So what was the highlight of your riding year this year?
Other than that session behind the Asda in Swindon?
I was in Chamonix for a week with friends from school, but the weather had been very poor. On the single worst day one of the four of us simply didn’t ride, and the other two decided to bail as soon as we got off at the midstation at Le Tour. This was understandable – there was zero visibility and howling wind and the lift should not have been open at all. So I set off alone up the chairlift to 2,000m, and was quite nervous as you couldn’t see a thing. It was blowing a gale up top but I pushed my bike up the Col de Balme regardless, and onwards to the Croix de Fer, over the border into Switzerland. As I got up towards about 2,300m (I think), the clouds began to part and you could briefly see all the way up the Rhone Valley to Martigny and even possibly Verbier, but the weather was still very unstable. When I got to the ridge at the top I found myself in this sunny bowl about a mile across, but you could see the storm over the valley above Emosson and Vallorcine. The clouds were all moving really fast like flames and the light kept going from blinding to pitch black very quickly! The Col de Balme is normally a very well-travelled, civilised part of the Alps, but on this day it felt absolutely mental. Anyway then the sun came out and there was weird yellow evening light and I began the descent to Trient and got down just as it got dark. Now when it’s pissing rain I still get out and ride, as who knows what I’ll see.
Posted 6 years agobrakesMember
epic of day riding Chatel bike park which ended with a mad traverse after we missed the last lift to ride with a train of about 30 good riders down an amazing trail (on the opposite side of Morzine to the Avalanche DH) through the trees which was steep, rooty, technical and loooong.Posted 6 years ago
smile for miles!druffMember
Clearing the 9′ gap at Jedi’s place at the end of the public jumps and drops course I did there. I was buzzing for two days afterwards. Not been able to look it in the eye again since, but I’m going to nail it again soon.
The sessions I’ve done with Tony this year have completely redefined not only the way I ride, but the way I look at riding too; it’s something that I’ll always look back on fondly and be extremely grateful for.Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’ve had a pretty great year… Ups and downs, lots of little injuries but lots of successes too.
Highlight definately the No Fuss Endurance Downhill at Fort William though. Like the best race ever, combined with the best uplift day ever. A fantastic day out with 150 likeminded bloody fools.Posted 6 years ago_tom_Member
2 months in Whistler. Probably the best summer of my life. Kind of wish I could’ve stayed for longer but things have worked out very well for me job-wise back home so I can’t complain 🙂 Want to go back next year but doubt I can afford it til 2013.
& a cheesy one of me posing at the top
Closing weekend, one of the last runs of the season:
Highlight for me in Whistler is Crank It Up then cutting across to one of the double blacks and finishing on GLC medium drop (didn’t feel comfortable going for the large this time).Posted 6 years ago
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