Or!!! You could do what we do. We head off the the foothills of the Alps, find a camp site near a village and enquire about VTT and usually the local tourist office will have maps and/or the campsite manager will no doubt help. There a good spot north east of Gap in a valley called Vallegaudemau; first village is St Firmin but 5 miles in is a good site called Bocage. Either side of this steep sided valley are marked routes incorperating the GR trails and at times difficult to ride. It's a cul de sac valley with a steep rough road climb at the end into the mountains of the Ecrin National Park We go here every year during our 2 month journey round various riding areas; found some good ones. If you want any more info get in touch; also have a look at my last years gallery pics
ye you definatly made the right choice there rupert, flow do cater for that sort of riding but i think you get a downhill culture bias with being in one of their chalets. there ain't no welsh man on that leader board of the farmhouse bike park so i expect to see you on it when you get back!!
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely i a well preserved body... but to skid in sideways,totally knackered and worn out shouting....Holy shit!...WHAT A RIDE!!
Well we're back from 6 day's back to back riding in glorious sunshine and dry dusty trails. No real injuries and the bikes survived Easyjet in one piece. I think we were the only people on the plane flying to Malaga without kids, and not intending to lie on the beach for the whole week . Bit of a shock to come back to a rather chilly North Wales last Saturday after temperatures into the 30's most days, although was surprisingly bearable for riding once we got acclimatised as it was very dry heat. The Pure Moutains guides, Tim and Jenny were fantastic and despite a very varied experience level in the group they managed to find something to challenge everyone, from steep windy fireroads for the beginners to the "valley of death" for the young whippersnappers from Cumbria, and everything inbetween. They have their own chef who cooked fantastic meals (all inclusive together with the booze), but best of all was the Cake of the Day, freshly baked with proper tea (has to be the first holiday abroad I've come back from not craving tea). I don't think either of us could think of anything to find fault with, although if you have an aversion to dogs or any kind of allergy pet hair or dust (if you ride too close behind the person in front you can't see a thing due to the dust cloud) then it wouldn't be a good place to go. Also not a good place if you suffer from vertigo and don't like trails cut into the side of very steep mountain sides. The standard of the accommodation was incredibly high considering the place is 1700m altitude in the middle of nowhere, and the only way to get there is with a Landrover Defender up a bumpy dirt road.
Oh and my best lap time on their track was 5 mins 6 seconds, so not a record