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E-BIKE TOUR OF MONT BLANC

We propose to ride this legendary circumnavigation of the Mont Blanc on E-Bike to easy the climbs and have more fun on the descents!!

We will ride an itinerary specially adapted to E-MountainBike, optimizing the “ uphill flow”!!The climbs will be on 4×4 path or nice singletracks and the descents on alpine singletracks for maximizing the fun! LESS EFFORT, MORE FUN!

Departing from Chamonix, France, we will ride in a clockwise direction, passing through the Martigny Valley, Switzerland, on to Courmayeur, Italy, back into France and return to Chamonix to complete the loop!

The trail brings us through alpine flower covered pastures, passes glacial lakes, skims below glaciers and snowy summits, crosses deep valleys and climbs high altitude passes.

Riding around Mont Blanc, is about discovering the magic world of ‘high mountain‘ biking.

Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 summits, the Mont Blanc range is inspiring. The Tour of Mont Blanc is dedicated to riders not afraid of long climbs, downhills can be technical in places, but the scenery is breathtaking and you will soon forget the pain.

We propose an original route known to us like the back of our hands.

We ride in the opposite direction to other tours, giving us the benefit of rideable ascents and fantastic descents free from crowds and close to nature, you will be awed by this legendary location.

6 days. level 2/5 Click here for the trip details and availability

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INCLUDED

the guiding by a graduated French bilingual professional mountain bike guide expenses of organization 7 dinners / 7 continental breakfasts 6 lunchs during the riding days 7 nights accomodations in twin to quad room 1 one accomodation in small dorm of 4 person in Mottets Hut the transport of your luggage from place to place mechanical assistance at night possibilty to wash the bike everyday safe place to store the bike at night free access to a complete tool box to maintain your bike the road transfers when needed and ski lifts in Chamonix valley the pick up and drop off at Geneva airport on saturday arrival and departure day only the “ Alpsmountainbike “ jersey.

NOT INCLUDED

the fight ticket to Geneva airport the expenditure in personal matter (drinks energetic drinks and foods etc. ) the bicycle hiring if needed the expenses of repair and maintenance of the bicycle the cancellation/help insurances and repatriation and in general way all that is not included/understood in the heading the price includes/understands

Riding E-MountainBike will help you for climbing, but you still need to have the minimum technical level to complet this trip!!

Information

This trip is for bikers of an advanced or expert level. It is not for beginners because despite the battery assistance you will need to pedal, sweat and earn your decent which will be on alpine, technical singletracks that require a minimum level 3 in order to have fun.

You can come with your own E-bike (fully suspended with 5”/130mm travel) or rent one in Chamonix (we can provide a list of bike descriptions and upon request).

The Schedule : arrival Saturday

DAY 1 of arrival (Saturday) : Arrival geneva airport and tranfert to your hotel in Chamonix town center

DAY 2 (Sunday) : From Le Tour, top of Chamonix valley. in the mornig ,we’ll take the gondola to col de Balme and start with a “Skills Clinic” and pratice on balance, braking, improve position on the bike, how to ride a tigh corner, optimization of the driving post etc. The goal is to prepare you to the alpine sriding so you can fully enjoy your experience in the Alps. In the afternoon we will ride the first technical descent down to the village of Trient in Switzerland and work to improve your skills in technical singletracks.We will ride down to Martigny (Switzerland) where our assistance van is waiting for us to drive us our hotel above the valley

Ride distance: 30km Uneven positive: 400m Uneven negative: 1100m

DAY 3 (Monday) : start by a short climb for warming up the legs, followed by breatahtaking view over the swiss Alps and the valley of Martigny and its wineyards.Descent to Val de Bagnes through wine yard and climb in the direction of the “Val Ferret”, just below glaciers and snowy summits!! Sleep in La Fouly ( Switzerland), at the foot of the Grand Col Ferret: the Italian Border.

Ride distance: 45km Uneven positive: 1400m Uneven negative: 1100m

DAY 4 (Tuesday) : Climb of “Grand Col Ferret “ ( 2500m) to Italy: one the 3 majors passes of this Tour of Mont Blanc. Stuning scenery at the top of the col on the “italian val ferret” and on italian side of the Mont Blanc. Descent to Arnuva and,depending of everybody’s shape. additional climb to ride one of the most beautifull singletrack in the Alps, involving less then 10mn of hike to bike thanks to the E-Bike to finish with a fantastic descent in Courmayeur Night in Courmayeur Italy.

Ride distance: 40 to 50km (depending options) Uneven positive: 1000 to 1400m Uneven negative: 1000 to 1600m

DAY 5 (Wednesday) : After a short transfer, we will warm up on a dirt road than we hit the trail to arrive to Lake Checroui facing the italian side of Mont Blanc: the Mont Blanc of Courmayeur 4704m.A Balcony trail will give the chance to see famous summits as “Noire de Peuterey”,“la Blanche” and the italian glacier and lake of Miage (one of the biggest glacier of Mont Blanc range).The climb of Col de la Seigne (french border) is mostly riddable, the end is quite steep and you’ll have to push the bike for 5 mn!!The downhill to Les Chapieux is a fanstastic, technical in places singletrack. A last short climb and we will be soon at the accomodation, a beautifull hotel facing the turquoise blue lake of Roselend!

Ride distance: 45km Uneven positive: 1100m Uneven negative: 1600m

DAY 6 (Thursday) : Morning warm up with a dirt road climb then a short descent to Lake de la Gittaz. A second long climb on a 4×4 track will drive us to Col de la Gittaz ending pushing up the bike for 10mn. We’ ll ride a technical singletrack to col du Joly and will finish with a great singletrack to the village of Contamines Montjoie: 1500m of descent very technical in places.Night in Contamines Montjoie (France)

Ride distance: 55km Uneven positive: 1700m Uneven negative: 1500m

NB: this tour is run with a minimum of 4 clients. Lunches on Saturday of arrival and Saturday of departure are not included, but can be arranged at an additional cost.

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All kinds of trails !Cruisy 2 path trailsFrom easy to technical singletracks (some very technical) ‘rocky and rooty’ trails.

7 nights accommodation in hotels (based on double occupancy twin bedrooms). Each accomodations has a secure bike storage, bike-washing facilities, a bar with fresh beers ( there are important things in life! Dinners are 3-courses and each hotels can cater for specific dietary requirements (veggy, vegan, gluten intolerant etc. ), please let us in advance if you have specific diet.

Our gourmet sandwiches are now reknown as we love to prepare some deeluxe lunch for fill your biker’s hungry stomchs! So we provide a different sandwich freshly prepared everyday with delicious bread ( organic or whole wheat when possible) and local specialities. In addition we propose unlimited acces to trail snack and fruits!

The closest international airport is GENEVA / Switzerland, about one hour transfer from Chamonix. The pick up and drop off from / to Geneva airport are included in the price of the trip. Please let us in advance your flight details. You will meet your guide and driver in Chamonix at dinner time. Please do not assemble your bike before you have arrived in at the hotel you’ll stay in on saturday evening. Dependding wich trip you ride. you can leave your bike box safely at the hotel and find it back on friday

SPRING/SUMMER ADVENTURE TOUR

Available April through mid September

93 miles of adventure! Choose yours on the car-free Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, packed with breathtaking mountain scenery, wild river plains, rolling farm fields and villages full of food, brews and amenities. Our self-guided Summer Adventure Tours are designed to be flexible and give you plenty of time to explore the best parts of the trail on one of our comfortable electric bikes at your own pace. Our Full Day tour allows guests to spend the day traveling this scenic trail and enjoy shopping, dining, brewery hopping, swimming, fishing, site seeing and more! There are many Vermont shops, restaurants, breweries, art galleries, history trails and other recreation accessible from the trail and you have the freedom to decide where you want to go and what you want to see/do. The scenery, birding opportunities and wildlife views beyond the village destination hubs offer a heartbreakingly beautiful experience for Vermonters and visitors alike! Our Half Day tour is great for those looking to travel to the next town over for a lunch ride and dine or exploration and shopping before turning around and returning to our bike center. The Adventure Tour includes a local trail Ride Guide sent to you in advance in your confirmation email with all the amenities, trail information and attractions for day trips in the central portion of the rail trail. Our E-bikes provide a smooth ride that allows plenty of energy for adventure for all ages! For the little ones we offer cargo (passenger) ebikes and tow-along trailers for a full family experience! Try picnicking by the river or on a scenic area of the trail. Take a dip in a classic Vermont swimming hole. Plan your day around some shopping and dining or bike as much of this beautiful trail as you can fit into your tour time!

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EBIKES AND BOATS TOUR

Available Memorial Day through Mid September

This unique self-guided tour combines both of the best outdoor activities in Vermont and makes for a great half-day adventure for the whole family! The tour includes a scenic E-bike ride on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail with an equally grand canoe excursion down the Lamoille River with Vermont Canoe and Kayak. Begin your journey on the rail trail in Johnson and pedal your way following the river all the way to the riverbank headquarters of VT Canoe and Kayak in Jeffersonville. From there you’ll park your bike, get outfitted with your boat (canoe or kayak) and be dropped off upriver, floating your way back to your E-bike transportation for the day! Following your paddle you’ll enjoy a leisurely E-bike ride back to your car. All equipment (E-bike, helmet, canoe or kayak, life jacket, paddle) will be provided for you. Pedal then paddle on this ultimate Vermont adventure! Or pedal and redeem paddle voucher separately any day of the week within 7 days of purchase.

SELF-GUIDED EBIKE AND BREW TOUR Currently offering Backroad Ebike and Brew Tours! (Bike and then Brew by shuttle)

Available April through November Wed, Fri Sat

Beer and Bikes, two of man’s greatest inventions! We bring the two together with an adventure EBike tour that includes stops at three local, yet national breweries, Rock Art Brewery, Lost Nation Brewery and Ten Bends Beer, all from the seat of your electric bike! This tour combines the best of our scenic tours and is almost exclusively on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. We offer this unique tour until the snow flies. If you want to enjoy the beautiful, car-free trail scenery and visit the breweries at your own time and pace, perhaps grab a bite to eat while you’re at Lost Nation or any of the other great eateries on and nearby the trail, then this is the option for you! In addition to your full day EBike rental, guests receive a local Ride Guide and Brew Tour Itinerary emailed in advance with easy navigational info and all the details/history of the breweries you’ll be visiting. On the day of your ride, we’ll have turn by turn directions for your group ready to be mounted on the handlebar of your bike so that you may explore the trail, the breweries and sample at your leisure. If the rail trail is still closed by the day of your tour, groups of 4 or more have the option of switching to our Backroad Ebike and Brew Tour. If you are a group of 3 or less you will have the option of switching to our Backroad Ebike Tour.

Backroad Ebike and Brew Tour : Take part in a scenic self-guided backroad ebike ride designed to bring you from the valley to the hills with stunning scenery, exceptional ride routes and local sites that will have your feeling like (or wanting to be) a local. Routes include panoramic views of the mountains, swimming holes, covered bridges and picnic spots to enjoy at your own pace. Following your choice of an easy to moderate backroad ride guests will enjoy a private shuttle ride to Ten Bends, Lost Nation, and Rock Art Brewery for a chance to enjoy their great craft brews, food and gift shops before being shuttled back to your vehicles at our trailside shop.

GUIDED EBIKE AND BREW TOUR

Available June through mid October

Offered @ 12:00PM 95 (price does not include guide gratuity) 4.5 hr tour

(Minimum of 4 people) Beer and Bikes, two of man’s greatest inventions! We bring the two together with an adventure EBike tour that includes stops at three local, yet national breweries, Rock Art Brewery, Lost Nation Brewery and Ten Bends Beer, all from the seat of your electric bike! This tour combines the best of our scenic tours and is almost exclusively on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Our local guides will not only show you the way and a few scenic shortcuts but will entertain you with local insight and trail history along the way. You and your crew will be able to sample Vermont beer, and enjoy an appetizer! Our guides know all the secrets of the trail and hidden sites along the way, as well as a wealth of knowledge on the brews you’ll be enjoying and are there to show you a good time and keep you on time! Perfect for larger groups or those looking to efficiently and FOCUS on the FUN!

Idaho’s Electric Bike Scene

In the last five years, electric bikes, or “e-bikes,” have grown exponentially in popularity in Idaho and worldwide. Learn more about e-bike trails, tours, and why they are such a great way to explore the Gem State.

E-Bike 101

If you like being in the open air, exploring a park or city with the wind on your face, but don’t love getting sweaty and tired, then an e-bike may be for you. E-bikes are bicycles equipped with an electric motor to help you pedal longer and faster with less effort than a traditional bike. It’s no wonder e-bikes are gaining popularity, especially in Idaho.

In short: yes! According to the nonprofit PeopleForBikes, Idaho has “model legislation” for e-bikes, which means it has adopted the widely used framework of e-bike classification and that e-bike riders have similar rights and responsibilities to traditional cyclists.

That doesn’t mean that e-bikes in Idaho can go everywhere traditional bicycles can, though. The meteoric rise in e-bikers has many towns, cities, counties and public land agencies working to understand how and where e-bikes fit into their transportation and recreation plans.

E-bikes are generally allowed anywhere motorized vehicles are, including on natural trails open to motorized and non-motorized uses. This includes the thousands of miles of motorized dirt trails and roads throughout Idaho.

In some cases, e-bikes are also allowed in places where motorized vehicles are not, like rail-to-trail paths and other recreational areas. For now, it’s always best to call ahead and ask if e-bikes are allowed. For many places, the answer will be yes.

Where to Ride Your Electric Bike in Idaho

If you own an e-bike or are interested in renting one for a self-guided adventure, try exploring one of these e-bike-friendly destinations in Idaho.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a unique, lava-filled landscape that is a wonder to behold. Craters of the Moon’s seven-mile paved loop road is one of the best places to ride your electric bike and is a fantastic way to explore this otherworldly park. This destination is best biked in late spring or early fall. Be sure to pack plenty of water, as the park’s ubiquitous lava landscape traps heat on warm days.

Boise River Greenbelt

One of Boise’s most beloved outdoor experiences is an afternoon spent cruising the 25-mile, tree-lined path through the city. The Boise River Greenbelt welcomes riders with e-bikes that do not exceed 750 watts of power output and that have a top speed of 20 miles per hour. Vall-eBike, Boise’s electric bike-share program, offers e-bike rentals. Check out Zoo Boise, Ann Morrison Park, Boise Whitewater Park and a variety of breweries, wineries and eateries all along the Greenbelt.

Route of the Hiawatha

Northern Idaho’s Route of the Hiawatha is one of the most well-known rail-to-trail biking paths in the United States and is open to pedal-assist e-bikes that do not exceed 20 miles per hour. The Route of the Hiawatha begins near Wallace at Lookout Pass and stretches for 15 miles, through 10 train tunnels and over seven towering train trestles, making it another top place to ride electric bikes. Lookout Pass offers trail shuttle service, too. Check out these e-bike requirements for the Route of the Hiawatha.

Popular E-Bike Tours in Idaho

Looking for an all-inclusive e-bike experience? Look no further than these hosted activities that combine the fun of e-bikes with the ease of a preplanned tour.

Hosted E-Bike Rides at Schweitzer

Hit the singletrack at one of Schweitzer’s daily e-mountain bike rides. Learn about the local wildlife and their environment from your guide as you traverse the trails around the resort. Hosted rides leave daily and cover 10 to 12 miles.

Sunday E-Bike Tour at Tamarack Resort

Tamarack offers two guided e-bike tours every Sunday through the summer months. The tours are run by certified bike instructors and are capped at seven participants each. Bring your own e-bike or rent one on-site.

Multiday E-Bike Tours

Several tour operators run multiday e-bike tours throughout Idaho. Whether you’re into rails to trails, hot springs or singletrack, there’s an Idaho e-bike experience for you. Check out the tour offerings from ROW Adventures, Escape Adventures, Adventure Cycling Association and Pedego.

Whether you’re a biking aficionado or new to the scene, remember to be prepared for your adventure. Wear sun protection, bring plenty of water and snacks and check the weather before heading out. And, as always, watch out for wildlife.

Sara Sheehy is a writer and photographer who travels the world seeking wild places and great stories. When she’s not on the road, Sara spends her time exploring the mountains.​​​​​​​

Popular E-Bike Tours in Idaho

Looking for an all-inclusive e-bike experience? Look no further than these hosted activities that combine the fun of e-bikes with the ease of a preplanned tour.

Hosted E-Bike Rides at Schweitzer

Hit the singletrack at one of Schweitzer’s daily e-mountain bike rides. Learn about the local wildlife and their environment from your guide as you traverse the trails around the resort. Hosted rides leave daily and cover 10 to 12 miles.

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Sunday E-Bike Tour at Tamarack Resort

Tamarack offers two guided e-bike tours every Sunday through the summer months. The tours are run by certified bike instructors and are capped at seven participants each. Bring your own e-bike or rent one on-site.

Multiday E-Bike Tours

Several tour operators run multiday e-bike tours throughout Idaho. Whether you’re into rails to trails, hot springs or singletrack, there’s an Idaho e-bike experience for you. Check out the tour offerings from ROW Adventures, Escape Adventures, Adventure Cycling Association and Pedego.

Whether you’re a biking aficionado or new to the scene, remember to be prepared for your adventure. Wear sun protection, bring plenty of water and snacks and check the weather before heading out. And, as always, watch out for wildlife.

Sara Sheehy is a writer and photographer who travels the world seeking wild places and great stories. When she’s not on the road, Sara spends her time exploring the mountains.​​​​​​​

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The tops, flops and the most exciting insights from our search for the best E-trekking bike

We were looking for the all-rounders among modern E-trekking bikes, touring oriented eMTBs and E-gravel bikes that offer a well-thought-out overall concept, allowing you to travel safely and comfortably. Whether off- or on-road, with or without luggage, on long journeys or just commuting, the best bike on test should and can perform convincingly in all scenarios.

Our group test of different concepts and the latest bikes gave us some key insights, allowing us to answer vital questions that almost all E-trekking riders will ask themselves. Below, we’ll take a look at the high- and lowlights of the group test.

The best ebike for modern trekking: Trek Powerfly FS 9 Equipped

In our spectacular group test of modern ebikes for trekking, the Trek Powerfly FS 9 Equipped prevailed with its well-thought-out and innovative concept, ignoring conventional bike categorisations. With its modern approach, it manages to combine the best of both eMTBs and E-trekking bikes, thereby defining a new generation of eMTBs for modern trekking and touring. The optimised suspension tune, balanced riding position and good-natured handling make it fun and confidence-inspiring to ride, regardless of whether you’re on- or off-road. Trek have considered everything down to the smallest detail, developing a coherent and versatile package that makes use of current technology to cover everything from off-road commuting to weekend trips and loaded multi-day tours. The successful concept is rounded off with a classy look and up-to-date connectivity thanks to the Bosch SmartphoneHub. Whether for trekking newbies or experienced long-distance pros, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Trek Powerfly FS 9 Equipped to everyone. It’s the 2021 E-trekking bike Best in Test.

Unser Trekking E-Bike Kauftipp: CENTURION Country R2600i

The CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 showed what it’s capable of in our 2020 off-road step-through group test. Its successor, the revised CENTURION Country R2600i with a Bosch motor, was able to prove itself against the competition in this E-trekking group test, coming out as one of the best ebikes in the modern trekking segment. It makes the most of the added comfort and safety of a step-through design, performing well on long (off-road) tours and weekend trips thanks to its stable handling and relaxed riding position. Even when riding off-road and carrying luggage, its intuitive yet agile handling makes it easy to ride. The only drawback is the limited connectivity and lack of navigation functionality. However, it’s the second most affordable bike on test at € 4,199, so you can budget for an upgrade to a Nyon display. The package is rounded off with good-quality components and an attractive price, making the CENTURION Country R2600i our well-deserved Best Buy!

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The loser of the test: Kalkhoff Entice 5 Advanced

In every test there are winners and losers. The Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Advanced is the latter. With its low step-through and high 170 kg maximum permissible weight limit – the highest payload in the test field – the off-road step-through bike looks to be the perfect companion for heavier riders and those who want to haul a lot of luggage. Unfortunately, its ambitions were set too high and it can’t deliver on its promise. The Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Advanced lacks the stability and components that are required to cope with such high payloads. Even at low speeds, the handling feels unsteady, resulting in a demanding ride. If you add luggage to the rack, this effect becomes noticeably amplified, even if you stay well below the maximum payload. It falls even further behind the competition in terms of riding comfort and braking performance. The Entice 5.B Advanced is easy to navigate through city traffic at low speeds, but it isn’t suitable for trekking on forest and meadow paths or loaded touring, dropping completely off the end of the test field. Click here for the full review.

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Test bike overview

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Words: Rudolf Fischer, Jonas Müssig Photos: Jonas Müssig, Valentin Rühl

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