I once used to think cycling was just a ‘mans’ sport but I couldn’t be any more wrong!
Since moving to France bicycles are everywhere and of any age! If you pick yourselves a bike that’s not too heavy, you will definitely enjoy your trip wherever you go!
I thought I would write a quick post today to share with you some amazing places I have been to and if you have never considered a holiday with a bicycle before then why not? New experiences are fun- never tried then you never gained!
1. The Alps- France
Cycling Gives You Time To Enjoy Scenery
There is just so much to explore and half of the time your so occupied with the pretty views that it seems easy just to keep going (unless you’re doing extreme hills that is of course) but there is never a hotel far away to enjoy some tasty alpine food.
There are lots of cycling parks here and it is well known for its downhill mountain biking where you may have heard of all the big names here in the sport. These dudes are crazy in comparison to what I call steep 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 let alone jumping on mountain ridges or skidding off ramps!
There is plenty to do in the alps and some really nice accommodation to rest at night. You don’t have to be as fit as the Tour De France or the lycra club to enjoy your time here. Just go slow and enjoy the views!
TOP MOUNTAIN BIKE PARKS IN THE ALPS
Are you wondering which bike parks in the alps are good for beginners? Which alpine resorts offer the best mountain biking?
Read on to find out my top 5 mountain bike parks in the Alps.
LES GETS AND MORZINE
Les Gets and Morzine forms part of the famous Portes du Soleil area, a haven for mountain biking experts and enthusiasts alike. You can start your morning in Les Gets and be in Morzine by the afternoon should you wish as both resorts are linked (or vice versa)! Both Les Gets and Morzine have beginner-intermediate routes as well
Also, part of the Portes du Soleil area, Chatel mountain bike park is in the Pre-la-Joux sector. You’ll find everything from cruisy beginner runs and easy jumps to tricky tracks with roots and steps for the real adrenaline seekers. A total of 20 downhill tracks make up the mountain bike park in Chatel, with 2 pump tracks and 1 drop zone.
Did you know: The Portes du Soleil Mountain Bike lift pass is only €23 per day, and gives you access to all 19 mountain lifts open in summer in the Portes du Soleil.
TIGNES AND VAL D’ISERE
The linked mountain bike trails of Tignes and Val d’Isere can offer 150km’s of exhilarating and breath-taking fun (literally)! Each track is graded and well signposted, offering a variety of runs for everyone, from family trails to enduro and cross country. The mountain lifts open from 30th June to 2nd September, but be sure to check the Bike Park opening times as they will depend on the snow cover and weather conditions.
Did you know: You can practice on the airbag in Tignes Le Lac; a huge airbag set up so you can jump, spin and land/fall in safety. If you have a Sportignes card it is free and unlimited, otherwise, it’s €1 EUR per jump.
NOT YOUR THING?
Take your bike camping or touring bikes- it’s a great way to get around locally or if you feel fit enough why not go further afield. I was surprised that when I moved here you often see people on the side of the roads with lots of bags in tow- made especially for this of course! Not weighed down on shoulders either! You just need the bare minimal- sleeping bag, toiletries and just a change of clothes! Bicycle touring is popular in Europe and of course, we have the weather to enjoy at your own pace.
There are so many places to go starting from the UK to France to the rest of Europe. Explore Spain, Italy, Germany & Belgium. Check out prices by train also where you can take your bike onboard and explore other countries.
TRAVELERS TOURING TIP
If your like me that once liked to carry your house around ‘just in case’ then you not doing yourselves any favors- break the habit! Carrying the bare minimum is easier to find what you want and must less weight and hassle! Also, plan your outfits for the week and even if its two pairs of jeans you can pedal to the launderette while you wear the other!
Camping and cycling go perfectly!
Campsites are affordable as explained in my other blogs- take your bicycle to enjoy the local tourist attractions without worrying where to park.
Cyclo Trott Bike Rental- Royan west France
Many campsites here offer bike hire and its just an amazing way to get around and see the views, Campsites usually have mountains, lakes of bike trails nearby and I assure you they are cyclist enthusiasts here!
Keep fit, ride out, holiday- you can’t go wrong! You will come home feeling refreshed from all that fresh air and sleep well!
Grab your bike and get packing- let’s go!
Don’t forget to check out out our Travel Shop for rucksacks and camping equipment
Have a great holiday!
Suzy 😄 😄