It isn’t always blindingly clear just where you can and cannot ride bikes, so most of us stick to the spots that welcome us, the places that lure us in with their comfortable uplifts, easy to find trails and modern day facilities…
From Dirt Issue 120 – February 2012
Words by James McKnight. Photos by Victor Lucas.
Last issue I introduced some of Morzine’s ‘far–out’ bike rides and with any luck planted a seed of adventure in your mind. Now I will take the opportunity to further that idea, to reach out and take Morzine’s bike riding beyond the confines of the area, away from the holiday resorts and into uncharted territory. This time we’ll evade the reaches of Morzine by way of an escape through the hills that sit between the town and the lake at Geneva. Once lakeside, we will open up the potential of one hill that is more familiar than you’d expect, and one that is perhaps not. OTA round 2 then – some Out The Arse locations that in fact are not so far away as you’d imagine.
Locals (both nationals and immigrants) will tell you they have been riding these spots forever and a day, and they have. These places, then, are far from hidden – blindingly obvious they are not, but there for the taking they are. If you travel to Morzine by car for your summer holidays, then next year consider branching out, as the following are only a small number in an infinite list of locations open to bikes across the Alps.>>