So this morning me and my buddy Rob headed through the tunnel and into Italy to go and play in Val Veny before the access road becomes impassable and/or too dangerous.
I’ve ridden that trail a few times but never in the winter and I’m known to annoyingly and conveniently remember climbs to be easier than they are and so was unsure of exactly what to expect.
Another reason for todays ride was to begin to banish the cobwebs after the excesses of the silly season before the upcoming Winter Camp trip in a few weeks (nobody wants to be the fat lad at the back)!
The road climbed up from the car park and didn’t really quit for a good couple of hours – much cursing and no small amount of walking ensued and yet it was never terrible, just a reminder of how few km’s my legs have in them of late (injuries, work and then Christmas/New Year etc…).
After a little plateau and passing the bottom of the Courmayeur ski runs we headed skywards once again and we were both getting a little fatigued.
I knew what was coming up scenery-wise and so I had that to keep me motivated but poor Rob was beginning to lose his sense of humor at the seemingly never ending upwards nature of the trail. We got a sneaky glimpse of the bowl and surrounding mountains on our way up before the hill was hidden from view again.
But the end (of the climbing) was nigh and around one final bend we were treated with the magnificent views that were to be our reward.
The trail was covered by a little avalanche and the going after that looked pretty ropey and so we decided to call it a day and turn around to head home.
The descent was not only a lot quicker than the climb but weirdly a lot more fun!
Plenty of off-piste carving fun (and a couple of tumbles) was had by all and before we knew it we’d lost a lot of the height we’d spent so much time and effort gaining.
We then rode along the rivers edge enjoying the sheer beauty of it all.
Back at the car we packed up the bikes and headed back to France.
A great little nano-adventure and a really good way to get ourselves excited about what the winter has to offer for the next few months – bring it on!