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 !
- 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
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
Accommodation included: hotel
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
Accommodation included: hotel
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.
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.
No lifts, just uplift shuttles.
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 insurances with our partner, 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.
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
- 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!