Tag Archives: Aosta

Backpacks in the bikepark // Pila

Any of the atoms in this picture, in the screen you are looking at it on, could have existed since the birth of the universe. Just have a think about that for a minute. Or 13.7 billion years.
Pila, riding the bikepark, riding the not bikepark, considering the symbiosis between the birth of the universe and the dust that makes us, our bikes and the trails we ride them on.

A day in Italy

Wayne aka ChamonixMTB, Chamonix's first French qualified UK guide drifting into 2020.

There are many odd questions you get asked living in Chamonix. Where’s the lift to the Mont Blanc? Is it pronounced Chamonix or Chamonix? Are you a skier or snowborder? Which do you prefer; summer or winter? If you could only do biking or skiing; which?

Obviously these aren’t questions people are interested in the answer to, it’s just humans wanting to avoid silence and keep the distractions going, but the “if you could only…?” questions always intrigues me. Like, what freak scenario are you imagining that will leave the circumstances that would create only being able to ski OR … [Read full post]

Anything for an easy life.

Pila. and pan shot saturday
Late season skiing = early season lift access biking.

The journey, not the destination.

It's cycle touring, not bike packing. Just because you've been tight and just strapped your shit onto the bike rather than using a pannier doesn't make it a different sport, it just means you're using the wrong tools for the job.
Tour du Mont Blanc on a road bike. Cycle touring not bike packing.

Aosta, Col Entrelor

Why would you want to be anywhere else? Lots of reasons, but that doesn't tie up the loose ends quite so well, so we'll ignore them.
The Aosta valley has some of the finest mountain biking in the Alps, Italy, Europe and the world. Here's just a wee bit of it from the Col Entralor.

Pila, Near Perfect

Spence: Making good use of the built features on the more natural trails

Well, Graham is out of action for now with a thumb injury and currently 72km into his 100km ultra marathon (yeah, sounds no fun to me either), so he asked me (Lorne Cameron) to do a spot of guest blogging of any big biking days for the time being.  I’m not as good with the biking words as Graham, but here we go anyway for yesterday’s roadtrip to Pila in the Italy’s Aosta Valley, just 45 minutes’ drive from Chamonix through the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

A few friends here rave about Pila, but Spence and I had never been before … [Read full post]

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