- Discover the mountain biking universe: this is a must for beginners wishing to gain confidence to have fun riding
- Learn all the basic mountain biking skills on an instructive approach by a local qualified French guide
- Shuttle drop off for a day focussing on descents
- A wide variety of single trail tracks in a magnificent setting ideal for an introductory course
- No worries, 100 % fun and discovery !
You're a beginner in mountain biking ? You feel OK sitting on your saddle and just wish to gain confidence and learn the basic techniques as well as explore our beautiful single trails around the Vauban fortress ? This introductory course in the Serre Chevalier valley is made for you !
This 3 day course in Serre Chevalier valley is a perfect blend for easing mountain biking and having a good time in an outstanding setting.
No worries, we're here to have fun and learn, and not to spend hours riding our bikes uphill under the blazing sun, our shuttle will do the uphill job for us.
During this introductory course, your outstanding mountain biking instructor will give you the best advice and tricks to help you improve your riding skills. You'll get customised advice on adequate terrain.
We don't neglect recovery from a hard day's riding, and if your brain, instead of your legs, starts to overheat, we will have time too for a drink at the end of the day on the gite's sunny terrace, or a gelato if you prefer.
Day 1 - Along the Guisane and up to the Lautaret
For the first day of this introductory course in Serre Chevalier, we meet up at the train station either in Briançon or in Oulx-Cesana (TGV). Transfer to Briançon for a first approach of our gear and technical aspects related to all mountain mountain biking.
The rest of the morning will be spent on acclimitisation and nutrition, propulsion and uphill riding along the Guisane all the way up to the famous Lautaret mountain pass. This progressive 20 km ride and + 700 m takes us to the source of the Guisane...you'll be all starry-eyed ! After a short coffee break, we head back down the same way with several possible options depending on your shape and fancies. Back to Briançon for a rehydrating debrief...or maybe the best gelato in the area.
Ascent/desccent: + 700 m/- 700 m
Distance: 35 km
Meals included: dinner
Accommodation included: gîte
Day 2 -
Day 3 - Up the Granon, nothing's to be left out !
Please note this is an example of an introductory mountain biking course in the Briançon area. 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.
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.
Make sure the train you plan to catch welcomes mountain bikes.
Public parking free of charge can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended).
Skill level *
Open to all, beginners or not, wishing to discover enduro or all mountain biking, that have only occasionally done all mountain biking or e-mountain biking. You will be taught basic techniques for down and uphill riding on relatively easy trails to enable to check out the next stage, level 2 !
Stamina level **
For keen and passionate mountain bikers or sporty people, who enjoy making efforts and regularly do an outdoor activity. We will ride on progressive 4x4 tracks and may encounter some steep sections. Expect ascents between + 200 m & + 700 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 !
5 to 10 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 ski lifts on this trip, however a shuttle drop off on the last day will enable to enjoy downhills even longer.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
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.
During the trip
Half board in cosy gîtes, dorms with 4 beds. Shared bathroom and toilets. Depending on the size of group, you might be sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex.
- Bed linen and towels are provided.
- Single room supplement, on request: € 90
- Double room supplement, on request: € 60
- Breakfasts and dinners are served at the gîte
- Lunches are not included, to give flexibility to the group to chose a sandwish from a bakery or to go in a local restaurant to relax
- 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.
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.
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.
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 protections pads 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):
|All-mountain bike pack + Repair kit + helmet - 3 days||195 €|
Prices and bike brands may vary according to availabilities. Important: all bikes are checked after each trip. You are liable for any damage.
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 !
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Toiletries and first aid kit
- Personal toilet bag
- To make your a first aid kit, please find all information on Ifremmont website.
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