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The basics of Mountain Biking in Serre Chevalier Valley

3 days from 345 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

France Montagne Maximum altitude 2404 m Skill level : 1 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

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.

Pros

- 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 !

 

 

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)
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Day to day

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: picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte

 

Day 2 - The stunning Clarée valley

The second day is spend discovering the authentic and well preserved Clarée valley.

A nice bucolic and progressive ride, similar to the Guisane ride, brings us to the picture-postcard village of Névache. We'll choose an adequate and fun riding descent. Your guide will give you advice to improve your riding skills so you'll be more at ease.

Ascent/descent: + 400 m / - 400 m

Distance: 30 - 40 km 

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte

 

Day 3 - Up the Granon, nothing's to be left out !

Today all is moderate, except for the scenery ! With a nice surprise: enduro session !

After our shuttle drops us off at the top of the Granon mountain pass (2404 m), we're all set to make the most of this big descent in a decor well worth a movie setting. We can even choose to descend via the Guisane valley or the Clarée valley, depending on which one you prefer. Whatever may your choice be, the technical level is moderate, as mentioned, as well as pleasant, so you are still able to enjoy the magnificent views of the Hautes-Alpes.

After a few days training and a good days practice, it's time to break up...

Ascent/descent: + 200 m / - 1200 m

Distance: 30 km 

Meals included: breakfast and picnic

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:15 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9:00 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon

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 *

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 !

Group size

5 to 10 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 ski lifts on this trip, however a shuttle drop off on the last day will enable to enjoy downhills even longer.

 

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. Shared bathroom and toilets. 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.

- Single room supplement, on request: € 90

- Double room supplement, on request: € 60

- 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 !

 

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 150 €

 

Prices and bike brands may vary according to availabilities. Important: all bikes are checked after each trip. You are liable for any damage.


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

To make your a first aid kit, please find all information on 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 !