What crazy alpine adventures occur in the Summer holidays?
I normally do the Megavelanche but I’ve promised my girlfriend she can come on next year’s adventure. Unfortunately she is a teacher so we are limited to the summer hols (August and some of July I think). We could just go to Morzine for a week but it’s always better to have some sort of event to look forward to. Does anything happen at this time of year?
It doesn’t have to be alpine or lift assisted – I’m open to different locations and don’t mind peddling up hill. There just has to be biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig mountains ?Posted 5 years agohungry monkeyMember
point to point, different lengths, with return transport provided. not the most singletracky, but incredible atmosphere. not just racers… number boards have your name on, there’s nothing better than having a whole village out shouting your name! i did it in 08 and will be back asap.Posted 5 years agoSchweizSubscriber
Grand Raid is point to point but with easy transport options to get back to the start or to Sion.
There is a huge number of starters however you should be aware that almost everyone takes it pretty seriously. Even the slower riders give it everything (this is a cultural difference in CH/DE, same for running races – there are no “fun runs”)
Depending on the weather and your fitness, cut-off times can be quite tight.
Organisation is perfect, scenery divine however don’t expect to be riding singletrail all the way – it’s mostly fire road, and be ready for a nice hike a bike up a scree slope at almost 3000m…Posted 5 years ago
Are you after a weekend event around which to base a holiday, or are you looking for ideas for week-long riding for one or both of you?
If the latter, riding some or all of the Chemin du Soleil route might be of interest:
Not so much biiiiiiiiiiig mountains as lots of ’em and loads of riding an scenery…Posted 5 years ago
DoctorRad – option 1 ideally. My other half likes to have 1 or 2 days riding and nothing more extreme than fire roads – she mainly likes to walk. So a week or 10 days somewhere including some sort of event (1 to 3 days max) would be ideal. If I cant find anything then just somewhere with great riding – possibly guided – or lift assisisted.
I have done freeridespain in the past in Sierra Nevada which was fantastic!Posted 5 years agocmjdaviesMember
Get some flights to Nice, hire a van, drive to Andorra and rent some bikes. Go play in Granvalira…
Or this was off the back of a cheapo holiday to a friends apartment on a golf resport in Spain:
ChrisPosted 5 years ago
(Excuse the shameless plugs!)
How about this then? Fly into Nice, and get Greg Germain to take you on his “Traversée du 06” route, for three days of trail riding in arguably one of the best corners of France with initial uplift every day:
You’ve then got the rest of the week to lounge by the pool / sea, or drive up into the mountains and get some more riding in. There are a couple of smaller resorts with bike parks and lifts within an hour’s drive of Nice. Stay away from the coast if you like things cooler / cheaper than the Riviera.Posted 5 years agowlMemberSchweizSubscriber
Grand Raid sounds like a fantastic challange – im just not sure mentally I could cope with the down-hill-on-fire-road-in-the-Alpes side of it.
Believe me, after 5000m of climbing, you’ll be happy that the DHs are not too involving. Having said that, it’s certainly not all fire road and even the fireroad is loose and rocky and requires a hell of a lot of skill to ride fast.
You are right though – the Grand Raid is not a holiday.Posted 5 years ago
Traversée du 06 – http://pages.citebite.com/j8c1q9o9oqjt – 3-4 days of mountain biking with great trails, mountain atmosphere and shuttles, between the col des Champs and the sea.
Greg is a trail guide, guide book writer and MTB journalist for Velovert in France. I also believe he helped Ash out with the trail scouting for Trans-Provence. He knows that part of France better than almost anyone else, I’d hazard, and will put together custom trips for you if that’s what you want. Top bloke, speaks English, BEESAC qualified guide and the only MTB guiding company on the Riviera to have the “Tourism Quality” label.Posted 5 years ago
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