Best Place For Xc Riding In France?

Postby outspoke on Wed 27/Feb/13 1:34pm

Hey - toying with trying to inject some XC riding into a trip to France. Am an 49 year old single track guy (not into riding structures or jumping) currently riding a anthem 29er so hardcore not necessary......have non riding partner in tow too so ideally somewhere that she can go for wanders etc ideal. Any recommendations??
outspoke
Member for: 13 years 10 months

Re: Best Place For Xc Riding In France?

Postby RHR_Rob on Thu 28/Feb/13 11:06am

go to somewhere like Morzine and use the chairlifts, there are loads of XC - DH tracks all the way back down, you just chose what you want to ride, you can even cycle up if it takes your fancy.
missis can ride chairlift up to the cafes or whatever.
on one day out we rd into Swiss interesting passing through border as we didn't have passports fortunately it wasn't much of a border so we rd past the border gaurds at speed ;-)
RHR_Rob
Member for: 14 years 8 months

Re: Best Place For Xc Riding In France?

Postby GlenK on Fri 1/Mar/13 7:05am

Go to a place called Les Arcs, lots of excellent singletrack, with lift access to most trails. It was by far the best place that we rode in France last year. Its near a place called Bourg St Maurice.
GlenK
Member for: 14 years 6 months

Re: Best Place For Xc Riding In France?

Postby CrustyMTB on Fri 1/Mar/13 7:11am

GlenK wrote:Go to a place called Les Arcs, lots of excellent singletrack, with lift access to most trails. It was by far the best place that we rode in France last year. Its near a place called Bourg St Maurice.

If you base yourself at bourg as Maurice you've also got lifts and riding at Val D'isere, tignes, le plan, la Rosiere, and San crux all within 40 minutes and chamomix and the three valleys an hour or 2 away.
CrustyMTB
User avatar
"Tucker's Law "If some cunt can fuck something up, that cunt will pick the worst possible time to fucking fuck it up, cause that cunt's a cunt.""
Member for: 14 years 3 months

Re: Best Place For Xc Riding In France?

Postby RHR_Rob on Fri 1/Mar/13 7:28am

Ahh Boug - spent many a summer there slalom kayaking in my pre MTB days.
big cold white water.
RHR_Rob
Member for: 14 years 8 months

Re: Best Place For Xc Riding In France?

Postby GlenK on Fri 1/Mar/13 8:05am

Forgot to mention, if you go into any Tourist Office, you can buy an excellent trail map of all the rides in the area, graded so you can choose something that suits you. We used them a lot, and on the whole they were excellent for picking good rides. France being big on cycling, they cater well for mountain bike tourists.
GlenK
Member for: 14 years 6 months

Re: Best Place For Xc Riding In France?

Postby outspoke on Sun 3/Mar/13 12:41pm

Thanks guys. Was toying with guided stay but sounds like good maps etc so maybe not worth the expense? Any recommendations on accom or bike hire welcome!
outspoke
Member for: 13 years 10 months

Re: Best Place For Xc Riding In France?

Postby GlenK on Sun 3/Mar/13 3:41pm

Unfortunately can't help with bike hire, due to Emirates generous luggage allowances we took our own bikes and tented, with the odd B&B when it rained (not much in June/July), so we were pretty self sufficient. Most of places catered for people wanting to rent bikes, but they weren't cheap. We were glad we took our own (A TranceX, and AnthemX), and never felt like we couldn't ride most of the trails.One thing we did do was lease a Citroen through Eurolease, which was a great way of getting around, throughly recomended. A C3 Picasso will fit two bikes and all your gear, perfect, cheap to run (diesel), and more than sufficient for Euro roads!
GlenK
Member for: 14 years 6 months

Cycling | Europe | France | Mountain Biking | Regions - Latest Posts

Who is online

56 Users browsing this website: DotBot, Google [Bot] and 53 guests

REMEBER TO CLICK THE LINKS WHEN BUYING FROM VORB SUPPORTERS


  • Wiggle
  • Chain Reaction Cycles
  • GT Bicycles
  • ProBikeKit
  • Vorb Shop