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THE ROUTE

Trans-Savoie : THE ROUTE

Perhaps the most varied, challenging, flat-out-fun, and original route ever conceived in the history of mountain biking? A bold claim indeed, and not one we want to make about the Trans-Savoie.  Not least because in 20 years of exploring new terrain all over the globe, one thing we’ve learned is that there’s always another mind-blowing trail out there just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. But quite simply, our stats speak for themselves. If another point-to-point enduro-style adventure exists that contains more total distance of singletrack, a more favourable descent-to-climbing ratio per day, or with a higher concentration of seemingly endless natural wilderness riding…we’re yet to hear of it.

The total distance covered on-bike is around 250Km, over 6-days.  The approximate total descent is conservatively at 22,000m but only 6,000m of this is self-propelled back up again. For the remainder we use a combination of local transport options including ski-lifts, funicular (mountain) railway, cog railway and bus shuttles. The event’s format is therefore heavily biased towards long downhill technical singletrack sections. All riders will ride the course unprepared and unseen, and specific the skill of riding-on-sight – close to the limit but never at or beyond it, and with a strong respect for all other trail & mountain users.

The stats are approximate because once you get close to 5000m of descent per day, we feel that a hundred metres here or there doesn’t really make a huge difference. But more importantly, the exact and all-new route of the Fifty-Fifty is certainly not a set itinerary until the final stages of planning for each year’s event. Rather, it is an evolving, ever-changing beast – years of refinement and iteration alongside hundreds of hours of off-season trail hunting are all throw into the melting pot.  For the 2022 edition, we are planning to add in 2 brand new days of riding that have never been seen before by previous Trans-Savoie participants.

Are you excited to ride this route, but prefer a more relaxed atmosphere & pace? Don’t like the idea of tents or dormitory accommodation? Join us this summer and experience this adventure in its ‘original’ format – as a Guided Tour with trailAddiction.

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