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August 2018 Alps MTB Tour Geneva / Briancon

 MTB Alps August 2018

7 ride days

Geneva to south of Briancon

Guide cost: £1,000.00 pp

11th to 19th August 2018

 

 

The Alps curve south from Geneva to the Mediterranean for 700 km and the master plan is to find and ride the best MTB route possible between Geneva and Nice split into 2 weeks. Quite a lot of this alignment coincides with the GR5 long distance footpath not all of which is suitable for MTBs.

Essentially, our route starts from the main valley just south of Geneva and from then on it climbs and descends on a daily basis. En route south it crosses more main valleys and of course daily height gain to earn long descents is fundamental to the journey. It is proposed all ascending is best achieved using one of the following options as dictated by individual circumstances:

  • Mechanical uplift – where ski resorts coincide
  • Minibus uplift – where there’s a road but no mechanical uplift
  • Pedal power – when all else fails 

MTB Alps August 2018 itinerary – 2 POSSIBLY 3 PLACES TBC

Date
 
Overnights
Fri
10/08
2 Drive minibus to Geneva with bikes and bags  
Sat
11/08
Flight to Geneva: - minibus to valley-based hotel accommodation with B&B located near Bonneville Hotel Mont Blanc
Sun
12/08
Ride to Le FlumetMinibus transport (20 mins) up to our accommodation between Notre Dame de Bellecombe and Les Saisies Hotel le Tetras
Mon
13/08
Ride then 1 lift to join contour path with 15 mins HAB; cross remote terrain to Lac Roselend – challenging section of GR5 to then descend to Valezan Auberge de Valezan
Tues
14/08
Ride to Bourg St Maurice; funicular to then drop down to St Foy, up narrow tarmac then traverse for free minibus shuttle up to Tigne; ski lift up then descend to Val d’Isere on a choice of trails TBC
Wed
15/08
Minibus transport (25 mins) to Col de L’Iseran; descend on GR5 into the Maurienne Valley then long gradually descending trail to Modane Hotel Voyageurs
Thurs
16/08
Minibus transport (25 mins) up a side valley then ride GR5 to Nevache – cycle over cols to our 3 chalets accommodation at Briancon (3 nights) Ferme de
Belline
Fri
17/08
Minibus transport (25 mins) 15 km back to Nevache – ride GR5 over cols & other tracks to descend into Briancon valley; ride back to accomodation Ferme de
Belline
Sat
18/08
South of Briancon to Guillestre (start point for 2019)
Minibus transport (35 mins) 20 km up a side valley; ride GR5 over a pass to descend to Combe de Quayras / Guillestre – minibus back to Briancon
Ferme de
Belline
Sun
Minibus from Briancon to Geneva airport (3.5 hours travel time)  
Mon
Minibus returns to UK