The Riding / Trans-Savoie (Guided ‘Mont Blanc’ Enduro Tour)
If epic point-to-point adventure is what you crave, its likely you have already heard about the Trans-Savoie Big Alpine Enduro. However, we know that the pressure of racing against the clock (and camping) is not everyone’s cup of tea.
Maybe you would prefer the assurance of enjoying this journey, but personally accompanied and guided by Ali Jamieson (The creator of The Trans-Savoie) and with a dedicated shuttle vehicle at your group’s disposal, all week?
If this more sounds like you, theTrans-Savoie Guided Enduro-Tour could be just the bucket-list adventure you’ve been looking for.
In fact, the Trans-Savoie was originally conceived as a guided Tour long before it ever became a race. We’ll follow the exact route of The Event, but without any time pressure, navigational worries, concerns about transporting your kit, or dealing with a mechanical issue on your own at over 2000m altitude.
Transport & Logistics
Joking aside, if you’ve spent time in the mountains, you’ll know that setting out to do a challenging, fixed-itinerary, multi-day route (especially on pre-set-dates), is quite optimistic at best (and rather naive at worst). Such a rigid plan would inevitably involve some significant compromises to your adventure, enjoyment, safety, or all of the above. Some flexibility to adapt to conditions and your riding preferences – without taking away from the core of the week’s mission – is key, in our opinion, to offering the very best experience throughout every day of the journey. In spite of modern technology, we believe there’s still no real substitute to hooking up with a guide who has spent more than 25 years learning about and adapting to the wonders of this entire region.
With our Trans-Savoie Guided Tour, we’d like to think we’ve found the perfect balance between adventure, challenge, and just pure riding pleasure.
Accommodation & Catering
The Trans-Savoie Tour is backed up with premium Chalet accommodation mixed with fully-serviced mountain refuge stop-overs, and full-board catering (rather than tent-camps and dormitory hostels of the event). All linen is provided. Yet, despite the creature-comforts, it’s still a journey of epic proportions with an expedition-style feel, that our customers travel from far and wide to come and experience with us at trailAddiction.
On the nights we spend in a refuge, we select fully-serviced locations. You can still get a hot shower, enjoy a cold beer, have a superb meal, and a comfortable night’s sleep in a dormitory room shared with your fellow riders – all in a picturesque and usually remote mountain location. Click here to read more about a typical refuge at which you’ll spend the night.
Skill & Fitness Level
We’d recommend only experienced Alpine riders consider this trip. A solid level of technical ability, confidence on exposed trails, general mountain awareness, self-sufficiency in bike-maintenance, and a sustainable day-to-day endurance are needed to get around safely and with a smile on your face. If you’re not sure you are quite there yet, we’d advise coming on one of our regular Backcountry packages first, and saving this one for another year. If you’re struggling to decide, just drop Ali and email right now, and let’s talk it through.
- Day 0: Saturday – Travel / Arrival. Meet your group and enjoy a superb welcome & 3 course evening meal, plus perhaps a dip in the hot tub before unpacking your bike in our dedicated workshop.
- Day 1: Sunday – TS Day 1 – Shuttle to Val d’Isere, Tignes, St Foy. Overnight in La Monal refuge.
- Day 2: Monday – TS Day 2 – Ride on to Les Arcs. Ride back to Chalet
- Day 3: Tuesday – TS Day 3 – Vallandry. Return to Chalet.
- Day 4: Wednesday – TS Day 4– La Plagne – Mont Jovet. Overnight in Mont Jovet Refuge
- Day 5: Thursday – TS Day 5 – Mont Jovet- Courchevel – Meribel – Moutiers. Shuttle back to Chalet Chazalet
- Day 6: Friday – TS Day 6 – Beaufort. Shuttle back to Chalet. Well-earned cold beers on arrival!
- Day 7: Saturday – Depart.
Arrive at trailAddiction’s mountain chalet and get settled in to your base for the week. Enjoy a cold beer, wine or soft drink from our bottomless beer fridge after a long journey plus perhaps a dip in our outdoor, mountain-view hot tub before unpacking your bike in our dedicated on-site workshop. Then its time to relax, enjoy a superb welcome & evening meal lovingly prepared Gabi by our live-in chef, whilst getting to know your guide and the other members in your group who you’ll be riding with for the week.
We’ll jump right into it with a warm-up forest single-track trail that drops right from the from door of our chalet, down 800m vertical drop to the valley floor. This gives us time to acclimatise to the terrain and tweak any bike set-up issues before heading out into the backcountry.
Our minibus will take you on a 60-minute shuttle which drops us off at the highest road pass in Europe – The Col d’Iseran, above the boutique ski resort of Val d’isere, at 2764m. Whilst this world-famous road climb is renowned as one of the Tour de France’s major climbs, we’re not here for the tarmac!
Our High Exposure Isere Descent Itinerary (HEIDI) is a singletrack route that descends a total of around 3000m over an 7-hour day, split into 5 main descents, Between each descent, you’ll climb back up for 20 to 40 minutes.
Along the way we will pass in front of the Vanoise National Park with its towering glaciers pouring millions of gallons of water down the cliff faces across the valley through its spectacular waterfalls, and a lunch stop at the 18th century Heritage village, Le Monal