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E-biking Enduro trip - all about perched trails and chilling out around Serre - Poncon Lake

4 days from 625 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort
France Montagne Maximum altitude 0 m Skill level : 2 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

4 days e-biking "made in Hautes-Alpes" with mountains, the lake and comfortable accomodation as main ingredients ! You're seeking for unusual thrillful enduro sessions off the beaten track ?

This is the one, you'll definitely love this e-bike enduro course ! It's open to anyone feeling comfortable on a mountain bike whether you ride occasionally, are an experienced or an expert mountain biker. Our local mountain bike guide will take you for thrilling rides at the pace of the crickets, remember this is the South, even though we're in the mountains ! Most climbs are very reasonable, thanks to powered assistance, and on offer we have especially nice downhill single trails overlooking the emerald coloured lake, trails that zigzag through larch and pine forests, on ridges, following streams, marly terrain, crossing wilderness like areas and small lakes... This is the French Okanagan valley !

Come and check out these magic places off the beaten track, enjoy days ending beside the lake, ideal for chilling out as we look forward to seeing grins on your faces as you get served a well deserved gourmet meal ! And the best of it all ? A nice twin bed room in a 3* hotel...

Eager to go for quality enduro runs, progress technically, enjoy the views and have a good time, all in one ? Don't forget your swimming trunks, and you're in for heaps of fun !

Pros

- Ride epic single trails, and jump into the lake afterwards

- Shuttle service to optimize the number of runs

- Local certified mountain biking instructor

- Improve your enduro and riding skills

- Comfortable hotel where it feels good to be

- Easy access on the Paris-Milano TGV line to Oulx (Cesana), then return transfer with our minibus

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

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Day to day

Day 1 - Warm up on the enchanting Martinat ridge trail (2374 m) 

On the first day of this course we pick you up at one of the following train stations: Briançon, Oulx-Cesana (TGV) or Montdauphin. Then we transfer you to our first riding area: Gaudissart Haut (1294 m) which is a good warm up for the following days !

After checking the gear, we review a few basics such as your position, braking techniques, and other security features... And off we go !

We ride uphill either via a short section on the road, of via a trail that criss crosses to point 1850 m above sea level. From Risoul, we ride up a track to the Homme de Pierre viewpoint (2374 m), then descend via the Martinat ridge that dominates the entire valley: cliffs and dizzying views, though we're not literally exposed. We make the most a good lunch break for a first brief, then burn up the single trail through the Barbeing forest before regaining our departure point.

Depending on time and what the group fancies, either a second ride is possible on the Pine loop near Puy Sanières, or a short loop at the lake, before we head back to our basecamp for a big plate full just as we like 'em !

Ascent/descent : + 1000 m/- 1000 m approx

Distance: 25 km approx

Meals included : picnic and dinner

Accomodation: 3* hotel

 

Day 2 - Immersion in the Boscodon Abbey woodlands and legendary descent in Les Orres

Today we have a fresh early days start, our ride criss crosses pine and larch trees under the majestic Grand Morgon ! Setting off from Baratier, we ride up to the Boscodon abbey via track and progressive small paths up to the Colombier viewpoint (1423 m) via a track from where we descend on the Moines trail. From there we reach the Bout du Mélèze forest and ride up to approx 1650 m above sea level. We're being led the way through a beautiful decor, then follow a legendary single trail where we'll practice our skills all the way back down to Baratier (850 m). 

Time to take it easy and enjoy the end of the afternoon at the lakeside where we can admire kite surfers and a 3D burst of colours in front of us... and why not finish the day off with an ice cream ?!

Ascent/descent : + 1300 m/- 1300 m approx

Distance: 30 km approx

Meals included : breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation: 3* hotel

 

Day 3 - Réallon, single trail paradise with lake view !

This is our favourite day in the area ! 

From charming Saint Apollinaire (1280 m), we ride up the slopes to the family size ski station called Reallon. 

In July and August, with a mountain bike pass we can get warmed up on well worked downhill runs above the ski station, then climb back up to the summit (2113 m) beneath the Chabrières Needles. A single trail will take us over the ridge from where we have a panoramic view, followed by another single trail.

During other months, we ride up beneath the Chabrières Needles to the summit (2113 m) using our legs via a slightly technical track, taking our time ! We take the same single trail as during summer months, that will take us over the ridge from where we have a panoramic view, followed by another single trail.

According to your shape, either we go for another ride near the Vaucluse mountain huts, or go directly to the lake from Saint Apollinaire. Same story over gain: you can either go for a swim or simply admire the view !

Ascent/descent : + 500 to + 1200 m/- 1200 m to - 1900 m approx

Distance: 25 km approx

Meals included : breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation: 3* hotel

Day 4 - Perched ride and inlets, off to the dam !

The day starts in Chorges, we ride down via Les Chaussins and Gabian to reach Lebraut mountain pass (1100 m). This trail is perched half way above the lake and between the mountain, offering a surprising view over the lake and the Grand Morgon. Downhill to the lake via magnificent single trails... We wander away to our favourite inlet at Chanteloube and return to Chorges, with twinkling eyes !

Back to Embrun and finish off the trip over a nice fresh drink ! Transfer back to the initial meeting points.

Ascent/descent : + 1300 m/- 1300 m approx

Distance: 40 km approx

Meals included : breakfast and picnic

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a mountain biking trip and course in the Ecrins and surroundings. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions, cable cars and mountain hut accessibilty as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. 

In case practices and customs defined by the local authorities change, estimating the reasonable number of clients per guide, for safety reasons, Azimut respects these, even last minute, decisions and recommendations. Such cases are rare and mostly related to exceptional conditions in the mountains. Therefore some compensation may be requested from your side due to less participants per guide. 

 

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:15 am
    Leaving time: end of the day
  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 7:30 am
    Leaving time: end of the day
  • Montdauphin Guillestre - in front of the train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9 am
    Leaving time: end of the day

Get together - practical information

Please wear your cycling clothes on day 1.

We always do our best, but can't guarantee the exact time of arrival at the train station (due to traffic or weather conditions). Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. If you're travelling by car, we'll meet you at one of the indicated meeting points, or at one of the drop off points where you'll be able to leave your car for the entire trip.

Access

Train & TGV access: www.oui.sncf

Make sure the train you plan to catch welcomes mountain bikes.

Car access: www.mappy.fr

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

Car park

Public parking free of charge can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended).

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level **

You're all into mountain biking and already have previous experience. You master gear shifting and are capable of dosing with you brakes, hop over small tricky sections, and ride up and down short technical sections. You want to progress on downhill single trails, rarely steep, but sometimes technical with easy obstacles (rocks, tree roots, ...) but never exposed. Ideal to get prepared for more technical riding, and getting you all set for level 3 !

Stamina level **

For keen and passionate mountain bikers or sporty people, who enjoy making efforts and regularly do an outdoor activity. We will ride on progressive 4x4 tracks and may encounter some steep sections. Expect ascents between + 800 m & + 1200 m approx per day, easily feasable on an e-mountain bike.

 

Good to know: if you don't have the skills and stamina required, the guide may ask you to leave the group for the well-being of the rest of the group. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us !

Group size

5 to 8 participants

Guiding

Azimut qualified mountain bike instructor & guide.

All our mountain bike guides are certified instructors. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

Meet our guides and instructors just around the corner

 

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough (for more detailed advice see gear section) to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) layers, a few snacks, your picnic and a repair kit. All other personal gear not needed for the day will be transferred to our accomodation.

Shuttle service & assistance / Lifts

We may use ski lifts at Reallon (summertime only)

 

 

Pricing

The price includes:

- Trip arrangements & logistics upon arrival

- Accomodation on half-board basis in a 3* hotel, picnics for 4 days

- Azimut mountain biking guide services for 4 days (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation and transportation)

- Azimut welcome pack

 

The price does not include:

- Your transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Gear rental if required

- Personal insurance

- Ski lift pass

- Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel) and personal extras

- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of Europ Assistance insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur (beware, such insurance only covers European citizens). 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Azimut's minibuses are used throughout the trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and less binding: we can chat, take a nap and listen to our own music. If luggage transfers are necessary, you have the possibility to use the transfer if you're tired and for any other reason.

Accommodation & meals

During the trip

Half board in a 3* star hotel with spa in twin rooms to share. Depending on the size of group, you might be sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex. Bedding and towels provided.

- Single room possible upon request: extra charge of € 150/person.

- Picnics are provided for lunch and consist of good quality, often local products such as ham, saussage, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or dried fruit. 

- Snacks: details are important especially after such demanding physical effort ! To boost your energy we've chosen to provide mulebars, organic, vegan, digest and extremely nourishing quality-wise without preservatives, food colouring or additives.

- For certain trips, it's possible to book a single or double room if available, with surcharge.

 

Before & after bike trips

Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book accomodation before or after the trip. All accomodation on the list is close to the meeting points and you may often benefit from preferential rates.

Phone & WiFi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Free Wifi is available in most places.

Mobile & 4G coverage can be unreliable.

Equipment - clothing & gear

Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and give photos a funky edge !

 

Technical gear

- Mountain bike: all mountain type or enduro bike, with platform pedals or your own clip-in pedals (that we can mount on a rental bike)

- E-bikes: please remember to charge your battery for day 1

- Backpack with a 20-25 liter capacity max 

- Helmet & sunglasses are mandatory

- Mountain biking gloves (an extra pair of warm gloves can be useful)

- Knee and elbow protectors are highly recommended

- Low hiking shoes with flat soles, or your shoes for your clip-in pedals

- Repair kit including a set of brake pads (that match your brakes), a spare derailleur hanger, a quick link for your own chain, a pump, self adhesive patches, inner tubes with the right dimensions and anything else that may be specific to your bike.

 

If you don't have the adequate gear for this trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.

Prices of rental gear during the entire trip (competitive prices as we only charge you for the number of days of use on the trip): 

Enduro pack including repair kit and protection pack (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves) - 4 days

260 €

Protection pack (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves) - 4 days

40 €

Important: all our bikes are thoroughly checked before each trip. You are liable for any damage to the bike.

Prices and bike brands may vary according to availabilities and trip levels.

 

Clothes 

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start. Prefer lightweight warm and comfortable clothing. This is not just a detail, it makes a hell of a difference ! 

Headwear

- Sunglasses and glasses with clear lenses for forest sections and cloudy days (it's important to protect your eyes). Photochromic lenses adapt to light intensity and protection categories range from 1 to 3 or 2 to 4 to optimize visibility from shade to brightness. Very useful.

- A buff and/or thin beanie that you can put under your helmet if it's cold.

Bodywear

- Under layer: breathable long sleeved top as well as leggings to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Have this in mind if you need to update your wardrobe.

- Outer layer: a light fleece jacket and/or a light hooded down jacket that you can put under a jacket that has a breathable waterproof membrane (soft shell type or Goretex), easy to slip on during a break. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: mountain biking shorts and leggings in case it gets cold

- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. 

- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed in pools or hot water springs baths. 

- Good to have: an extra t-shirt in your bike backpack, appreciated after a big sweat on an uphill ride).

Footwear

- Bike socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Remember this if you need to stock up.

- Slippers or crocs are recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfy ! www.charentaises.fr

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • duck tape
  • factor 50 suncream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the gîte, avoid suitcases. 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

- To make up your a first aid kit, check out the Ifremmont website. 

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

Black Crows

Arva

Fritschi Swiss bindings

Haglöfs

Glisshop

Anena

SCOTT

Official partner and service provider for Terres d'Aventure

 

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

- Leave our contact details with your friends and family

- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)

- Bring your insurance contract number and documents (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)

- Bring your “carte vitale” or your European health card (for EU citizens) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  www.ameli.fr

- Check that you have the right equipment

- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices such as camera, video recorder, tracking devices

- Bring some cash and your credit card

- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group

- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !

- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!

 

                 We look forward to seeing you very soon !

                            Have great rides with AZIMUT !

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