We’re often asked what to pack for a day’s riding around the Portes du Soleil.

Here is what Jo carries every day, of course some of it would be overkill but it might give you some ideas…

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What’s in my Dakine Seeker 15l:

  • water bladder, minimum 2l
  • first aid kit
  • jacket (even when the weather’s good)
  • repair kit for tubeless tyres
  • tube patches
  • 27.5″  tube (fits in 26″ and 29″ tyres), presta
  • spare dérailleur hanger for my Santa Cruz
  • “universal” dérailleur hanger
  • Hope brake pads
  • a small bottle of lubricant
  • dérailleur cable
  • power link for, 9/10/11 speeds
  • a bag of various bolts (for… spds clits, rotors, chainring, brake caliper,…)
  • Lézine mini floor pump (with a few lengths of duct tape wrapped around it)
  • HP Rock Shox HP pump
  • Fix it Stick multi tool, with tyre levers
  • light chain tool from MSC
  • Leatherman
  • zip ties
  • electrical tape
  • a small strap
  • mini lock
  • PDS  pass (the best way not to leave it in dirty shorts)
  • sunglasses wipe
  • drops for my contact lenses
  • RideAbility stickers !!

Didn’t make the shot:

  • cones for the skill sessions
  • smartphone with Iphigénie app (if you don’t know it, look it up!)
  • home made cereal bars
  • a bottle of isotonic drink (usually carried on the bike)
  • a spare pair of gloves (they doesn’t take much room, or weigh much but useful more often than you’d think)
  • an old piece of tyre to fix ripped sidewalls
  • suncream


Les Gets will open its bikepark non stop from the 15th of June (for the crankworx), but also the previous weekends from the 26 of May (apart from the Mt Cherry apparently).

In Morzine, the Pleney will open non-stop from the 9th of June and Super Morzine from the 20th of June.




The Pass’ Portes 2017 online registrations opens on the 8th of February, be warned the event sells out very quickly.

Did you know, though, that if you are part of an identified group (club, corporate, association,…) of at least 7 riders, you could book from the 11th of January?

For more info contact the Portes du soleil: vtt @ portesdusoleil.com


The wet weather this July hasn’t stopped us from riding, but the conditions do take their toll on the bike and the rider. Here are a few tips which should make your muddy rides easier for you and your steed… you might even start to prefer it!

The rider:

  • Adapt your kit, a rain jacket + trousers will keep you reasonably dry (make sure not to over dress underneath to avoid condensation) and most of all will keep your clothes clean… your washing machine will be thankful for it! To clean your rain kit, hose it down before taking it off and Bob’s your uncle!

    What we use: Patagonia Torrentshell jacket + trousers

  • Keep the extremities warm, Merino wool socks are a must and a pair of neoprene gloves (not too thick) will make a big difference when the temperature drops.

    What we use: Seal Skinz socks, Mavic Cyclone gloves

  • Keep your vision clear, it’s the biggest problem and unfortunately, there isn’t a perfect solution, but a dry clean cloth kept in your sleeve will allow you to wipe your glasses/goggles every time you stop.

  • Do not hose your muddy shoes or they will never dry again! Just let them dry (you can stuff them with newspaper) and then brush the dry mud off.

The bike:

  • Use the right lubricant, use a wet conditions lubricant before you go out. A silicon lubricant applied to your frame (kept away from the brakes!) will stop the mud sticking on it… at least for a while! After your ride, lube every nook and cranny of your bike (transmission and suspensions of course but also suspension knobs, shifters, brake levers,…).

    What we use: Muc Off Wet Lub and GT85

  • A small mudguard under the arch of your fork will keep most of the projection away but will also protect your fork’s joints.

    What we use: Marsh guard

  • Mud tyres make a massive difference! If you don’t have the budget or if you need to pedal, change just the front tyre, you will feel a lot more in control.

    What we use: Maxxis Wet scream or Specialized Hillbilly

  • You can make a small “cover” for your rear brake caliper to stop the mud getting in (mud means pads wearing more quickly and pistons getting dirty), I personally use some blister plastic (Hope’s brake pads do a great job!)

    Here is a posh example :


photo by: my-new-stuff.com

The skills:

  • Choose different lines from usual to avoid the biggest obstacles (roots, ruts,…), don’t be afraid of staying away from the most obvious line to find “clean” spots to brake and turn.

  • Keep some pressure on your front wheel to get the most grip out of it.

  • Keep your braking smooth.

  • Stay loose on the bike.

  • Speed is (still) your friend! If you ride too slow, your tyres are going to clog and you won’t move at all anymore… remember to keep your braking smooth though!

Well equipped, riding in the mud is fun… and there’s only one way to get better at it – get out and ride!!


We have teamed up with one of the very best chalet companies in Morzine (More Mountain), to offer you a great week of guided mountain biking this summer, the MoreAbility week! Treat yourself to top class accommodation and improve your riding skills whilst discovering the best of the Portes du Soleil.