Tour of Mont Blanc Mountain Biking
France, Bike - Fat Tyre, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €995 (land only) - from $1,565 (land only)
(TMMB) Tour de Mont Blanc mountain bike
The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
Your Bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Stumpjumper, Specialized Enduro or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.
PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Stiff soled cycling / SPD shoes
Overshoes for use in wet weather
Base layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
Mid layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
Fleece top or jumper
Daypack and contents
A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak or Deuter Trans Alp) of at least 25 litres total capacity is recommended. (Note there is no vehicle support during the day and so your daypack needs to be big enough to take the contents below and a packed lunch.)
Water bladder - min. 2 litre capacity
Lightweight waterproof top
Puncture repair kit and tyre levers
Small roll of gaffer tape
Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
Regular biking gloves
Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
Cycling tights or tracksters
Eyewear - Biking glasses
Cycling helmet - mandatory
Trek Bag Contents
Travel and apres biking clothes
Sleeping bag liner for overnight gite stay
Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
Wash bag, towel and toiletries
Antibacterial hand wash
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Chamois cream (e.g. Assos/Ozone)
PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES
Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares but you should still take a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of 29 x 2 inch standard mountain bike inner tubes with Presta valves.
You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. changing an inner tube, fixing a puncture. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1.9 to 2.2 cross-county tyres suitable for mostly dry, but occasionally wet, conditions.
Plastic tyre levers
Small tube of grease
Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
2 x inner tubes
Spare chain links
Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
Multi-tool with Allen keys
Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
Puncture repair kit
A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
Spares specific to your bike**
KE tools and spares
On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. **Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares that might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits, appropriate brake fluid, shock pump, etc.
Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars
We do provide ample supplies of water, and packed lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.In most towns we staythere will be a small supermarket where you can easily purchase extra snacks if needed.
It is possible to hire bikes for this holiday through Zero G in Chamonix. Zero G have Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29er bikes available in several sizes. These are light, full suspension (140 mm travel) trailbikes with 29 inch wheels, Rockshox front forks and hydraulic disc brakes. The bikes are equipped with flat pedals. If you prefer to use spd or clip-in pedals, you will need to bring these with you, along with your regular cycling shoes and cleats. Another item which you might choose to take with you on the holiday is your saddle. The hire bikes have standard saddles and anyone requiring more comfort, or a women-specific saddle, should consider taking their own. Please refer to Bike Hire in the trip dossier for an indication of hire costs. You will make your booking directly with Zero G (www.zerogchx.com - +33 (0) 450 53 01 01) and will be asked to pay a deposit equivalent to 30% of the value of the bike when you book. The bike hire payment does not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. You will pick up your bike on arrival in Chamonix and drop it off at the shop at the end of the holiday. We must stress that your hire contract will be with the local hire company and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire.
Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip dossier.