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Mountain Biking tours in france, in the french Alps on the best mountain bike spots of Morzine, les Gets, Chamonix and the Mont Blanc area using chair lift and cabins between freeride and crosscountry mountain bike.

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LA VACHE QUI RIDE provides the FIRST and UNIQUE bike tour in the world using winter ski lift, on the best mountain bike spots the Alps and France can offer!

More than a usual bicycle trip, the mountain bike safari is a dive into the local culture, delicatesses, wines, food and alpine sceneries!!

Lodged for 7 days in a quaint dee luxe mountain chalet, you'll ride everyday on a different spot, different tracks, tasting of the ambiance that french Alps has to offer.

NEW FOR SUMMER 2007

AN "A LA CARTE" MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR.

Chose your accomodations on a large choice of luxury mountain chalets, chose your day ride, according to your level and your fitness and spend the greatest mtb holidays you've ever had!

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  • THE SETTING :

    MONT BLANC area with its small trails everywhere, snow-covered mountaintops and flowered mountain pastures is a small paradise for the cyclist of any kind!!


    From Morzine with its country mountain chalet cottages to Chamonix and its high mountain ambiance ; from the mountain pastures of the "Grand Massif" to la Clusaz and its technical paths, you will discover in one week all the variety that Haute-Savoie offers in mountain biking!
    Easier than an endurance mountain bike tour, it is a trip in the heritage and history of Haute Savoie. A way to fully appreciate the mountain thanks to the use of the ski lifts without needing to be in Olympic form!! What fun!!
    Here there is no chronometer, just the pleasure of riding together in picture postcard scenery, on little used original trails, something between cross country and free wheeling!!!

     

    TOP POINTS OF THE TOUR :
    An original unencumbered route, far from the crowd to be closer to nature and mountain, without bags and concern!!
    You though Morzine is the Mecca of mountain biking in Europe? Not wrong...
    But staying for a week in Morzine area is wasting the fabulous and unexploited potential of the rest of Haute Savoie.
    What we propose is to not be focused on the overcroweded MTB spots of Morzine, les Gets and "Les Portes du Soleil" but to explore over unknown great trails and alpine sceneries like Chamonix, Megeve, la Clusaz and much more always using winter ski lifts.
    A manner of discovering the area by combining mountain biking, delicatessens and leisure! Immerse yourself totally!!

     

    THE PROGRAMM:
  • DAY 1: An afternoon of settling in by taking the ski lifts of Les Carroz to ride between the valleys of Giffre and Arve. A breathtaking overview of the surrounding mountains will enable us to view what we will experience. Distance: 30 km
    uneven positive: 200 m
    uneven negative: 1000 m
    physical difficulty: 2/5
    technical difficulty: 3/5

  • DAY 2: Departure towards the small village of les Gets, which has occasionally hosted the world mountain bike championships. We will use the local ski lifts to discover single tracks to 4X4 enjoying the great spots of les Gets and LOEX.
    Distance: 45 km
    Uneven positive: 300 m
    uneven negative: 1500 m
    Physical difficulty: 2/5
    technical difficulty: 3/5

  • DAY 3: From Morzine we will enjoy the chair-lifts of Super Morzine for the day in the area of the "Portes du Soleil", the greatest ski resort of the world, with more than 650 Kms of slopes! We will cross the Swiss border to the villages of Morgin, Champoussin and Crosets. We will pass underneath the “Dents du Midi” mountain range in a fantastic environment of glaciers and high mountains! ! A great day of mountain biking awaits you! ! ! Distance: 52 km
    Uneven positive: 200 m
    uneven negative: 2100 m
    Physical difficulty: 2/5
    technical difficulty: 3/5

  • DAY 4: Departure to Megeve riding the terrain of the "Green Diamond", between the Mont Blanc and the Aravis mountain range in a breathtaking setting . Imagine 90 km of trails and 2800m of uneven negative in the offering!
    Distance: 50 km
    Uneven positive: 350 m
    uneven negative of: 2000 m
    Physical difficulty: 2/5
    technical difficulty: 2/5

  • DAY 5: A ride in the valley of Chamonix under the lord the Alps, the Mount Blanc, is a dream for many cyclists in the world. We will carry out this dream by crossing the valley thanks to the cabins of le Tour, while going down in the Vallorcine valley on a beautiful singletrack which slaloms under the larches!! Breathtaking... We will pass underneath the mythical tops of l’Aiguille Verte, l’ Aiguille d’ Argentière, l’Aiguille du Midi, to finish in this tribute of alpinism which is Chamonix! After the ride a visit of the city is essential!!
    Distance: 42 km
    Uneven positive: 300 m
    uneven negative: 1100 m
    Physical difficulty: 2/5
    technical difficulty: 3/5

  • DAY 6: You wanted mountain biking and it awaits us today with more than 80 % of technical trails, crazy downhills, splendid small tracks crossing in the midst of herds of cows with their large bells complete with great slaloming trails in the woods. Departure from Le Grand Bornand mountain village, to go up to the col des Annes and riding under the Aravis mountain range combs by “the northern balcony”. Passing by the lake des Confins and descent towards Clusaz to take the chair lift of le Crêt du Merle. Crossing of the plateau of Beauregard and finishing this day ride by the unforgetable downhill of la Patton: hang your belts and revise your brakes; it will be a sharp descent! (escape possible)
    Distance: 42 km
    Uneven positive: 550 m
    uneven negative: 1200 m
    Physical difficulty: 3/5
    Technical difficulty: 4/5

  • DAY 7: Starting from les Carroz, heart of the "Grand Massif”, this day offers you a great finish for this tour, between mountain pastures and a mineral universe. We will attain 2500 m altitude thanks to a ski lift and we will offer 1500 m of uneven negative downhill on one ride!!
    Distance: 43 km
    Uneven positive: 600 m
    uneven negative: 1900 m
    Physical difficulty: 2/5
    Technical difficulty: 3/5

  • 2007 RATES:

  • BASIC VERSION: 834 euros per person

  • THE PRICE INCLUDES/COMPRISES: The rate is from point of reception to the point of dispersion.
  • The rate includes/comprises:
    - The transport of your personal effects,
    - The road transfers and ski lifts tickets.
    - Airport pickup and drop off
    - 6 nights in Hotel**
    - All meal from lunch (picnic) Day 1 to lunch (picnic) Day 7
    - Expenses of organization
    - The guiding by a graduated French bilingual mountain bike guide
  • The rate does not include:
    - The air flight,
    - The expenses of repair and maintenance of the bicycle,
    - The cancellation/help insurances and repatriation
    - The bicycle rent
    - Personal energy drinks and foods...
    - And in general all that is not included/understood in the heading "the price includes/comprises"

  • DEE LUXE VERSION: 1570 euros per person

  • THE PRICE INCLUDES/COMPRISES: The rate is from point of reception to the point of dispersion.
  • The rate includes/comprises:
    - The transport of your personal effects,
    - The road transfers and ski lifts tickets.
    - Airport pickup and drop off
    - 6 nights in a luxury guest house with jacuzzi bathrooms, sauna, large sunny terrace for BBQ, and a real putting green!
    -Assistance a t lunch time with a second person to organize the lunch (table, chairs, cold drinks, hot coffee...) and MTN technical assistance in case of mechanical problem)
    - Expenses of organization
    - The guiding by a graduated French bilingual mountain bike guide
  • The rate does not include:
    - The air flight,
    - The expenses of repair and maintenance of the bicycle,
    - The cancellation/help insurances and repatriation
    - The bicycle rent
    - Personal energy drinks and foods...
    - And in general all that is not included/understood in the heading "the price includes/comprises"

  • MINIMUM PEOPLE:
    The tour is ensured at 2 or more people. The group is limited to 8 people maximum in order to ensure the safety, cohesion and user-friendliness of the team.

  • 2007 DATES:

  • from july 1st to july 7th
  • from july 8th to july 14th
  • from july 15th to july 21st
  • from july 22nd to july 28th
  • from july 29th to august 4th
  • from august 5th to august 11th
  • from august 12th to august 18th
  • from august 19th to august 25th
  • from august 26th to august september 1st

  • LEVEL:
    Stages from 5 to 6 hours per day on average, progressive stages though never very arduous. Uneven positive maximum of 500 meters and use of ski lifts. It is preferable to be in good physical condition as well as a familiar technical level in order to have pleasure throughout the ride.

  • FITNESS:
    To enjoy the tour it is better to be a bit in shape.
    If you are used to mountain biking then no problems.
    If not, then three weeks before departure, we advise you to undertake a small physical ride and do some technical: to bike 3 times per week on 30 kms on an undulating course and preferably some technical (roots, steps...) would be a good beginning!!
    For your comfort and your recovery, a mountain bike with at least a front suspension is highly advised.
    If you have a full suspension bike it is the best!

  • BEARING:
    You will carry only your personal effects of the day. The bicycles follow in the trailer to go to the starting point of each excursion.

  • LODGING:
    In a charming and cosy guest house; in fact a real mountain chalet! Rooms for two people. It has luxury accomodations, with sauna for enjoyable resting after a good day of mountain biking! Possibility of single rooms: 200 euros in addition (rates from the 09/30/2006)
    Washing machines and repairing the bicycles at the guesthouse.

  • THE MEALS:
    They are taken at the hotel (breakfast and dinner) At lunchtime, a true cultural experience; generally composed of varied salads, cold cuts, regional offerings, etc... The vehicule joins us at lunch time and prepare the table. We can manage technical problems at lunchtime thanks to the trailer and its tools!

  • YOUR GUIDES:
    You are guided by a graduate state mountain bike teacher, who knows the right trails according to your technical and fitness levels. He always carries a first aid kit for you and your bike!!

  • SECURITY:
    The guide will choose your route according to the weather, the level of the clients and the state of the ground, modifying for ultimate enjoyment. He is first aid qualified to ensure your care in the event of a fall. A radio connection between the monitor and the last of the group, thanks to walkie-talkies allows handling of any problems that may occur.

  • THE BICYCLE:
    It is preferable to ride your own mountain bike as it’s most familiar to you. A bicycle with at least a front suspension is advised, even better is a full suspension. It is possible to rent a full suspension bike from 215 euros a week in the local sports stores (list on request).

  • TRANSPORT:
    Transport for people, luggage and bicycles is by a 4X4 vehicle which seats 9 and a trailer.

  • WHAT TO BRING (AND NOT BRING!!!...)
    Usual bicycle gear (short and long bike wear, long and short bike shirt, gloves, helmet, a wind stopper jacket and/or small polar fleece, personal mountain bike shoes...), socks adapted to the practice of the bicycle, a headlamp, sunglasses, sun lotion + lipstick, personal Rx’s, a pocketknife (for lunch), your camera and another pair of shoes, a toilet bag and a small personal pharmacy, camelback, your own repair kit (tire tubes, rubber patches, multitool, pump, brake pads....) and/or your own specific bike maintenance kit.
    A toolbox will be at your disposal each evening for you to care for your beloved bike! If you have automatic pedals on your bicycle and would like to rent a bicycle for the week, don’t forget them!!!
    For the evening: Shorts, trousers, a bathing suit, a pull over or a polar fleece, T-shirts, a "light" jacket.
    In the heading: “weight is your enemy", here’s advice to gain a few hundred grams.

  • TOILET BAG:
    (small Tuperware for example)
    - “Hotel” size soap is generally enough for a week
    - A sample size toothpaste tube will be the deal
    - Sample size shaving needs
    - A small towel is amply enough and dries more quickly
    - a toothbrush, etc.

  • PHARMACY:
    In addition to of your personal Rx
    - Elastoplast roll- hooks, scissors
    - For the sun, cream and chap stick
    - A sore muscle ointment

  • YOUR DAY BACKPACK
    Envisage a small comfortable rucksack (approximately 20 or 25 liters) for your effects of the day (a hot clothe, a wind stopper jacket, a camelback or a high capacity bottle, solar protection, your identity papers and small repair kit). Don’t forget to keep a place for your energy snacks and the picnic lunch!!!

  • RECEPTION:
    Sunday at 10h00, at the Guest house Chalet Odysseus or “hotel Les Airelles”74300 Carroz, or at the airport depending on your arrival shedule.

  • DISPERSION:
    Saturdays towards 17H00 in les Carroz

  • MEANS OF ACCESS
    By car: A41 motorway left 19 Flaine Carroz
    By train: park Cluses then Cluses shuttle Carroz
    By plane: Geneva airport, Geneva transfer to les Carroz included

  • IN THE EVENT OF LAST MINUTE PROBLEMS:
    Contact your guide, Martial HERDEWYN at 00 33 (0)6 85 02 37 00

  • BEFORE THE TOUR:
    We can book a hotel or a guesthouse for you (list on request)

  • IF YOU TO WISH TO PROLONG YOUR STAY
    Les Carroz Tourist bureau Tel: 00 33(0)4 50 90 00 04