The Freeride Tour

What a blast this last week was, looking back on it, it is some of the best riding I have ever done and definately one of the best experiences I have had with my bike.

The plan was simple to head from point to point across the Alps, cover as much ground and descend as many vertical metres as we could over 4 days.  We carried the bare essentials – pikeying it for the four days with just the one set of kit and a tooth brush and some food in the camel backs; travelling light is the best way so long as the weather is kind and fortunately for us, it was.

Each night we stayed out in mountain refuges which often meant big climbs to reach them but stunning views in the mornings and great descents to wake us up.

This was an off the cuff, last minute plan as most of the best ones are, bored of riding short descents back in the UK, photographer Andy lloyd and I headed out to France to meet up with Coolbus owner Rob and one of his drivers Bryan. We had a loose plan, to start in La Thuile in Italy and to try and get all the way accross to Val Thorens and over into Orelle but it was set to evolve as we went, and it did.

This tour was a real eye opener for us, we were just scratching the very surface with what we achieved in a packed 4 days, extend this to 2 weeks and you could clock up some serious vertical.

For more details on this ‘epic tour’ keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming feature in MBR magazine in spring 2011.

In the mean time here are some images to whet your appetite:

Rocky singletrack way up above the tree line


Our first nights accomodation a stunning shepards hut on the border of the national park


Resting up on this long, long descent


Epic tooth brushing action


Lake nr Courcheval in the crisp early morning light

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