Renting & riding bikes in Chamonix

Chamonix has a great network of mountain bike trails, which are easily accessible and suitable for beginners and families, to downhill and riders who are more fond of technical, rocky trails.

Chamonix tourist office have produced a handy pocket sized map outlining around 20 dedicated MTB trails, from Vallorcine all the way to Servoz. It includes information on the mountain biking code of conduct, emergency phone numbers and information on trails and how they are graded. In simple terms the trails are graded like pistes – green for easy, blue for intermediate, red for more difficult trails and black, the hardest level.

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There are a number of liaison trails that you can follow too, linking one part of the valley to the other, or across into Switzerland. You can also use the local trains to get around with your bike. Each carriage allows a maximum of 5 bikes and travel is free with your “carte d’hote” or guest card, which we give to all our guests on arrival. In July & August there are also special bike buses laid on – look for V1 and V2 on the Chamonix bus timetables. These are also free with the guest card.


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Where can you rent a bike in Chamonix?

We work with a number of local suppliers who rent all kinds of bikes; bikes for children, downhill bikes, cross country or enduro bikes, town bikes, road bikes and electric mountain bikes. Check out their websites below for prices and how to book.

Sanglard – E-bikes for adults & children

Legend CHX – All mountain, road bikes, enduro, E-bikes, downhill, fatbikes, children’s bikes

Slash Chamonix – All mountain, road bikes, E-bikes, bike trailers

Intersport Chamonix – Children’s bikes, hard tails, fatbikes, enduro, E-bikes, road bikes

Zero G – Mountain bikes, E-bikes, children’s bikes


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Good sources of local MTB information

Check in on some really in depth information from local riders on all the best places to ride, and some secret trails that aren’t included on the trail map from the tourist office!

Chamonix Bike Blog

Chamonix MTB reports

Facebook groups to join – CHX Bike / Chamonix descent mountain biking


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Where to get your mountain bike fixed / serviced?

OK you may not have destroyed your bike like Kerry McGarry did at Redbull Rampage, but if you need a service, some parts replaced or some good advice on what to do, here are a few of the local bike maintenance shops we use:

Double D bikes– Les Praz

Slash Chamonix– Chamonix centre

Happy riding!


 

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Climbing World Cup – Chamonix – 11th to 13th July 2018

One of our favourite events of the summer in Chamonix is the Climbing World Cup, which takes place from 11th-13th July this year.

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Last year we missed out on half the event, as the speed climbing was cancelled, but thankfully this year it makes a welcome return!

This major international sporting event brings the best technical climbers in the world together to battle, side by side, on the difficult lead climbing route and the speed climbing wall.

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Over 20,000 people come to take part and watch in total over the course of the three days. Not only is there an incredible atmosphere, it’s also free to attend!

The Programme: 

Wednesday 11th July :

  • Official Presentation of the athletes
  • 15:00 Speed qualifications

Thursday 12th July : 

  • 09:30-17:00 Lead Qualification
  • 20:30-21:30 Speed Finals

Friday 13th July : 

  • 10:30-12:30 Lead Semi-Finals
  • 20:30-22:30 Lead Finals
  • After Awarding Ceremony

Where?

The event takes place at Place Mont Blanc where the Saturday market is held. Bring something to sit on (cushion / rug / chair). You can buy drinks and snacks on site, or pack a picnic (that’s what us locals do!)

Watch Live Streaming

If you can’t be here in person and want to check out all the action, you can tune-in to the IFSC homepage on July 12th and 13th for the LIVE semi-finals and finals of each discipline.

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Take a look at the highlights from one of the previous events:

 


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