Things got very busy as you can see and Ian didn't quite manage to live up to his weekly reports. However, read those that he did manage to post in the 2005 diary archive. Look out for next year when he will post more!
Friday, 22nd July 2005, Hard Mountain Biking and Hard Holiday-ing
A welcome return to the hard riding and hard drinking posse of Liam, Len, Jez, Bo and John with guest star Ryan from the Lakes. A pretty heavy night down at the MBC upon arrival was all that was needed to start the first ride off on Sunday. Heavy heads soon cleared as the top of the Col du Possette made itself known taking the best way to travel, the bubble from Le Tour. A heavy duty first time descent for John and Bo who had not been out before awaited amongst the roots and switchbacks of just about everybodys favourite trail, The Possette.
Sorry that there was a bit of a gap between entries we have been too busy enjoying Chamonix's mountain bike trails to want to write the entries!
Friday 9th July 2005 - Road Bike Tour Du Mont Blanc Story
Friday, 24th June 2005 - Return of the Free Mountain Bikers
It was the
return of the freeriding boys this week minus the freeride bikes and body
armour, so normal mountain bikers then. With only three days of proper
riding with work was calling them all back on Thursday it was time to
get the big guns out.
A few Hoegardens
down at the pub, kept us nicely hydrated for the brutal of brutal climbs
up to Chalet de Miage. Dropping down from Bellevue, Gate and S challenge
were attempted by all with only myself and John being able to come up
with the goods, which with Johns bike being longer than the Chamonix valley
is no mean feat! Fuelled up at Champelle, the long grind to the top at
Le Truc was started. Shaun and JD set the pace with me holding onto their
shirt tails just behind. Fifty minutes or so later it was with very sweaty
jerseys that we crested the rise and arrived at the Chalets of Le Truc.
Absolutely fantastic views all around made the climb more than worth it.
Once we were back together we descended down to the Chalets at Miage and
to a well earnt sarnie. The descent is technical and switchbacked and
gave everyone a right big grin on their faces. superb. We took it easy
on the rest of the descent due to the exposure on this super buff bit
of singletrack. Laughing and reliving the days ride it was with pleasure
that we took the train back up to Cham.
Thursday, 16th June 2005 - Banging Week's Mountain Biking in Chamonix
The start of week two started off with a big bang. Well three in fact, Robins Stans No Tube set up was giving him some problems after the plane journey so he slapped a couple of tubes into his wheels instead. Bang one was before we left the chalet, his tyre exploding, showering him with latex sealant, nice. Fifteen minutes into the ride and it was the turn of bang two, leaving his inner tube in shreads. That fixed ten seconds later and his other tyre blew off the rim, nearly giving one of the local OAPs a heart attack! Deciding to bail at this point, Robin and Leighann went home and contemplate the complex structures of air retaining structures.
Tuesday, 7th June 2005 - Monster Mountain Biking
a monster day yesterday, the mountain bikers were still surprisingly up
for some more punishment. I thought that by going to the Animal Park and
then maybe Nose Breaker it would give him the option of bailing out if
they were too battered. A tough road climb later, all with the rather
nice view that you see here, and it was lunch. After lunch and a rather
fine lesson in Alpine descending he decided they weren't done for the
day so off it was to the beast of a fire road to nose breaker. A rather
tired Jean-Marc got to the top of the climb and readied himself for the
descent. A good job the old boy had some body armour on, he luckily didn't
reinforce the name of the trail but after his riding, it could be renamed,
'rolling around in stingers not knowing why you fell off trail', but it
doesn't quite roll off the tongue though!
Monday, 6th June 2005 - The Start of The Mountain Biking Season
8.00 am and
the big red bus is finally on the move. With lots of kit and many, many
mountain bikes the old girl is rammed to the rafters and rareing to go.
Four hours later and we are in the Euro tunnel, France and a summer of
mountain biking awaits us on the other side.
30th May 2005 - New Mountain Bike Holiday website goes live
Its like the final thing that had to be done before we went down to Chamonix for the mountain biking season start. There have been plenty of other preparations going on to. As we are a mountain bike holiday specialist we are not in Chamonix all year round, until the ski /bike companies. This means everything has to be transported down and back each season. Luckily the 10fifty van is up to the job with huge capacity and a great sound system for the 560 mile drive down.
The website is looking good after a lot of work, but as with any new site there are going to be a few dodgy links. Please let us know if you find any! We also hope that you enjoy the enhanced content from holiday preparation to what the weather is going to be like for mountain biking.
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