Post Exam Road Trip Pt2: The Alps

Road trip Part 2 from supported rider Marcus Holmes

After a great stay in Troyes watching the Tour de France we drove to the Alps. A long 7+ hr drive later and we arrived in Peisey-Vallandry near Les Arcs. The Chalet was catered with breakfast, afternoon cakes and evening meal all included, this was all organised by Chase Skills. The first day of riding was a great introduction to the area, we were shown how everything links together and had a great day on some flowy trails.M2
The whole week for me was about riding lots of trails, progressing my confidence and skill. A few highlights included a day trip to Italy where we road an Enduro World Series stage, I rode all of it, but at a much slower pace compared to the pro’s! On the last day, we hit black trails all day and completed 50 miles of riding!
My mum also really enjoyed herself mixing up road and mtb riding. Road wise there are some great routes nearby including the Col de Petit St Bernard (into Italy) and Col de I’Iseran (highest paved pass in the Alps). She used my Whyte hard tail on the trails and although my Enduro bike is much more suited to the terrain she was pretty fast and loved the trails, bagging a few QOMs on the way.M3
All in all, an amazing week with a great group of people! The weather was perfect with hot conditions but with the occasional thunderstorm in the afternoon reducing the dusty conditions.
For anyone thinking of going to the alps I would highly recommend it, up lifts are brilliant (and don’t damage your bike like they used to) and allowed me to ride for over 7hrs a day for 6 days! The trails are also incredible, rocks, roots and massive jumps, the alps have it all. Anyone that goes to Les Arcs I would highly recommend Elle Cheblatte and La Cachette, they are both great fun and technical trails. The accommodation prices and lift passes are also really cheap, catered chalet £325/wk and liftpass about £50/wk. There are also lots of other activities available such as walking, kayaking/rafting and road riding.
I’m hoping my newly gained confidence and skills from the riding in the Alps will benefit my XC racing.M1M4

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