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Mountain Bike - Easy enduro session in the Southern French Alps- shuttle drops approved !

3 days from 495 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort Shuttle
France Montagne Maximum altitude 2642 m Skill level : 1 Montagne Stamina level : 1 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

You're a beginner in mountain biking ? You can ride a bike without side wheels and wish to gain even more confidence and learn the basic core skills without pushing too hard to get up hills ? This introductory course in Serre Chevalier is made for you !

This 3 day course in Serre Chevalier valley is perfect to discover mountain biking. We're here to have fun and learn, and don't spend hours on uphills in the blazing sun. Nope, our shuttle will take us to the best riding areas, and there's not shortage here !

We'll be riding on the most beautiful trails in the most beautiful areas, mountains, valleys, pine tree woodlands, have lunch at a lakeside, out of this world viewpoints... This is a vacation to discover a new activity ! 

Take it easy, ride & relax, we take care of the rest, just stay pumped up !

Pros

- Discover the enduro mountain biking universe: this is a must if you want to gain confidence and have fun on your bike !

- Learn all the basic mountain biking skills with an instructive approach and a qualified French mountain biking guide

- Shuttle drops for more time on longer runs

- Comfortable hotel with twin rooms, where you'll feel good

- A wide variety of single trail tracks in a magnificent setting ideal for an introductory course

- Easy access via the Paris - Milano TGV to Oulx (Cesana) train station & 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 - Gentle downhill along with the Guisane & Granon mountain pass balcony trail

Get together at the Briançon or Oulx-Cesana (TGV) train station. Gear's checked, bike settings are adjusted in the morning. And finally basic techniques are reviewed with a series of exercices (body position, braking, security, ..). Riders ready ?

For our first ride we get dropped off at the foot of the famous Lautaret mountain pass. We have a progressive descent along the pleasant Guisane, aka Serre Chevalier Valley, with beautiful scenery. Our second drop is up at the Granon mountain pass. After a nice picnic made with local produce, we head down the magnificent track that overlooks the valley the entire way down.

Then, depending on your fancies and your shape, a last drop off in the heart of pine woodlands is possible...it's a local favourite !

Back to Briançon for a rehydrating debrief...you can even try the best ice cream in the area with some weird local but delicious flavours like génépi or peach wine...

Ascent/descent: + 100 m/- 1500 m 

Meals included: picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

 

Day 2 - Vallouise & Puy Saint Vin-sane, it's just insane !

On the menu today: a drop off at the Col de Pousterle from where we either ride down to L'Argentière or tackle another trail down into the valley. It may not be easy to choose and you may well have the impression of being in different day and age, among some nowadays rare wilderness ! 

Yes, you can lick your chops, you're gonna enjoy it !

Ascent/descent: + 250 m/- 2400 m 

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

 

Day 3 - The highlight - Granon mountain pass (2413 m) and Sachas' stream trail

This last day in the Ecrins is a true gem !

How about a shuttle drop at the top of the famous Granon mountain pass so we can make the uttermost of a long descent down to the wild Clarée valley ? The technical level remains reasonable and pleasant and will allow you to fully enjoy the Hautes-Alpes mountains...

Next drop off is at the Montgenèvre mountain pass, where a nice gentle trail will bring us back down to the Clarée gateway.

How about a picnic beside the river ?

Our last drop, will be up near Puy Chalvin. Ready for another smooth easy-going ride, and on down Sashas' stream trail ? You'll understand why locals love this trail !

That's the end of this fabulous happy-go-lucky though extremely interesting weekend that will no doubt give you an idea of all the great MTBing potential of this area. 

Ascent/descent: + 300 m/- 1900 m

Meal included: breakfast and picnic

 

Please note this is an example of an enduro mountain biking course. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions or 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

  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:15 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon

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 *

Open to all, beginners or not, wishing to discover enduro or all mountain biking, you've hardly ever or maybe even never done "all mountain" biking. You will be taught basic core skills for down and uphill riding on relatively easy trails. This will enable you to check out the next stage, level 2 !

Stamina required *

Open to mountain bikers and/or for people who regularly do [outdoor] exercise, keep fit and wish to discover mountain biking in a relaxed, progressive and easy way. We will mainly ride on 4 x 4 tracks and uphills remain relatively easy thanks to uplift shuttles. So no worries, electric assistance makes it surprisingly easier than it sounds ! 

Group size

5 to 7 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

No lifts, just uplift shuttles.

Pricing

The price includes:

- Trip logistics upon arrival

- Shuttle transfers for 3 days

- Accomodation on half-board basis in a hotel, in twin rooms (2 nights)

- Picnics for 3 days

- Azimut mountain biking guide services for 3 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

- 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 hotel, in twin rooms. Depending on the size of group, you might be sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex.

- Single room according to availability & upon request: supplement of € 90/person.

- Bed linnen and towels 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 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

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

- 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) - 3 days

150 €

Protection pack (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves) - 3 days

45 €

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 

Fitschi swiss bindigs 

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 !