Freeride Technique Weekend
A Freeride Technique Weekend in Alsace with Sébastien one of the best free riders in France! This freeride weekend takes place in an unknown but very demanding bike area. If you are addicted to hard single trails and you want to learn a lot, you have come to the right place. In the long crisp single trails or in the Bike Park you get tips and tricks from our professional. Apart from that, there are long downhills that make every freerider’s heart beat faster. We have more goodies for your freeride experience: A Shuttle Bus is ready for you. We have put together for you the most beautiful and demanding trails in Alsace. In the evening, you can pass the day in review with a cool Alsatian beer. Alternatively, would you rather enjoy the magnificent landscape in a Jacuzzi with a drink in your hand? You have a choice!
We would like to show you the most beautiful side of Alsace at this Freeride Technique Weekend.
For the journey to and from the Freeride Technique Weekend we recommend the SBB / SNCF. Click here for a bike reservation and for the ticket purchase. If you want to avoid a bike reservation, we recommend the EVOC Bike Cover Bag which you can buy in our adventure shop.
On this Freeride Weekend you will master some vertical meters, please note our page for tour preparations. You will be mainly in Level S2 and Level S3 on technical trails.
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Technischer Level S3
Gruppen Grösse Kleine Gruppen
3 days freeriding in the park and on single trails
A still unknown but breath-taking bike area with hundreds of trails, forest paths and crisp single tracks, that sounds just right! On the Freeride driving technique weekend a shuttle bus is available to us, however, completely on height meters cannot be done without also then. This weekend has addictive potential! You will be in the bike park and on so many downhills, that at the end of the weekend it will be hard to decide which of them was the best.
If you have a good basic condition, like to ride fast single trails, and want to learn something, this is the right place for you.
After a nice tour, the terrace of the guesthouse offers the possibility to indulge in the impressions and memories of the day with a cool Alsatian beer. On the other hand, simply enjoy the magnificent landscape in the Jacuzzi.
The small country hotel is situated on the edge of a small sleepy village, directly on the foothills of the Vosges between Colmar and Strasbourg. The country house is situated at the end of a private road near a forest edge. We spend the night in a very nice small country hotel with excellent rooms! Catherine and Eric, our hosts, spoil us with a sumptuous breakfast and a dinner with many local specialities.
- 1 tour guide
- 2 overnight accommodations, double room, half-board
- 3 guided bike tours in the Vosges Mountains.
- Dinner served in the hotel.
- Compulsory annulation cost insurance
- Travel there and back
- Lunch, drinks during the meal
- All insurances
Bike 35 km / Altimeter marginal
Arrival – The arrival is individual. We meet at 10:00 in bikedress in front of the hotel.
We spend the first day in homemade Bike Park. Here you will practice under the guidance of Sébastien our professional. The topic includes jumps, drops and rear wheel shifting etc. It is important that you keep warm, because the next few days will be a challenge!
Bike 42 km / Altimeter marginal
Shuttle bus. This day depends on how and what the group can do. Lunch is served in a restaurant (not included).
Bike 42 km / Altimeter marginal
Shuttle bus. Today offers everything you could dream of. Sébastien is at your side with many tips and tricks, because the trails that you will ride on the 3 day will be hard!
Departure – Your departure has to be individually planned by you. We have to leave the hotel rooms by 12pm but we can deposit our luggage at the hotel during our today’s tour.
These tours are all examples and can be adjusted to the groups needs any time.
The rooms are tastefully furnished and exude a wonderful charm.
How far in advance should I book my weekend?
We recommend booking at least 6 months in advance for most of our weekend or weekly holidays. For our weekends, we recommend at least 4 months in advance. Many of our holidays sell out well in advance so it is clever to put down your booking to guarantee you will get a spot. We offer an early-bird booking discount: if you book your trip well in advance, we will give you a 5% discount. Check out our product pages.
How do I book my participation on a weekend?
You can book your spot on weekend by clicking ’Book Now’ on any product page. An advantage for our well-known customers, they can book by calling us at +41 44 950 59 77. A deposit secures your place, with the balance due 2 months prior to the trip. This deposit is fully refundable for the first 14 days after you did your weekend- or week-holiday booking, so you can hold your spot risk-free for a week and use that time to sort out vacation time, flights, etc…
Day events: the bill must be settled immediately.
For further details please read our Terms and conditions.
What technique scale do we use?
The single-track scale is divided in the three levels of difficulty light , medium and heavy
This difficulty classes are geared to the skill level of an average Bikers with a technically current mountain bike.
For the concrete classification and accurate differentiation of the routes (and difficulty classes) are six relatively well demarcated from each other levels of (S-grade) S0 to S5 used.
Thus, the lower end of the scale with for an average biker is ”loosely mobile” and the upper ”with unfahrbar” = “absolutely not rideable” equated.
The difficulty class light comprises the degrees S0 and S1, means is defined by S2 and heavy includes all beyond this S grade.
The classification of the single track is exclusively based on possible objective flat or sloping path (Wegcharakteristika) under ideal conditions as sufficient natural light and dry surfaces. The classification is therefore independent and cannot be influenced or subjectively classified by variable factors such as followed.
- the degree of danger (crash risk),
- the weather (rain, wind, fog and snow)
- the lighting conditions or
- the driving speed.
In the orientation according to S-grades will thus be appreciated that the running characteristics may shift claim significantly upwards, for example due to poor weather conditions or quicker pace.
How technical is the trip?
The difficulty of trails varies from trip to trip, and you can find the rating on every product page shown as Activity Level from S0 to S5, more information on the Skill Scale required by viewing the skills and fitness scale page. Please read this page carefully!
How fit do I need to be?
Our trips vary in difficulty please check out our Itinerary tab, for every day we give your an approximately distance in km and elevation uphill in m.
There will always be slower and faster riders on every trip; in general we try to cultivate a strong group dynamic so that people understand it’s not about getting as many kilometre as possible on the odometer but about enjoying the spectacular riding and scenery in the company of other riders, and that may require waiting every now and then. We have got several offerings where we have 2 to 5 guides on an event so we will split the group to a maximum of 8 participants. Whatever your level, you’ll get the best possible enjoyment out of your trip by getting in shape before the trip – we’ll offer training suggestions in our post-booking communications to help you on your way.
Please read our Skill and Fitness Guide for more information.
What, if I am a solo traveller?
We got lot of solo traveller. You will meet many great people from around the world. Solo travellers are paired in double rooms with another solo traveller of the same gender, or may opt for a single room upgrade.
Can you offer special dietary requests?
On this trip we can offer normal and vegetarian food.
Shall I bring my own bike or should I rent on?
We recommend you bring your bike if ever possible. You will ride better and with more comfort on your own bike than you will with a rental. We do not provide rental bikes at this destination.
We offer lot of add-ons to help you get the most out of your tour! Mountain bikes can be rented at certain destinations, to single room upgrades, and pre and post-tour hotel nights. There are many options to help you have the best experience possible.
To book your add-ons, select them at your cart, when you make your initial booking.
Extend your trip
Many of our Customers like to arrive early or stay longer before/after their Ride with us. We make it easy for you to extend your trip by taking care of your hotel bookings for you, and in many cases, we also offer full trip extension packages. Just contact us by Email: email@example.com
Traveling with my bike?
If you’ve never traveled with your bike, don’t worry – it’s much easier than you think! If you don’t have a case for your bike, then you can pick up a cardboard travel box for your bike at your local store. Some stores will also pack your bike up for you for a fee.
Alternately, if you want a higher level of protection, and/or are planning on traveling with your bike more than just once, we recommend investing in a quality bike bag or case. Our guides and past clients have recommended the following products:
EVOC bike bag | DAKINE bike bag | THULE bike case
For tips on packing your bike, watch this Thule video we linked for you!
Bike damage disclaimer
While participating in a Swiss Bike Tours trip, the rider assumes all risk and expense related to loss or damage to the mountain bike, whether rented from a third party or owned by the rider. This assumption of risk includes loss or damage due to transportation, theft, vandalism, accident, misuse, higher forces, or other events leading to the loss or damage of the mountain bike.
Assembling your bike when you arrive
If you have never assembled your bike, do not worry! Our guides will be on hand to assist.
The ideal bike for a trip to Alsace
For trips to Alsace, we recommend an all-mountain or cross country trail bike with at least 120mm or more of travel. A dropper post is highly recommended.
The ideal tire
We suggests a Continental Race King ProTection Tires or a Continental Mountain King ProTection Tires.. Maxxis High Roller’s are also great tires for terrain in Alsace. We ask that all Customers be respectful of the group, and show up with the appropriate bike to minimize bike related delays before or during riding.
Armour and Helmet
We recommend leg soft protection like G-Form and a CC-Helmet. A Helmet is mandatory on all Swiss Bike Tours Events! Full-body protection and full-face helmets are not necessary.
Wether and clothing
The weather can be quite cool, especially in spring and autumn, with lows dipping below 15 degrees Celsius, so we recommend you pack accordingly. Daytime highs are usually quite ok in spring and autumn, ranging from mid 15 to low 25 degrees. During summertime, we will have from mid 20 to low 30 degrees.
Although rain is rare, we still recommend you bring quality rain gear or shell.
This event will take place in any weather!
General packing list
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed packing list.
Tools and spare parts for your bike to bring
We recommend bringing the following tools with you. Rest assured your guides will have a full tool kit, but it’s a good idea to have the following items with you in case of trailside breakdowns:
- multitool (preferably with chainbreaker)
- tire levers
- 2 spare tube
- small tire pump (not a floor pump)
- 1 Rear derailleur hanger
- Front and rear brake pads (1 set of each is sufficient)
- Any rare parts that might be hard to find locally (Shimano and SRAM are generally available in all our locations, but Magura levers, for instance, might not be available everywhere)
All Breakfast and dinners are included in the trip price. Lunch will be taken in local restaurants or on the trail. You should budget approximately €10-15.- per Lunch, excluding drinks.
Ask in the hotel, for a small fee the laundry will be done.
Available every day.
Please visit your local travel clinic for the most up to date information.
Currency in France
Withdraw money from an ATM in Switzerland or France (which are widely available) – you can withdraw local money (Euro € in Switzerland and France) and will usually be charged the best rate by your bank at home.
Terms and conditions
For more on our Terms and condition, Terms of payment and Cancellation terms, please visit the following page
Travel medical insurance and trip cancellation is mandatory for all of our trips. If you have your own travel medical insurance it needs to:
a) cover evacuation (e.g. air evacuation) and hospital costs while in other countries
b) cover mountain biking trips (some policies include mountain biking in their list of ‘extreme’ sports that are not covered).
c) Trip cancellation up to 100% of your trip cost
We strongly recommend also getting insurance that covers the following:
• Equipment protection for delay, loss, theft and damage (if traveling with your bike/expensive equipment)
• Trip interruption up to 100% of trip cost
• Medical expenses up to CHF 50’000
• Emergency medical transportation up to CHF1’000’000
Please note that our cancellation policy is strict. If you decide not to purchase cancellation/interruption insurance, and then get hurt or sick before or during your Ride, please don’t ask us for a refund.
For travelers from around the world, we recommend World Nomads.
For U.S. travelers, we recommend Global Rescue (Individual Medical Plan with Signature Travel Insurance Plan)
Another option for U.S. travelers, we recommend Travelex (we suggest the Travel Select Plan with the Adventure Plus Pak).
If you have booked, we will send you a detailed contacts for your family.
Our guides are all 1st aid trained and certified and know how to respond to emergency situations very well. They always cary very well-stocked 1st aid kits in their day packs.
Rest assured that your safety is our #1 concern, and steps are taken to mitigate risk and prevent incidents from happening. If you were to be injured on the trail, our guides will act as first responders and will look after you with proper and professional care. If emergency help or an evacuation is needed, our guides will have the contact information of the nearest hospital/emergency care facility, along with the required communication equipment (cell phones and/or satellite phones) and help will be on its way.
If you are not an EU citizen, please visit the following Schengen Visa Info page to find out how to obtain a visa. Click here!
Safety and security
France is a safe country; however, certain precautions should be followed, as with all foreign travel. To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewellery and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, traveller’s checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals.
We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip. A typical gratuity usually varies between 2% – 6% of your Tour price per guide, depending on your level of satisfaction. e.g. € 600.- trip = € 12.- to € 35.- per guide.
Your Guide will meet you at 10 a.m. in front of the Hotel. You have to be ready to bike!
The Weekend- or Week-Tours will end at approximately 4 p.m. in front of the Hotel. It will be possible to take a shower after the last raid, check it out with your guide.