(Brought to you in partnership with Alpine Elements)
There’s a lot to be said for an MTB holiday. Good weather, great beer, and the chance to explore new and unusual trails is a fantastic way to spend a week or so. Happily, tourist boards across the world have begun to cotton onto this, and more countries than ever are investing in their cycling network, looking to get their own slice of the MTB pie.
There’s a ton of locations out there, but if you’re looking for sheer spectacle and an impressive selection of trails, you can’t get better than the Alps. Europe’s highest mountain range just has something special about it, whether it’s the views, the weather, the culture, or the majesty of those giant peaks. Riding here is the kind of experience that stays with you for life. So where should you go?
Ride with the locals
Chalet Timeris in Morzine, France, is a great option, a cute but ample chalet that’s part of Alpine Elements’ ‘Bike Plus’ package. That means it’s been designed with riders in mind, with secure bike storage, access to hire facilities, jet wash for dirty bikes, a mobile workshop stand and tool kit, qualified mechanics and spare parts on hand, plus – and best of all – the chance to ride with expert guides drawn from the surrounding area.
In an offer exclusive to Chalet Timeris, you’ll get to enjoy professional bike guiding for two set days of your week, often Monday and Thursday. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, aimed at intermediate bikers who want to join a sociable biking chalet and get all the benefits of a pro guide for two full days.
You’ll be introduced to all the hidden secret spots that only a local knows, and be fast tracked to the best riding for your ability, with mixed level groups for intermediate and up. On that note, it’s recommended that you can comfortably ride your local trail centre on a full suspension bike before joining the group. Beginners can join the All Mountain Pro Bike Taster Sessions (available in all chalets and hotels), so the rest can enjoy a moderate, but comfortable pace.
And, if lugging your bike to France and back doesn’t sound like fun, you can even hire one on arrival. Guests get a 30% discount on the Specialized Enduro Evo or Status.
What else should I know?
The chalet itself boasts five bedrooms, a large living area and spectacular Alpine views. It’s comfortable and tastefully decorated throughout and even comes with a hot tub – exactly what you need to nurse those bumps and bruises after a long day on the mountain.
You won’t have to worry about fuel either. Guests are treated to a cooked and continental breakfast, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes followed by a three-course evening meal for six nights. You even get unlimited complimentary wine with your dinner.
Should you wish to branch out a little, the glitz and glamour of Morzine is just a few minutes’ ride away, offering a wide selection of bars, restaurants and cafés all within easy access. If après-MTB isn’t a thing, it might need to become one.
If you’d like to find out more or book your own stay at the Chalet Timeris, click here or call 0203 642 9094 today. Prices start at £499 per adult for a 7-night stay, including return flights, transfers, chalet accommodation, three-course catering, bike guiding, multi-activity pass and free kids' clubs.