What riding sweets for the Alps?
February 26, 2011Mountain Biking Standard
No doubt a common forum question, this week I’ve been mostly eating Morris’ jungle ropes – a sweet/performance sport product named after me!
A great big thanks to Ian, Alan and Anne-Marie, who were out staying with us this week whilst skiing and boarding in les Arcs and la Plagne, for introducing me to jungle ropes, not to mention the Talisker! I’ll never look back…
Today’s ride was a textbook bit of alpine mountain bike exploring, running something like this:
1. Curious about feint track on map.
2. Eventually find it after a long climb and 30 minutes in a tiny hamlet getting barked at by big dogs and stared at by old women.
3. Pedal it. It’s good for about 5 mins. Just as I think I’ve found something special, it gets choppy, then gets overgrown, then boggy, more overgrown and spikey. Then I find myself somehow stuck in the middle of a sea of thorny bushes with wet feet and a frickin’ long walk out. Arms and legs scratched to hell, at least tubeless tyres are effective!
4. Cross another bit of ‘awesome singletrack’ (ahem) off the list, be glad I’m not stuck in the massive traffic jam of skiers down in the valley and pause for a wee photo.
Tomorrow I’m going to ride a familiar trail that I know wont evaporate just as it gets good!