I am sure there will be many posts of this nature over the coming weeks…
I have just been looking at some pics from last weeks trip to France taken by my new friend Aidan Barnard.
Its been an odd day today. Father’s Day so that’s all good with a couple of gifts and a pub lunch paid for by the wife. But i also spent an hour cleaning French dirt from my bike this morning, it seemed surreal that 24 hours before I was still on what I think was the trip of a life time..
Aidan managed to compose himself at some of the best moments and get some superb shots over the week on his phone!
Here are just a few memories. A shot of one of our many technical descents with a 180 switchback thrown in for good measure and one of us eating and drinking well!
I miss the Alps!
I didn’t post to the blog yesterday. Sorry but I was having too much of a good time… Details and photos to come over the next week or so.
We split into two groups today and eventually met in a small cafe in Italy. An 8k road ride from La Rosiere ski resort at 1850m up to the
Col du St Bernard (Little St Bernard Pass) at 2188m on the France-Italy border.
The world famous St Bernard breed of dog that takes its name from this region and the chapel nestling in the col. Hannibal is thought to have marched his elephants through this area on his passage through the Alps.
We then spent the entire afternoon descending all the way into Bourg St Maurice through the best all mountain terrain imaginable.
Riding by the seat of your pants down some of the steepest terrain and loosest surfaces yet. Then into some man made but very rugged trails and eventually picking of the St Germain trail we rode earlier in the week…
Finally after a spin along the valley floor through parks and via a cycle path we stopped for some beer, then back to Bike Village to pack bikes away ready for the trip home today.
Well today has been tough. My legs and lungs couldn’t give anymore today, though we still managed another 900 metres climbing and 20 odd miles of Alpine traversing and descending.
Again, some amazing single track riding and awesome technical descents – today – through the Vanoise National Park.
Today at Bike Village was supposed to be an easier day. A day off for the guides so we thought we would do one climb and a descent and then chill for the afternoon.
We we still managed a 1000m climb and had lunch at Arc 1600. Great spot of lunch before running down a really great technical trail called Black 8, that took us to Bourg Saint Maurice.
We then headed back to Landry for a few beers and have now just got set ready for a short ride out for dinner.
Another day of 1000m climbing and 1000m descending. Some of the best single track descents you could imagine today…
It’s late now so I’ll make it quick – check out this river crossing!!!
Night night, day off from big rides tomorrow so I may upload some more pictures.