Here’s a bit of the bumf for y’all…
“This will be an amazing chance to get away from the grim darkness of February for 3 days of riding progression in the South of France with both Ash Smith, Alpine guide and organiser of the Trans Provence stage race and Ed Oxley from Great Rock.
“The trip will be ideal for anyone wanting to improve their Alpine technical mountain biking. It will be especially good for people signed up for the Trans Provence who want to upgrade themselves, as well as anyone who wants to get the most out of a planned ’big mountain’ holiday this year.
“We will be based in Sospel, a medieval village nestled up in a valley at 300m altitude which lies at the Southern tip of the Mercantour National Park. We will ride great trails, easily accessible from the village, which are typical of those you’ll find on the Trans Provence stage race. Sospel lies just inland from Monaco and is surrounded by mountains. It’s a Mecca for French mountain bikers in the know, but is largely unheard of outside France. There is a definite “Mediterranean” feel to the riding with plenty of switchbacks and natural berms all set against a magnificent mountain backdrop. It might not be HOT in February, but it will be a rocky mountain bike paradise and there’s a good chance of it being dry!
“As well as doing skills sessions we will have lots of time to ride great trails to put what we’ve been looking at into practice. Think of the trip as a short riding break combined with the chance to really boost your riding technique. It won’t be intensive skills coaching all day, every day, but rather a well paced mix of skills and enjoying riding our bikes. Trails will be accessed using a mixture of pedal-power and uplifts. Skills covered will include the Trans Provence essentials of cornering (especially on switchbacks), weighting and unweighting the bike, using bunny hop and pump technique on natural rocky technical trails and generally getting our Alp on! You don’t need to already be an expert, but you will need to be ready to develop as a rider and have enough confidence to commit a bit. The trip is suitable for strong trail bikes, rather than more XC orientated bikes. Think Nukeproof Mega or Orange Five type full suspension bikes or hard core hardtails. Just get in touch via the contact form if you have any questions.”
Read more about it –http://www.great-rock.co.uk/courses/trans-provence-skills-break/