Post by Mary on September 29, 2022
The Ride the Alps season is over for this year but we’re getting ready for 2023 with two new trips on offer. Briançon to the Mediterranean is our newest point-to-point adventure. The 6 day route passes through the traditional mountain villages and fantastic singletrack of the beautiful Queyras National Park. We cross some high passes (the highest at 2900m) as we venture into some remote Italian valleys including Val Maira and Valle Stura. Then we finish the route by riding the best sections of the oldest mountain bike event in France – the Transvésubienne – ending on the shores of the Mediterranean sea.
Briançon to the Mediterranean is the second leg of our Summit to Sea trip (Chamonix to the Mediterranean Sea). The Summit to Sea is our longest point-to-point adventure, including 11 days of guided riding and one rest day at the halfway point in Briançon. Please contact Mary if you would like further information about this trip.
Our second new trip for 2023 is our Swiss heli-biking weekend. It has become a tradition for us to end our classic Chamonix to Zermatt trip with a helicopter drop by Air Zermatt. Many of you have got in touch after seeing Jamie’s photos on Instagram, asking if you can get the helicopter uplift. It’s an amazing experience and a fantastic way to finish a trip so we’ve decided to create a long weekend that includes a heli-biking drop.
Jamie and I spent three days in Switzerland last week, testing out some new routes for the trip and riding some old favourites. No helicopter ride for us as Jamie has had three of them already this season! We’ll be able to tailor the weekend of riding to your preferences. You might want 2 days in Zermatt, one riding off the lifts and one heli-biking. Or you might prefer 3 days of riding, including exploring the spectacular trails above Fiesch with views of the incredible Aletsch Glacier – the largest in the Alps. You may even want to add in a big mountain day, using pedal power to reach the high cols before you treat yourself to some helicopter assistance. Jamie and I rode over the stunning Saflischpass (2563m) last week and it was breathtakingly beautiful. I would recommend that to anyone who likes a big day out in the mountains and doesn’t mind a big climb to get the joy of the views, the descent and the sense of achievement. All details will be up on the website shortly.
Thanks for another great season. We hope to see more of you next year.