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Passportes Du Soleil

| Features, Mountain Biking Uk | 22/07/2011 00:00am

Check out the route for the Passportes du Soleil, and our MBUK trail hotspots…

We rode the loop from Les Gets, where the main expo area was this year. Next year it’s moving down to Morzine, just down from Les Gets so the main feel of the loop will still be the same. To help with giving an idea of where in the loop we really loved, here are our 5 hotspots…

Top of the Zore lift – The riding here is nothing special, but the view really is. It’s the first breathtakingly epic view of the Passportes, and the feeling really is a little bit special.

Fireroad Descent to Chatel – This is a fast one. Half an hour of pure no-brakes fireroad steaming. It’s not technical, but that doesn’t stop the odd moment of sketchy drifting at flat out pace. Speed tucking and skinsuits here!

Champery – The DH option here isn’t the World Cup track, but it gives you a firm idea of just how bonkers the hillside is and how mental the WC trail must be. Idiots!

Singletrack and 2nd Descent into Les Lindarets – After a while on some super fun, really flowy singletrack, the real descent starts with a jump into a berm and then some big and fast berms back down to the food stop. It was amazingly braking bumpy by the end of the weekend though! Definitely worth looking out for the rock drop to the side of one of the bits of boardwalk too…it’s pretty nuts!

Singletrack towards Les Lindarets. Photo ┬ęDan Milner

Descent back into Morzine – You’ve almost back to the start, and although really tired, this descent still managed to pick us up and bring out some crazy behaviour. Starting with some tame smooth singletrack, the idea that this is going to be easy soon goes out of the window. Starting with some super fast big rooty sections, there isn’t any let up until you reach the bottom and roll into town. Roots, rocks, and a while load of super fast fun.

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