_16 Bois du Mollard et Rachais

01/03/14

Route map here

After last weeks incredible summer like weather, the snow and rain came back this week which meant a rather muddy and slightly snowy ride, the sun was out though. I finally got myself a new spoke ordered and had my wheels at the shop so they were straight again after many weeks of them being rather wobbly, thanks to Vivra Velo in Grenoble.

In my head we were just popping out for an hour and then I would go home, do some uni work and go riding again tomorrow, but the urge to just ride another descent is always too strong and we ended up being out for around 5 hours and here I am on a Sunday night writing this instead of finishing the uni work I should have done the day before.

The view from my house as I was leaving, mixed weather
The view from my house as I was leaving, mixed weather
The guy has a seriously cool little treehouse in his garden, wouldn't mind living in that house either
The guy has a seriously cool little treehouse in his garden, wouldn’t mind living in that house either
The sun came out now long after we started climbing
The sun came out now long after we started climbing

We cycled up through La Tronche to get to the top of the Bois du Mollard trail (that is the trail centre-esque trail under St. Eynard) and on the way up my mech decided to have a fit, somehow managed to get the chain stuck away down in between the cassette and spokes and snap a small bolt off the mech, cue 20 minute road side fix it job including splitting chain and removing cassette (well freehub). Thankfully the bike was still rideable but I think I am due a new rear mech now, its almost on its last legs.

#Instagram bro! Filter ahoy...Good view nontheless
#Instagram bro! Filter ahoy…Good view nontheless

I am afraid there are no pics of the descent as we were just far too stoked to stop and take any and we just pure endurod our way straight to the bottom. About half way down I realised I was slip sliding and skipping everywhere off every rock going, on arriving at the bottom I realised the shop had pumped my tyres up pretty hard! Made for a very fun descent with the bike dancing about everywhere underneath me

Steve enjoying his €4 waffle!
This is what Steve thought of his €4 waffle!
Cool dog at the cafe! Always like a cafe if it has a resident dog
Cool dog at the cafe! Always like a cafe if it has a resident dog

Setting off without any food and ending up being very hungry mid-ride seems to be a common trait of ours! So as we neared the top of the second ascent there was a cafe we decided to stop for a coffee and a waffle at annnd some bread and butter cos I am a poor (hungry) student. They had a fire inside but we were far too muddy to sit insde and a rather cool fluffy dog who came looking for scraps.

After last weeks insane summer weather, it has been snowing a bit this week
After last weeks insane summer weather, it has been snowing a bit this week

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Can't get enough of the views you get over the city with having the mountains so close, especially when you have the clouds and sun like this, pretty impressive
Can’t get enough of the views you get over the city with having the mountains so close, especially when you have the clouds and sun like this, pretty impressive

We missed out the top bit of Rachais because its usually too difficult/muddy when there had been a bit of snow so we began the descent form this point here, which is just such an awesome view. When I look back at this photo there is just so much going on; city, snow, clouds, sun, mountains close and far, the river… love this view!

'It was this big dude!!'
‘It was this big dude!!’

Singletrack lovelyness

Singletrack lovelyness
Switchbacks ahoy!!!
Switchbacks ahoy!!!

Steve suggested we take a descent he had done once when he first arrived and to be honest I was rather looking forward to the usual descent we take and was a bit reluctant, however was very glad we took this! It was very skinny singletrack all the way down with some very steep and exposed drops away to your left or right all the way along, if you slipped a wheel off the edge you would certainly gain speed very quickly anyway! The track switchbacked all the way down with some very very tight corners involving a few endo turns, I am particularly good at these when taking a left hand hairpin however when taking a right hand one I am absolutely terrible, could be a good track to practice on anyway. There was only one hairy moment which brought out a rather girls scream from me though with a rather awesome descent for the rest of the way, which I will certainly go back to do again.

Playing on the bikes in the caves up above La Bastille
Playing on the bikes in the caves up above La Bastille

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 There are some caves which you can walk through which were built as part of the fortifications of La Bastille, the first part you can ride straight into which is pretty cool, before it goes away down through the cliff face via some rather steep, wet steps.
I moved house and I have nowhere to wash my bike anymore = A very muddy bike in my room!
I moved house and I have nowhere to wash my bike anymore = A very muddy bike at the end of my bed!
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2 thoughts on “_16 Bois du Mollard et Rachais

  1. Thanks a lot man! Definitely a lot more to follow as the snow line gets higher and the days get longer. These rides just feel like the beginning of exploring the area around Grenoble here.

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