Probably the best mountain biking in the Alps?

Although not the most statistically robust of surveys (I haven’t biked anywhere else in the Alps!) I would challenge anyone to find anywhere better than the Portes du Soleil  for downhill and cross country mountain biking .

 Having completed the 80km Passport de Portes Soleil back in June along with 4,000 other addicted riders I am now back in Morgins on holiday with my bike exploring many of the amazing trials set out for walkers and bikers alike. The passport was just an amazing event to take part in with riders from all over Europe battling their way down single track, fireroads,downhill courses and the occasional road in perfect summer conditions. The event was brilliantly  organised with food , drinks, bike mechanics, first aid( should you be unlucky!) and entertainment  all for the price of a 40 euro entry fee – that includes your lift pass and a free bag and free one day winter  lift pass which is worth at least 25 euros- they just couldn’t stop giving! It open to all levels of rider – you choose how far you want to ride, the lifts take the pain out of many of the climbs and they even have kids event too .(attached video gives you a feel for the event )”></param

Today in Morgins is the “Big Ride” where top  amateurs from all over France and Switzerland come to compete on 4 different downhill courses  aiming to post  the fastest combined time of the day. Each course is very different including a black the through the trees which will only be for the brave following  of the wet overnight conditions .

For the slightly more “conservative” rider I can recommend a book written by Cedric Tassan  where he has detailed  53 different  bike routes ranging from very simple family rides to extreme decents. Every route is meticously mapped out and described with degrees of difficulty clearly explained . I have ridden two this week all away from the main lifts systems which have taken me into the high pasteures only visited by the occasional walker and lots of Alpine cows . The routes can be found on their website

I am off to watch the race and plan a ride this afternoon – feel free to e mail me via the website for any more advice or ideas for holidays around the Portes Du Soleil

Written by superadmin • 15/08/2010
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