The Northern Monkeys 50th Road Trip: The Marmot Tour

So after collectively not getting around to arranging anything the original Mont Blanc to Molini trip turned into a slightly more manageable ten-day road trip taking in three different centres. Courcheval, Briancon and the stunning Valle Maira.

Flight times weren’t great and after some glitches, we arrived at Pleisure Holidays, Drop Inn quite late in the evening, got the bikes built, had some food and turned in for a good nights sleep ready for the next days riding.

After breakfast, we got our act together and jumped on the lift up Courcheval. I remembered from the inaugural Trans Savoie that the Meribel ridge line down to Brides Les Bains was a cracker and was keen to repeat the route in a somewhat more relaxed manner. It didn’t fail to deliver and after only one slight detour at the end, we found ourselves back at Brides just as the bus up to Meribel arrived. For me, this is the stand out trail of the three valleys, a little off the beaten track and some effort to get to but a cracker. A great start to the holiday and back in time for beers before dinner.

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