- France – early September – where to go?
Hi all, be gentle, first post here from long time lurker.
I’m off to the south of France in my camper van for a couple of weeks from late August, and hoping to spend at least a week somewhere with really nice off-road trails. I’m not a DHer, long winding ‘red’ single track is more my thing (and I don’t mind bivvying overnight for the really long ones). I was hoping to try out the best known high altitude places like Morzine or Les Deux Alps, but it seems from the various websites that they more or less shut up at the end of August as the weather gets too bad (or is this just for the higher altitude DH trails?). Ideally, I’d like a place where maybe I could hire a guide for the first day to get some advice about the best trails for my mediocre riding skills, and then just explore myself. And if the area had a few really nice and not too touristy towns and villages to explore, all the better.
Any advice and suggestions welcome….Posted 3 years agolucienMember
Vosges, are a good bet – slightly lower than high alpine stuff and more accessible from uk. Some bike parky bits still open (lac blanc, Le bresse,) or at a push metabief. Plenty of signed routes and easily findable trails – stayed at xonrupt-longmer a couple of years ago and had a hoot on a 160mm pitch, riding up and down. Plenty of aires and municipal sites, plus toll free driving if you head through luxembourg – I’d love to go back.Posted 3 years agobigoldhillsroundhereMember
There is a few pointers for the Pyrenees herePosted 3 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@gyatsola, the lifts are open in Chamonix later, check the schedule as they do close down over September. You might like to have a google of Metabief too. These places you could use as a stopover on the way down to the South (the Alps are only half way-ish to the Cote d’Azur). As for the South have a look at Isola 2000, from what I’ve seen online the marked biking trails looked a bit so/so but could be good to have a look at walking paths etc.
Also consider buses, I did a guided holiday where we used buses as the uplift form the valley floor to the resort. In many places the riding down from the resort to valley is better than the rising from the chairlifts down to resort level. This tends to open up other places.
Good luck and welcome to the STW forums.Posted 3 years agoNick ScotsMember
I got home today and Les Deuxs Alpes has cut the number of trails and although the new ‘Super Venosc Enduro’ trail is good – a few pitched stone slab sections – the whole place is brake bumped and rutted. As the Venosc red is softer and shaley, it doesn’t suffer the same erosion. It’s a shame as it used to have long trails eg La Fee area with great trails.
We were at La Bresse – Hohneck yesterday morning. Much better trails, tighter and full on technical, not many blues n greens for me, but good. The Enduro we did E1, had 200m of singletrack in 6.5 km !
vtopo guides are really good and we have no done a banana/lemon route in any of the guides. For Alpes Maritimes and Provence.Posted 3 years ago
OP, anything Above Avignon is the north?Posted 3 years ago
Plenty to do. Basically anywhere in the 06 or the 83 (departement numbers) will have some good trail near by. Careful though, biking is “forbidden” in national parcs, and plenty of locals départementals parc have restrictions, however is you know some locals you might get away with some of the “forbidden ones but not so”.
IIRC Auron will still be open in september. Roubion sure will be.
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