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Mountain Biking safari around the Queyras

6 days from 755 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

France Montagne Maximum altitude 3024 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 3 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

This is a pure delight and nothing but real mountain biking !

As you get ready and geared for this trip, you’ll feel nature et freedom, that's quite normal, you're heading for the Queyras. 

This is outstanding biking country and a place of its own ! A natural regional park with magnificent larch trees, altitude lakes and breathtaking scenery.

On this mountain biking safari in the Queyras - all-mountain or cross-country - you ride from gîte to gîte in still hidden and secret spots that every mountain biker respecting himself should experience.

Nice climbs will lead you to world class descents where experts will be able to fully use their skills and simply go for it !

For the logistics and itinerary, follow the guide ! Just ride and enjoy !

And the highlight of this trip is a 3000 m high summit... Grandiose !

 

Pros

- Ride up and off a 3000 m high summit !

- A wide selection of world class mountain biking itineraries

- A trip around the Queyras Azimut-style: get ready for some serious singletrack riding !

- Cosy evenings in nice chalets

- Just ride, we take care of the rest !

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.

  • Price (VAT inc)
  • 845€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 845€ per participant
  • 845€ per participant
  • 845€ per participant
  • 845€ per participant
  • 755€ per participant
  • 755€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - From the legendary Izoard mountain pass down to Château Queyras

Pick up at one of the following train stations: Oulx-Cesana (if you’ve come straight from Paris on the TGV) or Briançon.

Once bikes loaded, our shuttle drops us off at the Izoard mountain. You may have the impression you're on the moon here. From the Casse Déserte we ride up a single trail to reach the long and pleasant single trail that runs down to Souliers. There we have a short section where we have to push our bikes, but are highly rewarded with splendid views on the other side of the mountain.

At the end of the canal, today's best descent takes us all the way down to our basecamp for tonight. A rehydrating debrief is planned upon arrival !

Meals included: picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gite

Ascent/descent: + 650 m/- 1300 m

Distance: 20 km approx

Logistics: minibus with driver for luggage transfer

 

Day 2 - MTB from Furfande to Château Queyras

Warming up’s over, get ready for some of the top 5 rides in the area.

The nice climb of about 10 kms, will be soon forgotten as we hit the downhill trail from Furfande.

Through pleasant pastureland to magestic woodlands, this descent threads through a wide variety of scenery.

Back to the Château, ...um, gîte !

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte

Ascent/descent: + 1500 m/- 1500 m 

Distance: 30 km approx

Logistics: minibus with driver for luggage transfer

 

Day 3 - From the Château up the Col Fromage and down to Ceillac 

New day, new rides ! From the Château a gastronomic climb takes up to 2400 metres altitude for some stunning views and makes us feel hungry.

A fantastic balcony trail takes us round to Les Chambrettes via the Bramousse mountain pass, and further on up to the summit on a challenging ride ! 

To the green plateau of Ceillac, we're in for an epic ride all the way downhill.

A cold beer or drink, is the ultimate reward of the day.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte

Ascent/descent: + 1350 m/- 1150 m 

Logistics: minibus with driver for luggage transfer

 

Day 4 - Ceillac & Col Fromage to Saint Véran

We have a big day today.

We set off from Ceillac to St Véran via the famous Fromage mountain pass (not just for the sake of it !), to reach a second pass a little more demanding and challenging climb, before we tear down a technical single trail located in the highest village in Europe.

Another legendary mountain pass is then waiting for us, the second highest in France, called Agnel (2744 m). Don't worry, this is not the end of the fun...

Next, is a 3000 m high summit ! This will require a little carrying but will obviously be rewarded by a legendary downhill.

This day is a best of.

Sparkling eyes deserve a sparkling drink...that will be served somewhere up there in the mountains, you can put down your order....

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte

Ascent/descent: + 2200 m/- 1900 m

Distance: 37 km approx

Logistics: minibus with driver for luggage transfer

 

Day 5 - From Saint Véran to Aiguilles

On today's menu, we climb up the Agnel again, just for fun, and make a detour via de Pain de Sucre on the way to the Col Vieux. Up there it's like being on a different planet...

The descent to Ristolas is true and pure mountain biking, just the way you could imagine...and is an absolute must for locals.

Our stop-over in Abriès will be all the more relaxing and appreciated.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte

Ascent/descent: + 1000 m/- 1000 m approx

Distance: 30 km approx

Logistics: minibus with driver for luggage transfer

 

Day 6 - Aiguilles to Les Meyries

Last day, let's make the most of it ! Two great runs are waiting for us in the mountains near Abriès, both playfull in lovely larch forests.

If we have enough time, our kind driver will drop us off at the Izoard mountain pass for an ultimate world class descent, "the icing on the cake".

Time to say goodbye, our minibus will drop you off at the departure point and you can have a well deserved rest !

Meals included: breakfast and picnic

Ascent/descent: + 900 m/- 1400 m

Logistics: minibus with driver for luggage transfer

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a mountain biking trip and course in the Queyras. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

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  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

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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 ***

You should be at ease with long and demanding descents. You're able to deal with hairpin bends and tackle back-breaking inclines, master your brakes, hop over small tricky sections (tree roots, rocks, steps). Descents are often long and sustained (but progressive as the week goes on), sometimes steep, often technically demanding, sometimes exposed sections but rarely dangerous. You'll end being an expert rider or maybe even an ace in mountain biking skills !

Stamina level ***

For keen and passionate mountain bikers or sporty people, who enjoy making efforts and regularly do an outdoor activity. You are sporty, are used to go out riding for a full day at least once a week and a maybe a few shorter outings in a week, at least a few weeks before you head off for a trip with us. Our rides will take you on quite long climbs where you may sometimes even have to push or carry your bike. Expect ascents between + 650 m & + 2200 m approx per day.

Good to know: if you don't have the skills and stamina required, the guide may ask you to leave the group 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 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 but an Azimut shuttle takes you to/from the place where we meet up.

Pricing

The price includes:

- Trip logistics upon arrival

- Minibus transfers from/to one of the indicated meeting points to the departure of the trip

- 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 and transportation)

- Azimut welcome pack

 

The price does not include:

- Your transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Gear rental if required

- Personal insurance

- Any other personal expenses

- 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 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 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

- Mountain bike: all mountain type or enduro 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):  

All Mountain rental bike pack, helmet & repair kit - 6 days  € 300

 

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

Fritschi Swiss bindings

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 !

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