Decided to go for a decent ride up behind my house and explore what is up there. There are quite a few low lying hills (up to around 700m high) with lots of little villages, roads, paths etc so a lot of exploring is required to find how to create a good loop out of them as it is not like a lot of the other trails we have been doing where it is mostly up to the top and back down again.
Riding on the road up the I rode past this, the first photo is what you can see from the road, I loved the sort of patchwork ah-hoc look of it, definitely looked like the guy had just build his house bit by bit with loads of terraced, although this part was derelict. Further up the road there was the reason it was derelict! Lots more bits and pieces which looked a lot newer, these guys had done a lot of building!
Up the top in the little village of Pinet and you are kind of at the feet of the Belledonne range of mountians, if you look hard enough you might be able to spot the Chamrousse ski satation ont he right hand side of the ridge. Once the snow goes I will be up there exploring for sure! Can not wait!
The descent was pretty tame but it was picturesque enough and gave me a chance to practice some manuals and just generally hop about on any little kicker I could find!
It was especially sunny, in the end a friend from who was down in the city called and asked if I wanted to meet for a coffee which sounded inviting, so even though I was rather sweaty (probably smelly), had no t-shirt and a bit covered in mud, I cut the ride short and headed straight back down into the city.
From this view point you get a pretty good look at the hills we often ride, St. Eynard and Mt. Rachais are really easily accessible from the city and have some excellent trails right back down into it.
Day 1 of exploring, didn’t really find any good descents but was pretty nice to be out in the sun nonetheless, I mean what else am I going to do?