Nice edit of the Blast number 3 in 2012, an Epic Enduro Weekend in the Swiss Valais Region.
The Blast is the ultimate mix between Enduro race and a short Holiday.
In 2.5 days of riding, a small group of riders ride the best trails and 'race' against the clock on a total of 8 timed special stages.
Accommodation and meals are shared with the 20 to 30 riders, and the nights are reserved for chilling with a cold one, and story telling at the campfire.
2013 Dates are:
The Blast #1 28th – 31st March 2013 - Ardennes, Belgium (Already fully booked!)
The Blast #2 23rd – 26th May 2013 - Aoste Valley, Italy
The Blast #3 20th – 23rd June 2013 - Vosges, France
The Blast #4 18th – 21st July 2013 - Koroska, Slovenia
The Blast #5 24th – 27th October 2013 - TBD!
Morzine - Le Pleney avec le Team Lapierre International, Sam Blenkinsop, Cam Cole et Loic Bruni, et PICH, le champion de France 2012 sur le bike park de Morzine cet été.
une toute nouvelle équipe à Morzine pour la création et l'entretien du Bikepark, à la fois élitiste mais aussi accessible pour tous avec les pistes vertes et bleus.
Zillertal was the starting point for our Tirol trip, James McKnight and Alex Evans made the trip by road from Morzine which took them the best part of 8 hours. I flew into Munich airport and grabbed a transfer taxi which took around 1.5 hrs door to door.
We spent 2 days riding and filming in the area and discovered some amazing trails. A great start to riding in the area would be the Penken mountain as it has a couple of way marked trails that start off relatively easy and gradually get more technical as you descend towards the valley floor. I would grade them using UK trail guide lines as Red with more demanding Black sections, our guide was riding a XC hard tail and made it down most however he did walk down quite a lot of the technical sections.
The second part of the edit highlights the other side of the valley from the Penken, this started with a bit of a road climb to the tele cabin which took us up a further 500m, we basically traversed in a southerly direction across the hillside which brought us out above the town of Brandberg. The decent was amazing in places with some really unique trails that don't look like they have been ridden.
Again we only scratched the surface of what was potentially on offer in our two days of riding, we were well looked after by our hosts and guides who couldn't have been more friendly or helpful.