Video: Manon Carpenter Rides Mont Thabor

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Mont Thabor is 3178m of thin air and epic riding, but there’s no easy way up. You need to earn those turns. In this film we find out just one of the things that Manon Carpenter has been up to since she retired from downhill racing. She’s been off doing adventures! (She’s been doing lots of other stuff, including a geology masters degree…) and this trail trip to Month Thabor certainly had a lot of geology.

In this film, she’s joined by racer turned Alpine guide, Emily Horridge and their respective boyfriends for a four day tour of Mont Thabor, a 3100m beast lurking in the middle of the French Alps, not far from the Italian borders.

(We interviewed Manon Carpenter in issue 126 of Singletrack – you can refresh your memories here –

Going up. With walking poles! Whatever next?

With plenty of hike-a-bike going on (using walking poles!) the team struggle with endless climbs in clouds, huge outbreaks of tiramisu and some long, long descents into empty valleys. It’s good to see Manon Carpenter just hanging out, away from the race scene that ruled her life for so many years. Emily, too, was a racer for years and has now settled into a slightly more relaxed approach to riding as a mountain bike guide. And you just need to look at the scenery to see why it appeals.

Endless meadows. This’ll cheer you up

It’s a great film about a fun trip through the Alps and you can feel the Vitamin D coming out of the screen. If you’re a fan of Alpine beasts like Mont Thabor and some great natural trail riding, then check out Manon Carpenter’s latest adventure.

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Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (4)

    Sunshine and summertime in the mountains. What’s not to like, eh? 🙂

    oooh, now then, that looks fantastic – just the sort of riding and terrain I love.

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