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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.