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Welcome to Bike Alp 2016

You're just a few steps away from booking the ultimate in mountain bike holidays! Join us this summer in the mtb heaven that is Briancon, Serre Chevalier - a big mountain, singletrack paradise that is home to the best riding in the world. Situated just 1.5 hours from Turin airport, our back yard is an undiscovered backcountry playground in the high Alps, with endless, ski lift assisted biking from 1000 to 2700 metres and a dry mediterannean climate unlike anything you may have ridden in the high mountains before.

We truly believe there is no better mountain bike destination in the Alps, and believe us, we've ridden most of it. In fact you may have seen a recent article in the Guardian on the top 10 mountain bike rides in the Alps written by myself - Steve Mallett, and my book - 'Alps mountain biking'...

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It's after all this experience and research that we've chosen to base ourselves in Briancon, a stunning, medieval walled city which really is home to the best terrain in the Alps - it's why our guests keep coming back, year after year and claim our holidays to be the best, big mountain riding of their lives.

We've been operating for over 12 years now, are fully French qualified and still as passionate as always, so if you're looking for the MTB holiday of a lifetime, then look no further.

Mountain bike holidays in the Alps from the author of the guide Alps mountain biking. The ultimate and original Alps MTB holidays.
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Briancon
Provence Alps
05100
France
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Our riding area

The area around Briancon is a truly unique and undiscovered biking paradise of endless, untouched singletrack in massive terrain surrounded by glaciers, huge peaks and deep canyons. Super fast, flowing singletrack litters the mountain sides around here - smooth, winding dream-like trails that twist and turn through the mediterannean pines and are bathed in over 300 days of sunshine per year - so you can forget the sloppy and cold conditions of the northern alps you may have ridden before!

Here's a little teaser of what to expect:

Rides are ski lift assisted throughout the summer meaning we can ride from 1000 - 2700m and take in epic descents up to 20km in length with minimal pedal time. There's really nowhere else in the Alps that offers this level of variety and back country escapism straight off the lifts.

Our riding area is vast too, taking in the resorts of Serre Chevalier, Montgenevre, Sauze D'Oulx, Bardonecchia, La Grave, Valloire, Sestriere, Alpe D'Huez and a whole lot more, including uplift opportunities on the highest cols in the Alps, such as the Galibier, Granon and Izoard, to access the most epic and untouched singletrack you can imagine.

It's difficult to describe just how good this place is, but you need to forget what you think you know about big mountain riding in the Alps - it really is on another level for those huge backcountry trails you dream about, and after riding pretty much everywhere in the Alps during research for our book - 'Alps mountain biking', we simply couldn't believe what was down here, and just how completely undiscovered it still is. In fact we gurantee you won't ever want to ride anywhere else again!

To make sure your riding experience is a great one, we keep group sizes small and it will always be myself (Steve) who is guiding you rather than second guides and gap year types. I hold the full French qualification so there are no worries with legalities and safety on the mountain - just great riding, great guiding and small groups to cut the faff factor to a minimum. Back at the chalet things are no less fanatical, and Eleanor will serve up a feast each night to keep you shredding all week long!

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Prices and Dates

Our mountain bike holidays run from June until October. Prices are per person and include accommodation in our chalet, breakfast and evening meals, guiding and any vehicle support we need.

We offer a 10% discount for groups over 5, returning customers and 2 week bookings.

1 week - 700 euros

A week's stay with us includes 7 nights accommodation and 5 full day's guided riding. There's also the possibility of some shorter rides on your arrival and departure days depending on flight times.

Long Weekends - 495 euros

Long weekends include up to 4 nights accommodation and as much riding as we can get in depending on your arrival and departure times.

Airport transfers

We offer airport transfers from Turin airport for 80 euros per person return. A 50 euro supplement applies for single travellers if a shared transfer is unavailable.

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Testimonials

Here's what a few guests have had to say in the last few years...

 

"A huge thanks for the guiding in Samoens - we all agreed it was the best riding we've done in the Alps for real, natural terrain. - James, August 2015

 

"Been going for 3 years now to this beautiful location which offers a good mix of riding for DH and enduro. Steve and Eleanor are perfect hosts and dish up some super food after riding. Steve's local knowledge of the hidden trails around the mountains makes the difference. We will be back for sure!! - Shane, June 2012

 

"Steve showed us around some epic Alpine routes - amazing. So far, probably the best riding i've ever done!" - Tom, August 2015

 

"A totally amazing week. You both made our trip an unforgettable one. Our confidence has improved immensely on the bike and it has advanced us by years. Without you Steve, we wouldn't have looked and any of those jumps or ridden so fast on the trails.  Eleanor, the food was unbelievably good every single day. Perfect food after a perfect day. a massive thank you for being such perfect hosts and for a trip I'll remember forever!!" - Chris, July 2013

 

"Absolutely Fab time - awesome riding in an amazing area. 10/10 Steve & Eleanor. Many thanks" - Joff, July 2015

 

"Fantastic food ;-) Great yard to tinker with the bike after a day of shredding. The guiding was spot on, especially the secret trails. Riding in Samoens with Steve has helped me progress like I would never dreamt of. Thanks to Steve I am hitting higher drops and sending it on wider gaps and overall just shredding that much harder. The personal touch and the ability to cater for all styles of riding and making it all fun is what will bring me back, regardless if I have to ride with people of different skill sets" - Oli, June 2012

 

"Amazing holiday guys, thanks so much. Steve provides you with great knowledge of the local terrain, along with a confidence giving calm demeanour - apart from telling us the cable car once fell, whilst we were in it! Eleanor provided superb hospitality and food, can't fault this holiday! - Kev, July 2015

 

"Best Bike vacation of my life... Food was restaurant quality, the best tour guide in all of France. Accommodation is excellent. It was my first time on a DH MTB. Great time! Definately I will repeat... The best... Thankx! - Luis, July 2012

 

"Just a quick thanks for the trip, it was awesome fun!! we will def be back next year!" - Paul, August 2012

 

"Hi steve had the best time of my life! I will be back when i get my new bike. Thanks guys." - Josh, July 2012

 

"Samoens has to be some of the biggest and best natural terrain riding in Europe. With Steve's guiding you will cover more vertical than you could imagine in the time you have. Overall Bike-Alp provides great riding and great hospitality". - Chris B, August 2012

 

"Great riding with a real good mix of terrain. Only outdone by the fantastic food every night! Thanks guys for a great week" - Toby, August 2012

 

"Just wanted to drop you an email on behalf of the boys to say thanks for a cracking week - riding, chalet, company and most importantly the food were excellent! Plus a nutty cat thrown in for good measure!" - Tom, September 2012

 

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Contact Us

In any correspondance with us be sure to let us know your contact details, group size, dates required and a little bit about yourself - ie; what sort of level rider you are.

You can drop us an email here: info@bike-alp.com

Or give us a call on 0033 450 58 95 74