BikeVillage's MTB blog, for all things mountain biking in The Alps!

Insurance for older riders?

Does anyone out there know of any companies who’ll do sports/travel insurance for older riders? We’ve just spent an awesome week riding with Bob Grundy who, at 69, is a stronger rider than most half his age. Alas Bob’s not having any joy looking for insurance for next year as most companies stop covering peopleRead more

Alpine nocturne

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I went for an awesome nightride with our chef Thor this week. We climbed up onto the south facing side of the Tarentaise, so that’s les Arcs and Sainte Foy you can see in the background. About 45 minutes of granny gear (or the 1×10 equivalent) grinding up a fire road to be rewarded byRead more

Run down…

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In January I (Sam writing) signed up for a fell running race on July 30th called the 6000D – 60km long with 4000m of climbing and descending. It seemed like a good idea because the riding gets a bit dificult over the alpine winter whereas my studded fell shoes mean it’s easy enough to get out, breakRead more

Digging singletracks in The Alps

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If you go down to the woods today… well there wasn’t a picnic or a teddy bear in sight, just a pick axe, some shovels and some saws. We recently got permission from a local landowner to put in some (hopefully) top singletrack to avoid some fireroad in the woods near BikeVillage. It has beenRead more

One month, four seasons

 What a month! The BikeVillage season is well and truly underway and we’re all feeling buff because we’ve spent 3 weeks clearing fallen trees with trail saws. It all started when, in just 48hrs, the weather went from 27 degrees and sunny to a 20cm dump of fresh snow in Landry, on June 1st! AfterRead more

Got wood?

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Carpentry Fest 2011 is well underway in our new (very old) house. I’ve just finished building my first staircase, which was an awesome bit of glory work – four days starting from rough timber and it’s all done. Beats breaking concrete hands down! We’ve used Douglas Fir from the local sawmill, which gives a great pinky-red colour.Read more

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