- Exploring the unknown region of the Haute – Savoie
- Riding amazing singletracks surrounded by snow-capped mountains
- Enjoying a cold beer in the sun on the veranda of our refuge
- Testing your biking skills with our expert guides
- The simple pleasure of riding in the sun
- World-class Alpine mountain biking
Following arrival in Turin we depart by support vehicle to the French region of Haute-Maurienne, our first base for the week, (transfer approx. 2 hours). Driving over the high Alpine pass of Mont Cenis (2,100 metres), before dropping down into France and leaving Italy behind, we soon get a taste of the terrain and landscapes we’ll be enjoying in the days to come. After settling in at our Gite in Aussois we put our bikes together and, time permitting, take a quick leg stretching ride before sitting down to our first delicious French meal.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
The grandeur of the scenery is truly breathtaking in this untouched part of the Alps and this first ride is a great way to warm up and get a taste for the thrilling biking to come over the next week.
Our first day combines a great mixture of singletrack and dirt roads and begins with a warm-up climb to our picnic lunch, from where you can watch climbers scaling the huge natural rock faces of the area. After lunch we are rewarded with some narrow singletrack, which weaves in and out of the trees down towards a beautiful Alpine village and a well-deserved rest and café au lait in the sun.
We have a quick chance to look around the town and fill our Camelbaks from the local fountain before a thrilling singletrack descent passing by a series of impressive fortresses, taking our time to ride through one of them, with amazing views to the gorge below. On reaching the bottom you’ll be grinning all the way back along the rolling track to our Gîte.
Dinner is usually taken in a local restaurant.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Our chairlift extravaganza day! We begin today with an uplift by taking a chairlift to the start of our trails. A short cheeky climb takes us up to tonight’s accommodation, a gorgeous mountain refuge in an absolutely stunning location. We have time for a quick pre-ride coffee and then the fun begins! We take an amazing ‘never-ending’ singletrack for an incredible descent, with a mixture of rocky, smooth and flowing trails for a real rollercoaster of a ride. Contouring around the open mountainside, we pass beautiful emerald green lakes and then a short section of double track takes us into a forest for some more winding singletrack fun.
Eventually we reach the small Alpine village where we’ll take a break from biking for our picnic lunch.
Then it’s back on the chairlift to do it all over again! When we’ve had all the downhill we can take, we’ll the chairlift back up to the refuge for a hot shower and to watch the sunset over the lake with cold beer in hand.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
We wake up to the fresh Alpine air and white capped peaks of the Pointe de l‘Echelle and Dent Parrachèe in the park of the Venoise. After breakfast and packing up our things, today we begin by descending around the other side of the mountain on singletrack that takes us all the way down towards the town of Aussois. We can now take some time to relax and have a coffee before an uplift towards the Col de Mont Cenis.
After a short lunch break and a Skedaddle picnic on the Col, we take a section of double track off-road that gradually climbs through the forest to open high pastures. The track becomes narrower and we‘re now on an ancient military track that once connected the French valley with high military outposts. At 2000mt, the climbing gets tougher as the air gets thinner, but the reward is the scenery and the anticipation of the great descent.
On reaching the pass we have fantastic views looking over the previous days riding and the peaks that separate Italy from France. The descent on twisting flowing singletrack down grassy meadows is 100% fun! Reaching the bottom of the Alpine valley, a short ride on landrover tracks will take us to another refuge close to the Italian border, in an equally stunning location, for a local mountain meal.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Leaving the friendly refuge, our morning begins with some fun flowing singletracks leading down to the Lake du Mont Cenis. Riding along its shores and across the dam we then follow some ancient military dirt tracks with a few singletrack sections climbing up to some first world war military posts and the Italian border.
Following the ancient traders way we ride along the border with fantastic views down to the villages below. The route alternates between double tracks leading to farm holdings and narrow contouring single tracks through meadows. A quick snack stop not far from the Alpine border should calm our nerves before a whopping big descent of over 1000 metres down to a slap-up picnic lunch at the bottom.
The afternoon ride along the bottom of the valley takes us to the town of Susa to savor a well-deserved cappuccino and ice cream in the piazza. A short transfer takes us to our lovely accommodation for the night, a rural agriturismo where we can relax and enjoy a home-cooked evening meal.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
After a tasty traditional Italian breakfast of fresh bread, homemade jams and steaming hot coffee we transfer up to the Col de Finestre to start our biking. A steady climb on hard packed tracks, leads us to magnificent views of the stunning Alps ranges. We are riding the alta Via dell‘Assietta, an ancient military route that follows the ridge line between Val di Susa and Sestiere.
After reaching the very top, visiting the memorial that commemorates the death of thousands of soldiers in these mountains, we arrive at Col Basset at a whooping 2400 mt, and we literally drop off the trail onto some fantastic freeriding through meadows, goat tracks and blissful flowing singletrack through forest.
The trails are endless, 22 kms of quality fun biking, ending in Oulx where we stop for a well-earned drink and celebrate a great week of biking! We transfer back to our accommodation in the isolated mountain village near Susa, where our hosts will serve up a great Italian feast and good local wine!
The Haute Savoie Alps form a natural border between France and Italy and the terrain is best described simply as mountainous. The routes will take us over high passes, along alpine lakes and across alpine meadows. The scenery is simply spectacular with snow-capped peaks visible most of the year.
The riding is challenging and varied. While we will use uplifts to access the trails on most days a reasonable amount of climbing is to be expected. The trip includes a very high percentage of singletrack so good bike handling skills are essential. You will frequently come across technical features such as switchback corners, steep rocky descents and narrow trails, some of which are very exposed.
Please contact us if you have any questions about required experience.
Mountain Biking Grade
Distances of 25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day
For regular mountain bikers who have a good level of fitness
Routes with frequent moderate to difficult technical sections
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
As well as keeping a good level of fitness you are also an experienced biker and enjoy riding more challenging trails. You usually ride most weekends and can cover between 30 and 50 miles over a full 8-9 hour day (with breaks). The routes you choose generally include more challenging 1-2 hour long climbs perhaps with sharp switchbacks and sections of large and loose rocks. You are comfortable riding most trails including sections of technical or exposed singletrack with some testing obstacles such as drop offs and steep downhills. Our grade 4 trips should suit you.
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides
D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid
E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers
F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Turin airport (TRN)
G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Turin airport (TRN)
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Single room (available if required)
E) Travel insurance
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
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The Haute-Savoie Alps offer flowing forest trails, vertiginous ridges, dizzying passes – and likely no other cyclists in sigth. This week-long mountain-bike tour is the first in the region, hopping between a French gite, a mountain refuge and an Italian agriturismo to bag the best trails. Expect rollercoaster runs from mountain to meadow and one-hit descends of 3,300ft. You’ll also conquer the 7,952ft Col Basset.