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MTB Enduro - Of singletracks, shuttles and chilling out around Serre-Ponçon Lake

4 days from 695 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort Shuttle
France Montagne Maximum altitude 0 m Skill level : 2 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

4 days e-biking "made in Hautes-Alpes" with mountains, the lake and comfortable accomodation as main ingredients ! You're seeking for unusual thrillful enduro sessions off the beaten track ?

This is the one, you'll definitely love this Enduro course ! It's open to anyone feeling comfortable on a mountain bike whether you ride occasionally, are an experienced or an expert mountain biker. Our local mountain bike guide will take you for thrilling rides at the pace of the crickets, remember this is the South, even though we're in the mountains ! Most climbs are very reasonable, thanks to powered assistance, and on offer we have especially nice downhill single trails overlooking the emerald coloured lake, trails that zigzag through larch and pine forests, on ridges, following streams, marly terrain, crossing wilderness like areas and small lakes... This is the French Okanagan valley !

Come and check out these magic places off the beaten track, enjoy days ending beside the lake, ideal for chilling out: we look forward to seeing grins on your faces as you get served a well deserved gourmet meal ! And the best of it all ? A nice twin bed room in a 3* hotel...

Eager to go for quality enduro runs, improve riding skills, enjoy the views and have a good time, all in one ? Don't forget your swimming trunks, and you're in for heaps of fun !

Pros

- Ride epic single trails, and jump into the lake afterwards

- Shuttle service to optimize the number of runs

- Local certified mountain biking instructor

- Improve your enduro and riding skills

- Comfortable hotel where it feels good to be

- Easy access on the Paris-Milano TGV line to Oulx (Cesana), then 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 - Warm up on the enchanting Martinat ridge trail (2374 m) 

On the first day of this course we pick you up at one of the following train stations: Briançon, Oulx-Cesana (TGV) or Montdauphin. Then we transfer you to our first riding area which is a good warm up for the following days !

After checking gear, reviewing a few core skills such as your position, braking techniques, and going over some security features...riders are you ready ?

From Risoul (1850 m), we ride up a track to the Homme de Pierre viewpoint (2374 m), then descend via the Martinat ridge that dominates the entire valley with its cliffs and dizzying views, though we're not literally exposed. From the Pénon ridge, we tackle the downhill single trail to Plan de Phazy (800 m). We make the most a good lunch break for a first debrief, and depending on time and what the group fancies, a second ride is possible beneath the Mont Guillaume just above Embrun, before we head back to our basecamp for a big plate full just as we like 'em !

Ascent/descent : + 5500 m/- 1500 m approx

Meals included : picnic and dinner

Accomodation: 3* hotel

 

Day 2 - Immersion in the Boscodon Abbey woodlands and legendary descent in Les Orres

Today we have a fresh early days start, our ride criss crosses pine and larch trees under the majestic Grand Morgon ! First deposit just above the abbey at the Fontaine de l'Ours. After a first warm up that takes us up to the viewpoint, we climb again, our second drop off is near Grand Clos. From there it's downhill all the way to Savines, enabling us to practice our downhill skills. Time to enjoy our picnic lunch at the lakeside where we can admire kite surfers and a 3D burst of colours in front of us...  Last lift up to a legendary single trail that drops more than 1000 m...balancing our bike from one side to another, all we have to do is just follow the guide. How about finishing the day off with another treat such as an ice cream ?

Ascent/descent : + 700 m/- 2200 m approx

Distance: 30 km approx

Meals included : breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation: 3* hotel

 

Day 3 - Réallon, single trail paradise with lake view !

This is our favourite day in the area ! 

Drop off in Reallon (1560 m). 

In July and August, with a mountain bike pass we can get warmed up on well shaped downhill runs above the ski station, then climb up to the summit (2113 m) beneath the Chabrières Needles. A single trail will take us over the ridge and tip over to the lakeside. It's quite something to ride down all the winding trails with such amazing mountain and lake views...some sections are slightly tricky but fordable on foot.  from where we have a panoramic view, followed by another single trail. We cross Saint Apollinaire, a village overlooking the lake, and descend to the bridge at Savines (787 m). 

On option: drop off at Reallon to ride a trail that plunges down to Chorges overlooking the valley and lake.

During other months, we set off from Reallon and do two rotations (one at Savines, and another at Chorges). We also have the possibility to ride another ultra playful loop on a moon like black soil terrain down to a magnificent inlet...

End of day's same story over gain: you can either go for a swim or simply admire the view !

Ascent/descent : + 250/- 1350 m approx

Meals included : breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation: 3* hotel

Day 4 - Perched ride and inlets, off to the dam !

This time we get dropped of at Saint Apollinaire, a village set way above the lake with a beautiful view over the lake. We ride down to the Baie St Michel, then over to Chanteloube where a shuttle picks us up and drop us off at the Lebraut mountain pass (1100 m). Here the trail is perched half way above the lake and between the mountain, offering a surprising view over the lake and the Grand Morgon. Downhill to the lake via magnificent single trails... Depending on the groupe's shape, we cross the dam with the shuttle and get dropped off at a beautiful little village Theus. We pursue our riding on a great enduro trail from Mont Colombis (1734 m)...  Then we have to head back to Embrun and finish off the trip over a nice fresh drink ! Transfer back to the initial meeting points.

Ascent/descent : + 900 m/- 1600 m to - 2500 m approx

Meals included : breakfast and picnic

 

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

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 7:30 am
    Leaving time: end of the day
  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:15 am
    Leaving time: end of the day
  • Montdauphin Guillestre - in front of the train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9 am
    Leaving time: end of the day

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 + 800 m & + 1400 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

None on this trip.

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)

- E-bikes: please remember to charge your battery for day 1

- 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) - 6 days

300 €

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

90 €

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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