Considering the great quality of pictures you’re sending me, I thought it is only fair to offer a prize to the best photo of the season.  It could be the most beautiful, funniest, most original or emotive, it’s up to you, the only condition is it has to be shot during a day riding with RideAbility, in the Portes du Soleil or Pyrénées… I’ll put the best ones up on the gallery and the photo of the season will win a free WideOpen DVD so on your marks, get set… snap!

All the lifts are now open!! Which, with the great weather, explains why I’ve been quiet recently… I’m too busy riding!

A few top riders have been spotted getting the most of the Pleney… the whole Intense/CRC team (Kovarik, Camellini, Cunningham, Simmonds), Nico Vink (Trek/Dolphin), Flo Pugin (IH/Playbike) and Joe Barnes (MTBcut.tv) who has been trying to beat the record set up by Glen Hadden… 36 runs in one day! C. Kovarik has managed to do 9 runs down the Pleney DH track in 1h54min… chainless!

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Check out what Luke from Snow-cam has just dropped off with me… a V.I.O. Pov.1 headcam! Designed for the american army, they are the best head cameras you can get at the moment, tough, easy to use and with great image quality (more info here).

You can hire (or buy)  these cameras from Luke and get an edited DVD of your riding. Not only a great souvenir, but also a great way to keep a record of your sessions with RideAbility; which is why all RideAbility clients get a discount!

Expect some footage on the video page soon!

A new suspension company is born, Unik. The good news is, it’s here in Morzine! Terry (who’s been hanging around the WC pits for a while, doing the mechanic for the like of CG and Amour) can help you fine tune your suspensions (any brand), fix them, or just service them… no more arm pump or panic because you have blown your shock on your first day of holiday! Visit the Mistyfly shop, Terry can surely do something for you.

I am very proud to announce the release of WideOpen, a race orientated video sponsored by RideAbility. It follows some of the world’s fastest racers during the 2007 season; superb quality, original angles and wicked music… go out and get it (here)!

Sixmotion (who is also sponsoring the video) is offering a neat package; a limited edition collector jersey (6 differents models, only 50 available!) plus the DVD for 45€, available here or on the Sixmotion stand during the Freeraid (Les2Alpes).

I’ve been racing the Cormavalanche last weekend, a race part of the DH regional cup. The track usualy, super fun to ride turned out to be a real swamp, thanks to the heavy rains last week. I didn’t do very well, but I had bags of fun, and that’s what it is all about!

Congratulations to the winner David Eme, props to Jules”Jake”Grimaldi who broke his wrist 2 weeks before the bacalauréat… get well soon mate.

This is it! The lifts are opening this weekend (June the 7th). The Pleney cable car is opening until early September, the Chavanne lift will open for the weekends until June the 14th and then until late August. The remaining  22 lifts will open for the Pass’s portes weekend on june the 27th.

Some work is being done at the moment, a new bikepark (with a new chairlift) in les Gets and two new tracks in Morzine (green/beginer and blue/intermediate)… see you soon on a lift?!

If you dig Racing, video and good music then you would enjoy WideOpen (watch the teaser on the “videos” page). The DVD will be out early June and is already available in pre-order here.

Cover and chapters here.

Having my brand new bikes bolted together, I had to give them a good blast!

Day 1, the RFX.

To test/bed in the RFX we choose (with my mate Eddine) to go down to Samoëns from the top of la Bourgeoise, a smooth climb followed by a 1000m drop, singletrack only… wicked! Unfortunatly, at this time of the year, mountains can be a little bit snowy, so we had to push our bikes all the way to the top! Nevermind, the ride down was fantastic, it highlighted almost everything the Alps offers, steep, fast, technical, rooty, rocky and even… a few climbs!

The RFX was absolutly up for the job, it actually made it feel like a ride in the park! The suspensions are very smooth, even on the most beaten up part of the trail, and the geometry is spot on, making you feel at home straight away. I also loved the Hope parts, the modulation on the brakes is great and the hubs make the bike moving forward effortlessly, they also make a sweet noise… all good!

Day 2, the DHR.

Joined up with Guy Bowden (thanks for the photos), and we decided to visit our Swiss neighbours and go to Bex. After an hour and a half drive, we were in the Vaux county’s town. From there a little cog train leave every hours to join the mountain villages, perfect for us! Locals have built up a variety of tracks, going from flowy singletracks to some really steep tracks, where stopping is unlikely! A great riding spot off season as the train works all year. All the locals we met were really nice and helpful, I think the train controler would have come with us if he could have!

The DHR is a killer! Same as the RFX, the geometry make you feel like you’ve been riding it forever and the suspensions work a treat, you are truly glued to the ground, but on top of that, the bike is really lightweight which makes it really fun to ride. It is a bit early to test it, but it is very obvious that Mr DT is designing his bikes with reliability and ease of maintenance in mind… bless him!

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I have finally found the time to bolt together my Hope parts and Turner frames and here is the result:

Rfx in front of the Mt Blanc (a bit cloudy)

DHR

As the Stig wasn’t available, I decided to test those beauties myself… I’ll tell you more about it very soon.

Find out more about Turner bikes here.