In our 'best trails in the PDS' section, one of the trails mentioned is a nice piece of singletrack down to Samoen. We decided to have a day out reminding ourselves how good this trail was. It was early on in the season before the lifts were officially open, but 'Les Gets' decided to open a few lifts for the weekend, so we used a couple to get us to the top of the Chavanne side and then started our pedal to the top of the Joux Plane. We then made our way up a really muddy/bumpy track to the cross at Le Bourgois.
This is quite a climb but nothing compared to what is in store after lunch.
We now have an amazing descent (No.50) all the way to Samoen. It starts with some steep rutted singletrack across the ridge line and then you drop into the trees. This has a few rooty sections which are steep at times and made difficult due to the roots being off camber, damp and slippery. Definitely a case of getting off your brakes as much as you dare. It's pretty technical in places and great fun.
You pop out onto the road at every other hairpin but head straight back into the woods. The trail then becomes a flowing singletrack where eventually you start arriving at beautiful picturesque hamlets with stunning farm houses and old French couples tending their vegetable gardens. It really is a great section of singletrack riding. As with all amazing descents, it comes to an end all too soon. We finish in Samoen, which is lovely this time of year, so a little lunch in the sun is in order.
In total, we climb for about 2 hours. This is the biggest climb I've done in the PDS and very tough, especially on an Orange Alpine 160. I understand that this is not for everyone, but I am beginning to get a weird pleasure out of conquering these climbs. There are obviously some amazing views and the looks you get from the odd walker that you see, always makes me smile.
After finally making it to the top of the second Col of the day, we just have a nice descent all the way down the 'Vallee de la Manche' back into town for a nice well deserved cold beer. A fantastic days riding. Shattered!
3 - Which is the one we chose, and that is to climb the first half on road and then the second half offroad to the Col du Golses.