This 3 day trip is a made in the Hautes-Alpes version of "Finale Ligure" !
Choose happiness, of course it exists :) here it is, the "one and only" enduro mountain biking course that takes you on the most sacred single trails in the Briançon area and the Ecrins foothills. A mountain area full of single trails, huge green slopes, fun and playfull woodlands...shuttles and logistics during the entire week, in an endless playground, there's no shortage here !
We ride on the best spots in the surrounding valleys, pine tree forests, have lunch at lakesides, and enjoy out of this world viewpoints... looking for holidays whilst biking ? You'll savor this for a while !
Looking for world class enduro riding, wishing to improve your skills, whilst enjoying being in the beautiful mountains and having a great time ? Just lay back and relax...um riding, we take care of the rest: leave in the morning, totally pumped up !
- Ride world class single trails in a mountain bikers paradise
- Shuttle service to do more and longer rides
- Qualified French mountain biking instructor
- Develop your enduro skills on an instructive and technical approach and bypass your comfort zone
- Comfortable hotels where you'll love to stay
- Easy access via the Paris - Milano TGV to Oulx (Cesana) & minibus transfer
Get together at the Briançon or Oulx-Cesana (TGV) train station.
we check gear, check core skills techniques such as basic positions, braking, security, ... Let's hit the runs ! Two great single trails classed among the best 5 of the neighbourhood, are waiting for us !
One's called the Torrent de Sachas, the other, Le Mélezin. First drop of at Sachas, after a short section pedalling, we wind through the woodlands and along a canal, using a playful single trail that threads down to the bottom of the valley.
You'll most probably understand why locals love these "after-work" trails ! We'll save some energy for the coming days and end the day in front of a delicious ice cream with some local flavours such as génépi...or mélèze.
Ascent/descent: + 300 m / - 1400 m to - 1900 m approx
Meals included: picnic and dinner
Accommodation included: hotel
On today's menu: drop off Col de Pousterle for a descent to L'Argentière, or to the bottom of the Vallouise valley, down one of the local upper class trails.
Downhills follow one another at a furious pace, looking for hairpin corners, playground fun and orgasmic riding ?
Last but not least... Drop off at Puy Saint Vincent, and we chase over to Narreyroux's run, a must here, enjoy the ride, smoother than a smoothie...!
Ascent/descent: + 150 m / - 2800 m
Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner
Accommodation included: hotel
For the last day of this course, only the best !
From the top of the Lautaret mountain pass - by the way, thanks driver - we tackle the famous "Chemin du Roy" riding up a narrow trail that winds around and about until we reach a long and progressive exquisite trail overlooking the valley, that finally ends up going downhill to the Monetier springs.
Our shuttle is waiting here to drive us up to the famous Granon mountain pass... you'll soon grasp why nothing's to be left our here. 2 rotations are possible...and out of this world ! The last one requires a little more effort but it's definitely worthwhile, and highly rewarding...
End of the day, ready for a refreshment in the sun ? That's it, rides're over ! You're hooked ? Let's talk about the next trip ! You won't forget this one...
Ascent/descent: + 450 m / - 2900 m
Meals included: breakfast and picnic
Please note this is an example of an enduro trip in Les Ecrins. 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.
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.
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
Public parking free of charge can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended).
5 to 7 participants
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
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 accommodation.
Shuttles only !
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.
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 is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.
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.
During the trip
Half board in cosy gîtes, dorms with 4 to max 6 beds. Depending on the size of group, you might be sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex.
- Bring a sleeping bag liner, towels are not provided.
- Breakfasts and dinners are served at the gîte, and picnics are provided for lunch. Picnics 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 accommodation in case you need to book accommodation before or after the trip. All accommodation on the list is close to the meeting points and you may often benefit from preferential rates.
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.
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!