About Aosta Valley Epic Mountain Bike Tour in Aosta Valley
We have been traveling to the Aosta Valley since 2009 for our Italian mountain bike fix and it has been a labour of love to create an epic mountain bike holiday for our clients in this incredible corner of the Italian Alps but we finally feel ready, this place is simply too good not to share.
From the Italian culture and their laid-back approach to life which moves at an even slower pace in these stunning alpine towns to their incredible food and wine this is much more than a mountain bike holiday. During your week you will ride everything from ancient Aostan single track walkers paths to the flat-out, raw, Enduro World Series stages in La Thuile. Whilst riding these epic trails you can always sense the vast, towering presence of the Four giants of the Alps towering 4000 metres above you including Mt Bianco, Cervino, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. You are truly riding in the presence of giants on our Aosta Valley Tours.
- Accommodation in a stunning B&B in the centre of Aosta town.
- Return airport transfers from Geneva, Milan or Turin Airport* with bike carriage.
- Amazing, locally sourced Breakfast
- Five full days of guiding in Pila, La Thuile and the Aosta Valley backcountry
- Crisp linen, towels and toiletries.
- Secure bike storage, bike wash down station with Peaty's Products and works area with Park Tool stand, brushes, tools and pump.
- SWAG BAG with legit goodies from our partners such as Peaty's,VeloForte, OneUp Components, Granite straps and FOX Racing.
- Welcome dinner and briefing with locally brewed beers
- Mechanic if required at cost
*Please enquire on airport transfers before booking as there maybe an increased charge for certain pick ups.
NB - Though we can operate an Epic Aosta Valley Tour from June through September, the lifts of Pila and La Thuile are open for July and August only. The Couis 1 Chairlift that accesses the very top of Pila operates from the end of July to the end of August. Booking outside of these dates you will have an amazing, bespoke, shuttle van focused trip.
Our Aosta Valley mountain bike tours principally run in the months of July and August, Sunday to Sunday. This allows us to utilise some of the best lift systems in the world and gain some huge altitude for our epic descents. You'll arrive in Turin or Geneva airport where we'll be there to meet you and take you to your hotel in the centre of Aosta, metres from all the action. We can run outside of these months but lift openings will effect the areas we can ride, so a tour would be focused on the shuttle service.
The accommodation is stunning, bang in the centre of town, lovingly renovated and steeped in local culture, it's a luxurious and comfortable base for your Aosta Valley mountain bike holiday. With spacious twin or double rooms, large and comfortable beds, Sky TV, Nespresso machines and luxurious bathrooms complete with their own stereo system. With secure bike storage and tools on site, it has everything you'd need for a mountain bike tour in the Aosta Valley.
We'll have a welcome aperitivo on the Sunday evening with your guide for the week, to speak about the program, what you'll be riding and what you'll need. As well as picking the guides brains you'll also get to know your fellow companions, should you be a mixed group.
You will meet at 9h each morning, some days will start earlier in order to transfer you to the resort or location planned for the day. You'll ride until the lifts close or the shuttle finishes at around 1730h each day. Lunch will be taken at a variety of locations, from mountain refuge's and osteria's to a backpacked sandwich with an epic view.
What else we can provide
A 30% per person, non-refundable booking deposit is required to secure your place on the trip, the full balance is due 8 weeks before your arrival in Aosta.
If you would like your own room this is possible depending on availability. Please enquire for price.
We try to keep all groups together but sometimes when group numbers are odd you can be sharing with another party member.
Places are limited to 7 due to van requirements. Groups of 10 -12 can be accommodated if booked far enough in advance to secure extra transport, guides and accommodation.
- Advised bike - 150mm - 180mm + aggressive enduro bike *
- Fitness - 3*
- Skills and Technical ability - 3*
- Riding Style - All Natural / Spirit of Adventure
The riding standard and fitness level required to ride the Aosta Valley is high. This is not only for your enjoyment and personal safety, but it is also for the group as a whole. The riding can be very technical, long and exposed.
Please read our ability assessor and ask any questions before making your booking.
Follow our Ability Assessor to see if this holiday is for you
Your bike and kit should be well prepared for long enduro rides away from bike shop support. You'll need to carry a pack with you at all times with hydration, jacket, a tube, pump, tyre levers and at least a basic multi-tool.
There are limited options for hire bikes and part availability in Aosta. We strongly advise you bring your bike ready to ride, fully serviced and that you bring as many spares as you might need. A broken part or component may mean the end of your ride in extreme circumstances.
The Aosta Valley is a sensitive ecological area. Downhill bikes are not permitted on the valley's trails that are shared with walkers. We also ask you observe respect and local mountain culture. Though we do not insist, certain trails are best ridden in an open face helmet in order to not promote reckless riding or intimidate hikers.
Due to the extended travel time and costs of transfers from Geneva airport (due to navigating the Mont Blanc range), pick up's from Geneva airport incur an extra charge of £50 per person. All incoming and departing clients will be grouped onto the same transfer, if you wish avoid long waits at the airport you will need to coordinate flight times with us.
After a days riding you can end up at Cafe de Velo, with aperitivo while sipping on a locally brewed ale, with a pit stop on the way back to your accommodation for some retail bike therapy with our friends at Swit Shop. Aperitivo is exactly that, working up an appetite before some local produce conjured up at the hip hole in the wall eatery Ocio or traditional Italian in the garden restaurant at Bataclan. Drinks? Find the busiest bar! Aosta has a vibrant, youthful culture but, this ain't Morzine and you're more likely to lose track of time and end up with a G&T at 3am talking to an Italian art collector than face down in the gutter covered in Jagermeister!
If once in a lifetime singletrack, epic scenery, amazing food and culture, all serviced by great people sounds like your bag, then hop in below and get a holiday booked to the Aosta Valley!
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