French Alps - 24 August 2019

Discover the magnificent French Alps by bike and take advantage of the chairlifts to explore further afield!

French Alps Biking

During Biking Week, the emphasis is on exploring further on two wheels!

This week is aimed at those who enjoy mountain biking and would like to explore this in an incredible location. You don’t need to be a pro-biker to join, however, to join the led rides, a basic level of fitness and experience riding on dirt tracks is recommended. The mountains can be as exciting as they are spectacular!

Who is leading the week?

Introducing Paul!

Paul - Bike Guide

"Hi my name is Paul and I am joining the team to show you around some of the biking trails that the French Alps have to offer this season.

Though born in Somerset I now come from the Forest of Dean area and was introduced to downhill, enduro and jump biking a few years ago after being invited by a group of friends to join them on our local trails. I quickly became passionate about the sport and would take any part-time job offered to continually upgrade my bikes. Now a qualified electrician this is somewhat easier! 

I am currently out in Richmond’s Reberty chalet for the ski season, taking some time out of my career to allow God to use the skills He has given me to serve Him in this beautiful location; I am very much looking forward to being back in July and August when the snow has melted!

This resort transforms in Summer, with many kilometres of biking trails being opened up. Some of the ski lifts become ‘bike lifts’, making the mountains accessible and negating the need for that hard uphill climb!

Don’t be put off by the thought of hours in the saddle, we will have regular stops for refuelling, creation appreciation and perhaps a quick dip in a mountain lake!

So whether you are bringing your own bike or hiring one when you arrive, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to spend a week as relaxed or as adrenaline packed as you want it to be"

Who is this week aimed at?

Mountain biking Adventurer

The Three Valleys are extremely popular with mountain bikers who use the summer lifts to access the higher tracks. There will be an experienced Richmond rider on hand so that you can join accompanied rides all departing our chalet. These will vary in distance and intensity with some familiarisation rides to start with, building to longer trips. The expected duration will be between 2-4 hours of riding each day, including time to have breaks along the way and soak up the stunning scenery. The various trails are suitable for either hard-tail or full suspension bikes.

As well as the daily led bike rides, you are welcome to explore some other routes if you wish! The resort enjoys many kilometres of designated bike routes, with trail maps available from Tourist Information. Experienced riders will be able to find highly technical challenges and fast descents, while those wanting slightly less excitement have more accessible options. 

Travel companion

Biking not your thing? There’s still so much to enjoy! If you’re coming along with a keen cyclist, but prefer to take things at a slower pace, this holiday is still perfect for you. From walking to relaxing in our two outdoor hot tubs, and from paragliding to pampering in the Les Menuires leisure centre, our staff will be happy to show you all that the mountains have to offer. Learn more here.

What’s included?

Whether cycling every day or picking a few favourite routes to join, all the usual facilities in our chalets will be available to you during your downtime, including the hot tubs and saunas to relax the muscles after a day in the saddle!

Breakfast and a three-course dinner with wine are also included each day, so you just need to buy your lunch.

As with all our themed weeks, you are free to take part in as much or as little as you would like, so if you only wish to join on the shorter trips, that’s no problem!

What else do I need?

First things first, a bike! You are welcome to bring your own, and we have storage space in our chalet for these. Please do let us know if you are bringing your own and booking one of our transfers as we have limited space in our vehicles. Many people choose to drive and bring their own bikes that way.

Alternatively, a range of bikes are available to hire from shops in the resort, so if you don’t have your own or would like to join for just a few of the rides, this can be a great option. Hire for a basic bike starts from 25 Euros per day and full suspension bike is approx 50 Euros for the day.

Of course, safety is essential, so helmets are a must to join any of our rides and we would recommend biking gloves. If you are keen to try some of the more adventurous routes, then body armour is also advised.

To access the chairlifts, you will need a summer lift pass. These are available to buy in the resort and are charged at 47 Euros for 6 days access. The pass also includes discounts on other activities around the resort.

Ready to book?

Prices for this week start from £399pp

Talk to our friendly holiday consultants to learn more and book your holiday.