Euro-trip 2016

So I'm putting it out there, I've been thinking about a trip, from New Zealand to Europe, during the NZ winter season of 2016. I know it's still early, but I would like to start gauging if there is interest for this.

At the end of the New Zealand riding season when everyone is aching for more summer, and more great riding, when Instagram and Facebook starts filling up with pictures of World Cup riders and travellers seeming to have the time of their lives in the sun across the globe, why not join them for an epic riding trip in Europe?

Gabriel enjoys a great line in Chatel, France.

Sean the Sheep in Morzine, France.

For those in the South Island, we could potentially offer pick up from your door with your gear, and transport to the airport, for those elsewhere in NZ, we can meet along the way, and any UK/EU based riders keen on tagging along can meet us in the UK on arrival. 

We'd fly into London, sample a few ales and maybe visit Rob Warners shop for a coffee, spend a bit of time getting the bikes set up and dialled, then we could do a quick lap of the UK, hitting some of the big named riding areas here, depending on what people wanted. We could warm up on Aston Hill or in PORC, head to Forest of Dean and spend a day on the Uplift, maybe another day in Bike Park Wales or Cwmcarn, both on the uplift before heading up North and going large at Revolution Bike Park. If there was appetite for it we could make an overnight trip up to Fort William, in Scotland, and ride the World Cup track, before heading back down to Dover for a Ferry to France.

PORC jumps in Surrey, UK.

The crew rolls into Bike Park Wales.

We'd then have a big day driving across France, ending up in the resort town of Morzine, where we would spend at least a week. Here, with access to the whole Portes Du Soleil bike park, riders can choose where they want to ride, Chatel, Morzine, Pleney, Les Gets, Avioraz, and Lindarets. We can also set up day trips to the likes of the 2011 World Cup track in Champery, we can hit up Morgins, or Verbier Bike Park in Switzerland, Pila in Italy, or head over to Chamonix, all within driving distance from our base in Morzine. 

Going into summer we'd expect temperatures up to the mid 30's, long hot days, and dusty trails (except when it rains, then we'd expect mud) after riding we could go to the local lakes, or head out for beers and pizza. Morzine offers the perfect base for a summer gravity riding escape, with so many options for places to ride, a town set up to accommodate riders, a great vibe, great places to eat and drink, whilst not killing the wallet, and staying true to its Alpine-France roots.

Freeride lines in Wales.

The Visit Scotland jump in Fort William.

We can look at different levels of accommodation depending on budget, from private chalets, through to the likes of the Fox sponsored 'Rude Lodge'. We would include transport and gear transport for those wanting to bring their own bikes, we can also look to source rental bikes if needed as well. If we want to head to some extra places, we know a few private guides that can take us to the greatest zones in the French Alps.

If wanted, we can look at private film and photo packages as well, so at the end of the trip you can leave with not only amazing memories, but professionally edited film, and Hi-Res photos from your time. Shots like you see here, then you can share on social media, and make everyone you know jealous, or just look back through them and cry and wish you could go back! This is a great chance to gain more exposure if you're looking to get picked up by a sponsor or gain content to fill your agreed quota with current sponsors.

Riders descend Super Morzine, France.

View across Morzine in the morning.

So what do you reckon? Does it sound good to you? We can tailor this to whatever you want or require, just let us know. Would you want to come as a group, or as an individual? At this point we're just interested in knowing if this type of trip interests you, and what would you add if you could? 

Interested? - Let me know - jay@freeridenewzealand.com

FR - well earned post-ride beers, France.