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    30 November 2007

    Mont Jovet (20th October)

    I have wanted to go for a ride in the Mont Jovet area for ages. We were finally able to do this on 20th October and it was exciting to have Pat and Leslie join for the outing at very short notice. Starting in Bozel, we drove 1 car, 4 people, and lots of kit up to a farm half way up the mountain. From here we rode up past the Mont Jovet refuge and over the ridge into the la Plagne area.

    Pat on the Pas des Brebis singletrack

    Leslie above La Plagne

    Mont Pourri dominates the scene

    Melissa above La Plagne

    Ash above La Plagne

    After various trails across the top of the resort villages, we crossed back over onto the south side to access what the long descent back towards Bozel. This ended up being better than I could ever have imagined, with the introduction of two new "trails":

    First up "BC this" a fast, flowing and VERY swoopy (but not steep) ribbon of hardpack goodness (the name being a reference to that fact that the trail looks a trails in the Chilcotin mountains in British Columbia, which I might add, I have only seen in photographs).

    Leslie riding BC this

    Secondly "Irish Blood", a continuation of "BC this" which is different enough to have it's own name (named as such because both Pat and I have crashed on the trail, him being Irish and me being part Irish). This is still flowy in places, ducking and diving into and out of the Bonrieu gorge. However, it is much harder than BC this, because of the drop into the stream (psychological) and the switchbacks where the going gets steep (technical).

    Melissa riding Irish Blood

    If you're reading this and like the sound of riding these trails, go
    here to find out more!

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