Tag Archives: valley trails

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.

Stealing Autumn. 

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Guest blog post written by expotus, or, how the fine mtb trails of Chamonix were stolen from a perfect mountain biking autumn by winter for snow and ice and corrupt radical skiing

Something old, something new. something borrowed, something tree.

Quality content. Supplied by Toby's photography skills. #phonephotae.
Advertising a grand new(ish) Chamonix bike trail through the medium of an infinite library, Charlie Brooker and some average at best content.

The Ignoramus.

It's not just Les Houches, Coupeau's been seeing attention from the trail pixies too.
There's gold in them thar hills. Golden trails. Checking out the new mountain bike tracks appearing all over the Chamonix valley, but mostly in the Les Houches bit of the hood.

Cold War

Taking to the air-waves. (try the veal, I'm here all week etc.)
Conflating a bike ride in the snow with 44 years of being on the brink of the nuclear apocalypse.

An object in motion remains in motion unless…

If you look hard enough in the trees, somewhere 15 mins from the centre of Chamonix, you too can find the BC porthole.
Spring. New shoots, new growth and new trail building in Chamonix.

Post truth biking

The Plan and a plan.
If US president elect went to Chamonix, rode one of its best trails, then talked about it.... (and a load of golden hour pictures)

An interlude.

Up above the (cold in the shade) streets and houses.

It’s December. The day of the longest night to be exact. Eleven days before the end of the year, and we’re riding our bikes.

As a lefty-liberal-pinko-socialist who will talk at you for hours on why capitalism will fail as it doesn’t obey the 1st or 2nd laws of thermodynamics, it’d be expected of me to launch into a rant about global warming and how it’s all our fault here.

But it’s christmas, you’re saved, I’ll be nice and no bother. Anyways, December is often a poor month for snow, often warm, often dry. Mibbies not so often good for … [Read full post]

Dear green place

Torrent des Bossons

The Chamonix valley. It’s expensive (so move somewhere less dear or quit whining), it rains (well, how else does it stay green) and it’s miles from Glasgow (the original dear green place). But between the winter & summer seasons there’s a lot in common with the Weeg.

The clouds are down in the valley hiding the aiguilles and leaving a view of green, tree covered, hills. None of the lifts are open so we’re pedalling up fire roads to bomb down damp singletrack. And it’s raining, so there’s not too many other folk out and about despite none of the … [Read full post]

New term, new toys

It's like a boy band, but worse

The skiing might not be over for everyone, but most of us have put the planks away now and are looking at pinkbike instead of TGR, or endurotribe instead of skipass depending on your nationality…

Of course, new season means everyone has spent their money on new toys and group rides are a smorgasbord of shiny bits. 650b, pikes, BOS, 1xwhatever and wider still bars. Ruaridh hasn’t had any upgrades (unless that’s a new collar), but still seemed to be the quickest up the hill.

With no bike lifts running in town, a quick lunchtime ride meant pedalling up the … [Read full post]