Author Archives: chamonixbikeblog

Pumptracks

How hard is it to write an article about pumptracks without mining the “pump it up” tropes?

Hard. Very hard indeed. I’ll try avoid it, but can’t promise anything.

If you remember 2020 when the biggest thing we had to worry about was global pandemic and not global war (another opportunity to say go fuck yourself Putin and leave the world, in peace) the pumptrack bike became the overnight coolest must have you must have.

I got one too, cheers Airdrop!

Of course, pumptrack bikes aint nothing new, a hardtail playbike has been a staple of riders sheds since I … [Read full post]

Crans Montana

Another week, another trip to somewhere new. Or new to me at least. A trip where Lorne and I got to ride jumps and proved that it’s quite easy to outsmart ourselves and end up trapped in a greenhouse. Which leads to today’s random topic to tag bike photos onto…

The eternal quandary of whether self perception of our abilities is accurate.*

Have you heard of the Dunning Kruger effect? Even if you don’t know it by its name you’ll know it by its nature. “A cognitive bias whereby people with low ability, expertise, or experience regarding a certain [Read full post]

Shepard Tone // Always Descending

I like music me. Rubbish at making it, but I can still enjoy it.

Envious of those wistful lads at parties who’d sit down and start playing guitar to the adoration of all, I got my first real six string and tried learning to play. Mostly in the hope a certain someone would be impressed. In short, 1 thumb, 4 fingers, 6 strings just doesn’t add up for me, I barely learnt enough cords to play in a punk band, and she wasn’t impressed.

I quickly realised that I’m atrocious at playing music and vowed never to inflict my attempts … [Read full post]

A long ride around Mont Blanc

At some point today, the Artemis 1 rocket should have been launching on the first stepping stone mission to go back to the future moon. Obviously, space travel is hard and complicated, so that’s been cancelled. Again.

The last time a human stood on the moon was the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972, near 50 years ago. Before even that though, there was Apollo 8. In December 1968 the 3 astronauts of Apollo 8 became the first humans to see the dark side of the moon. Apollo 11 gets the plaudits for landing on the moon, but Apollo 8’s … [Read full post]

Once upon a time in the Southern Balkans

Skopje. The future looks good. For biking at least.
A week riding the trails of North Macedonia and Albania. And eating and drinking and chatting and meeting folk and seeing things. The more interesting bit.

Lift openings 2022 // Third time lucky 

Going somewhere. Always
Lift opening information for summer 2022 vtt / mtb riding innit

Smells like Digne spirit* 

I'm not a good enough writer to describe just how much fun we were having at this point. Many. Many funs.
Mountain biking trip to ride the VTT singletrack heaven of the Terres Noires and Evo Bikepark

I am just going outside and may be some time // La Grave

Mountains make me feel better. Usually. Other things make other people feel better. Usually. We're all different.
Mountain Bike riding in La Grave. Turns out it's just as unique and addictive in summer as winter

How to ride a bike in Chamonix 2.021

Chamonix in a picture. Lots of sports, lots of geography, lots of blue sky.
All the information you need to ride your MTB in Chamonix. Lifts, passes, trails, life hacks, influence coaching and less.

Lift openings 2021 // Roll the dice

If you wonder why we run our brake levers at bit higher in the alps, this should answer your question.
Lift opening dates for the alpine summer 2021 mtb vtt season. Hopefully.