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.

I just got back from 3 lovely weeks in England. I had the chance to coach 4 sessions, organised with the guys at Trail Junkies Berkshire. Those sessions have been a success, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the English trails and the cup of tea and cakes at the end of the ride were a big change from the Mutzïg!

If you are close to Berkshire, visit Monica and Neal, truly passionated guys, always ready for a bike chat and… a cup of tea!

The winter season isn’t completetly over, but mountain biking has re-started for me already! A few runs down the Saléve (a hill nearby Geneva with… a cablecar!), 2 days coaching some Juniors downhillers and then the Avalanche Cup in Lyon last weekend… Rock&Roll!!

AC Lyon

Photo par Thierry Jayet.

I am very proud and excited to introduce to you the Perfect Pyrénées week-ends we have set up with the guys at FlowMTB. The long Ride&Relax week-ends will take place in the autumn and basicaly, I’m inviting you to share my favourite singletracks and put your feet up in my mum’s homely Chambres d’Hôtes!

Find out more here: Perfect Pyrénées

eyne en novembre

Eyne (my village)… in November!

Here is what I saw from my windows this morning:

snow!

And what was in front of my door:

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Is father Christmas (very) early this year?!

Thanks to Simon and Robin @Hope for their support.

I’m just back from an off-piste training session at the ENSA (national ski school for ski instructors and guides, based in Chamonix)… wicked! just a few pictures (thanks to Fred) to share the moment:

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It’s my birthday today! (I won’t tell you which one), here is one of the wonderful prensents I got:

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a DMC Moto Trainer! Can’t wait to fix it on the Turner…

The Moto trainer is a simple stopwatch that you fix on the handlebar. It allows you to time a section of track, try diferent settings… in a word, a superb tool for training!

Welcome to ride-ability.com!

After some long months of thinking and planning, the website is finally live… have a look around and tell me what you think.

A big THANK YOU to Sam, Guy (FlowMTB) and Nico (Bikebox) for their help, this website wouldn’t be what it is without you guys.

Even though the winter season is going full swing, I have a few projects up my sleeve for next summer… so watch this space!