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  • duff
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    Been watching the weather recently as it does look dire – I changed my flight from last Sat and am heading out next Tues. The forecast is looking better after the weekend, hope it dries out fast!

    Premier Icon Simon
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    Yep, got some mates out in Chatel right now and they’re perfecting their mud riding skills ๐Ÿ™‚

    Raining on the mountains – who’d have thought…

    maxtorque
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    Seems the Mega’s a bit sticky too:

    yikes!

    scaled
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    Ah, Manchester here. I think there might have been a mix up with the weather deliveries.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Someone out in haute savoie ordered a chainring bolt from CRC, and they posted it in a box so big it contained our entire climate

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    Yes just been checking out the snow cover at La Plagne on the webcams. Was considering joining my parents on holiday in the Jura mountains this week, 11C and raining there, 20C and sunny here!

    bikebouy
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    I’m in Lugano and it’s bloody hot and dry ๐Ÿ˜†

    lucien
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    Pi$$ing down, heavily and has been all day. Left UK earlier than expected (Weds morning) and headed for La Bresse Bike Park to get my eye in for Les Gets next week. I’m currently thinking an Ark would have been better than a bike. Moved on a bit to Metabief, and found a good campsite – still raining and forecast is rain Fri, rain Sat, rain Sun. Most of the Alps seems the same at the moment.
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    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    ChrisE
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    Setting off to Oberstdorf in 36hours for a Transalp. Forecast has been bad but looks much better from now.

    phew – we didn’t choose last week (but having TdF in our back-yard clinched it anyway)

    C

    Premier Icon trout
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    Sorry for the small hijack
    ChrisE whats the riding like around Oberstdorf
    cos we are going there in sept

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    It briefly stopped raining in Tignes this morning.

    The bottom of Jump Around.

    Thankfully it has gone back to raining again. The lifts have been closed all day and the trails are just mudbaths.

    Karl33to
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    Am in Les Gets and it’s rained pretty much constantly for the past three days, which by all accounts is really unusual. Not many people about on bikes at all.

    Chavannes is a bit of a mess, could only manage a handful of runs before I lost the will. Off to Chatel tomorrow come rain or shine.

    rockhopper70
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    I’m reading this, every time the post updates, hoping, desperately, that someone is going to say that the sun is going to come out on Friday and dry everything out. Myself and 6 others arrive in Morzine tomorrow for three days of gloop by the looks of it. I’ve even bought a novel to pass the time.

    Hob Nob
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    The Mega is a bit different from the norm. This is just outside the top of the DMC lift, about 5 minutes in to the qualifier.

    The mud lower down is ‘interesting’ too.

    Premier Icon boxelder
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    Rain sounds a relief. I’m tired of blowing the dust off the bike after riding the mountains of the Lakes at the moment. All the dry ground is making trails far to fast and then struggling to choose from all those locally brewed beers………….merde.
    Have fun chrisE, hope the new grips bring those trails alive.

    I’m reading this, every time the post updates, hoping, desperately, that someone is going to say that the sun is going to come out on Friday and dry everything out.

    I suspect it might take more than a day of sun to dry the trails out.

    geetee1972
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    That’s the thing with the Alps. You have to be prepared for all kinds of weather regardless of the time of year. They say it snows on at least one day of the month every month at the highest points you can access by the lifts.

    JEngledow
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    We’re driving down tonight and I think I’ll be needing the mud tyres ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    Premier Icon mugsys_m8
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    Feel sorry for anyone in or heading to the French Alps. First week of school holidays here and we have been stuck inside all week so far. Thinking about lighting the fire. 1m plus of fresh snow at 3000m odd.

    Premier Icon ahwiles
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    question.

    given that it rains *a bit* in Scotland, and Wales. That there’s nothing magically destructive about rain in France.

    Why can’t the French build bike trails that can stand up to rain?

    fyi, My parents saw snow in Yorkshire last week.

    bigyinn
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    Im have no pity for those capitalist pigs who choose to go abroad.
    Why go to the Alps when we have Skegness and Bridlington?

    Trimix
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    I like this thread. Last nights ride round the Chilterns was fast and bone dry. Makes me quite content with my decision not to go to the Alps this summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Someone out in haute savoie ordered a chainring bolt from CRC, and they posted it in a box so big it contained our entire climate

    Genius post of the week

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    Why can’t the French build bike trails that can stand up to rain?

    presumably it takes a lot more effort to build weather proof trails and if it hardly ever rains like that during the mtb season there’s not much point…?

    Premier Icon ahwiles
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    D0NK – Member

    if it hardly ever rains like that during the mtb season there’s not much point…?

    it’s the French Alps, heavy rain that hangs around for days is never far away.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    If it’s like this when I’m out there I’m going to give stevo a chinese burn.

    tpbiker
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    I was there last week for the passportes. Utter mudbath…

    Sui
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    I’m of to Chatel for a long weekend 17th – 21st next week. PLease let sun come out.. ๐Ÿ™

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    it’s the French Alps, heavy rain that hangs around for days is never far away.

    ah right. Dunno then.

    edit presumably their business model works otherwise it wouldn’t draw so many people. Mind you their business model might be “it’ll be reet in a couple of days and there’ll still be plenty of rosbifs flying in, just shutdown the lifts til it stops raining” not good for those just calling in for a long weekend tho ๐Ÿ™

    atlaz
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    They were selling off mud tyres at Freeride in Morzine a couple of weeks back. Time to buy them up if you’re going

    maxtorque
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    Northwind
    If it’s like this when I’m out there I’m going to give stevo a chinese burn.

    Me too, i’ll take his right arm, you have his left!!

    (19-26th july for me!)

    Premier Icon mugsys_m8
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    We don’t ride in the rain because we don’t have to. We wait for the sun ๐Ÿ˜†

    It is not the same type of landscape, topography, vegetation cover etc, it is not the same rain. Think heavy torrents, washouts etc. In heavy weather there is a lot more to be concerned with than muddy bike trails.

    Rain plays a small part so not much concession is made for it where it adversely affects ‘playing’. Bit like the UK and their preparation for snow.

    makkag
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    im not off with family to tignes till 24th so im hoping for a late bright summer !

    Then verbier in september with the lads

    I usually go out this week for my birthday – kinda thanking my lucky stars at the moment ! looks horrendous

    Premier Icon jameso
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    It’s a shame but what can you do, it’s a gamble. Weather patterns seem to have been less reliable in recent years. We have to consider why .. as well as have a realistic take on these things.

    “When you go to the mountains, expect mountain weather” as a guide told us once. I’ve been to the Alps for a week’s climbing (just amateur bimbling on easier routes) and got nowhere due to conditions, we did 3 trips before we actually got on top of anything. We’ve spent most of 3 days sat in a chalet in Morzine while it rained solidly but half a dozen runs on the Pleney in the worst rain I’ve seen out there was still one of the most memorable days riding I’ve done there.

    Why can’t the French build bike trails that can stand up to rain?

    Because the trails are long, it’d be too expensive and the locals are off riding stuff that doesn’t get hammered all summer I expect.

    Premier Icon ahwiles
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    …Because the trails are long…

    they’re really not, i’m surprised just how short they are considering the vertical drop. And i’d be surprised if the km’s of trail at GT were much less than the km’s of trail at the Chatel bike park)

    …it’d be too expensive…

    how much is a weeks lift pass these days? ยฃ80? – they can afford it.

    i suspect that the French don’t build surfaced trails because they know they don’t have to, we’ll go anyway.

    Premier Icon mugsys_m8
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    You have got too big a chip on your shoulder! They don’t build surfaced trails because they don’t. It is as simple as that.Nothing to do with ripping the tourists off. Any type of purpose built mtb trail in France is rare enough over the whole country, let alone a surfaced one. We live next to an ideal large forest with vert gains of Glentress size, but no rock outcropping. It could be very very good with built surfaced trails or even any trail other than the tracks it has. But no one thinks like that. Just look at the amount of rock cliffs that no one climbs on, again unclimbed rock is unheard of in the UK.

    MrsMugsy
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    I’d like to point out that what most of you refer to as the ‘French Alps’ is in fact the ‘northern alps’.
    Do not compare the weather in Morzine or even Tignes with the weather in the Ecrin and generally the Alps south of Grenoble.

    In summer you can have proper summer weather in the south while in Morzine it’s winter revisited.

    That said, at the moment the weather is sh*te everywhere.

    tpbiker
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    Its the lazy Swiss you need to be worrying about if you intend going over to their side.

    Shut all their lifts on the Sunday of the passportes because apparently it was to hard to evacuate anyone off the mountain. Funny the French thought they’d cope just fine.

    The when it dried up the next day they shut the lift at morgins for no particular reason, meaning I could either pedal to the top of the hill, or cycle down to get a train to champery at a local town. I chose the later.

    Turns out the Swiss don’t pay much attention to timetables however, so the train never appeared, prompting a 1000 meter climb back up an alpine road on supertacky dual ply minions…back to the same place I’d been 5 hours earlier. All done with bronchitis and a rubbing rear brake. Misery.

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