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E-mountain biking - The basics in Serre Chevalier Valley

3 days from 345 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

France Montagne Maximum altitude 2500 m Skill level : 1 Montagne Stamina level : 1 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

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.

Pros

- 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 !

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)
  • 345€ per participant
  • 395€ per participant
  • 395€ per participant
  • 395€ per participant

Day to day

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 20 km ride up to the highest point of the day, the Col du Lautaret (2042 m), an approx + 800 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.

Ascent/Descent: 800m/-800m

Distance: 40 km

Meals included: picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: gîte

 

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 30 kms of progressive uphill riding, accessible to everyone.

For the descent things are pretty straight forward, we have 30 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: + 900 m / - 900 m

Distance: 60 km 

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: gîte

 

Day 3 - French-Italian climax

Early morning start to make the most of this last day, the grande finale one ! 

We set off from Briançon, up the historic and strategic route along the Infernet to end up on the Montgenèvre ski slopes.

We're now riding on the French-Italian borderline, 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: + 1200 m / - 1200 m

Distance: 40 km 

Meals included: breakfast and picnic

Accommodation included: gîte

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.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

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

    See on the map

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

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 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 ! 

Group size

5 to 12 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 accommodation.

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

- Accommodation on half-board basis in a gîte

- Picnics

- 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

- 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

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. 

- Single room supplement with shared bathroom & toilets according to availability: 90 € 

- Double room supplement with shared bathroom & toilets according to availability: 60 €

- 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.

 

Accomodation 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): 

Tarifs des locations pour ce séjour (tarif avantageux ne prenant en compte que le nombre de jours d'utilisation sur ce voyage):

Enduro bike pack including repair kit and protection pack (helmet, knee and elbow pads, gloves) for 6 days

195 €

Protection pack (helmet, knee and elbow pads, gloves) for 3 days

45 €

 

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.

 

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 !