You're an e-mountain bike beginner ? You feel comfy sitting on a bike but wish to gain in confidence and learn the basic techniques so you can join the exclusive local mountain bikers club ? Our introductory course in Serre Chevalier is set up for you !
This 3 day course in Serre Chevalier valley is a perfect setting to experience e-mountain biking, partly enduro and partly all mountain biking, with all the benefits of our fabulous e-mountain bikes.
We're here to have fun and learn, and not to spend hours on never ending uphills in the blazing sun, you will be thankful for your e-mountain bike that will help getting to the best riding areas. During this introductory course, your outstanding mountain biking instructor will give all required tools to progress. You'll get customised advice on adequate terrain.
We don't gaurantee you'll be able to take part in the 14th edition of the Red Bull Rampage, but guarantee an irresistible urge to get back on your bike !
We don't neglect recovery after a hard day's riding, and if your brain, instead of your legs, starts to overheat, we've reserved time for a drink at the end of the day on the gite's sunny terrace.
- Discover the e-mountain biking universe, that enables beginners to gain in confidence and have fun riding a mountain bike !
- Learn all basic mountain biking skills with an instructive and technical approach to help you progress with up and downhill riding, riding inclines, braking, dealing with obstacles, ...
- A wide variety of single trail tracks in a magnificent setting ideal for an introductory course
- No stress, 100 % fun and adventure !
Day 1 - Let's introduce ourselves whilst mountain biking
For the first day of this introductory course in Serre Chevalier, we meet up either at the train station 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 before we head off to the Guisane valley.
Today is the chance to slowly get acclimatised. We set off for a 10 km ride up to the highest point of the day, the Col du Lautaret (2042 m), an approx + 600 m progressive uphill ride among splendid scenery that will enable us to get familiar with our e-bikes and the different levels of assistance.
After a coffee we head off and have several itinerary options depending on everyone's fancies and energy. Back to Briançon for a thirst-quenching debrief.
Distance: 20 km
Meals included: dinner
Accommodation included: gîte-hotel
Day 2 - In Névache country life is beautiful
We set off to discover another valley in the Briançon area, the authentic and well preserved Clarée valley.
A nice and long day awaits us, we will be able to check out how long our batteries hold, we head up to the top of the valley, approx 10-15 kms of progressive uphill riding, accessible to everyone.
For the descent things are pretty straight forward, we have 10-15 kms fun downhill riding amidst some awesome landscapes. Our guide will give technical advice and wil propose gentle exercices to help you progress and feel more at ease !
Ascent/descent: + 600 m / - 600 m
Distance: 20-30 km
Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation included: gîte-hotel
Day 3 - French-Italian climax
Early morning start to make the most of this last day, the grande finale one !
Today we're riding on the French-Italian borderline, from Montgenèvre or Cervières, amidst once again amazing scenery, with exceptionally good e-mountain biking terrain.
Be ready for an imminent landing at the gelateria for home-made ice cream in Briançon !
Ascent/descent: + 600 à 900 m / - 600 à -900 m
Distance: 20-30 km
Meals included: breakfast
Please note this is an example of an introductory e-mountain biking course. 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 mountain biking or other 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.
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
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 required *
Open to mountain bikers and/or for people who regularly do [outdoor] exercise, keep fit and wish to discover mountain biking in a relaxed, progressive and easy way. We will mainly ride on 4 x 4 tracks. You should be ready for approx. + 800 m up to + 1200 m uphill day per day. No stress, electric assistance makes it surprisingly easier than it sounds !
5 to 12 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.
None on this trip.
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
- Accommodation on half-board basis in a gîte-hotel
- Azimut mountain biking guide services for the entire trip (including all his expenses: meals, accommodation and transportation)
- Azimut welcome pack
The price does not include:
- Your transportation to/from the meeting point
- Gear rental if required
- Lunches so that the group chose together
- Personal insurance
- Any other personal expenses
- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”
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.
Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and give photos a funky edge !
- 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):
Important all bikes are thoroughly checked before rental, you are responsible for any damage.
Prices and bike brands may vary according to availabilities and trip levels.
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.
- A buff and/or thin beanie that you can put under your helmet if it's cold.
- 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).
- 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.
Odds & ends
Toiletries and first aid kit
- Personal toilet bag
- To make up your a first aid kit, check out the Ifremmont website.
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!