https://flowmountainbike.com/features/this-is-paradise-riding-finale-ligure/).
The Roller Coaster trail here in Finale Ligure lives up to its name with flowy banked turns, optional kickers providing sweet airtime, and rollers that can be popped off of as well.
Along with the flow comes the guaranteed rocks, roots, and drops to remind you that you're still mountain biking.
That said, overall this trail is accessible by upper intermediate riders. The high-speed descent and great blend of terrain made the Roller Coaster trail an obvious choice for an Enduro World Series stage when the race series stops here in Finale Ligure, but it's by no means the most technical trail in the region.
Other trails are drastically more challenging, which helps make Roller Coaster a true crowd-pleaser. To ratchet up the challenge, choose to hop on the Kill Bill trail after Roller Coaster and follow it to Cacciatore.
Immediately after dropping into Kill Bill, the grade gets steeper, and the trail gets tighter and rougher.
You'll find yourself dragging your rear wheel around tight switchbacks and sliding down rocky chutes into small catch berms—a complete 180 from the wide-open flow of Roller Coaster! In fact, most advanced riders consider Roller Coaster to be merely a warm-up run. Cacciatore only ramps up the difficulty! The initial plunge features a series of water bar ledge drops that look rollable… but many of them run smoother if you air them out.
The steep, sliding descent continues, finishing with a couple of massive rock features that, while rollable, demand precise line choice.