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Mountain biking in the Alps this summer

The snow’s melting, but there’s still plenty to do in ski resorts.  Top of the list is mountain biking in the Alps this summer.

New routes in Meribel
In Meribel, the Bellevue itinerary accessible from the top of the Pas du Lac has been improved. The top was redesigned and there’s a new track at the bottom, from the Rond Point to the Chaudanne.  There’s also a new route on the DH Tougnete 2, arriving at the mid-station, which opens the run up to non-experts.

There will also be a bike patrol this summer, going around the bike parks and itineraries to check safety, signs and help riders if required.


Mountain biking is for kids too
In Courchevel, children from eight to twelve years old can take part in four-day mountain biking camps and take their Biker 1, 2, or 3 tests.  The On Gravity school in Val d’Isere runs a course for teenagers who want to learn downhill mountain biking

Les 3 Vallees Tout Terrain – 6-7 July
The first big mountain biking event of the year is open to anyone, from beginners to experts.  On Saturday 6 July, the ‘Free Bike’ – a downhill event – takes place, with three downhill rides, one in each valley.  Sunday the 7th sees the ‘Rando Tour’ – a ride around the Three Valleys.  More details at http://www.les3vallees.com/3vtt/.


Les 24h de VTT de Chamonix Mont Blanc – 14 to 15 September
Over 1000 participants are expected for this new and incredible challenge, which will take place in the heart of Chamonix.  Riders have to complete a 12km circuit, with a 300m vertical gain, as many times as possible in 24 hours.   You can find more details here.


For details on hotels in Meribel, Courchevel, Chamonix and Val d’Isere for this summer, please contact Move Mountains Travel on 01753 463400 or by email.

By Pascal August