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Alps Mountain Biking

From Aosta to Zermatt: The best singletrack, enduro and downhill trails in the Alps

Paperback (256pp)
  • Paperback £19.95
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Alps Mountain Biking is a guide to the western Alps. It reveals epic rocky descents, high-altitude blasts and hidden Alpine singletrack, all set against a backdrop of snowy peaks, pine forests and clear blue skies. This is some of the greatest singletrack, enduro and downhill riding the mountains have to offer.

Featuring the Alpine hot spots alongside the best lesser-known areas, you can ride the main lines of Morzine and Chamonix, and then escape the crowds and head to La Plagne, Martigny or Sauze d’Oulx. Using lifts, buses and good old pedal power, you can really exploit the massive vertical gains each area has to offer and enjoy trails that cater for every taste and ability.

Alps Mountain Biking has everything you need to get out of the concrete resorts and plan a great riding trip. Written by Samoëns-based guide Steve Mallett, it gives you the local riders’ inside knowledge on trails, and information on accommodation, lifts and travel. Packed with fantastic photography, it is guaranteed to inspire you to get out and explore this huge mountain bike playground.

Steve Mallett is the founder and guide of Bike-Alp, who run guided mountain bike holidays in the Grand Massif region of the French Alps. Steve is a Trail Cycle Leader and Mountain Bike Leader who has ridden extensively throughout the Alpine region since calling it home over ten years ago.

He currently lives with his wife Eleanor in Samoëns, where they run both Bike-Alp and Chalet Sougey, a ski lodge during the winter season.

  • Title: Alps Mountain Biking
  • Sub-title: From Aosta to Zermatt: The best singletrack, enduro and downhill trails in the Alps
  • Author: Steve Mallett
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-910240-36-6
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication date: 1 May 2015
  • Edition: First
  • Size: 148mm x 210mm
  • Extent: 256 pages, full colour throughout
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Weight: 500g
  • Retail price: £19.95
'What's nice is that while the guide covers the obvious honeypot destinations and bike parks, it also takes in lesser known resorts. It's a brilliant tool for checking out the riding in those villages you once pottered through on a road bike for example or en route to somewhere else, and finding out if there's any good mountain biking nearby.'
Outdoors Magic
'With high-altitude blasts, epic rocky descents and hidden singletracks, mountain biking in the Alps is a fun and fast-paced assault on the senses.'
The Guardian
'First of all, it can't be overstated quite how exceptional a destination this is for mountain biking. In the 10 years since I first visited it has really increased in both popularity and facilities for riders, with lifts in most areas now set up to accommodate bikes during the summer season. A good quality guide to the locations and terrain is therefore long overdue, and is what this book provides. As with all vertebrate books it is well researched, well written and beautifully presented, therefore fulfilling its first and most important purpose - to get you inspired and onto the internet booking your holiday.'
J. Welford, Amazon reviewer
'Fantastic book, great photos, useful maps and local information. The only guidebook available (that I know of) giving details of all/most mountain biking in this very popular area; perfect for a road trip. Stayed with Steve (Bike Alp; highly recommended) a few times now, he's very knowledgeable and I was really impressed with his writing style. Another quality production from Vertebrate Publishing! Keep up the good work!'
Amazon reviewer
'Full of inspiring photos and plenty of useful information for some really great riding areas in the Alps, and definitely a good first point of reference when planning a trip.'
Julia K. Hobson

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