Riding/Skills Holiday in the Portes de Soleil region

Here are a couple of videos from the recent Great Rock alps holiday. Nigel Page was supposed to be leading the skills part of the trip but he managed to break his hand, a couple of days before the trip started, during qualifying for the Megavalanche. Luckily Nigel sorted us out with an excellent local guide and Chris Kovarik, Matti Leikonen and Claire Buchar from the Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense team agreed to run the skills coaching days. Here’s a short video edit of Chris demonstrating cornering techniques on trails around Morzine.

Kovarik Korners from Ed Oxley on Vimeo.

And here’s a video of the lake jumping session that we were treated to by our chalet as part of a barbecue. Thanks to Jo and Tony from Chalet JoJo for looking after us in a friendly and great value style. There will be another alps holiday in the same area in 2011 and details will be up here in the next couple of weeks.

Lake Jumping from Ed Oxley on Vimeo.

On tour in Morzine

Tim doing the lake jump

We’re out in Morzine in the Alps at the moment on a Great Rock mountain bike skills and riding holiday. We’ve been having skills coaching led by the Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense downhill World Cup Team. Chris Kovarik, Matti Leikonen and Claire Buchar have been doing skills coaching and we have also had excellent local knowledge guiding across the French and Swiss Alps. The other night we had a barbeque laid on by our chalet where we also had a wooden ramp and a jump bike provided for us to take a dip in the lake. The water was surprisingly warm!

We drank beer with Kovarik and survived....

Chris Kovarik was a great coach, showing us lots of different cornering techniques on berms and flat turns, with plenty of foot out action. Then we went and drank lots of beer. We’ve got people on Orange Fives and other trail bikes as well as a couple of guys on downhill and freeride bikes. Everyone can progress by improving the basics and getting lots of practice in on the best trails in Europe. Happy days.