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  • If you get too good on the mtb do you start to look like a trials rider?

    Anything is better than...🤢 fgfs I guess

  • Where did the mtb thread go?

  • I've got a mate called Zeb

  • Is their second name ‘ultimate’?

    It should be

  • Ew, flashbacks of boy racer mags

  • @Gurney

    #1 all over at home is so easy.

    Pretty much the story of my life for the last 8 years. Out in the desert drinking my own sweat from a full body Camelbak.

  • Your suit is fitted desert fashion. Who told you how to do that?

  • Reminds me of that time Barney and I did that drop in Epping but we were way more rad

  • I thought that was the same drop?

  • Wheels showed up today. Quite impressed.

    Actual Shimano hubs that spin for ever, rims look bombproof, all the spokes ring and are very tight. A bit heavy but far more robust than the stock wheels. For ~£48 I have no complaints.

  • Rims look what, ehe

  • Sphincter spasm inducing.

  • Bowled through a group of yout' on my lunchtime loop\daily dozen MTB miles earlier and one of the little scrotes yelled "that helmet is sick!!!" as I passed.

    I knew it was nang but I'll take that as a ringing endorsement of my taste in headgear.

  • Nang, not heard that in a while

  • Looking at going to the alps for some mountain biking, potentially second two weeks of August - Morzine/Les Gets the place to go, or would you chaps recommend somewhere else?

  • Bourg Saint Maurice/Tignes/Val D'isere.

  • Why not Pyrenees?

    We've been to Aínsa the two weeks from August BH a few years in a row, until SSUK2019 was announced for Comrie Croft. At that time of year we've encountered no more than 10 other riders in 12 days of riding.

    It's about 1000km from Calais so we tend to take a Friday night chunnel out, sleep at Montreuil (vanlife, yo) then take 2 days driving non-toll roads past Rouen, Châterauroux, Cahors, Montauban, then the pass and tunnel from Saint Lary-Soulan to Bielsa, arriving Aínsa Sunday eve. It might be doable in one day on tollroads, but you'd be toast by Montauban.

  • Why not Pyrenees?

    We've been to Aínsa the two weeks from August BH a few years in a row, until SSUK2019 was announced for Comrie Croft. At that time of year we've encountered no more than 10 other riders in 12 days of riding.

    It's about 1000km from Calais so we tend to take a Friday night chunnel out, sleep at Montreuil (vanlife, yo) then take 2 days driving non-toll roads past Rouen, Châterauroux, Cahors, Montauban, then the pass and tunnel from Saint Lary-Soulan to Bielsa, arriving Aínsa Sunday eve. It might be doable in one day on tollroads, but you'd be toast by Montauban.

    https://www.basquemtb.com/ainsa-enduro-m­ountain-bike/

    ?

  • Yes, the routes are all available as gpx though they're been working on getting trailnumbered signage up on all the remaining routes.

    https://zonazeropirineos.com/en/

    We usually stay at Camping Ainsa, though you wouldn't want to bring a low-slung sportscar, the driveway has some transitions you'd scrape on.

  • I'd be going in the C-Class, will have a look thanks.

  • I love the Porte du Soleil and have been there about eight times since 2005. Would deffo recommend but it kinda depends what type of riding you prefer.

    I'm sure people will disagree but IMO the PDS is mainly downhill trails with tabletops and doubles galore. There is some hidden singletrack but this is either super steep or super sketchy and you need to hunt it out.

    The main advantage for me is it's a 12 hour drive which is very doable. Morzine is a great town to stay in with plenty of chalets to rent and shops and restaurants for the evening, lift access easy to get everywhere around the PDS including Les Gets, Chatel, Mossettes, Les Lindarets etc. and it's easy to self-guide.

    Some of these other places are arse end of nowhere with one restaurant that you have to go to every night.

    If you prefer singletrack descents then I would look elsewhere like say Les Arcs (great riding but not much nightlife and only really one mountain) or Albertville/Areches-Beaufort which is great but not much of a developed lift system and you need guiding.

  • in other news I was out on my MTB today and caught up with a guy on his offroad trike recumbent.

    Nice chap but man, that's a lot of niches.


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