26 June 2022.

Serre Chevalier, Cycling &...

Throughout the Guisane Valley there are a total of 17 marked mountain bike trails, five of which are permanent downhill tracks and the remaining 12 are XC (cross-country) itineraries. The XC is truly extensive with the rideable distance for all bike trails adding up to a staggering 201 kilometers. However, there is some overlap as different itineraries share short sections of trail in one or two places.

In general the XC proves suitable for most riders. The majority of bike trails are relatively non-technical although they are almost all of good length. The shortest route is a six kilometer green running from Chantemerle to Briancon. Four more routes – a mix of easy, moderate and difficult – range from nine to 13 kilometers while the rest are between 18 and 36 kilometers in length. Some no doubt will wish to question how a 25 kilometer mountain bike trail can be graded green (easy) while others will have no problem confirming the grade of Serre Chevaliers’ longest marked trail Chemin du Roy, a 36 kilometer red (difficult) route.

Serre Chevalier is not short on downhill’s either. By that I mean that like the XC tracks the downhill trails are also reasonably long with three out of five being over 3.6 kilometers while the longest is a shoulder dislocating 5.2 kilometers in length. Maybe I should invest in some suspension!

Beyond Serre Chevalier and the marked trails of the Guisane Valley this region offers even more to those with an adventurous spirit or a car. From ancient trails over high mountain passes to the nearby resorts of Montgenèvre, La Grave, Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez there is a wealth of mountain biking opportunities plus some truly beautiful scenery.

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