The French Alps offer some of the best mountain biking in Europe, suited for all abilities. The use of lifts opens up a fantastic network of man-made and natural fire road single track terrains for the downhill mountain bike enthusiasts, beginners and other cross-country lovers.
The beautiful Belleville Valley is a French Cycling Federation Area and has 21 MTB itineraries in Val Thorens, Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville covering 120km of mountainous terrain. You will find yourself riding along picturesque river edges and mountain slopes, to the resorts and villages of the area – including a few ridges if you dare.
There are different levels to suit all abilities, so you are free to take a ride with your family or friends along the stunning trails that are clearly mapped out and lots of fun! The scenery is spectacular, and if the weather suits, there’s nothing better than having a picnic and quick sunbathe in the fresh Alpine air.
Spending a week as a beginner on a mountain bike is exceptionally rewarding and satisfying knowing how much you are improving on a day to day basis.
For those of you that love your downhill biking, then there are numerous tracks and routes available – all of which can be reached by the open chair lifts.
For those not bringing their own equipment, there are plenty of places to book your bike hire and relevant kit – helmets, guards etc.
If you do have your own bike, then bring it with you if at all possible! If you are driving over, then it is fairly easy to transport your bike. If you are planning to fly, most airlines will allow you to check in your bike as oversized luggage. Each carrier has differing rules and regulations. Most airlines require you to package your bike in a bikebag or box your bike. This website has a few hints and tips on taking your bikes on planes.
Events for Summer 2012 are Coming Soon!
Events in the summer include the following (dates coming soon)
3VTT – Trois Vallées Tout Terrain
There is a ‘free bike competition’ in the Three Valleys on Saturday July 2nd. You can start in any of the Three Valley station including Les Menuires, Val Thorens, La Tania, Meribel, Courchevel and Brides les Bains. It is 20km of pure fun and is suitable for all. For those interested in taking part, it is advised to sign up early as there are only 450 places available and it is first come first serve. Click here to learn more.
Mountain Bike Belleville Tour
This consists of mountain bike races of 4km-6km a day connecting the villages of the Belleville Valley. To learn more please click here
La Mountain Bike Les Menuires / Val Thorens
This involves the French Cup Marathon and various routes to discover the Belleville valley according to your levels. For more information please click here
Cyclosporting race “La Bourgui” Aux Menuires – August
This consists of 2 races:
A 127km race – with 3250m of height difference
An 80km race – with 1750m of height difference
To learn more please visit La Bourgui website