FAQ

  • What type of vacations is AlpineSingletrack.com offering?

    AlpineSingletrack.com is offering the following vacations:

    • Weeklong mountain bike vacations - TRAIL: for riders of intermediate level seeking a first experience on technical singletrack in the mountains.
    • Weeklong mountain bike vacations - ENDURO: for expert riders with prior experience on technical singletrack in the mountains.
  • What are the advantages of booking a mountain bike trip with AlpineSingletrack.com?

    There are many advantages to booking a mountain bike week with AlpineSingletrack.com, rather than setting off on your own:

    • Safer: you ride in group with a certified mountain bike guide, who’s also a trained Red Cross first aid helper.
    • Better and more trails: by tapping into the trail knowledge of a local, you will ride better and more singletrack than on your own.
    • Better flow: us taking care of all the logistics allows you to focus on the riding and the riding only.
  • Do I need to be in good shape for the mountain bike vacations?

    When booking a vacation with AlpineSingletrack.com, you will be asked about your level as a mountain biker (TRAIL or ENDURO), so that we can tailor your vacation to your profile. Remember though that AlpineSingletrack.com is located in the Alps so a minimum fitness is required. Ideally, you’d work out at least once every week or once every other week. The better your shape, the more fun your vacation will be. In addition, a good sense of humor goes a long way.

  • Should I bring my own mountain bike?

    No other bike will feel as comfortable and familiar as your own. Both hardtails and full suspension mountain bikes can be used on the trails of Briançon, although disc brakes and front suspension are a minimum. If you need (for instance because you are not able to bring you own) or want (for instance because you’d like to try a full suspension bike) to rent a mountain bike, we can arrange a quality rental bike for you at a fair market price (+/- 200 Euros per week). (These bikes do not belong to AlpineSingletrack.com, nor are we taking any profit on their rental.) In any case, if you bring your own bike, make sure it is in perfect order. A visit to the bike shop prior to your trip with AlpineSingletrack.com is a great idea.

  • What type of mountain bike (setup) is ideal?

    Any full-suspension mountain bike with up to 6 inches of suspension back and front. The assumption is that it comes with disc brakes. Useful modifications to your bike for an AlpineSingletrack.com mountain bike vacation are a shorter stem (for example 6cm), wide handlebars (for example 70cm or more), wider tires (for example 2.3), a bigger rotor in front (for example 180mm or more), and an adjustable seatpost. We leave it up to you to decide whether you want to ride platform pedals or clipless pedals. But as said before, other set-ups can work equally well – ride the bike you’re used to.

  • What should I bring for the mountain bike week?

    What you don’t need to bring are towels and bedding.

    What you do need to bring are (in addition to your bike and to what you would normally pack for a week of vacation in the mountains):

    • Helmet (obligatory)
    • (Sun) glasses
    • Cycling shorts, jerseys, socks, and base layers for an entire week
    • Backpack /hydration pack/water bottles
    • Knee/elbow protection (optional)
    • (Full finger) gloves
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Sun cream
    • Personal medication
    • Several spare inner tubes (even when riding tubeless) + patch kit
    • Multiple spare brake pads
    • Spare derailleur hanger
    • Lube
    • Cycling shoes
    • Camera
    • A bit of money for the day of rest/the occasional stop at a café
    • Cold weather kit: long cycling pants, long sleeve thermal base layer, and riding fleece for days with bad weather
    • Swim gear

    Don’t forget a warm sweater for the evenings!

  • What’s the weather like?

    Briançon enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. In summer the temperature will vary between 20 and 35 degrees Celsius. At the beginning (May) and end (October) of the cycling season, the temperature can vary strongly between valley (for example 20 degrees Celsius) and summit (for example 10 degrees Celsius or below). As always in the high mountains, sudden changes in the weather pattern can happen. Ideally for cycling, you’d wear a cycling shirt above a base layer, with a waterproof jacket/windbreaker in your backpack/back pocket.

  • What’s the best way to transport my bike?

    While transporting your bike by car is easy, transporting your bike by plane will require your bike to be boxed. Such a box can either be purchased or rent from your local bike shop. Here’s a link to detailed instructions on how to box your bike: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/how-to-pack-your-bike-854/. In France, on some trains a complete bike can be taken, while on others the bike needs to be boxed. Please enquire when booking your ticket.

  • How does the average mountain bike day at AlpineSingletrack.com look like?

    We start with breakfast at 8am, in order to be on the bike around 9am. We then usually bike all morning, before enjoying lunch at noon. After lunch, we set out for a few more hours of riding, before returning to AlpineSingletrack.com’s mountain home at about 4.30 to 6pm, all depending on the program of the day. Once back at HQ, you get to enjoy afternoon cake. In the evening (at about 7.30pm), we have dinner together, over a glass of wine.

  • Can I eat vegetarian?

    Yes, you can. Please mention your preference in the ‘dietary requirements’ box when booking.

  • Can my partner who doesn’t ride join me for the vacation?

    Yes. Individuals staying for a week without cycling are paying 750 Euro rather than the customary 870/890 Euro.

  • Do I get my own bedroom/bathroom?

    Couples get their own bedroom. Individuals may be asked to share a bedroom. Bathrooms are either ensuite or shared.

  • Can I arrive at another day than Saturday? Can I stay longer or shorter than a week?

    Yes, you can. Please contact us for more information.

  • Do I need to spend money on travel insurance?

    • For non-Europeans a travel insurance is mandatory. Travel insurances can easily be found and booked through the web, and don’t cost much.
    • Europeans should bring their European Health Insurance Card. This card gives access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. Importantly, the European Health Insurance Card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property; it also does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country. We therefore recommend that you supplement your European Health Insurance Card with a travel insurance. Cycling is not a sport without risks after all. Travel insurances can easily be found and booked through the web, and don’t cost much.
    • Europeans and non-Europeans alike: all riders ride entirely at their own risk and are responsible for making judgments on their abilities as a rider. AlpineSingletrack.com is not responsible for any injury sustained on a vacation with AlpineSingletrack.com.
  • Can I come on my own?

    You can come alone on a mountain bike vacation – no problem.