A reminder of the basics
Before going any further, we thought if would be a good idea to revise the basics. Here’s some MTB vocabulary so that you can head off on the MTB tracks in the best condiitions:
DH / Downhill : In this discipline gravity does 90% of the work, meaning you speed down the tracks and then enjoy a relaxing trip back up the mountains on a ski lift. It’s also the name of the bikes specially adapted for this activity. Basically, there’s snow park in winter and bike park in summer.
XC / Cross Country : This is for heading off-road. This is more about endurance and the use of strength on the pedals. The more motivated will cover alot of terrain, climbing and descending and will need the right equipment. However, around here, you can also take your time and enjoy a more chilled out ride !
Single : No, we’re not talking music here. A single is a narrow track or trail to follow on your loyal metal steed.
Ebike / E-MTB : Some may say it is for the weak or for cheats, but don’t listen to them. You still need to be active on an electric bike and you can access spectacular places you would otherwise not see. There are even multi-functional models on which you can enjoy downhill riding as much as cross country.
North Shore : An area full of modules and wooden structures : tables, jumps, raised turns and a suspended bridge…a bike-sized theme park for mountain bikers !
Effective MTB : It’s all about technique. Riding with confidence with neat turns. Whether the terrain be dry and dusty or very muddy, you will still come home covered in dirt.
Bike Park : If you have been reading carefully, you know that this is where you do Downhill. If you don’t know what DH is, you must be reading this article from the bottom up.
With your back protector on and your full-face helmet, you can leave some beautiful tyre tracks on the trails ! As from 11 June, La Clusaz Bike Park opens for those in search of speed, raised turns and other kicks in the forest.
The Bike Park is : 9 downhill trails, including 1 green, 3 blues and 4 reds, a freeride zone, a North Shore area and a mini bike park for children and beginners.
While we’re on the subject of tracks, the Blue on the Loup has been rejuvenated, with a new route and new turns. The bike patrol has totally reworked the circuit to make it more accessible and easier. Have a go this summer !
Dates to remember : 11-12 June for the Bélier VTT, 18-19 and 25-26 June, from 2 July to 28 August, and of course the weekends in September.
Go the distance
The valley is just waiting to be discovered with over a hundred kilometres of marked trails for mountain biking. Enjoy days out on the trails, climbing hills and snaking down tracks, whether to push yourself to the limits or just to explore.