Bikes on a train, and other forms of mechanical uplift.

Bikes. On a train.

Lifts are open, no more pretending that pedalling uphill is worthy and good.

An opening party was being held at Le Tour with demo bikes, drinks and rumours of new trails, so we headed in the opposite direction to Les Houches.

Lift up, ride down. Simples.

It seemed a fairly popular choice and it was surprising to see just how much the main DH track wore in over the course of the day.

Lorne somewhere on 'who's way'

Not having big bikes in addition to our normal bikes with their mere 160mm of travel, slack angles and huge brakes, Lorne & I rode a few laps of the Prarion front face away from the official DH track before dropping down ‘Who’s way‘ to St Gervais followed by a lap of the Pipeline trail and icecream whilst waiting for the Tramway back up to the Bellevue stop.

Pipeline. Probably fair to say if you don't like roots, you won't like todays trails....

The 40 minute ride back up gives you plenty time to recover, so after heading down on the GR5 trail back to Les Houches it was back to quick laps on the Prarion front face again.

Spencer on his big bike, Prarion front face.

All the trails were riding well, though a bit of traffic to clean the loose stones and twigs will help. The official bike trails have had a bit of maintenance and, although there are no new sectors, the long muddy section low on the trail has had a wooden boardwalk put down to save you from the worst of the clart.

New boardwalk, about 1/2 of it, it really is that long.

Tomorrow, more of the same I think. In the words of Adrian Moffat, it’s the first big weekend of the summer (though I don’t think he ever had riding bikes down hills in France in mind)

Ice cream stop in Le Fayet. This is vital.