In the summer of 2010 I was given an opportunity to travel to Les Duex Alpes in France to cover the 2011 GT Bicycles product launch for nsmb.com. With the village at 1650m, and lifts running up another stunning 2000m above that, and also drop a further 700m down to the village of Venosc, the mountains are huge, and the vistas amazing, oh yeah, and the trails aren’t too shabby either! With Alpe D’Huez across the valley, this is a place I definitely want to return to.
As you all well know, it’s mid-February, and the weather has been anything but winter-like for the most part. While skiing has been somewhat pre-occupying, in the past couple of weeks the weather has made us shift to occupying trails on mountain bikes. I think it’s that shift back to wheels that lit a fire for me to finally get a 2011 recap slideshow together. It’s hard to believe how fast a year goes by, and in retrospect, how much we see and ride over the course of a long season. New trails, old trails, old friends and new, I love biking and I love the people in it. The diversity of riders and riding in our little bubble is huge, and I love bringing the stoke to you. Enjoy some of my favourites from 2011 in the slideshow, and a selection of stills.