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Mountain Bike - Enduro in the foothills of the Ecrins

6 days from 795 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

France Montagne Maximum altitude 2642 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

Summary

This enduro course takes you to explore the most beautiful single trail tracks of Serre Chevalier valley ! Yep, yep, simplie hapiness exists: a mountainous area full of single tracks, huge fields on greens slopes, sections in the undergrowth, we come across all types of vegetation and terrain, up and downhill, switching from one valley to another, our playground is limitless ! That's enduro in the Hautes-Alpes, we ride from one great area to another over the entire week, between larch tree forests and alpine lakes, where we have a lunch break, a great vacation with great riding.

At the end of the day, we can relax and recover in our gîte to be full of beans for another day's cycling !

You're looking for a good session of enduro mountain bike that will help you progress technically, in an outstanding setting and have a great time ? This trip is designed for you ! Just ride and relax, we take care of the rest ! Get on your bike every morning, full of pep.

Pros

- Discover a different kind of mountain biking and ride the best spots of our paradise

- Van drops: more time for big long runs

- Qualified french Mountain Bike teacher

- Review of enduro techniques, an instructive and technical approach to help you progress

- Comfortable guest house

- 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 - Let's get to know each other on our bikes and ride Granon's pass

On the of our enduro course in the Ecrins, we meet up either at the Briançon or at the Oulx (Cesana, for the TGV) train station. Transfer to Briançon for e gear check up. Review of basic technical aspects of enduro riding: gear, position on the bike, braking skills, security aspects... 

Minibus transfer to the Col du Granon (2400 m) facing the Ecrins, we cross the mountain all the way to the Croix de Toulouse. This place offers an surprising view over Briançon. We descend via de single trail tracks of the Fort des Salettes and arrive in Briançons old town. It's picnic time, time to relax and time to review some technical aspects to you and your engine [bike] become just one... How's that ? Great isn't it ? Back to the gîte.

Ascent/descent: 450 m + / 2900 m -

Meals included: picnic and dinner 

Accomodation included: gîte

 

Day 2 - Today our legs may slightly overheat in Montgenèvre !

Minibus transfer to the Col of Montgenèvre (1850 m) on the Italian boarder. A nice big program for today. We'll go up and down over nice passes. The trails vary a lot, you will pretty much feel like you're on the moon...a bit more friendly though!

Collet Verte, Gignoux, lake, Chenaillet (2650m), Cochette pass...we end the day with an enduro downhill from 2650m to 1300m elevation in Briançon, via the workings of the Ombilic and the famous Infernet fort. Geeeee be sure you'll like it!

Ascent/descent: 850 m + / 1800 m -

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner 

Accomodation included: gîte

 

J3- Enduro MTBing around Puy Saint Vincent

Transfer to this mythic spot. Many rotations today, from Pousterle Pass to a valley and another. Under forest tracks, awesome high mountain views...you'll have fun on this big kid playground!

The best for the end: Narreyroux's run. It's smooth, it's goooold!

Ascent/descent: 150 m + / 2800 m -

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte

 

Day 4- Lazy morning and happy "tree meeting" afternoon

A day a little more chill, to take back some energy before what's coming next! You can choose to sleep or to explore the gîte neighborhood by foot or by bike!

Early afternoon, we'll head to 2 local favortites' spots: Torrent de Sashas et Le Mélezin. Next to a river or deep in the forest, the driver will dropp us 2 times in a small paradise. You'll surely be able to understand why locals love these "afterworks" trails !

Ascent/descent: 300 m + / 1400 m -

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner.

Accomodation included: gîte

 

Day 5- We learn to let go our brakes: that's what enduro is all about !

Today, we'll go out off the beaten trails... we do not except a lot of people around Freissinières and Pra Reboul spots. Be trustfull, we know what we do :)

Of course, we'll take Tramouillon trail with is kind of sexy!

 

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner.

Accomodation included: gîte

 

Day 6 - The highlight: Galibier Pass

For the last day of this endur course in the Ecrins, our minibus transfers us up to the Galibier pass from where we start a 600 m descent to reach the classical Chemin du Roy trail. We have a panoramic view over the Ecrins the entire way, you'll be spoilt ! From the we have a technical and sometimes airy traverse upto the St Joseph forest single trail that leads to Le Mônetier. Just let go your brakes and your jaws, unfortunately it's time to say goodbye...

At the end of the afternoon: transfer to Oulx-Cesana. End of trip.

Ascent/dscent: 700 m + / 2100 m -

Meals 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

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9am
    Leaving time: during the afternoon
  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time:
    Leaving time:

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 the one of the indicated meeting points, or at one of the drop of points where you'll be able to leave your car during the entire trip.

Access

Train & TGV access: www.voyages-sncf.com

Make sure the train you're interested in, is welcoming mountain bikes.

Car access: www.mappy.fr 

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

Parking

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 should be at ease with long and demanding descents. The technical level is progressive over the week, and maybe demanding at times or even exposed but rarely dangerous. 

Stamina level

Approx 4 - 5 hrs uphill, about + 1000 m, and some climbs may require you to carry your bike very occassionally (but there may be no other way round !).

 

Good to know: If you haven't got the level required, the guide will be able to ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us!

Group size

5 to 7 participants

Guiding

Azimut mountain bike instructor & guide.

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) layers, a few snacks, your picnic and a repair kit.

Shuttle service & assistance / Lifts

None.

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip arrangements & organisation upon arrival

- Minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points

- Luggage transfers with our minibus and private driver

- Accomodation on half-board basis in a gîte

- Picnics

- Azimut mountain biking guide services for the entire trip (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation, transportation)

The price does not include

- 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 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. 

Tipping

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

Getting around

Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and open: we can chat, sleep 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

Hotels and meals during the trip

- Depending on the size of group, you might end up sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex

- Half board in a cosy gite. Dorms with 4-6 beds. Bed sheets are supplied, towels are not supplied. Bring a sleeping bag liner.

- Breakfasts and dinners are served at the gite, and we provide picnics for lunch. Picnics consist of good quality products: charcuterie, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote.

- Snacks: details are important ! To boost your energy we've chosen to provide Mulebar, tasty and great quality cereal bars.

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

 

Accomodation 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.

Wifi is available in most places.

Unreliable mobile & 4G coverage.

Equipment - clothing & gear

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

 

Skiing material (all in excellent condition)

- Mountain bike, all mountain type, with platform pedals

- Backpack with a 20-25 liter capacity max 

- Helmet & sunglasses are mandatory

- Mountain biking gloves

- Knee and elbow protectors are highly recommended

- Hiking shoes with flat soles

If you don't have the adequate equipment for the 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 equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):

Semi-rigid Mountain kike+ Repair Kit + Protection pack (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves)- 6 days

300 €

Protection pack (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves)- 6 days

90 €

 

Prices, bike brend and type may vary according to availabilities and trip level.

Important: Bikes are checked after each trip. Every dammage will be at your own expenses.

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.

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). 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 sfot 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. 

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. Think about them 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 hotel or in a vehicle. No suitcases. 

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

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

Terres d'Aventure

 

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

- Leave contact details with your friends and family

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

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

- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - 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 (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)

- 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 !

                      Have great runs with AZIMUT !

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