I just wanted to share a find I’ve made when searching for accommodation for our 3 week summer road trip to France, Switzerland and Austria.
The boys are racing The BMC Swiss Cup XC race in Davos the week before the European Championships so week 1 is the most important for training as it has to be a fine balance between volume and intensity. We need something meaningful but we also need to put up a good show at the end of the week.
Specificity is the watch word of this week – train like you’re going to race. so we need to find the right trails, hit them hard and recover properly. So we needed accommodation that could cope with our needs – understood, what we were about and could make our week as effective as possible.
I’m a list person – and my ideal list for this was pretty long… showing it to some pals they laughed the laugh of seasoned Alpine visitors… so it was game on!
The Mountain Bike Chalet is in Les Arcs so I didn’t find it it immediately as I looked at other, maybe more obvious, mtb resorts… but when I did find it I was quickly able to start ticking things off my list… I ticked everything off my list…
Tris and the team offer the whole deal. Their 18 guests can expect detailed advice on the best trails for their riding requirements.
The accommodation in Chalet Algonquin looks like it should cost a lot more with very flexible room arrangements (we needed a triple and they have 2) and tasteful, modern decor.
Food & wine is also included in the price for 6 days of your stay. As a veteran of a few trips to non-cycling hotels serving restaurant portions and wondering why the dessert buffet was decimated this is a really big deal for us.
There’s a workshop with tools, a mechanic and a bike wash. The team will also recommend and assist in setting your bike up for the conditions in Les Arcs… I have no doubt that this will be where the banter starts with there being pretty limited options for 100mm travel carbon hardtails…
The accommodation includes a large communal living room and we’re looking forward to hanging out with other riders.
It’s a lot, a hell of a lot for the £359 they’ll charge you for 7 nights in 2013… and there are discounts available. Full details on the Mountain Bike Chalet Pricing Page