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Welcome to the Queyras ! May it be winter or summer, on foot, in a kayak, on a bike or on a pony, you'll love this place (just like the wolves...). We've assembled all the best single trails in the Queyras for a "one-shot" enduro weekend !
There's not shortage here and hard to select among the world class single trails here, but we've done the job for you since only have 2-3 days off to get away from it all, maybe more next time...
This thrilling weekend has been designed just for you. The only thing you have to worry about is where to place your wheels and when to brake ! During this enduro mountain biking weekend, climbs are minimised thanks to uplift shuttles. Beautiful, wild and long descents are all programmed, just follow to guide !
Eating and sleeping ? Quite important too ! Therefore we found a nice and cosy place to recover from these tough days riding ! Once the biking part is over you'll be able to make the most of the pool, spa, sauna and hammam... Ready to embark ?
- Enduro course focusing on downhill to optimize this 3 day weekend
- World class only single trails: the best of the Queyras including a 3000 m summit !
- Enduro skills review with a technical approach to help you improve, guided by a qualified French mountain biking instructor
- Comfortable and cosy accommodation, triple rooms
- Easy access on the Paris - Milano TGV to Oulx-Cesana, then minibus transfer
Day 1 - 1st descent from the Izoard mountain pass
Get together at Briançon or Oulx-Cesana (TGV) train station.
Once bikes are loaded on the trailor, our shuttel takes us up to the legendary Izoard pass, in a class of its own on the Tour de France.
The relaxing part up on the tarmac to the pass quickly turns into a moon like looking desert, called the Casse Déserte. The second part is a single trail climbing up to a superb single trail running down to Souliers, where a short pushing section awaits us before opening up on a trail on the Eastern edge of the mountain overlooking the beautiful valley.
At the end of an old playful canal, off we go for our second nice descent until we reach the shuttle. Here we go again for Sommet Buchet from where a memorable balcony run is awaiting us on Bramousse...
Time for a rehydrating debrief !
Ascent/descent: + 750 m /- 2300 m
Distance: 30 km approx
Meal included: dinner
Accommodation included: hotel
Day 2 - From mystical Ville Vieille to mythical Agnel
A day without compromise and a must in a mountain biking career.
From our basecamp, bikes loaded, we get dropped off up the road that leads to the Agnel mountain pass. We leave the Tour de France circuit to get down to real riding and enter the mineral high mountain territory. The summit of the Caramatran (3024 m above sea level) is the holy grail. You can be proud !
The downhill to Saint Véran, a magnificent village, is just simply orgasmic. World class.
Andiamo ! The shuttle is waiting to take us back up so we can go the opposite direction this time. From the Col Vieux we have a long and sustained ride down to Ristolas, end of the line of this incredible journey.
Shuttle back to our cosy basecamp
Ascent/descent: + 600 m /- 2200 m approx
Distance: 26 km approx
Meal included: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation included: hotel
Day 3 - Grande finale on Martinat crest!
Early in the morning we pack our bags and leave basecamp, close to having tears in our eyes... We'll keep this tear for the end... Out of joy !
...because our shuttle takes us to Risoul ski resort from where we climb gently up. A lovely panorama stands in front of us, and there we for the last big ride. A 1000m down run, quite technical and playful. The shuttle catches us for our last little runs in the area of Guillestre.
A long week-end that will leave you want second and third helpings... Transfer back to Montdauphin, Briançon or Oulx.
Ascent/descent: + 750 m /- 2200 m
Distance: 25 km approx
Meal included: breakfast
Please note this itinerary is an example of an enduro biking trip and course in the Queyras 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.
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 skilifts, only 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!